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How Much Does Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Cost?

low costExtermination Kits: $50-$200average costDog Inspection: $300-$1,500+high costTotal Costs: $1,000-$10,000+
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Bed bugs are flat, oval, non-flying insects that are sometimes mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown and up to 3/16" or 1/4" long -- about the size of an apple seed. They feed by sucking blood from humans or animals, usually at night, and typically live where people sleep -- in mattresses, bedding, headboards, bed frames and springs, or in couches and other furniture. Bed bugs do not carry diseases and are not a sign of poor hygiene; they live anywhere there's a source of blood and places to hide.

Typical costs:

  • The first step is an inspection to confirm that bed bugs are present and determine the extent of the problem. Some pest control companies do an on-site visual inspection for free; others charge $50-$200 or more, depending on local rates and the size of the residence.
  • Another inspection option is using a dog specially trained to detect bed bug infestations. Companies providing bed bug dogs claim a 90%-96% accuracy rate. A dog inspection in a typical home can cost $300-$600, according to[1] . Dog inspections in apartment buildings, nursing homes, hotels or other large facilities can cost $900-$1,500 or more, depending on local rates and the size of the structure, according to Businessweek [2] .
  • Pest control companies may charge $250-$900 per room treated, with an average of $400-$600, depending on local rates, the level of infestation and the types of treatments used. The homeowner or tenant is usually required to do extensive work (cleaning, vacuuming, washing fabric items, etc.) before and after the treatment. Many infestations need two or three treatments; companies with lower prices may not include these follow-up visits in their quotes. Total costs for getting rid of bed bugs can range from $1,000-$10,000 or more. The New York Times[3] reports that the complete cost for inspections, extermination fees, cleaning and storage for a typical home can easily be $5,000 or more.
  • Do-it-yourself extermination kits that include insecticides as aerosols, dusts and/or liquids cost between $50 and $200. One of the disadvantages of using an aerosol "bomb" is that it typically doesn't kill all the bed bugs and any survivors scatter throughout the home, making future treatments more difficult. Most infestations require professional treatment, according to[4] .
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What should be included:
  • Bed bugs were nearly wiped out in most areas in the 1940s and 1950s with the use of DDT, a toxic pesticide that is now banned. Without DDT, bed bugs can be difficult to kill; modern extermination typically requires a multi-faceted approach using heat (steam and a washer/dryer) and/or freezing cold, plus a variety of insecticides.
  • Hotels, hostels and resorts are most at risk of a bed bug infestation. They can be a particular problem in apartment buildings, where they spread from unit to unit.
  • Although only about one-third of people visibly react to bed bug bites (others are bit but nothing shows on their skin), most people realize they have a bed bug infestation when they see bites on their skin, or dark-brown or reddish spots on linens, mattresses or walls near the bed. The Mayo Clinic describes typical bite symptoms[5] and other signs[6] of an infestation.
  • Typically the homeowner or tenant is asked to launder all clothing, bedding and draperies; put all possessions in drawers and closets inside resealable bags or containers; move large furniture away from the walls; vacuum and clean the rooms on treatment days; and vacate the premises on treatment days. The company should treat all baseboards, picture frames, bed frames, dressers, drawers and tables. Cornell University's Integrated Pest Management program describes the treatment process and answers FAQs about bed bugs[7] .
Additional costs:
  • For an extra fee, some companies will do the extensive preparation required before an extermination treatment. This can add $200-$2,000 or more to the total cost, depending on size and condition of the residence, and how much is done by the company.
Shopping for getting rid of bed bugs:
  • Get bids from at least three companies. Hands-on experience is important, because bed bugs don't behave like ants or cockroaches. Request (and contact) references from previous customers, and check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[8] .
  • The company should provide a written extermination plan, outlining which treatments will be used, how many treatments will be provided and what residents need to do before and after each treatment. The New York Better Business Bureau provides tips for choosing a bed bug exterminator[9] .
  • Search for a local pest control company through the National Pest Management Association[10] .
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Bed bugs
Amount: $4,200.00 total
Posted by: Ronald R. Dodge, Jr. in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: August 15th, 2015 08:08PM
Type of Inspection: VisualType of Treatment: Spray and Attic Insulation
Company Hired: Terminix
Do not use
