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Bed Bug Treatment and Bed Bug Extermination: Do Your Research
Las Vegas Bed Bug Exterminators
Posted At: March 3, 2014 1:48 PM | Posted By : admin
Related Categories: LAS VEGAS BED BUG EXTERMINATOR AND PEST CONTROL,LOCAL NEWS & INFO

Scams involving bed bug detection, treatment, and products are on the rise not just in Las Vegas but nationwide. Unscrupulous sales people are capitalizing on people’s fears about bed bugs by selling unwarranted services or ineffective products. These scams succeed because people feel anxious and helpless and believe that if they don’t buy, doomsday is certain.

We have posted many times about false advertising and individuals being scammed into unnecessary bed bug pest control services.  As the first and only bed bug specialist in Las Vegas, we have heard a lot of bed bug horror stories.  Most companies did not even know what bed bugs were nor were they offering bed bug extermination when K-9 Sweeps started.

If you search online, you will find that most pco's offer some type of treatment for bed bugs (note that says treatment not elimination).  One local company we found online even states that they did almost 1000 liquid bedbug treatments in 2013.  Just what is a liquid bed bug treatment anyway?  We can't figure that one out since spraying pesticides does not work to eliminate bed bugs. You can read more on the EPA's website where it states there is no chemical quick fix for bed bugs.


Again today the office received a call for a quote for bed bug extermination.  The caller wanted to know how much it would be to treat for bed bugs.  After speaking with her and finding out specific details she was not even sure that her bites are from bed bugs -- YET -- another company already quoted her over the phone a price of $600.00 to eliminate them in her 2 bedroom apartment.  It is mind blowing to think that a company can charge $600.00 when they don't even know if the customer has bed bugs.  The company that she called first said they would charge $200.00 per room and treat all of the rooms just in case.  Bed bugs require elimination and not treatment.  With K-9 Sweeps we won't charge to treat a room "just in case" they are there.  If they are there we will find and remove them.  If they are not in a room, why pay to treat a room that does NOT have bed bugs.


Also today I came across a Las Vegas Pest Control company's site that says "Bedbug Control ..... Bedbugs live on human blood, while causing disease and infections."

Again, do your research from credible sources.  Anyone can say anything online.  The fact is that the most current research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that bed bugs are NOT known to cause disease.

This is taken direct from the CDC website:

Do bed bugs spread disease?

Bed bugs should not be considered as a medical or public health hazard. Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection. - http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs/faqs.html

Whether you think you have bed bugs or know you have bed bugs...do your research:

  • Call and interview several reputable companies and educate yourself on bed bug inspections, bed bug pricing and bed bug elimination.

  • If a company can give you an exact price over the phone for what it costs to eliminate bed bugs without doing an inspection, move on and call another company.  It's simply not possible to give an exact price for bed bug elimination without an onsite inspection.  We don’t subscribe to the “one method is best” mentality. We recommend the method, or combination of methods, that is most suitable for the situation. Just as a doctor doesn’t prescribe one pill for every condition, we don’t prescribe one treatment for every situation.

  • Ask for references.

  • Find out what really works and what doesn't work for elimination.

  • Don't always believe everything you read online.

  • Have the inspector show you physical evidence (live bed bugs, eggs, cast skins, fecal staining, etc.).  Again, if a room doesn't have bed bugs it doesn't require treatment!

  • Ask for a really good warranty.  We recommend a 90 day warranty (just one mated female bed bug left behind or eggs left to hatch and your problem will continue).


Lastly, you don't need to sign a contract for monthly pest control because you have bed bugs.  Bed bugs should be eliminated - not treated.  Of course, if you need monthly pest control then definitely get it, but it's not required for bed bug elimination.  K-9 Sweeps won't try to sell you on monthly pest control services because you have bed bugs, but we'll be happy to refer you to a reputable local Las Vegas Pest Control Company for monthly pest control.  We work in conjunction with many companies throughout Southern Nevada - both big and small - and will guide you in the right direction so you can make an informed decision.

Have a question, don't hesitate to contact K-9 Sweeps at 702-586-5179. 


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