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How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs - The Ultimate Guide

Learn powerful up to date methods from the experts that will stop bed bugs in their tracks and get rid of them for good. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bed bug treatments greatly range in price.  You may find a chemical treatment for a bedroom ranges from $300.00 - $1000.00.  Please remember, this treatment is time-consuming, requires a wide range of chemicals and equipment, and requires the careful eye of a well-trained and experienced bed bug technician.  It is not uncommon to need a second or even a third application.  A price on the low end of this range likely sacrifices some or most of these essential components.


If you choose a whole room heat treatment, expect to pay between $800 - $1500.  The size and construction type of the room determines how much material is needed to adequately heat the room.  The equipment utilized in this process is expensive and highly specialized.  An experienced and well-trained individual will be at your home for at least 8 hours.

Most pest control companies aim to provide excellent results at reasonable prices.  However, we urge caution when considering a low-ball proposal for bed bug elimination.  They are hard to kill insects that require, time, product, and expertise.

After a professional chemical bed bug treatment, you should begin to see an immediate reduction in bed bugs.  However, do not expect an overnight cure.  Taking into account bed bug biology and the methods of extermination, it may take a few weeks for every bed bug to come into contact with the chemicals and die.  Often a second treatment a few weeks later is necessary to kill the nymphs that hatched from eggs since the initial treatment.  A bed bug treatment is considered successful when there is no evidence of bed bugs for 30 days.  

    Whole room heat treatments boast same day elimination.  While there are negatives to consider with a heat treatment (discussed above), the speedy solution is a serious positive.  Combining a residual chemical and dust with a heat treatment is a fast and effective way to kill bed bugs.

There are a few online stores that specialize in selling pest control products.  These companies are often run by or employ people with specialized knowledge about the products they are selling.  If you decide to tackle this job yourself, educate yourself first, then utilize one of these companies to purchase a spray for your mattress and furniture, a dust for inaccessible areas, a spray for cracks and crevices, mattress and box spring encasements, and traps for monitoring.  Often these companies have customer service representatives who will steer you toward the kits.  Do your own research and decide if the products in those kits are the most effective and the best solution for your family.  Keep in mind, if you have to purchase this kit 2 or 3 times to gain control, you may spend more than if you had hired a trained professional in the first place.

Yes, the same general methods will get rid of bed bugs in an office or apartment.  The details of the treatment will vary slightly in an office (more chairs and no bed), but the general principles remain the same.  


    Bed bug treatments in apartment buildings present an additional obstacle as bed bugs can easily move from one apartment to the next apartment.   Bed bugs have even been shown to spread to the apartment directly across the hall from an infested unit.  Standard procedure when treating apartments is to inspect and treat if necessary, the next-door and across the hall neighbors of an infested apartment.  Unless the adjoining apartments are thoroughly inspected and treated if necessary, the risk of reintroduction is extremely high in apartments.

Pet owners should ensure that pets are kept out of the treated area during bed bug treatment, especially when using chemical treatments like insecticides. Pets should only re-enter the area once the product has dried and the space has been adequately ventilated with fans and open windows.

Proper ventilation with fans and open windows is important after using insecticides during bed bug treatment to ensure that the area is well-ventilated, which helps to disperse any fumes or chemicals that may pose a risk to pets.

Pets should only re-enter the treated area after bed bug treatment with insecticides once the product used has dried completely.

To keep pets safe during bed bug treatment, it is advised to keep them out of the affected area. Pets should not re-enter the treated area if insecticides have been used until the product has dried.

Yes, there are natural bed bug laundry products and additives available that are crafted to eradicate bed bugs at all stages of life. However, it is not necessary to acquire a dedicated laundry detergent for this purpose. Simply washing your clothes and fabrics in hot water using regular laundry detergent and subsequently drying them on high heat is effective in killing bed bugs.

Certainly! Using baking soda as a method to eliminate bed bugs can be ineffective. Despite some claims that applying baking soda can help dehydrate and kill individual bed bugs, there is not enough evidence to support its effectiveness in eradicating a bed bug infestation. Overall, baking soda is not considered a potent treatment for addressing a bed bug problem and may not provide a long-term solution for getting rid of these pests.