Did you hear about the man who set himself and three cars ablaze trying to rid himself of bedbugs? No, it’s not a joke! Recently, a rash of stories have appeared about desperate people taking matters into their own hands because they just couldn’t take the bed bugs anymore. Another man used gasoline to fight bedbugs and almost burned down his house! Granted, it’s a serious problem that can drive any homeowner crazy enough to do something dangerous.
In light of these stories, it’s best to leave bed bug extermination to a professional bed bug removal company. Go the safe route and get the best results instead of potentially harming your family, your property or yourself.
But what should you look for in a bed bug removal company? Use this checklist of 5 important things to consider when you’re about to hire a professional:
1. Look for a history of bed bug removal success.
A bed bug extermination company should be able to provide you with their success rate. That rate should be as close to 100% as possible (we recommend finding a pest control company with a 95%+ success rate). You should also ask for a 90-day guarantee and follow-up inspections to ensure the little bloodsuckers are really gone for good.
2. Find a bed bug removal company offering eco-friendly treatments.
While pesticides are sometimes the best solution, you might feel uncomfortable about someone spraying in your house, around your kids’ bedrooms and around your pet’s eating area.
Ask about treatments that are completely chemical free and environmentally friendly. The best companies offer a variety of treatments using heat or freezing treatments without pesticides, resulting in complete bed bug extermination.
3. Ask additional questions about bed bug extermination methods.
If your bed bug removal company uses heat treatment to kill bed bugs, make sure to ask these additional questions:
- Do they use thermal blankets to protect your belongings?
- Do they remove heat sensitive items from your home that could get damaged?
- How do they ensure that all bed bugs are killed and don’t spread to other areas?
4. Find out if your bed bug removal company is licensed and insured.
An experienced and professional company needs a license to do the work properly and insurance coverage to protect you, your property and its workers.
A proper license and insurance is a must for any company doing work in your house, so make sure you ask for proof.
5. Are the people compassionate? Ask for testimonials.
Elderly homeowners can have special needs when preparing for bed bug extermination. For example, mobility challenges can make preparation difficult. A bed bug removal company needs to be patient and understanding in these situations and give thorough instructions for preparation.
Understanding that homeowners are at their wits end, the best companies will respond to your call quickly, possibly with same day service. They’ll answer all your questions to put your mind at ease.
To find out if your bed bug removal company has a heart and really understands what you’re going through, check references and get testimonials from other homeowners.
Have you been battling a bed bug problem in your house? If you’re exasperated, it’s probably time to call a bed bug removal company to get a bed bug inspection done.
If you’re not sure if you have bed bugs, check on where to look for them in your home. Or call Magical Pest’s specialized Bed Bug Removal Division for advice at 905-738-6676.