How Bed Bugs Are Exterminated

Bed Bugs FAQs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm (roughly the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny), and can live several months without a blood meal.

Where are bed bugs found?

Bed bugs are found across the globe from North and South America, to Africa, Asia and Europe. Although the presence of bed bugs has traditionally been seen as a problem in developing countries, it has recently been spreading rapidly in parts of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe. Bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living conditions where they are found.

Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, inside cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, or any other clutter or objects around a bed. Bed bugs have been shown to be able to travel over 100 feet in a night but tend to live within 8 feet of where people sleep.

Do bed bugs spread disease?

Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.

What health risks do bed bugs pose?

A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.

What are the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation?

One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bed bugs have infested an area. These signs include:

  • the bed bugs’ exoskeletons after molting,
  • bed bugs in the fold of mattresses and sheets,
  • rusty–colored blood spots due to their blood-filled fecal material that they excrete on the mattress or nearby furniture, and
  • a sweet musty odor.

How do I know if I’ve been bitten by a bed bug?

It is hard to tell if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite. The bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or a flea — a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. The bite marks may be random or appear in a straight line. Other symptoms of bed bug bites include insomnia, anxiety, and skin problems that arise from profuse scratching of the bites.

Because bed bug bites affect everyone differently, some people may have no reaction and will not develop bite marks or any other visible signs of being bitten. Other people may be allergic to the bed bugs and can react adversely to the bites. These allergic symptoms can include enlarged bite marks, painful swellings at the bite site, and, on rare occasions, anaphylaxis.

How did I get bed bugs?

Bed bugs are experts at hiding. Their slim flat bodies allow them to fit into the smallest of spaces and stay there for long periods of time, even without a blood meal. Bed bugs are usually transported from place to place as people travel. The bed bugs travel in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, and anywhere else where they can hide. Most people do not realize they are transporting stow-away bed bugs as they travel from location to location, infecting areas as they travel.

Who is at risk for getting bed bugs?

Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs when visiting an infected area. However, anyone who travels frequently and shares living and sleeping quarters where other people have previously slept has a higher risk of being bitten and or spreading a bed bug infestation.

How are bed bugs treated and prevented?

Bed bug bites usually do not pose a serious medical threat. The best way to treat a bite is to avoid scratching the area and apply antiseptic creams or lotions and take an antihistamine. Bed bug infestations are commonly treated by insecticide spraying. If you suspect that you have an infestation, contact your landlord or professional pest control company that is experienced with treating bed bugs. The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for the signs of an infestation.

This information is not meant to be used for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider. If you have any questions about the parasites described above or think that you may have a parasitic infection, consult a health care provider.

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KNOW THE ENEMY: BED BUGS

Have you been searching for how to get rid of bed bugs? Once an afterthought, these pests have made quite the resurgence recently. The more you know about bed bugs, the better your chances of avoiding them.

BED BUG BASICS

This pest gets its name from the fact that it is usually found in close proximity to beds. That’s because bed bugs need the blood of warm-blooded animals to survive.

Unfortunately, bed bugs can mature in about 35 days. They then live about seven to 12 months. This makes bed bug removal difficult to do without the help of a professional.

THE BED BUG BITE

Bed bugs primarily feed on humans sleeping in bed at night. The bite is painless, and the blood meal takes about 10 minutes.

BED BUGS ON THE HUNT

How do bed bugs find hosts while they are asleep? Body heat, the carbon dioxide from exhaled breath and other biological signatures help focus the bed bugs on unsuspecting, snoozing hosts.

The bed bug feeds, then retreats back to its place of harborage for days or even weeks before coming back out. This can make detection difficult until the infestation is well established.

BED BUGS ON THE MOVE

Bed bugs are skilled hitchhikers. In fact, they are primarily transported by humans and human belongings like suitcases.

KEEPING YOUR EYES OPEN FOR BED BUGS

The smaller the infestation, the easier bed bug extermination is to conduct. That’s why it’s important to spot any possible infestation as early as possible.

