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Questions to ask when deciding what bed bug treatment to use

At Trust K9 we are aware that we do not offer the only bed bug treatment on the market. We believe that healthy competition and variety is a great thing.

However we do receive calls now and then from potential clients who have had bad experiences with other companies. We have compiled a list that should help you find the right Bed Bugs Specialists.

Price

We all like to watch the pennies where we can and of course it can be very tempting to go for the cheapest bed bugs treatment. The best questions to ask yourself are:

Trust K9 Bed Bugs Specialists - pound icon“Am I getting value for money?”
The treatment may be the cheapest you have found but does it cover the cost of follow up visits? If not, will the follow up visits need to be paid for at a later date?

Is the treatment guaranteed?
If there is a guarantee find out what is required from you for the guarantee to be valid. Certain companies may be able to spread the cost of a treatment, this is a great question to ask as you may be able to purchase a treatment that is better for your needs.

Trust K9 Bed Bugs Specialists - luggage iconWhat is required from you?
Do you need to bag everything up? Do you need to throw things away? Find out if this is necessary and why. Not all companies require this and it will save you a lot of time and possibly money if they don’t.

What is the actual treatment?
Is it a chemical spray treatment? If it is where is it sprayed? Are they using steam? Can this damage furniture? Are they using heat? What is the heat applied to?

Asking all these questions will help you work out the best treatment for you and help you understand how effectively it will kill bed bugs. It is also a good idea to check if there will be 2nd or 3rd visits and when these need to be scheduled for. If there are second or third visits find out why they are required.

Testimonials

Trust K9 Bed Bugs Specialists - search iconPeople do not want to admit to having bed bugs. However customers may be willing to post testimonials anonymously.

Does the company have any customer reviews? Bed bug specialists?
It is very easy for any company to claim they are a bed bug specialist and have a dedicated website. However a little digging through a search engine should be able to clarify this for you! If you are not using a bed bug specialist please bear in mind they are dealing with a lot of pests on a daily basis ranging from mice to moths and are retaining a lot of information regarding each pest.

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Trust K9 Bed Bugs Specialists - phone iconIf in doubt keep asking questions! Generally we would advise to put together 3-5 quotes, however the bed bug market is very vast with the different types of treatment. Call, call and call some more, there are facts about bed bugs that are fool proof and these can be seen in university studies. If still in doubt the bed bug foundation is an impartial service you can use for information on bed bugs and their treatments.

Bed Bug Foundation

Last week Trust K9 attended a meeting set up by the Bed Bug Foundation regarding Dog detection accreditation and a code of practice. This is a much needed tool in the work of bed bug detection as an overall standard would be a wonderful starting point for clients/customers looking for a starting point on finding the right company to initially detect there bed bug infestation.

Once the infestation is confirmed the Bed bug foundation can then assist with finding the correct companies for treatment.

Please visit their website following this link. bedbugfoundation.org

The bed bug foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness of bed bugs throughout Europe.

What bed bug treatment option is best for my property?

Initially you do an internet based search for ‘bed bug treatments’ to eradicate your bed bug problem and unfortunately there are all different kinds of results that come up.
Trust K9 offer two different search types and two different treatment types depending on your level of infestation, budget and property.
Upon ringing or emailing around you will be asked for certain details to enable pest control companies to provide you with quotations for bed bug services. The details Trust K9 require are simple, the area you live in, the number of bed rooms and living rooms you have and the level of your infestation.
The level of infestation can be difficult to work out if you have only just discovered it, however there are certain traits that bed bugs have that will help to establish how long the bugs have been present.

  • Have you been bitten or had bumps appear on your skins for the past weeks or months?
  • Have you noticed blood marks on your sheets upon waking up?
  • Has anyone else in the property been bitten?

An infestation will tend to start as a bite problem or possibly a rash. Due to the nature of bed bugs it can take weeks or even months for the bugs themselves to be seen (they are masters at hiding). However you can, by chance, see a bug at the beginning of an infestation. As bed bugs are a ‘bad luck bug’ it would be as simple as good luck to see a bed bug at the very start of an infestation.

When carrying out a visual search it is much easier to look for the evidence of the bed bugs rather than the actual bugs themselves. A visual search can take anywhere between 5 minutes to a few hours depending on how quick evidence is found. Once evidence is found in one room it is advisable to have the whole property treated due to the bed bugs nature.
The second option is a canine search. Although this search option is more expensive, it is a lot faster taking up to 1-2 minutes a room. If canine doesn’t alert in a room you can be 98% accurate that there is no infestation there, whereas a visual search can only be 30% accurate in cases where no evidence is found.
A canine search is also the best option in low level cases, for instance if you have visited a property recently that has an infestation and want your property checked or if you have only been bitten for a few weeks.

Following on from a bed bug search you can then go ahead and have a treatment. A treatment can be carried out in the first instance if bed bugs have been seen in the property.
A chemical treatment takes 5 weeks to kill all life stages of bed bugs. Bed bugs follow a cycle of feeding every 5-10 days (depending on availability of carbon dioxide and temperature) with eggs taking up to 18 days to hatch. We guarantee the majority of residential property treatments for six months. Once a property is sprayed the treated rooms will need to be left empty for 2 hours whilst the chemical dries. A chemical treatment is safe once the chemical barrier is dry.

The second option is a heat treatment. This treatment takes between 12-14 hours to do and a property will need to be left empty for a further 6-8 hours to cool down naturally. Although this treatment is an expensive one it is the fastest way of eradicating a bed bug infestation as it kills all life stages of bed bugs during its treatment time. It most cases, when treating a residential property this treatment is guaranteed for six months.
Please do not hesitate to contact Trust K9 with further questions you may have regarding a bed bug search or treatment.

The possible aftermath of bedbugs

When discovering a bed bug problem in your home, our initial reaction is to remove the infestation. However unless you have experienced a bed bug problem before you may not be prepared for the psychological effects of bed bugs.

Bed bugs invade your home. They live in the places where you are at your most comfortable and relaxed. At Trust K9 we understand the psychological problems associated with bed bugs and try to tailor our treatments with a minimal amount of upheaval.

Bed bugs feed solely on humans and if you do react to bed bug bites this on its own is enough of an issue. They also lay eggs every day and generally when you find your first bug they will have been in the property for a few weeks. This fact alone can be terrifying.

Due to our reactions to bed bug bites, and the itch they can leave behind, it can become second nature to assume they are still in our homes after a treatment and can be hard to believe they are really gone. They can cause ‘Delusional Parasitosis’. We believe we are still being bitten by these bugs even when they are no longer present, if we are also scratching our skin this can leave marks similar to bites and can cause secondary infection also reaffirming in our minds that our bed bug problem is still present. Sometimes exposure to particular household cleaning products can cause a reaction, so including this irritation and a previous experience with a bug infestation it causes a delusional reaction which fools you into thinking an infestation is still present.

Trust K9 are here for our customers every step of the way. Whether you just need advice at this moment in time or are interested in receiving a quote for chemical spray, heat treatment or dog search or all three, please do contact us. Our customer care is most important to us, so even if ‘Delusional Parasitosis’ is an issue, we will always direct/advise our customers in the right way on how to deal with this issue.