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Well trained soldiers will expose an enemy's weaknesses. Bed bugs, like well trained soldiers, will exploit the weaknesses of a poorly designed or implemented control program.

 

There is no secret or shortcut to getting rid of bed bugs. If detected early, a bed bug problem can be much easier to control.  A bed bug problem can advance rapidly requiring extensive inspection and control work. The real secret for bed bug control is thoroughness and persistence.  The area being treated must be controlled to assure that no bed bugs escape, so the area can be confirmed “bed bug free”.

 

Bed bug treatment and control should not be taken with a "Do it yourself" approach.  While it is possible to treat and control bed bugs without the assistance of a professional, it is not recommended.  Control of these pests will require education and diligent effort over an extended period of time to ensure their eradication.  In all cases professional advice and an integrated pest management approach should be taken.

 

The real secret for bed bug control is thoroughness and persistence.  The area being 
treated must but be controlled to assure that no bed bugs escape.

 

A sound bed bug program needs to be thorough!  If the program sounds too simple or too good to be true, it probably is!  A good pest management company will have a sound bed bug management program.  Pest management programs should be thorough and “make sense” to you.  Thorough bed bug programs will integrate a number of methodologies and techniques.

 

How do I know if I am hiring the right pest management company
to get rid of my bed bug problems?

  • Verify the company actually specializes in bed bug control.
  • Verify the company is both licensed and insured.
  • Inquire if the company participates in training to increase their knowledge and experience in dealing with bed bugs successfully.
  • Ask for references from satisfied customers.
  • Ensure you receive written estimates, contracts, and service plans.

Pest management companies with exceptional service will take additional care bringing satisfaction to their customers, as well as ensuring a successful treatment program.
  • They will send at least two technicians to do the work.
  • They will provide you with information on how to prepare for the bed bug management work.
  • They will provide you with sound bed bug information and with viable recommendations on what you can do to enhance the overall results of your bed bug management program.
  • They will answer your questions truthfully and, if necessary, find the answers to your questions.
  • They will tell you what they are going to do and they will actually do what they said they would do.
  • Their program will include adequate follow up.
  • When you call them, you will have no trouble contacting a supervisor or manager to discuss your questions or concerns.
  • Their service contract will be equivalent to and include the services that the sales inspector described to you during the sales process.
Truthful statements and marketing claims found in advertisements can be two different things and worlds apart. Don’t allow yourself to be misled simply by marketing claims.  Educate yourself about bed bugs and check the references of prospective pest management providers before you contract with a selected provider.  It’s likely that you’ll be glad you did.  Be careful to utilize all the preventative techniques and follow the directions provided to you by your pest management professional.