SIGNS OF BED BUGS

Bed bugs are good at hiding, but not good at hiding evidence. The careless clues they leave are the best indicator your room is overrun with bed bugs. The clues to look for include:

  • Shed bed bug skins, exoskeletons or shells
  • Fecal stains on your mattress and bedding
  • Blood stains on your sheets and pajamas

SIGNS OF BED BUG BITES

Bed bug bite reactions in skin look similar to those caused by fleas and mosquitoes. Telling which insect caused a bite might not be possible.

Look for these signs of symptoms of a bed bug bite:

  • Raised, red welts
  • Burning and itching
  • Bed bug bite rash across a localized area
  • Straight lines of multiple bites

WHERE TO LOOK

Proper bed bug control requires a watchful eye. To feed on humans, bed bugs want close proximity to the host.

In the bedroom, box springs, headboards and bed framing are favorite spots for these pests. They may also settle into furniture and fixtures that are close to a bed.

Bedrooms are not the only place where bed bugs can be a concern. The feeding doesn’t have to be at night. All bed bugs are looking for are human hosts inactive long enough to provide a meal.

Getting rid of bed bugs is difficult. Any place that humans sit, rest or sleep can be a place that bed bugs are introduced or feed.

Sitting for two hours in a movie theater makes you a target. A favorite recliner in the living room can also make you a target. You can also become a target taking a taxi across town.

PUT BED BUG WORRIES TO REST

WHEN YOU TRAVEL

Bed bugs have an uncanny ability to spread using unsuspecting people and their belongings as carriers.

Following the steps below will help minimize the chances of you running into bed bugs. More importantly, it will help you minimize the chances of you bringing some home with you.

  • First, check travel reviews before visiting a hotel, and be careful of those with multiple reports of bed bugs.
  • When you check into a hotel, check the mattress, headboard, bed frame and pictures for any signs of bed bugs.
  • Rather than storing luggage on the bed or floor, keep your luggage on the luggage rack.
  • Avoid storing clothes in dressers and hang clothes that can be hung.

Still, there’s no guarantee bed bugs won’t sneak into your home some way. If they do, call Terminix. Our effective bed bug removal solutions will get them out. Guaranteed.

Bed Bugs

If you miss just one pregnant female bed bug you can be reinfested withover 300 adultsand1000 new eggsin three months.

Bed bugs are troublesome household pests. They’re sneaky, hard to find, and can pose potential health risks for you and your family. Armed with pest control capabilities backed by science, over 100 years of experience, and state-of-the-art tools and products, Orkin is well-equipped to assess your bed bug problem and mount a strategic response to rid your home of the pest and provide maximum protection.

Inspection & Treatment For Active Infestations

To the untrained eye, rooting out a bed bug infestation can prove difficult, and even if discovered, home remedies and over-the-counter deterrents are often ineffective. Utilizing our A.I.M. protection process, a highly-trained Orkin specialist will assess your home, implement a solution, and monitor activity to ensure the effectiveness of our efforts and offer added peace of mind.

Ongoing Bed Bug Detection Service

Bed bugs multiply quickly, and in just six months, a few can turn into a full-on infestation of 13,000 or more. Detection is critical to break the bed bug life cycle before they become a bigger problem. Orkin Bed Bug Detection Service gets to the root of the problem with targeted inspections of common bed bug hiding places in your home and ongoing monitoring to ensure the pests never return.

Ongoing bed bug detection service may not be available in all markets. Inspection fee may be necessary for bed bug detection.

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The Orkin Process

The A.I.M. Process: How We Help Get Rid of Bed Bugs

If you have seen evidence of bed bugs or want to help protect your home against this multiplying intruder, your Orkin specialist will come and inspect your home.

Bed bugs are sneaky and hard to find, but your Orkin specialist is trained to pinpoint evidence if they are around. On the first visit, we will examine your entire home including the bed, furniture, rugs, and linens. We will conduct an inspection of target areas, and if required, use tools to check cracks and crevices.

Your Orkin specialist will usually start in the bedroom and work their way through your home, concentrating on the furniture and the areas immediately surrounding the furniture.

