Bed Bugs

Please click here for our Bed Bug Preparation Checklist

 

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 $369 on your first visit and $149 for each follow-up visit you need.

 

Number of Rooms to be Treated

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

Initial Price

$349

$409

$469

$529

$589

$649

Follow-ups

$99

$129

$159

$189

$219

$249

So how many follow-up visits do you need?  This really depends on the situation.  We’ve been able to eradicate bed bugs in as little as one visit, but on average it takes between 2 and 4 treatments.  There are cases where more than 5 treatments may be needed.  Also, unlike our competitors, we do not make you sign a long-term contract.  If you only need two treatments, then you only pay for two treatments!  We will treat as needed.

Also, we strongly recommend that you purchase both mattress and box spring encasements for infested beds.  This will help tremendously speed up the process of getting rid of bed bugs.  DO NOT purchase a cheap encasement!  You need one that seals up properly and has no holes for bed bugs to escape from.  You may either purchase encasements from a third-party or from us.  Our prices range from $40 to $100 depending on the size.

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 bag up personal belongings into airtight bags and apply a slow-release fumigant.  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?

Your preparation is vital in eradicating bed bugs.  The more you cooperate, the easier it is to get rid of them.  Please click here for our Bed Bug Prep Sheet.  It also contains prices for our mattress and box spring encasements, along with other valuable information.