Bed Bug Control

Bed Bugs

The Chicagoland area has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of bed bug activity over the past several years.  Bed Bugs are one of the most challenging pests for any pest management professional to eliminate.  They can inflict tremendous discomfort, both physically and emotionally.  If left untreated, the problem can spread to other rooms in a home or other units within an apartment building.

Proper preparations and thorough inspection and treatment from an experienced and detailed pest control technician are essential in eliminating bed bugs from your home.  It usually takes two or more treatments spaced 10 to 14 days apart to get rid of this pest.  We do not rely on just one method to tackle this pest, but instead use a multi-level approach when treating for bed bugs.  We also provide monitoring after our treatments to help determine the pest has been completely removed from your home.

Have you found bed bugs or suspect you have bed bugs in your home and don’t know what to do?  As licensed pest management professionals, we offer these suggestions;

1)      If you have found and identified bed bugs in your home, seek service from a licensed pest management professional as soon as possible.  Bed bugs DO NOT go away on there own!  An impregnated female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs per day.  In an ideal environment their population may double every 16 days.

2)      If you’re not certain you have bed bugs, seek a bed bug inspection from a licensed pest management professional.  Low level bed bug populations can be very difficult to detect.  An experienced pest management professional will know the most likely places to find them and can identify the signs of an infestation.

3)      Make sure the company with which you are dealing is licensed & insured.  Ask to see a copy of their license, or go to http://ehlicv5pub.illinois.gov/Clients/ILDOHENV/PUBLIC/Pest_BusinessVerification.aspx to verify the company has a Structural Pest Control License issued through the Illinois Department of Public Health.

4)      Work with a company that is a member of at least one professional organization, such as the Illinois Pest Control Association (IPCA) or the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).  These organizations offer education and training for their members.  Documented training and continuous education are also required for pest management professionals to maintain their license.  Working with a company that is up to date on the latest laws and techniques will provide the best chance of a successful outcome when treating for bed bugs.

5)      When comparing quotes from different companies – Don’t just compare the price!  Ask about the treatment methods and what is included with the service.  How do they treat for bed bugs?  Do they rely on one method for treating bed bugs or are multiple approaches used to treat the problem?  How many treatments are needed?  Do they include monitoring and post treatment inspections to confirm the treatment has been successful?

6)      Work with someone you trust and feel comfortable having in your home.  They will most likely be spending a number of hours in your house over the coarse of multiple visits.

7)      If you make enough phone calls, you can find someone that will tell you they can take care of your bed bug problem for $200 and they will “guarantee” their work.  They might be telling you what you want to hear, but in reality the chances of them delivering on their promises are slim.  Treating for bed bugs is very labor intensive work that should be performed by someone who is skilled in this field and understands the life cycle of this pest. This service is not usually performed well by the lowest bidder.

If you are experiencing problems with bed bugs, and have any questions concerning these pests or how we can treat this problem for you, feel free to give us a call at 630-624-3044.

Best Pest Control, Inc. bed bug service.  We use multiple methods to eliminate bed bugs.

Live bed bug and shed skin found on the bottom of a box spring during an inspection. The small black spots are bed bug fecal stains.

Best Pest Control, Inc bed bug treatment service.  Multiple methods are used when we are treating for bed bugs.

The small darks spots on the base board trim are bed bug fecal stains.

Best Pest Control, Inc. bed bug treatment service.  Multiple methods are used when we are treating for bed bugs.

The white spots on this bedroom door are bed bug eggs. The darks spots are bed bug fecal stains. During this inspection about 100 eggs were found on both of the bedroom doors and surrounding trim.

bed bugs, eggs, fecal stains

High density of bed bugs, eggs, and fecal stains found on a fitted sheet during a bed bug inspection.

Live bed bugs, eggs and fecal stains found behind a headboard while treating this home for bed bugs.

Live bed bugs found near the ceiling in a bedroom closet during a bed bug treatment.

Bed bugs, fecal stains, and shed skins found above door trim in a bedroom during a bed bug treatment.

Bed bugs in passive monitor

This is a picture of two bed bugs found in a passive monitor during an inspection after a bed bug treatment in a home. The smaller lighter color bed bug on the left is a young nymph, the larger dark color bed bug on right is closer to the adult stage. This shows the drastic difference in size of bed bugs during their life cycle as they develop from the immature (nymph) stage to the adult stage.

 

bed bug and eggs found during first bed bug treatment

A live bed bug and numerous eggs were found on the back of a night stand while treating this home for bed bugs.