Upon completion of the inspection and an assessment of the situation, your Orkin specialist will recommend the best course of action. If the inspection confirms an infestation, Orkin will recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the infestation and your preferences. We will use the best tools and science to address the causes and treat your bed bug problem in the best way for your family, pets, and the environment. This implementation method targets bed bugs as well as the bed bug larvae — preventing them from maturing into breeding, biting, and potentially disease-carrying adults.

Bed bugs can be difficult to eradicate; so your Orkin specialist will perform a follow-up visit to help ensure the effectiveness of the professional treatment that was performed. Additionally, your Orkin specialist will document the visit and recommend next steps to ensure the best maintenance approach for your home.

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Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation. Our integrated A.I.M. protection process works to assess your home, implement solutions, and monitor any bed bug problems you may face.

At Orkin, we never stop learning from bugs. We use the latest technology and unparalleled training, so we can protect your home with an effective plan suited to your specific needs. Simply put, we have Pest Control Down to a Science®.

Bed Bug Resources

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What are the signs of a BED BUG infestation?

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How Much Does Bed Bug Extermination Cost?

Bed bugs are common household pests, but they are notoriously difficult to remove.

Bed bugs — tiny insects which feed exclusively on blood — aren’t picky about where they live. They don’t need to eat for months at a time, resulting in resilient little creatures which thrive in environments like hotel rooms or dormitories, and are happy to come along for a ride in your luggage.

Once these bugs have taken up residence in your bedroom, they’re difficult to find and remove. Here are some of the best methods and costs for exterminating bed bugs.

Worried about bringing bed bugs into your home? A professional exterminator offers tips on how to prevent the pesky pests.

Getting rid of bed bugs

Watch the following video to familiarize yourself with how bed bugs are removed.

DIY bed bug removal

If you think you have bed bugs, you must first find them. Bed bugs prefer dark, warm places, such as the nooks and crannies of mattresses, under the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting or cracks in drywall.

How to locate bed bugs?

Start by grabbing a flashlight and searching your bedroom; this means taking the sheets off your mattress, turning it on end, turning out all drawers and dressers and thoroughly checking the edges of your carpet for any bugs. You may see the occasional egg on its own, but the live bugs like to congregate.

Once you’ve found the bugs, you need to remove them.

How to get rid of bed bugs?

First, use rubbing alcohol to kill any bugs or eggs you can see — once the alcohol touches them, they die.

Next, launder all clothing and bedding in the room. Using water above 120 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the bugs. For items you can’t put in the washer, try wrapping in plastic and laying out in the sun. After a few days, the bugs will be dead.

Once you’ve killed the obvious insects, vacuum and steam clean your carpets.

You can also use retail insecticides, which you can find at most grocery and hardware stores for less than $10, to help get rid of the bugs. Be on guard, since there will likely be hidden colonies the sprays won’t reach.

Hiring a professional for bed bug extermination

To completely rid your home of bed bugs, hiring a professional exterminator is recommended. 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.

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.

How much does it cost to professionally remove bed bugs?

For a full bed bug 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.

Don’t be shy about asking questions as they move through the home. Reputable contractors should be willing and able to explain to you what they’re doing, why they’re doing it and how they’re going to treat your problem. Some also offer or refer dog services, employing specially trained dogs to sniff out evidence of bugs.

Professional pest control companies may offer several treatments to meet your needs. Spray pesticides are still common — the Environmental Protection Agency lists more than 300 products for mattress, room and whole-home elimination.

Some companies also use a more high-tech version of heat treatment, which involves specialized equipment used to heat your home above 120 degrees and kill bugs everywhere they hide.

As a side benefit, other harmful bacteria and mold can also be eliminated using this treatment. Although you will have to leave your house during the heat procedure, it will not cause damage to your property or possessions.

Structural fumigation is your last choice; this involves completely tarping your home and evacuating it for several days. During the process, gas is released to permeate every inch of the house, including behind walls and under floors.

If you choose fumigation, make sure to pick a company that is licensed to use these highly volatile chemicals. They have very specific handling and use requirements.

Getting rid of bed bugs is challenging. But with the right treatment plan in the hands of an experienced professional, your home can be thoroughly cleaned and protected against further infestation.

Editor’s note:This is an updated version of an article originally posted on June 20, 2013.

