One of the most important factors to consider when treating bed bugs is cost. With the economy in a slump, a bed bug infestation can be equivalent monetarily for families to a small fire or a fender bender. People often search the Internet looking for some magic product that will rid themselves of bed bugs for just a few bucks, but unfortunately there is no such product available yet. Below are some options and the estimated costs.
Professional Pest Control:
The easiest way to treat bed bugs is through the services of a professional pest control company, which can normally take care of a bed bug infestation in 2-3 treatments. It’s important to make sure the company you choose is licensed and it may be a good idea to check some references to ensure they know what they’re doing.
The cost of a professional pest control service varies by the size of the home, the infestation and the company. Some charge a flat fee of $1 per square foot or by the job, which ranges from $600-$900 on average.
We would suggest looking for a pest control company that will warranty the job for 1 year, but this may not be available in apartment buildings where success is also dependant on the neighbors. Most treatments will involve multiple treatments so expect at least one follow up treatment.
Along with the pest control service participation from the occupants of the infested dwelling is required. Clothing needs to be dried on high heat for at least 15 minutes and then placed in sealed garbage bags or Hefty Big Bags. We recommend a PackTite heat treatment device for treating personal items that cannot be placed in a dryer including shoes, dry clean only items, books, papers, etc.
Along with treating your belongings mattress and box spring encasements are also needed, which can be quite costly. A bed bug proof mattress encasement set costs between $120-$160 for a queen set. We suggest staying away from vinyl, which is hot to sleep on and can often tear. Mattress encasements should remain on the bed for at least 18 months to ensure any hiding bed bugs are no longer alive.
In total the professional approach to bed bugs will cost $900+.
Do It Yourself:
Treating bed bugs yourself can save a lot of money, but will require more time and a little research on your part. The chemical and powder cost of treating bed bugs is normally between $80-$200. Products used to treat bed bugs can be found locally at pest control supply stores or on the web.
Bi-passing a professional again is not for everyone and instructions provided on the treatment products should be followed carefully to ensure the application is conducted safely. Success rates are surprisingly high for do it yourselfers.
As with the professional option, mattress encasements are necessary and we also recommend a PackTite and Climbup Insect Interceptors.
In total the professional approach to bed bugs will cost $300+