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Pest Control: How to Find a Bed Bug Exterminator

Finding a great pest control company is sometimes difficult for even the most mundane infestations. Most pest control companies are somewhat proficient at treating for mice, spiders, and roaches, but many are completely unprepared to treat more difficult pests. Home owners with bed bug problems need to be especially careful that they get a pest control company with technicians who have been trained in methods that will appropriately remove these uninvited guests; otherwise, they tend to stick around in a new environment as long as possible. The following are just a few suggestions for finding a trustworthy pest control company to expertly treat bed bugs without harming the family as well:

Get a Good List of Pest Control Company Options

Homeowners should never just go with the first pest control company in the phone book without further checking. It is a good idea to ask family and friends about their experiences with particular pest control companies, especially if they have also had bed bug problems in the past. Consumers can also check online for agencies that specialize in eradicating bed bugs. Once the list of preferred companies is made, it is time to do some investigative work. A good place to begin is by checking with the Better Business Bureau in the area to determine if there have been any customer complaints. Then, consumers should actually interview those on the list by phone before making a final determination.

Ask Pointed Questions

Before making the first phone call, homeowners should prepare a list of questions to help guide their decision making process. The following are just a few of those that might help to clarify which pest control company is the best for this particular situation:

• Does the company have the appropriate licenses for pesticide usage?
• Will the company provide a free evaluation and an estimate for services to be rendered?
• What methods will be used to get rid of the bed bugs?
• Will there be follow up visits and treatments to ensure that the bed bugs do not return?
• Will the company provide training for the family to help them develop habits that would prevent future bed bug infestations?
• Will the pest control company take the safety of children and pets into account when developing a strategy for bed bug elimination?
• Will the company provide written documentation of the processes used and the expected outcome?

With the answers to these questions in hand for comparison, a homeowner will have much less difficulty choosing a company to treat bed bugs. The company will probably incorporate a variety of treatment methods into their service plan. These could include vacuuming, steam cleaning, high heat treatments, furniture encasement, or wrapping the whole house for fumigation. Sometimes just one of these treatments is needed, but it is vital to hire a pest control company with several options that can be employed when necessary. While the quoted prices from pest control companies may vary considerably, price alone should never be the deciding factor in choosing an agency to help with bed bug elimination.

About the Author:
Karen Barnes writes for a website where you can learn more about how to deal with bed bugs.

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