Hiring a pro for bedbug control can Cost you Plenty.
Bedbugs can hide in any crack, crevice, or sliver of an opening. Every situation is different as far as hiding places go. You have to find them before your can achieve bedbug elimination. Taking the time to find, prepare the room and treat them with special bedbug products is like taking a long cab ride, the meter runs. Bedbug control takes time and a lot of it. As you read below you’ll see that most of the work involved can be done by you, the homeowner. As for applying chemical products after the rooms are prepped, you will learn how below.
Do it yourself Bedbug control
Step one – Bedbug Control Identification
To achieve bedbug control you must start at the beginning, identify bedbugs. Bedbugs can feed and breed year round under favorable conditions. Bedbugs typically hide during the day in mattresses or cracks and crevices. Before you do anything else, you must confirm you have bedbugs. It is critical to find actual evidence of the bedbugs: actual insects, shed skins, fecal spots, etc. see pictures of bedbugs
Step Two – Bedbug Control demands you find their hiding places:
■Furniture, particularly bedroom furniture must be inspected carefully. Bedbugs may crawl 10-20 feet; so don’t limit your search only to the bed.
■When possible, dismantle the bed for easier inspection and possible treatment. Inspect the mattress and box spring thoroughly. Be sure to check the holes or slots where sections such as the sides, head and foot boards attach.
■Check under and behind other pieces of furniture, such as chairs, couches, dressers, night stands, etc.
■Pull out dressers drawers, inspect them carefully and check the interior of the dresser before reinserting the drawers.
■Check the undersides of lamps, clocks, radio, phones and other objects that might be on night stands.
■Pull back the dust covers on the undersides of chairs and couches and check particularly around the legs and frame.
■Remove and inspect objects, such as pictures, mirrors, curtains, etc., that are hung or mounted on walls.
■Check obvious cracks and crevices along baseboards.
■Remove the covers on electrical outlets and switches and inspect the boxes for signs of bed bugs.
■Inspect torn or loose wallpaper and decorative borders.
■Check all clothing and other items stored in areas where bed bugs have been found.
■If you have traveled in the last few months, inspect your luggage as well as the entire closet/storage area (and its contents) where you store your luggage.
■Some pest control companies offer the services of a specially trained dog to detect bed bugs. We are not endorsing their services specifically, but they can be very cost-effective particularly for large multi-unit properties (hotels, assisted-living facilities, dormitories, etc.). As with any pest control service, make sure you understand the terms and any guarantees before you sign any contracts. In North Carolina, the dog handler or his employer must be licensed by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Find this information for all other states all 50 states here. Be a smart consumer and ask about how the dog was trained (e.g., was the training conducted by someone qualified for training dogs in such detection work). Thank you to NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for bed bug inspection information.
Bed Bug Prevention
Because everyone is at risk of accidentally bringing home bed bugs into their home, a really good prevention step is to encase all your mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs head straight for the sleeping areas of a home when they enter and usually set up their base on or around the bed, to be close to their meals. Without encasements, an infestation can go undetected for weeks, and it is very likely that the bed bugs may spread to any adjacent rooms.
Step Three – How to Kill Bedbugs
- We are going to start this treatment with a pesticide dust. In this case the product is organic and can be sold into all 50 US states. Use a hand duster to apply a light dust, do not clump up this dust or it won’t work.) Evergreen Pyrethrum Dust works well in most cases.
- Take bed apart. Apply Evergreen® Pyrethrum Dust at a rate of 2 oz. per 50 square feet of surface area into joints, channels, cracks and crevices on bed frame, headboards and foot boards. (light dusting) Wall mounted headboards and their hardware should be removed and treated. If hollow, square or round tubing, see that the interior framework is well dusted. (Use a hand duster for even dusting, just the right amount of air and dust.)
- Mattresses and box springs may be dusted, tufts, folds and edges. Do not treat the entire mattress. All furniture and furniture accessories in the room must be treated. Be careful not to treat areas where sitting bodies will make contact with the dust.
- Pull carpeting from tack strips and treat under the baseboard, sill plate and under the carpet tack strips, remember light dusting, no clumping. If you over-treat, clean it up, let dry and dust again.
- Treat under, behind, and into cracks and crevices of decorative moldings.
- Apply a continuous visible film to other potential harbourage sites: table and wall mounted lamps, wall crevices, electrical boxes, outlet plate covers, switch plate covers, mirrors, picture frames and backs, door jambs, moldings and hinges, window ledges, sills, drapery rods, curtains, blinds and mounting hardware, closet shelving and hardware, picture frame moldings and other crack and crevices in the room should be treated. (Choose a duster)
- If Bed Bugs are present, treat with an Insecticide approved for use on Bed Bugs. Use Onslaught® Micro-encapsulated Insecticide* as a spot treatment to potential harbourage sites and migration paths, and cracks and crevices, around baseboards, floorboards, head-boards, and walls.
Bedbug treatments can be expensive
Now you have some idea about why this treatment is so high when you hire an exterminator. $1,500 up to $3,000 to do a bedbug treatment.
*For bedbug control, you will need a chemical pesticide sprayer . Please don’t use a throw away sprayer. You are purchasing professional products, use a good sprayer, one capable of spraying pesticides. This sprayer should last for years with minimum care. Keep it clean, replacement parts are also available should the need arise.