Comments

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I am 55 and never had bed bugs. Now they are everywhere. MY BUG exterminator quoted me 700.00 a room, I have 12 rooms in 4000 square foot house and there is no way I can afford that.Bed bugs are driving us insane. We talk about constantly, we are always buying stuff to try and kill them. I Am not kidding they have brought depression, anxiety and worry. We have grown sons that we are keeping out of our home surely these bugs from Satan and I see no end in sight.What was life like like before bed bugs

I am a property manager. I’ve seen it all. There is no cheap way to get rid of bedbugs. The longer you wait and try "cheap" methods, the more eggs are laid. Your best bet is to hit them hard with either heat treatment or full fumigation asap. Anything else just wastes your time, money and gives them more time to enlarge their colonies and make you miserable. Also–frankly–you can lose friends over this. If your friend came over and ended up ferrying one to their house.

Does someone who has had infestation to the point that they had to throw furniture away. Would they ever be bedbug free. My daughter recently went on a 4 day vacation they stayed in a pretty clean , expensive resort, in the same weekend a friend who had bedbug issues in the past spend the night with me.. She also gave me a bag of girls clothes for my girl which I did washed but I don’t remember if I unloaded in her bed first. The following week after this my girl gets 2 bites in her leg. Thought it was a moskito bite, than couple of days later another bite in her forhead. I stripped the bed and there it was an adult bb.. I washed everything and let her stayed in my bed. Than I felt itch in back of my neck I can’t see so did not think anything of it. I washed everything with hot water but missed pillowcases.
I informed the landlord and schedule a K-9 to come . They found 1 in my pillow, bed.
Now Im confused where it might have come from. From my friends house, or hotel. My friend slept in my bed I slept in my daughters.
Family she travel with don’t have any issues. My thought is it came in the closed my friend gave me or when she spend the night. 🙁 could they come from boxes since I clean my closets and took out few boxes with book that went to good will.
Now its going to cost me about 1500 to fumigate with heating room method.. Which after reading comments that bugs keep coming back with DYS methods is going to be the best option..
I just hated.

I’m so emotionally drained from this problem it’s taking over my life. I would see a bug here and there crawling on me when I was sitting on my couch late at night, thought nothing of it. One night while laying in bed I looked up what bed bugs looked like and right away realized they were what I saw on the couch. Jumped up and tore everything off my bed and found a few. Freaked out and refuse to sleep in my bedroom. Purchased a steamer and spray because I can’t afford the high cost of an enterminator. A friend of mine had them and helped me clean my little brothers room because he had TONS of bites on him and his room was the issues. I found hundreds of them in his room. Wrapped his mattress up, got rid of his bed frame and vacuumed and steamed every inch of his room. He’s seen a few since. Did the same thing with my couches. Steamed, vacuumed, sprayed. Saw 3 today. I’m trying to hard. Still have to do my room and my moms room and it’s so much work. I don’t know what to do. I’m physically and emotionally drained. I’m afraid to sleep. I won’t go in my bedroom. All I have is a mattress wrapped and I just can’t bring myself to sleep in there. Been sleeping sitting up in a chair in my living room. I check the couches every night and everywhere around me. I put my blanket in the dryer every night. I’m going to have to steam and spray every day. I just want to move but it’s so expensive and my mom can’t afford it. These things are relentless. I just wanna set my whole house on fire. I’m just so tired of thinking about these damn bugs 24/7. I get that they don’t carry diseases and I can’t allow myself to think of gettinf bit up all night. I’ve read so many things on how people have gotten rid of them and I just don’t know what to do anymore. I wish exterminators weren’t so expensive so I could just get rid of them. I’m half tempted to try to take out a damn loan to pay for this mess!

Did you resolve your bed bug issue? If not what city do you live in. I’m a professional applicator and can treat a house for cheap. I am my own boss, so no middle man to take all the profit

Been dealing with this issues for years!! Moving doesn’t help unless you throw away your whole house including your clothes. I tried that. Bought a house and we are still battling this issue. My son gets them from his grandmothers house. It’s so frustrating. I’ve finally decided that I’m going to call an exterminator. At least I will know that they are gone. Tried sprays form the store and other inexpensive methods but a few days later the bugs are back. I’m so tired of fighting this battle. Exterminator is my last and final option. It will be worth my piece of mind. And I’m tired of my babies getting bit up. Good luck!!

