Bed Bug FAQ
Additional bedbug treatment FAQ's
What Chemicals do you use?
A: We use three chemicals, Gentrol (a growth regulator to break the life
cycle-sterilizing effect) which can last for four months. A residual product
is used to actively kill bugs as they become exposed to it. We expect
this product to last for 4-6 weeks. The last thing we do on the way out
is to aerosol the rooms (similar to a fogging effect). Once the rooms
are aired out the aerosol is finished.
What Methods are used?
A: As far as methods, we treat the mattress, box spring, bed frame, night
stands, dressers, baseboards and any other necessary areas. We also begin
the service by vacuuming these areas before the chemical applications.
How do the things that are taken from drawers and put into bags treated?
A: The drawers are treated inside and out. We do not treat your personal
items. You can however, wash clothing before you put them in the bags
or before you put them back into the drawers. If a bedbug is put back
in a drawer it would have to crawl across the treated areas when prowling
for a blood meal and would then die.
I know I have to vacate for several hours but how long does the actual
A: I like to plan 1 to 1 1/2 hours for a one bedroom apartment. This time
can vary depending on how much or how little storage is in the room. A
sparsely furnished room may only take a 1/2 hour, where a cluttered room
may take longer.
Is there a guarantee?
A: Bedbug treatments are not guaranteed and an established bedbug remedy
may take up to three services. A heavier infestation may take more follow-up
treatments. We like to only charge you for the services you need, so we
break up the overall cost into treatments. Some company's may charge
$1000.00 or more and will give you a 30 or 60 day guarantee. You are not
usually guaranteed the bugs will be gone but additional treatments are
not charged extra after any waiting periods during that guarantee period.
In our method of charging you actually are using the potential money over
a longer period of time to successfully correct the bedbug problem. No
matter which charging/guarantee method you choose, the fact remains that
there is no overnight remedy and patience will be required.
I've heard that bedbugs are hard to get rid of or impossible, is this true?
A: No, when the proper chemicals are used, the areas are treated properly
and most important-you've prepared for the service well and follow
all the technicians' instructions, bedbugs can be eradicated. It may
take time and patience but it can be done. The only times it can seem
that way is if there is reintroduction, meaning you keep bringing new
bedbugs back to your home through traveling or reoccurring travelers coming
to your home. Another way it can feel unsuccessful is if the customer
doesn't prepare correctly for the service and that causes the technician
to be unable to treat areas he needs to or you stop the necessary follow-ups
before the bedbug problem is resolved. Bedbugs can live solely off humans
and if you leave any bedbugs behind, the bedbug problem can continue.
When can I sleep in my room again?
A: It is important to continue sleeping in the room after the treatments.
If the room is vacant then the bugs won't move around from deeper
recesses. Bedbugs can live up to a year without a blood meal which outlives
the chemical residuals. Bedbugs come out when they detect carbon dioxide
that is emitted from a warm blooded mammal. So as our breath and other
gases build up in a room the bedbugs then come out. If the bedbugs cannot
detect a host, they will stay in their hiding places.
How can I avoid getting bedbugs again?
A: Bedbugs are a big problem for travelers. If you travel, you should check
your hotel room for evidence of bedbugs. In most hotels/motels the headboard
is usually mounted on the wall. Take the headboard off the wall and look
behind it. You can also pull the sheets away from the mattress and look
for the bugs or their droppings. Keep your suitcases off the floor and
put them on the rack, table, chair or counter. If anything suspicious
is seen, report it immediately to the management and change rooms.
Upon arriving home from your travels, you can unload your suitcases outside
and launder the clothing before bringing them back into your bedroom.
Thoroughly examine non-washables like toiletries, shoes and other non-washable
items before bringing them inside. Bedbugs hitch a ride on luggage primarily,
if you absolutely had a bedbug encounter while away from home you can
additionally place your empty suitcase(s) in a large garbage bag keeping
the bag loose and airy around the luggage and use an over-the-counter
"aerosol" not a pump spray, lightly mist it in the plastic bags
then cinch the bag closed for 24 to 72 hours. You can repeat the process
if you want. You can also invest in Certified Bedbug Mattress Covers for
both the mattress and the box spring.
