Bed Bug Control: What The Pros Do

Bed bugs have always been a problem wherever humans have populated basically forever. They go where we go just like certain other types of insect. We have something they need to survive and that something is our blood. We also tend to sleep in secure, warm areas that other predators can’t reach and this makes our bedroom a safe haven for small insects, mainly of the parasitic and annoying variety.

When you discover you’ve somehow come down with bed bugs, most people will be very disturbed and should usually start researching what these bugs are, what they do, where they come from and how to get rid of them. No matter where you check the end result is almost always “contact a professional” even if you think you’ve wiped them out. They can actually cause reactions in some people and be dangerous if their numbers get high enough.

How Professionals Deal With Bed Bugs

When you first call any pest control company, they’ll typically go to where you tell them the problem is and do a thorough inspection then go outward from there checking floorboards, walls, carpeting and nooks and crannies bugs tend to hide in. With bed bugs they will need to access your bed so make sure everything is clean.

Typically a professional will only inspect the first time and this can be free depending on the company. You’ll next make an appointment or series of appointments depending on the severity of the situation and what level of involvement the pest control expert will have to utilize. A simple monthly spraying is pretty cheap but a deep treatment that takes hours every week (think large apartment units) will be more expensive.

When the time comes, the expert will usually use a combination of all-natural sprays and other methods to deal with bugs head on. Since your bed is pretty personal, they will only use a very light yet effective spray or sometimes a portable heat box that kills bedbugs within a few minutes. They may leave you to do some after cleaning like vacuuming and wiping surfaces down but that’s a small price to pay to be bug free.

What Pest Control Company Should I Call?

This varies depending on where you live really. In small towns you may have only one option but in medium or larger cities you could have a huge variety of large, well-known companies along with smaller “mom and pop” exterminators. Reputation can go a long way here, especially with smaller companies. Use the internet and talk to people you know in the area to see who is recommended for specifics. Bed bugs can be an embarrassing topic so you don’t really need to be specific when looking for a recommendation unless you’re comfortable with it.

A professional really can do more than you unless you’re really experienced with this sort of thing so don’t hesitate to call them at the first sign of something fishy.

Top Five Pest Control Companies Of 2013

When you have an infestation of bed bugs, ants, roaches, termites or something else that you know is simply out of your league, a pest control company is simply the best and safest route possible. You don’t really want to spray dozens of cans of bug killer all over the place; it might be harmful to you, your kids and your pets. Let the professionals take this one.

You probably know one or two local pest control companies right now. Most people hear or see advertisements for them on a regular basis in large cities but for those who don’t know, let’s take a look at the top five most well-known companies and see what they’re all about.

Terminix

As the name implies, Terminix is a well-known termite exterminator company but they offer some of the most effective treatments around for every type of insect you can imagine. Bed bugs, termites, rodents, snakes, mosquitos, fleas, roaches and more can be handled through Terminix. This company doesn’t mess around when it comes to bugs. They don’t handle larger pests however so if there’s bats in your belfry, you’ll have to call someone else.

Orkin

“Call the Orkin man” is synonymous with bug killer in many homes around the US. Orkin is a very well-known and established company with a great reputation. They offer seasonal treatments, yearly plans and more. They will exterminate anything that bothers you including bats and birds in some counties. Their website shows all their operating areas as well as their various pricing plans. Due to how long they’ve been in business, they can be pricey but their effectiveness can’t be beat.

Truly Nolen

This company seems more popular in southern states and you’ve probably seen their cute mouse cars driving around. Naturally, they initially specialized in rodents but long ago took on the whole array of insect life and larger critters as well. This should be your first stop if you have mice, gophers or rats but should also be checked out if you have bed bug or ant problems. They offer green options as well as scheduled treatments.

BioGuard

BioGuard is relatively new compared to the companies above but they offer a great seasonal treatment using green chemicals that are very safe. This company has been used by a lot of hospitals and group homes in some cities because they believe it’s a healthier option while maintaining effectiveness. Other companies also offer eco-friendly options now but it’s the specialty here. This company sticks with insects, reptiles and rodents.

Presto-X

If you’re radio stations are like ours, you hear about Presto-X more than you’d like. That’s not a bad thing though at all! This company has a lot of promotions going on throughout the year and you can save a bundle of money if you catch them at the right time. They offer green treatments like everyone else and can do commercial and residential alike. This company is moving up fast and their employees are well trained.

