Most states require their insect pros to be licensed, but be sure to ask how long any contractor or company has been in business and if they’ve ever dealt with a bed bug infestation. Experience with ants, termites or beetles isn’t the same bed bugs present a unique challenge for any exterminator.
Once you have symptoms of a bed bug infestation, you need to take immediate action because they can reproduce very quickly and are able to live up to a year without any food. Contacting licensed professionals to conduct a bed bug extermination is an effective way of getting rid of those pests.
When choosing a professional exterminator, do choose and deal with companies that have many years of experience and understands the best methods to deal with bed bugs. Ensure that the pest control company is licensed and that they provide a follow-up service. The cost of extermination varies and can be quite expensive, depending on the severity of the infestation. Bed Bug treatments can easily cost you $200 to $500 depending on the vastness of the area and the method used. Most companies will conduct an inspection before giving a quote for their service.
Also, look for a company that uses the integrated pest management (IPM) approach. Instead of relying entirely on pesticides or chemicals, IPM uses a combination of chemical measures, preventive measures, and sanitation to improve efficacy and limit environmental impact.
For a full removal, expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500, depending on the method you choose and the experience of your exterminator. Most will charge you a fee for consultation, which includes visiting your home and doing a thorough inspection.