You seriously sound just like me. I caught a two tiny ones in my sheets two days ago and I went into panic mode. Threw out furniture, vacuumed, sprayed everything, and washed, still washing everything. I’m going crazy because no matter what I do or how much I do, I feel its not enough. This is the first time I have ever dealt with such an issue and I’m going crazy! I want to set my house on fire too, if I could. I still haven’t went into my bedroom after I cleaned it. I even called orkin to come out and inspect the situation free of charge. I don’t know what to do either. I’ve been suffering for the past few days. What ended up happening, what did you do? Did everything work out ok, Samantha.

Hi. I am a pest control technician that often deal with bed bugs. I will give you some info on how to deal with these nuisance. First you will want to check all your furniture, mattress, ceiling edges, baseboards, etc. Check for any black dots as these are droppings and you will want to treat wherever they may be. They will most likely be located wherever the host is but in some cases(severe infestation or when tenants using sprays that repel the bed bugs), they can be on furniture, on the ceiling, inside outlets , bed frames , under baseboard moldings, kids toys, drawer, etc. First of all, you will want to buy products that are most effective against bed bugs. There is a product called bedlam, it come in a aerosol can. You will want to spray this alongside seams of your mattress, your frame , alongside baseboards, and whereever you suspect them. For outlets and a for a longer residual, you will want to also get a product with silica gel or diatomaceous earth. This comes in a dust form so you will also need a duster. Put the dust in cracks and crevices especially outlets and frame. Wash your clothes and any blankets, sheets pillow casings in hot water and dry in hot temperature. You can also steam alongside the mattress edges to kill any eggs. Make sure you move at a slow pace because it takes only 5-10 sec in temp above 135 to kill but if temp is 110-120 it will take a while longer. A typical bed bug treatment will cost anywhere between 150-1000 depending on type of treatment, the pest control company, and severity of infestation. If you happen to rather choose a pest control company, don’t use the big companies because I know all of the technicians are not reliable. If anything go on yelp and find a local company that has a good track record.

I have told my landlord in several occasions about my bedbug incident. Yet he brings me steamers chemicals to do it myself and get rid of them the harder i try the more they produce. They are gone for a couple days but then appear again, Sometimes don’t have the time To repeat three treatments in a week. Any suggestions.

I have just found out i have these freaking things. Its aweful and no matter what cant get rid of them just a temp solution ansd there they are again. Well if i were you i would check the laws in your state. YOU LANDLORD in most cases if you were not the cause of the bedbugs is responsable for cost of extermination. I would inform my landlord of the problem. have an exterminator OF YOUR CHOICE do inspection so your landlord cant have a buddy blame you. Find out if possible where they originated and go from there if your state laws say he has to pay. Call an attorney. Good luck. as i am now going through this myself.

Tell your landlord to hire a pest control or contact the housing department. Your just creating more work and sooner or later they will pretty much live in other locations. Why most of the times pest control bed bug treatments are ineffective is because owners or tenants buy products from home depot and spray everywhere leading to some chemical resistance and relocating the bed bugs.

I never thought that I could have bsd bugs. At first I noticed what seemed like hundreds of bumps on my arms. I thought it was an allergic reaction from something I was using. Then a few days later I actually saw a bed bug scurrying across my sheet! I freaked out and started tearing the bedding off. I alerted my landlord and left a message on his voicemail. Days go by without any response. So, finally 5 days after initially alerting him I call again. His secretary tells me that the bed bugs ARE NOT THEIR PROBLEM and to CALL THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Are you kidding me?! I was so shocked at what I was hearing. I couldn’t believe it. I can’t afford an exterminator and am at a lost as to what I should do. I would have thought that AT LEAST he would provide us with an reputable exterminator, but nothing! Apparently, it’s not their problem. Like others mentioned, I am becoming paranoid. I feel things crawling on me, but when I look there’s nothing there. I stay up all night to avoid the bed and reduce the amount of time that I have to sleep. It ridiculous. How can this not be the landlords problem? It’s his building! What if the whole damn place becomes infected? I bet he would care then, or maybe not.

