Bed bug extermination is not something that should be taken lightly, and I am sure that anyone who has had to deal with a bed bug infestation in the past would agree. Too many people make the mistake of trying to get rid of bed bugs on their own, or hire the cheapest exterminator out there to save a few bucks.
Although you may save a bit of money up front by doing this, you will almost surely pay for it in the long run when you notice that there is still a bed bug infestation present in your home, only this time a more severe infestation. Going this route can be effective in exterminating bed bugs from your home, however, if you or the low cost exterminator you hired does not have proven experience and the necessary tools to get the job done, it is unlikely that all of the bed bugs in your home will be killed, causing the remaining bed bugs to move deeper into hiding.
Unfortunately bed bugs are much more difficult to get rid of than other common household pests in Toronto. They are great at hiding, resilient to temperature changes, reproduce at alarming rates and can go months without a meal. For these reasons it is highly recommended to only use a reputable bed bug control company like Bed Bug Exterminator Pro.
To help you understand what you should be looking for in a bed bug control company we have put together a comprehensive checklist of the most important factors to consider.
Make sure they have bed bug extermination experience
One of the first things you should do when looking for a bed bug exterminator is make sure you are contacting companies that have a proven track record of exterminating bed bugs. A lot of pest control operators out there will tell you they can exterminate bed bugs, but the reality is that only a select few have actually gone through the training and have helped many customers before you get rid of bed bugs.
Since the bed bug resurgence in Canada has only been occurring for about 10 to 15 years, there aren’t yet that many companies who have extensive experience in this field. And although they may be great at exterminating other common household pests, bed bugs are a whole different beast.
To find out what the experience level of the company you are speaking to is, here are a few helpful tips of things you can do:
- Ask them qualifying questions like how long have they been doing this for and what is their success rate
- Check online review sites to see what other customers are saying about them. If you can’t find any reviews for this company that should be a red flag
- Look for a company that offers some sort of guarantee. Only the best bed bug control companies will have the courage to do this with such a resilient pest.
Make sure they are easy to communicate with
Being faced with a bed bug infestation can be very stressful. In fact, the main reason for concern with a bed bug infestation is the psychological damage they can have on their hosts. Any reputable bed bug exterminator knows this and will do whatever they can to thoroughly answer all your questions to help relieve some stress while the extermination process is taking place.
Good bed bug control companies will also have some instructions for you to follow before they come do an inspection of your home, and further instructions that you must follow during and after the treatment. They should be communicative in their approach and explain what the entire process entails so that everyone is on the same page for a long lasting and successful bed bug extermination.
If you find that the company you are speaking with is not adequately answering your questions or is not giving you full explanations of what will occur before, during and after treatment, chances are they just aren’t that experienced and you should look for another exterminator.
Make sure they are using an integrated pest management approach (IPM)
It can not be stressed enough how difficult bed bugs are to get rid of compared to other pests in Toronto. For this reason, only companies who use a comprehensive approach like an IPM strategy will have high success rates in exterminating bed bugs. Bed Bug Exterminator Pro is one such company that takes this very seriously using an Integrated Bed Bug Management approach when determining their treatment plan.
IPM is an approach which takes many factors into consideration when coming up with the treatment plan and ultimately uses several tools and methods to get rid of all bed bugs and their eggs. For example, a company using an Integrated Bed Bug Management approach may use pesticides in addition to steam treatment in order to make sure that all bed bugs and their eggs are killed.