If you have guests that are from an area or home that has known bedbugs
or if they had been staying in hotels before arriving to your home, you
can have them go through same process as described in the above paragraph.
If they had acquired unusual bites while they were traveling, this should
be considered a "red flag" and you may want to question them
on where they were staying before arriving at your home.
You may not be able to completely avoid bedbugs in the future, but awareness
is the first step in trying to avoid this uncomfortable and expensive problem.
Bedbug covers for the mattresses; can I buy any mattress cover?
A: Standard mattress covers won't be good enough. Look for covers that
state they are "Certified Bedbug Mattress Covers" the primary
difference is the zipper. The zipper on a certified cover will be designed
to keep bedbugs from penetrating from where the zipper ends. Bedbug covers
will keep the mattress clean of bedbug droppings and will keep them out
of the framing of the box spring. The box spring mattress will be very
desirable to bedbugs because once they're able to get behind the netting
on the bottom, the framing allows a lot more hiding and breeding areas.
How much does it cost?
A: Bedbug treatments are very labor intensive for the technician. It requires
moving mattress, furniture and sometimes taking apart the bed frames etc.
All bedrooms in the home will need to be treated. Living rooms are normally
treated at no additional charge. If the living room is being used as a
bedroom the living room will be charged at the bedroom rate. In a normal
living room bedbugs may be found from accidental transfer but bedbugs
can only create a full life cycle if there is a regular host (person)
sleeping in there, which will create the same labor as a bedroom would.
We will be able to tell by the number of adult bedbugs, nymphs and eggs
found where a person regularly sleeps in the living room.
Bedrooms set up as an office and sparsely furnished (i.e. computer, desk,
chair) may be discounted if there is no bed or person sleeping in there
(will be determined at time of quote).
Normally the cost is broken down as in the following example:
One Bedroom-$550.00 (Initial treatment). $450.00 follow-ups if needed spaced
3 to 4 weeks apart.
Two Bedrooms-$650.00 (Initial treatment). $550.00 follow-ups if needed.
Three Bedrooms-$775.00 (Initial treatment). $675.00 follow-up if needed.
Four Bedrooms-$850.00 (Initial treatment). $750.00 follow-up if needed
Additional Rooms +250.00 (per room Initial) +$150.00 (per room follow-up)
Follow-up pricing is only valid if the follow-up service is scheduled within
60 days of the last treatment. Services requested after 60 days will revert
back to the initial charge.
Important Note: If the bedbugs infestation is
severe these prices may increase, the cost example above are for normal infestations
and will be determined at the time of inspection or service.
These prices are subject to change. This is the current pricing when these
FAQ's were published.
What are the chances the bedbugs will be gone after the first treatment?
A: We encounter different levels of bedbugs in each situation. If treatment
occurs within the first two weeks of the introduction of bedbugs, there's
a good chance the first treatment could correct the problem. Many times
however, the professional pest control company was brought in much later
after the initial problem turned into an infestation. Some people try
to treat it themselves for weeks or months before calling a professional
and some people take that long to figure out that the bites are from bedbugs.
Normally in an early bedbug problem the customer will notice bites two
or three times a week in the first two weeks or so. The bites become more
frequent or nightly as the bedbugs become populated. A single bedbug only
needs to feed one to three times a week depending on their stage in the
lifecycle. As that bedbug begins breeding and laying eggs, a new generation
develops and they begin feeding and the bites become more frequent. When
the infestation gets to this point, you now have a full life cycle happening
and it will include Adults, nymphs and eggs and could mean you are trying
to eradicate dozens or hundreds of bedbugs in various stages of development.
The longer the problem has been developing the more follow-up services
is expected. Bedbug eggs take two and a half to five weeks to hatch and
the female bedbug can lay up to 10 eggs a day, so the longer the infestation
go's untreated the longer it takes to correct.
We generally expect an average bedbug infestation to take about three treatments
spaced apart three to four weeks. If bites reoccur or are continuing into
the third week, a follow-up treatment should be scheduled. Some customers
have relief into the fourth or fifth week and then need their next follow-up.
If, upon our initial inspection, we have discovered eggs, nymphs and adult
bedbugs it's highly advised to have a second treatment.