I promise your story sounds like mine. I thought I was allergic to something until seeing one and finding out what it was. I stripped everything immediately. Sprayed, vacuumed washed everything in hot water. Embarrassing bites all over my arms that itch like crazy. I ha e been notifying my landlord for weeks and she has yet to acknowledge the issue. I’m at a loss here. I have e never experienced anything like this. That phantom crawly feeling. I don’t sleep well. I need help that doesn’t cost a thousand dollars. The crazy part is we would see them before in the wall or carpet but had no idea what they were when we first moved in. I have had to deal with a lot but this is by far the worst.

Which state do you live in

What does a bed bug look like cuz my husband found a bug on me that was flat but big like a roach. I have bite marks all over me that itch and burn bad the only thing that helps is calmine lotion and toothpaste. Can someone please send me a picture of what these Lil basturds look like.

They are a tannish brown color nearly translucent if they haven’t eaten, which is what we first saw in carpet or on a wall from time to time but thought was a strange bug from outside or something. After they feed on you they are red, like blood. Adults are the size of an apple seed, which is very visible to the eye. When you kill them they will either leak bloom, if they fed: or black ink looking liquid, if they have not fed.

They resemble a roach but smaller more apple seed like google has pics the bites burn for days sometimes longer

About 6 months ago a family friend gave us a beautiful sectional couch. I was so grateful- could never have afforded to buy something like that. Of course now I know why they gave it away! It is infested with bed bugs. I am so embarrassed! I don’t want anyone to know and I have been making up excuses to keep my family from visiting. The couch came from my sister’s mother-in-law so it might not surprise her. Thank you all for posting your stories. I don’t feel so alone anymore. We cannot afford an exterminator so I am going to try some of the do-it-yourself suggestions. I’m not getting my hopes up though, as many of you have tried the same things with little success. I am going to try to get that gigantic, beautiful couch out of here so I can watch it burn!! My sister is going to ask questions when she sees the charred remains and the empty living room. I guess I will have to tell her. Ugghhh! I am overwhelmed by this entire thing. Wish me luck! I wish you all the same!

I’m so upset. My sister has been ill and lost both her sons in a short time. Her and my nieces came to stay with us for a while and now I have bed bugs. They bit my oldest and my 6 month old. I had to throw away my couches. I’ve been in my house 14 years and never had this problem.

After living a year in my apt. Got to renew my contract for another year..but after two months I found i out had bedbugs and the manager said that I will have to pay for the exterminator which is $800. is it true that I have to pay for this. don’t know wat to do..

I assume you are in MA, but maybe not. Different states have different rules. I believe land lords are required to deal with the problem in MA, but it may depend on your exact situation (how many apartments are there in your building?). If talking to your landlord hasn’t gotten you the help you need, call your local Board of Health and find out what they are required to do by law.

All I did was visit a friend A little over a month ago he had got a new apartment and wanted me to check out. I ended up chilling over there for most of the day went home in the evening the next day I noticed I was itchy and had some bite marks on my legs. I called and asked him that he had or see any books. He said no and that he was bitten by anything nor was he Itcy! So a week goes by and no my old bug bites were going away but I was getting new ones I had a bite so bad on my on that I had to be put Scott in a biotics because it was giving me an allergic reaction. I put two into together I never went back over the friends house from when I previously so I automatically assumed then I must’ve definitely brought something back home with me. I watch some YouTube videos and so on and started to check room!! I couldn’t believe it I found six bedbugs I just torched them with a lighter collected them and flush them down the toilet. Now like I stated that was over a month ago I’m sure that the sixth and I found I’m not the only ones that are in my house and even after doing that I’m still getting that my 13-year-old still sleeps in the bed with me and he has absolutely no bites or no it’s not they seem to only be biting me! I’m really considering purchasing the steamer in trying that method. I am a single-parent and definitely don’t think I can afford an exterminator at the moment. Any suggestions

