When Should You Hire a Professional Bed Bug Exterminator?

Here we will discuss when the best time to call in a pro would be and what to look for to ensure you get the right company.

Before calling in the exterminator however, it may be worth trying to get rid of bed bugs in your home yourself. Although it can involve a bit of time and work, it can be the most cost-effective method.

To see if it would make more sense to take matters into your own hands and deal with your bed bug problem yourself.

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If you have exhausted all efforts on your own and still seem to have a problem with these pests, or the sheer number of bed bugs is making it difficult to keep any part of a room or the home clean, it might be time to call in a pest exterminator. It is at these times that bed bugs can become a health hazard from the numerous bites and from the mess they leave behind with their fecal matter. This is when it becomes a hazard to you and your family and calling in a pro at this stage would be highly recommended.

Be careful and choose wisely however since all exterminators and Pest Control Canberra companies are not alike. It is best to do some research before hiring a company to do the job. Look up local pest control companies online and check their status. If possible try to get a referral from a friend or family member who may have had an experience with bed bugs.

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Are They Qualified?

Since the resurgence in Bed Bug infestation lately, Bed Bug exterminator companies seem to be popping up everywhere! Take caution when it comes to these choices a company that specializes in only bed bugs as many are not qualified or have the training and certification to handle such hard to kill pests.

It pays to do a little research! Each company may have different certifications, use different products and chemicals and charge a different price. Since hiring a pest control company can be quite expensive ($250 to $1,000 per room) you’ll also want to make sure the company has a good reputation and completes follow-up visits which are usually necessary to ensure complete bed bug elimination.

It’s nice to have the peace of mind knowing that if you have an issue down the road related to the first service call, that help is just a phone call away.

Preparing for the Exterminators

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Prior to any insecticidal treatment, all clothing, bed linen, curtains, fabrics, hangings and the like must be laundered. Wrap mattresses in black plastic bags and leave in the sun for some hours. The bag will draw in the heat and kill anything inside. Afterward, vacuum the mattress before bringing it back inside. Close gaps in furnishings, floorboards, and cracks in wallpaper and other such parts where bed bugs can hide during the daytime hours.

Once you have done this, you are ready to call your bed bug exterminator. Be sure to ask if they are using effective pesticides and bed bug eradication methods. If you have pets or small children, this is especially important. Usually, pest exterminators will use a mixture of pesticides and steam heat – bed bugs cannot stay alive in temperatures of at least 118°F that’s continued for some hours.

It is not recommended to choose a pest control company that uses bug fogger or bug bombs as their method of extermination as these methods have proven to do very little in controlling bed bugs.

Do It Yourself

If tackling the bed bug problem yourself is something you can do, using these methods. The steps to controlling bed bugs are explained online in great detail and help to ensure that you eliminate the problem quickly and permanently.

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