Q: Why are bed bugs back? I thought they were a myth.
A: Bed bugs were everywhere in the World War II era. But, with massive pesticide use, the bed bugs died off. Over time, the Environmental Protection Agency limited the types of pesticides available which limits the control of bed bugs. Today international travel is very common and a major factor in the recent spreading of bed bugs.
Q: How do people get bed bugs?
A: Bed bugs are hitch hikers and are transported by latching on to people’s belongings such as purses, coats, suitcases, furniture, etc. They are not a sanitation issue. Even the cleanest house can have bed bugs.
Q: What do bed bugs eat?
A: Bed bugs eat your blood. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. You are their food.
Q: Do over-the-counter bed bug products work?
A: Not necessarily. Like any bed bug treatment, the products much actually touch the bugs to be effective. Most importantly, YOU MUST FOLLOW THE LABEL of the product. More is not better and over applications can make you very sick and even cause death. A great resource on over-the-counter bed bug products is Michael F. Potter, Extension Entomologist University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
Q: What is the most effective to get rid of bed bugs?
A: There are four main treatments for bed bugs: extreme heat, steam, extreme cold (cryogenics) and chemicals. They each have their pros and cons. But the best way to get rid of bed bugs is to use a combination of tools, including extreme heat and chemicals.
Q: How much does it cost to get rid of bed bugs?
A: We’ll be honest, it’s not cheap. And we can’t give you an exact cost without knowing the size of the area that needs to be treated and what type of treatment is needed. But you can generally expect to pay a minimum of $700 upwards to a few thousand dollars. Heat treatments are more expensive than chemical treatments, but are very effective in eliminating a bed bug population quickly.
Q: If I have bed bugs, do I have to throw away my furniture and other belongings?
A: In most cases no, you will not have to throw out your belongings. Heat treatments are very effective in killing bed bugs in all stages of development. However, if the infestation is substantial or there is a significant amount of clutter, it may be best to destroy your belongings. We would be able to help make that determination. Catching the infestation early will be to your advantage.
Q: How do I find a good pest control company that can treat bed bugs?
A: We’ll be honest. Cheaper is not always better. We have come across several companies that do not know what they are doing when it comes to tackling bed bugs. Do your homework. Ask for references. Ask if they are members on the National Pest Management Association. How long have they been in business? Do they have a guarantee for their work? Ask as many questions as you can until you feel comfortable with your decision. Treating bed bugs is not inexpensive and you do not want to hire a second company because the first company did not do the work properly.