As an exterminator for the past 11 years, what sickens me the most about these pests is the high cost of their (successful) elimination. For those of us in the profession, it costs us approx. $100 to $300 to treat a 3-bedroom house, and this includes labor, supplies, heating equipment, chemicals, etc. Yet the company I work for (cannot disclose here) charges anywhere from $1,200 to $1,800 at bare minimum. I can tell you first hand that pest extermination companies make a killing off of these little critters, but it is heartbreaking how so many working class & lower class incomes cannot afford even the most simple treatments offered today. It makes me feel guilty, as I know the "secrets" of the industry, and how we are practically ripping-off homeowners, renters, hoteliers, etc with our prices. all because bedbugs are such a rising problem right now. What’s worse it how it impacts simple things such as hotel nightly rates (do you think owners just flip the bill & eat the costs themselves?) and rents, making affordability very hard for many. I wish my company would just lower the cost of bedbug treatment to what it really costs to get rid of these insects, so more people could afford it without going into debt. I do not feel very moral with this, or how the system is run.

I got got these bugs from my bf’s daughter when she moved in. I immediately called Terminex as I’ve heard how bad they can become, I wanted to nip it in the but. They charged me 2500 to heat my home. A month later my son found them again. I called them back, they sprayed his room. Next thing I know, they moved to my other son’s room. Terminex told me it took longer to heat than they thought so I assume they didn’t allow it to sit long enough. Fast fwd almost 1 year later. I moved my son out of his room and have treated it myself. Idk if they’re gone. I have yet to move to back in there. I’m so disgusted paying all that money, cleaning everything not once, not twice, but four times and still unsure of they’re gone. I tried to solve a minor problem by quickly nipping it in the butt but I’m the one who was duped. Single mom just trying to keep her home safe with little money and no patience left. Word of advice: don’t choose Terminex.

If you know how. Why not share the names of the products that are inexpensive enough forr poor people like me that can’t afford it. Help!

You posted a year ago that you work in the industry and treatment for chemicals, etc. is $200-300. I have been to Home Depot and used their products which don’t seem to work. Can you divulge what chemicals your company or any other company uses to exterminate BBs? would very much appreciate your response asap. thank you

Hi I.have a Friend who.was quoted 650 and a monthly fee until the process is complete are there any recommendations you might have that could help her out ty in.advance

I am a single parent of three small children and can’t afford to have an exterminator. Please let me know a few things that I can buy.

Since u just stated that it takes $100-300 us to actually fix the bed bug problem yet said company’s at charging $1000 plus. can u tell us, not so experienced people, who do have the ‘bed bug’problem. what EXACTLY we can buy/rent to do similar procedures to our own homes. as a small business owner myself I can say I’m sure the cost may be low for ur company cause they already own the propermachines BUT if comprobable machines are debatable I don’t see why you can’t help us all out and give us a step by step instructional to attempt to do it ourselves. Cause I can speak for myself. I can’t afford to throw out or burn a single bed, couch or dresser unless my kids and the rest of my family want tosleep on the hardwood floor and pile our clothes in stacks along that wall. so if you really feel bad, like it sounds like you do, throw out some ideas so we can try and DIY better than some of the other DIY ways which apparently don’t work according to other people’s posts. You might become a savior to ALL of us. thanks in advance, I hope 🙂

I suspect you are not seeing all the costs your employer sees, so you foolishly think that his profit is the difference between $100-$300 and the $1,200 charge. But if you THINK that you can provide the same service, cheaper, please email me. treg at tdlcapital.com We’ll give you a job quick.

That is a quite informative post regarding bed bug extermination. As the post says, bed bug control should start with DIY methods to eliminate initially found infestation by using alcohol and washing clothes in warm water. Then we should ask a professional bed bugs exterminator for a thorough inspection of every corner of our house. And in case further infestation is detected, we should treat the house immediately with the help of a professional. This is the right procedure for the treatment of bed bugs.

