Bed Bugs

Please click here for our Bed Bug Prep Sheet.

Bed bugs have made a return with a vengeance, especially in the Seattle area.  We are licensed, bonded, insured, and more importantly, trained in dealing with your bed bug problem.   There are many methods and techniques for getting rid of bed bugs.  We’ve based our bed bug removal process on what has proven effective and also cost effective.

How do I know if I have bed bugs?

Because bed bugs have been so popular in the news during the last few years, many times people jump to the conclusion that the mystery bumps showing up on them are indeed bed bugs.  Bed bugs have sure made a comeback, but first let’s identify if you do in fact have them.  The easiest way to check for bed bugs is to look.  A large percentage of bed bugs are located within 5 feet of your bed.  We recommend taking off all bedding, such as sheets, blankets, etc. and inspecting them thoroughly.  Next, do a very thorough inspection of your mattress and box spring.  Look carefully at all seams and especially on the bottom-side of your mattress.  If you see any live bed bugs or dark spots, then you have bed bugs.  Many times on an inspection we won’t find any live bed bugs (because they are hiding), but we’ll see the black spots they leave behind. Another common place to find evidence of bed bugs is on the bed itself, usually under the box spring.  Again, look for live bed bugs or black spots.  Other locations to search for bed bugs include couches, bookshelves, and electronic items close to your bed.  Because everyone reacts differently to bed bug bites, it is nearly impossible to identify them from bites alone.  IF YOU PREFER THAT A PROFESSIONAL PERFORM AND INSPECTION, WE WOULD BE GLAD TO ASSIST YOU.  WE CHARGE $99 FOR AN INSPECTION.  

How much does this cost?

We’ve tried to make this simple for our customers.  Unlike our competitors, we list our prices online, so you know how much you’re paying before we come out.  Below you’ll see a chart with our prices.  The cost depends on how many rooms you need treated.  The follow-up price is NOT per room, but total.   So if you need 3 rooms treated we will charge you $419 on your first visit and $159 for each follow-up visit you need.

 

Number of Rooms to be Treated

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

Initial Price

$299

$359

$419

$479

$539

$599

Follow-ups

$99

$129

$159

$189

$219

$249

 

How many treatments does it take to get rid of bed bugs?

Bed Bugs can be very difficult to eradicate and there is no silver-bullet to getting rid of them.  If prep work is done properly, then most customers only need one or two treatments, but this is not always the case.  Some customers require three or more treatments.  One thing to keep in mind is that bed bugs are hitchhikers, meaning they get a ride into your home.  This can be from luggage, clothes, used furniture, friends, family, yourself, etc..  If bed bugs are continually introduced into your home, it can make a bed bug issue an ongoing problem.

In multi-unit settings, such as apartment or town homes, it’s possible that the bed bugs are coming from another unit.  Unless the source of the problem is found, you can be dealing with an ongoing issue.  In multi-unit settings we do recommend inspections be done in all units to help discover the source and then treat the infested units.

Please give each treatment 2 to 3 weeks to work properly.  Bed bugs are not eliminated immediately.  If treated directly, then a bed bug will die off quickly; however, most bed bugs are in hiding and are not treated via “direct hit”.  As they come out of hiding, they will come in contact with our treatments, but it does take time to work.  If after two to three weeks you are still having issues, then it’s time for another treatment.  It’s recommended to treat every two to three weeks until they are eliminated.   Please contact our office to setup any follow-up treatments, if needed.

 

 

How do you get rid of bed bugs?

The resurgent of bed bugs has led to new research and methods.  We are always looking for new and effective treatments, so our procedures may change from one treatment to another.  Generally speaking though, here are some of the things that we do:

  1. Steam. We use a portable steam machine that produces steam at such high heats that it penetrates cracks and crevices where the bed bugs are hiding.  The high heat kills them and their eggs instantly.  We use the steam machine on mattresses, box springs, furniture and other hiding places.
  2. Chemical Application.  Bed bugs have shown resistance to today’s chemicals, so we do not rely on chemicals alone to get rid of them.  We will apply various chemicals where there is bed bug activity.  Some products we use are organic, some are green and some are synthetic.  Your health and safety are our number one concern, so when using chemical inside your home we apply it in a method that won’t affect you or your family.
  3. Monitor.   We may use various types of bed bug monitors to see where bed bug activity is present and see where they are tracking.
  4. Slow-Release Fumigant.  Many times we will use slow-release fumigants for items placed in bags. This will penetrate hard to treat items, such as electronics, and kill all bed bugs and eggs.
  5. Vacuum.  In heavy infestations, we may vacuum bed bugs to decrease the population quickly.

 

How do I prepare for a bed bug treatment?

PREPARATION IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR FOR GETTING RID OF BED BUGS.  Without full participation from the customer, it can be very difficult, if not impossible to eradicate bed bugs.  The better the preparation, the more likely it is we eradicate bed bugs in one or two treatments.

Please note, that if preparation is not done when our technicians arrive for treatment, Eco Elite Pest Control  will either 1).  Perform a treatment as best as we can given the circumstances.  You will still be charged the regular rate, even though a full treatment wasn’t performed, or 2). We will reschedule for a different day and charge a $99 trip fee.  The technicians holds the right to make the choice at time of service.

Make sure you follow our Bed Bug Prep Sheet.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO BED BUG BITES LOOK LIKE?  Each person reacts differently to bed bugs and many people do not react at all.  There is no way to tell if someone has bed bugs based on bites/reactions.  The best way to tell if you have bed bugs is via inspection.

CAN YOU SEE BED BUGS?  Yes.  Though they are small, an adult sized beg bug is similar in size to a lady bug.  There are different stages in the life of a bed bug, and some stages they are very small, but you can see them with the naked eye.   Bed bug eggs can be hard to see as they are a white/translucent color.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE BED BUGS?  The most common answer is from the bites; however, some people do not react to bed bugs.  Some customers actually see the bed bugs.  The easiest way to  tell is to inspect.  Most of the time if you have bed bugs, they are found on the box spring, bed frame, or corners of a mattress.  Many times when inspecting you’ll see bed bugs themselves, their white/translucent eggs, or their fecal matter, which looks like small black ink stains.

SHOULD I THROW AWAY MY MATTRESS?  Generally you do not need to throw your mattress or any furniture away.  Most of the time we can solve your bed bug problem without you going to this extreme; however, some types of furniture can be very difficult to treat.  Your technician will let you know if any furniture should be discarded.  If you do need to toss out any furniture, take necessary precautions to prevent bed bugs from transferring to other rooms.

ARE THEY ALWAYS FOUND IN MY BED?  No.  Bed bugs are present where people are present.  They are also most active at night, and since they need humans to survive, there’s a good chance they will be found in the bed, or near the bed.  They can also be found in couches, chairs, carpets, or furniture.