First charged for the entire upstairs and in most of the downstairs w/90 day guarantee. This included the bed covers for one bed only. Bed bugs didn't go away
They then had us shell out another $1,600.00 for putting insulation into the attic that's to kill bed bugs that get up there as well as give us a year's worth of preventative service. I told the sales person, we didn't need the preventative service of other bugs, but rather we needed to get rid of the bed bugs. He then said he would throw in the service of treating for the bed bugs again, but it was never to be put into the contract, because it would have raised our cost again.
Part way through that year, another person of the company discontinued this verbal agreement (yes, I know, written documentation takes precedence), thus we were once again duked. Then they automatically re-enrolled us in that preventative service again expecting us to pay for this unnecessary service, as if we are their life support.
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Posted by: lkm in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: July 21st, 2015 10:07PM
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Western Extermination Company awful
Amount: $3,000.00 total
Posted by: Long Beach CA in Long Beach, CA.Posted: June 30th, 2015 10:06PM
Company Hired: Western Exterminators
Bed Bugs still here. Complete waste of time.
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bed bug exterminator
Amount: $200.00 total
Posted by: Richard Keenam in Tuscaloosa, AL.Posted: March 1st, 2015 04:03PM
In Alabama, I recently discovered bed bugs in my bedroom and believe they have gone no further. Does anyone have a recommendation for finding an exterminator who would exterminate just one room.
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Amount: $600.00 total
Posted by: in wood bridge nj, NJ.Posted: February 24th, 2015 07:02PM
Type of Inspection: free inspectionType of Treatment: chemical
Company Hired: A-mason exterminatingllc
Very prompt,knowledgeable technician took his time very thorough.excellent job.highly recommend them.
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Bed bugs
Amount: $600.00 total
Posted by: Rohit in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: January 3rd, 2015 09:01AM
Type of Inspection: MPE - Brooklyn Pest ControlType of Treatment: Chemical
Company Hired: MPE - Brooklyn Pest Control
If anyone is in need – I’ve just dealt with Rodney Macdonald and found him to be responsive and trustworthy (and less expensive than the folks I was using before, with a longer warranty period):
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Bedbug treatment
Amount: $550.00 total
Posted by: a user in Detroit, MI.Posted: December 23rd, 2014 04:12PM
Company Hired: State fair exterminator
Great service one treatment
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Bed bugs
Amount: $1,600.00 total
Posted by: bugsgone in Huntsville, AL.Posted: December 8th, 2014 03:12AM
Company Hired: Orkin
Awesome. The exterminator did a wonderful job. Sprayed every inch of every single baseboard in my 2 story 2200 sqft home. They also dusted every electrical outlet and light switch. The guys put covers on all of the beds in my house. They treated my couches as well and did a follow up check the coming week to make sure there werent any signs of them. I'm very happy. Though it was expensive it was definitely worth it to get the job done right and give us peace of mind.
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Amount: $1,000.00 total
Posted by: Pam S. in oak lawn, IL.Posted: December 5th, 2014 05:12PM
Company Hired: Bullseye Exterminating
They are a wonderful company. They were very diligent on getting everything sprayed and took they're time. They came back for two service's and the bedbugs were gone.
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Posted by: James Allen Swint in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: November 26th, 2012 10:11AM
Company Hired: Flash Exterminating
The pest control , and I hesitate to call him this, "technician you hired for your home was adequately inept. Though we cannot put a time frame on how long each given treatment should take, 45 minutes sounds like a 1 bedroom apartment of which your home was considerably larger. In furtherance to utilize a pin-stream setting on his equipment nozzle would not satisfy the use threshold per square foot to achieve proper elimination.
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Amount: $375.00 total
Posted by: Maurice D. Ramos in Providence, RI.Posted: August 10th, 2012 12:08PM
Type of Inspection: visualType of Treatment: CedarSafe fogger
Company Hired: AMVET Organic Pest Control & Sales
We came in for visual inspection and comments on what to do with the laundry and separation of bedding. Pictures, mirrors, hanging wall objects, rugs, etc.,
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Amount: $2,200.00 total
Posted by: a user in woonsocket, RI.Posted: October 24th, 2011 08:10AM
Type of Inspection: terminexType of Treatment: pesticide
Company Hired: terminex
Do not use. He took 45 minutes to spray the house (3 floors) they are large rooms and all rooms were infested. I watched him do my apartment and he did a quick spray around the house, consisting of a short line about 6 inches long on the bottom of each wall and none of the furniture.
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