How much the exterminator cost ?

i live in a 2 bedroom 1 bath kitchen dining room and laundry room and i was quoted $2200 to do heat treatment on my house. Thats prob as much as tenting the house would cost me. im screwed

Help!! I bought a NEW mattress from a well established company in Southwest FL. I’ve had the mattress for almost 5 months. What I thought were beetles are actually bed bugs. This company is refusing to do anything about the mattress. Stating "the mattress was sealed at the company and not opened till it was inside your home". I have not traveled anywhere and, this is my bedroom not a guest room. My pest control company will be here tomorrow for a quote on treatment.

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but The mattress company is certainly not liable. Mattresses are heated before sealed, and come clean as a whistle. The problem is, you don’t have to do anything to get bed bugs. You can be clean and meticulous and never travel or even go to the grocer, but they can still move in. The taboo of them makes people feel like someone has to be at fault, but that is rarely the case. Good luck with your issue.

I buy used books from Amazon and I have always made a point of not buying a book that is disclosed as being a former library book. However, not all book sellers disclose the fact that a book is a library book and there were several I received that were. I believe that is how I got bed bugs because they are only in my bedroom and the only items I have brought in besides new clothes are books in the last several years. I contacted Amazon about seller’s making full disclosure and that was a waste of time. Online it tells you that library books can have bed bugs and since I read at night the book is on or by my bed. I am retired and this is a real hardship, all because I like to read.

Books are not the reason for bed bugs it is fabric. You can get them by sitting next to someone in a office or bank or anywhere. Best thing to do is call a profesional ASAP

The best way to get rid of the bed bugs is to do a thorough vacuum of all crack and crevices along with steaming but the steam should be light pressured if not you will just blow the bed bugs around. This is a time consuming process and pesticides work when everyone does their part. You have to prepare properly and the most important fact of the matter that no one seems to address is backtracking to when the infestation first started and tracing your footsteps where you have been and who has been to the infested area prior to the infestation is important. That being said you have to play private eye. Infestations get worse when you try to self treat you should always have a professional treat with some form of residual to deter re-infestation and no one can guarantee anything when it comes to bed bugs because there is no silver bullet

Ive had bed bugs for a year now cant afford an exterminator and cant expect my landlord to pay for the exterminator because he has let me be as far as six months behind on rent.. The only thing i havent read here is that you may be able to wash the bugs from your body by soaking in a hot bath (as hot as u can tolorate) but add at least one cup of bleach and one cup of salt. Clorox bleach is best cheap bleaches can give you rashes and irritate the bites making them hurt even worse.

Do not follow the advice of this poster – Brian Pitman. Bed bugs do not stick to your naked body. If you follow his advice your whole body skin will peel off leading to a slow death. Mike Nguyen – MD

It is not actually that difficult to make sure bedbugs are not on your body. You don’t need a special bath for it. They only want to be on your body when they’re ready to eat. They’re so fast that it’s nothing to them to stay off your body the rest of the time. It’s not like having head lice.

IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM should you be bathing in bleach.

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Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.

Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.

Although they are a nuisance, they are not thought to transmit diseases.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.

Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.

Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.

When Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.

Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.

People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.

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Signs of Infestation

If you wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs, particularly if you got a used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites started. Other signs that you have bedbugs include:

  • Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
  • Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
  • An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands

If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement. Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and examine the seams in the wood framing. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood frame.

Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call an exterminator, who will know what to look for.

If you find signs of infestation, begin steps to get rid of the bugs and prevent their return.

Bedbug Treatments

Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. This should include the following:

  • Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can’t be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
  • Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
  • Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and place in garbage can outdoors.
  • Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. Bedbugs may live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.
  • Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide.
  • Get rid of clutter around the bed.

If your mattress is infested, you may want to get rid of it and get a new one, but take care to rid the rest of your home of bedbugs or they will infest your new mattress.

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Bedbug Extermination

While cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires chemical treatments. Because treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms. Do not treat mattresses and bedding unless the label specifically says you can use them on bedding.

Generally it is safest and most effective to hire an experienced pest control professional for bedbug extermination.

Sources

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: "Bed Bugs."

Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet: "Bed Bugs."

The New York City Department of Heath and Mental Hygiene: "Stop Bed Bugs Safely."

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension Lancaster County: "Managing Bed Bugs."

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