How much are bed bugs costing you?

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How much are bed bugs costing you?

03.20.2019

How negative are bed bugs on your wallet?

The national average bed bug treatment cost is $1,750 with cheaper treatments costing as low as $300 and more expensive exterminations reaching $5,000, Home Advisor says. However, depending on the bed bugs’ impact on your residence, there are various factors that will determine the cost of bed bugs and how they are treated. Professional exterminators generally offer different types of service options, including inspections, one-time removal or termination of bed bugs, and recurring bed bug control services.

If your house or property is infested, here are a few questions you’ll need to consider to determine the bed bugs’ impact on your wallet:

How many rooms are infested?

As indicated by Thumbtack, there are a few ways professional bed bug extermination costs can be determined, for example by the square footage of the property that needs to be treated, by a flat fee per room, or by the hours of labor. Bed bugs infestation can be limited to one bed in a single room, but in worst scenarios they can affect an entire home or property. It’s safe to assume that the more rooms on your property that need bed bug extermination treatment, the higher you should anticipate the overall cost of the process.

How severe is the infestation?

The cost of bed bug extermination will also depend on the severity of the bed bug infestation in a given area. The more extreme the infestation and presence of bed bugs, the higher the cost. In many cases, extermination professionals will do an inspection of your home by walking through the property so they can assess the circumstances, recommend a course of action, and estimate a cost for the services needed

What treatment option is best?

There are a few different methods professional exterminators use to rid a residence of bed bugs. These practices include fumigation, heat treatment, pesticides, and steam treatment. First, depending on the exterminating gas concentration, fumigation may kill up to 99 percent of bed bugs and other pests in your home, according to Fixr.

The disadvantages of this approach are however related to the use of potentially harmful volatile compounds and to the overall duration and complexity of the procedure, which requires a long preparation and leaving the house for few days. Also, it doesn’t prevent reinfestation. This treatment will cost $4 to $7.50 per square foot.

The option of using heat treatment to eliminate bed bugs in your home will instead cost from $2,000 upward, depending on the size of the house and the level of the infestation and doesn’t use any chemicals. Pesticides on average cost between $250 to $1,000 per room and, as in the case of heat treatments, will require you to leave the house for about 8 hours.

Lastly, the cost of steam treatment, which kills all stages of bug development, ranges from $250 per room to $1,000 per room. Steam treatments don’t require the use of any chemicals or pesticides, and another advantage is that you can be back in the room right after the application of steam.

Do you want to hire a professional?

DIY bed bug removal is of course the least expensive treatment option for exterminating bed bugs. If you’re worried about the cost of bed bugs and can’t afford to hire a professional to wipe out the bugs, there are a few methods you can try yourself to get rid of the bugs, like steam and vacuuming, for instance. However, while this option is less costly, it’s usually also the least effective. If a bed bug infestation is not treated properly, it can become much more difficult to eradicate and end up costing you more in the long term. That’s why in most cases, it’s better to seek professional help.

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