Bed bugs aren’t just annoying. They can also be a danger to your health.
For example, when bed bugs bite you, your skin develops irritating and itchy reactions. If you scratch these bumps and rashes, you put yourself at risk of infection.
That’s why exterminating these pests is so important. We’ve put together this guide to help you learn more about bed bug treatment cost and how to find the best price.
So let’s get started.
How Much Does Bed Bug Treatment Cost?
Most exterminators charge by the square footage or have a flat fee per room. However, you might also have to pay an hourly rate. No matter which method your exterminator uses, it shouldn’t affect the overall price that much.
There are a number of other things that can make the price go up though. Here’s a quick look at some of the factors that will impact your bed bug extermination cost.
Number and Size of Rooms
The bigger your home, the more expensive extermination will be. It takes longer for an exterminator to treat three rooms than it does to treat one room, so the price will go up, too.
Amount of Furniture
Bed bugs don’t just infest mattresses. They can get into any other furniture in the home, including couches, chairs, dressers, etc. Because of this, the exterminator will have to treat each piece of furniture in the infested room as well.
Even if the furniture is bed bug-free, the exterminator will have to do a careful examination to ensure the pests really haven’t spread over to them.
Every piece of furniture adds at least another 30 minutes to the treatment process, and they require more product. This will drive up the price.
The Condition of the Home
Bed bugs love clutter. They’ll hide in all the nooks and crannies created in the stuff.
If there is a lot of clutter in your home, the exterminator will have to sort through each item and treat it for bedbugs individually. However, it’s important to get this service done. If you reintroduce an item infested with bed bugs you will re-infest your house.
The Age and Style of Your Home
If your home has pier-and-beam construction, the bed bugs can escape under the home. This means the exterminator may need to crawl under the house to spray the treatment solution.
So depending on the age and style of your home, you may need additional treatment that can impact the price.
How Bad the Infestation Is
The severity of the infestation will determine what type (and how much) of treatment is needed to fix it. In some cases, you may need to fumigate your home, which can be an expensive process.
A bigger bed bug problem will cost more money than getting rid of a few bed bugs in one room.
How to Pick the Right Bed Bug Exterminator
One of the best ways to save money on a bed bug exterminator is to spend some time researching your options. This will ensure you get the best services for your needs at the best price (which isn’t necessarily the cheapest—but more on that later).
Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Ask for Recommendations
Ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations for exterminators in your area. They’ll be able to tell you if they liked the services the exterminator provided and what to expect when working with them. And you know you can trust their opinions.
If your friends and family don’t have any recommendations, do a quick Google search. You should find a long list of exterminators to choose from.
Pick your top three exterminators in your area and spend some time reading reviews on websites like Yelp. What did their past clients think of them? Would they recommend them?
If these people don’t have anything good to say, you might want to take your business somewhere else.
Figure out Their Level of Experience
If you like what you see in the reviews and references, talk to the exterminator about their experience.
Have they handled similar cases to yours? Have they treated a house your size before? How long have they been in the business?
This will give you a better idea of whether or not the exterminator can treat your home and whether or not they can do it well.
Ask for a Quote
You should ask your top exterminator choices for quotes. Depending on the severity of your infestation, they may have to inspect your home before they can give you an accurate price.
Once they do this, compare the prices you get and pick the best one.
Keep in mind though, the cheapest price isn’t always the best option. You get what you pay for after all. If you choose the cheapest choice, you may not get good services.
So pick the exterminator that has experience and can provide quality services even if they are a bit more expensive than other choices.
Breaking Down the Cost of Bed Bug Treatment
Bed bug treatment cost can vary depending on the severity of the infestation, the size of your home, the condition of your home, etc. That’s why it’s important to get a quote before you hire anyone. Also making sure that the treatment works the first time will save you money. The least amount of times you have to treat your home the more cost efficient the treatment is.
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