Im going to be perfectly honest with yall. I meet so many people getting price raped over a bed bug problem. So today Im going to give you a breakdown of cost. I know just about every method to date and will attempt to break it down for you.
In the professional extermination business the chemical are bought at somewhat low price of $40-$70 for about 30 gallons of concentrated pesticide. The sprayers you see us carry are one gallon sprayers (most exterminators carry) That means we can get can do a lot of jobs on one bottle of chemical. One gallon of spray is enough to treat about 3 rooms for bedbugs.
Different peoples time is worth different amounts. I value my time a lot so that reflects in the price. Because our service is more custom, using a open business model. Different technicians bill differently within a range.
A normal bed bug treatment is about an hour, so for me $200 for my time and expertise plus chemicals, gas, wear and tear on the vehicle all count.
How hard the job is going to be also plays a role but this is where you as a consumer should be very careful…
“Effort” is extremely subjective. Effort also doesnt equal skill. I do far less than a team of two technicians from a traditional pest control company. But I have high skill and know what Im doing. Different schools of thought determine the effort applied. For example:
Someone with a traditional technician mind set probably come to your home with a steam machine, a pyrethroid ( standard pesticide) chemical, a dust version of the pyrethroid chemical. Open all you outlets, flip everything over, spend an hour or two doing a super thorough inspection tearing everything apart heating up the place and so on.
I can see how that would cost a lot. But is it needed
The answer is no. Thats one way to go about it…
The other is the scientific approach. The way I see it…
The bedbugs are going after you, so I plan my attack around a central base. Just like war. Its me and my client vs. the Bedbugs. They can hide to many places to try and find them all. But…we know they will get hungry and come out. Especially if a food source is near. So thats where I start the plan. I kill all easy to find Bed Bugs and take out the common and obvious locations. Then lay a foundation of undetectable chemicals so the Bedbugs I MIGHT have missed ( every situation is different) to continue to act normally but are getting poisoned.
Its much easier that way. Then I set traps to protect my client from getting bitten by the ones who MIGHT have survived the first onslaught.
Then I brief my client on what happened and why and how they can protect themselves from now on.
This works well for me and my clients and its not THAT much work or effort. Because my clients always help since they are eager to eliminate the problem as well.
The point of this is to show you massive effort doesnt equal results. Elegance can work just as well if not better. So be careful when choosing a pest control company to do a Bed bug treatment. Because the method they know might not be the best method for you overall. A lot of people dont want to bag up their clothes and do all that crap. We never make our clients do such things and we get terrific results with our strategies.
You dont have to bag up everything and empty your closet and drawers for days. If the exterminator isnt aware of any other methods, and you arent aware, then youre in for a rough time.
Remember, people are operating from different mind sets. The technician mindset is labor focused. This type of thinking values hard physical work. The minimalist mindset is a different beast. Elegance, focus and results are whats important. Then you have a something for nothing mindset which will try to scam you.
So before you go into debt to get rid of a bed bug problem. Take some time to evaluate what type of mindset youre dealing with. Because 99% of all professional products are available to consumers. ( google: pest products) its all about how they are used. Spraying pesticide is not a skill.
If youre reading this, that means you can find things on the internet, so dont get suckered because youre scared of a few Bedbugs. They arent as menacing as they see. The bedbugs take advantage of peoples lack of info.
Understanding beats fear every time.
yes, some are resistant to the most common pesticides…so….switch strategies. If you go to wikipedia.com and read up on bed bugs you will know more than most extermination companies. You average pest control company dont usually attract or are run by people who are internet and social media savvy. So you get information faster!! This article is only submitted to places that have savvy people. Dont devalue yourself. Bed Bugs are NOT that big a deal if you know the deal.
its 1001 ways to kill an insect from a human perspective. Think about it…