Free bed bug inspections
A good pest control organization will usually offer a free inspection, which helps them determine how bad the infestation is, and what is the best way to go about treating it. It is best to ensure that the inspection is actually being performed by a licensed bed bug exterminator – not just a tech that works for a licensed exterminator. This ensures that you have the actual pro that will be designing the treatment there to examine your infestation and work with you on a plan.
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|Terminix||Yes||A variety of treatment options including steam or RapidFreeze®, depending on the nature of the infestation||49 states (excluding AK, ND, or SD)||B-||4.1 (Consumer Affairs)||Contact|
|Orkin||Depends on location||Same-day service may be available if you call before 2pm||47 states (excluding AK, SD, or WY)||A+||4.2 (Consumer Affairs)||Contact|
|Aptive||Depends on location||Will send technicians to your home between scheduled visits to address any issues||23 states||A-||4.9 (Consumers Advocate)||Contact|
What to expect during a free bed bug inspection
Remember – bedrooms are not the only place where bed bugs thrive. They tend to live near beds because they are nocturnal feeders, so they have easy access to a meal (you) while you are sleeping. However, they are also often found in couches and other furniture, in closets, even in the walls.
- Live Bed bugs in some of the common hiding areas throughout your home
- Shed bed bug skins
- Reddish-brown spots on the bedsheets or furniture (an indication that a bedbug may have been crushed, or from bleeding from a bedbug bite)
- Bed bugs eggs or feces
This can help them develop an effective treatment plan accordingly.
Free bed bug check
Professional bed bug inspectors are highly practiced at locating bedbugs and signs of an infestation – so they often find things that an untrained eye may miss. This is why it may be a good idea to call a professional if you are experiencing bites, but having a hard time locating the source. A single pregnant bed bug is all that it takes to start an infestation, and you want to stop the issue early, before it gets out of hand.
Unfortunately, a visual inspection can sometimes turn up negative, even when you have a bed bug infestation, simply because they are excellent hiders. They also may not feed every day, so there may not be fresh signs. In fact, bed bugs can go a long time without eating. To be sure, some inspectors may recommend a bed bug dog inspection.
How much does it cost to get bed bugs checked?
Some providers will perform the inspection for free. Others charge a fee ranging from $50-200, depending on location. Depending on what the inspector finds, there are a variety of bedbug treatment methods that they may recommend (from chemical treatment to heat treatment). They will work with you to find a treatment method that meets your needs, and budget.
How much does canine bed bug inspection cost?
Studies have shown that dogs, particularly beagles, are excellent bed bug sniffers. At around 8 to 12 months, dogs begin being trained for an exam with the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDC). Research concludes that adequately trained dogs could be highly effective at identifying bed-bugs and their eggs – with an accuracy rating of 95.7%. Source: NCBI – National Center for Biotechnology Information. A bed bug dog inspection may cost $300 ~ $600 depending on location and the size of your home.
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