These are the top five companies as of 2013 but don’t count out others. That Mom and Pop exterminator down the road might know some secrets to getting rid of pests that you wouldn’t have considered and they might be on call 24 hours a day or have a very low wait time to be seen.

Things To Consider

Reputation can probably be the most important thing when it comes to pest control. Ask around. Your friends, family and neighbors may swear by one company but the Internet might be swarmed with bad reviews about them. Take some time to check up on them.

The list of pests covered is also very important. If you call an armadillo specialist to your house to examine your termite problem, you might just be wasting everyone’s time. Make sure they understand your problem and you understand what they do best.

Pest Control And You

Most people will see ads for pest control services from various companies and count their lucky stars that they never have to call them up. Walking into a room full of roaches, ants or some other little nasty critter doesn’t happen to all of us but, unfortunately, it’s almost always right around the corner. Not today but maybe someday that single event will happen that lets the bugs get the upper hand in our home.

Bugs don’t always mean someone is dirty; many times they either came with the house (termites) or arrived on some furniture as stowaways (bedbugs). It could just be a simple matter of where you live. A bite of cheeseburger dropped on your floor in Alaska won’t have the same bug attracting effect as that same chunk of food on a floor in Miami for instance.

Thankfully, pest control specialists are a phone call away no matter where you live. Even the most remote location can be reached and any severity of infestation handled relatively easily and with very safe methods. Chemicals used today are very safe and most pest control companies offer all natural alternatives if you prefer those. Let’s take a look at some different pest control products and techniques.

Do It Yourself Pest Control

Obviously, the first attack we try is the do it yourself method. Why pay someone when you can do it for just a few bucks right? For minor infestations or to simply get rid of a nuisance insect like the wasps that decided to move into your doghouse, you can usually do this yourself and be successful. This doesn’t always work and you may end up consulting a professional anyway. Here’s some common do it yourself products to get rid of bugs.

Sprays

We all know sprays like Black Flag and Raid. They come in lots of variety such as ant spray, roach spray, bee/wasp spray and more. These sprays can be picked up in most grocery and hardware stores and are pretty effective on very small areas like a wasp nest or single ant hole. Roaches may or may not die when you use a spray unless it’s sprayed directly on them. This can be hard to do as they are fast, hide from light sources and can go places you can’t like under the stove and fridge. Follow the directions on the spray and make sure you never use them near an open flame.

Foggers

Similar to sprays, foggers come in a can and are usually designated for a specific type of insect or insect group. A fogger is typically set in the middle of a room; you press the button and leave the room, closing all doors. This fills the entire room with a deadly mist that insects can’t tolerate. Foggers can work pretty well in small rooms without a lot of furnishings but the smell lingers and if you have a ton of boxes in there, they will only hit the top layer. Foggers are great for when you move into a new place and no furniture is moved in yet. You can also use them in vehicles if you end up with a car full of roaches somehow (it happens).

Traps

Insect traps are a preventative pest control system and the effectiveness varies wildly. What works for your neighbor may not work for you at all. Traps work for most “crawlers” like ants, beetles, roaches and sometimes spiders. These can be placed in key areas around your home and when insects enter, they simply can’t get out. Some traps might have chemicals or bait inside and others may coat an insect in a killing chemical with the hopes it takes it back to the nest to wipe out more of them. Traps tend to expire and many people don’t notice the date because of the type of product it is. Chemicals don’t last forever so make sure you buy new ones, not the boxes covered in dust.

Professional Pest Control Options

The companies in your area will really depend on where you live. If you live in a high population, warm all year state like California or Florida, you’ll have tons of big names like Orkin and Truly Nolen alongside dozens of smaller companies. Good, small companies can sometimes work just as well as larger companies if they have a lot of experience and a good reputation. High quality service along with great technology is the combination you want to look for when choosing a company. It’s even easier if you just use a service that finds your perfect company when you type in your area and your problem!

Things To Know

Before deciding on any pest control options, take the time to know exactly what’s going on to the best of your ability. If you have a huge infestation of ants for example, catch a couple and put them in a jar. Not only will this help you know what you’re dealing with, it will also give the exterminator a quick method they can use to help identify your problem so they can get the right tools ready. Don’t try to tell them exactly what species an insect is because even using all the Internet resources available, you can often make mistakes, ants and other bugs just look too similar to one another.

While most people immediately go for the do it yourself route, if you know you don’t have the time or patience for that, you might as well save some trouble and consult a professional right away. If you’re a landlord or run a hotel/motel, you should definitely get an expert involved immediately to avoid any trouble with tenants or even the city.