Bed bug control in York is non-negotiable if you have an infestation. Without intervention, the infestation will just get bigger, which means more itchy bites with the potential to become infected. A bed bug infestation is not a reflection of your housekeeping abilities, but it does require attention as soon as possible.
The average bed bug exterminator cost ranges from approximately $300 to $5,000. However, there are many different factors that affect the actual cost you have to pay to get rid of bed bugs. Here are a few of the most significant.
1. Whether You Tried Do-It-Yourself Methods First
Some DIY bed bug control methods are fairly effective, such as vacuuming floors and furniture and placing bedding in a hot washing machine and dryer or, conversely, into a freezer. However, DIY methods are unlikely to resolve the infestation completely. You will almost certainly need professional bed bug control in York eventually, so you can save money by turning to the professionals first rather than wasting money on DIY solutions that ultimately don’t work.
2. The Size of the Space
It makes a difference to the cost if the bed bugs have spread throughout the entire house or are confined to a single room. However, even in the latter case, the size of the room makes a difference to the cost, with small spaces being less expensive to treat than large ones.
3. The Contents of the Space
Though cleanliness, or lack thereof, has no bearing on whether you will have an infestation of bed bugs, a cluttered room is more difficult to treat because it gives bed bugs more places to hide. If there are items that you don’t need in the space to be treated, you can dispose of them after placing them in sealed bags. However, check with the professionals before you start moving things around or taking them out of the space.
The amount of furniture you have in a room to be treated can also make a difference. Some pieces of furniture may be included in the treatment, while others may cost extra.
4. The Severity of the Infestation
It is not only the size of the space that is important but the severity of the infestation. In other words, how many bed bugs are present in the home? If it is a relatively small number, the infestation is easier to control. On the other hand, if the infestation has been present for a while, the number of bed bugs may have increased significantly. This means the cost of treatment is greater because the treatment is more labour-intensive and requires more product.
It is not only the population of bed bugs that indicates the severity of the infestation but also the life stages present. Most treatments are effective at killing adult bed bugs, but not all of them are effective at killing eggs and larvae, which means you may be lessening the infestation but not resolving it completely.
5. The Type of Treatment
There are several different types of bed bug treatments available, ranging in both price and effectiveness. Heat treatment, which pumps superheated air into a home beyond temperatures that bed bugs can tolerate, is the least expensive. Fumigation, which involves filling the entire home with poisonous gas after tenting it to prevent leaks, is the most effective but also one of the most expensive. It takes several days, so you have to factor the cost of temporary accommodations into the overall price. Spot treatment with pesticides or other chemicals is another option. An effective treatment plan may require more than one type of treatment.
Truly Nolen’s special misting techniques can kill bed bugs at all stages of development, penetrating the narrow spaces where they hide during the day, waiting to strike. Find out more about our process for bed bug control in York.