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Bed Bug Update the FTC.
Does your monthly PCO specialize in Bed Bug Extermination?
Posted At: April 8, 2011 1:25 PM | Posted By : admin

Does your Las Vegas monthly pest control company specialize in bed bug treatment?  Read the FTC's consumer alert issued 4/8/11

With the resurgence of bed bugs in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission is urging consumers to be cautious when shopping for products that are touted as remedies or ways of preventing bed bug infestations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that an increasing number of marketers are making unrealistic claims about their abilities to control or eradicate bed bugs.  Some key points from the statement:

When Hiring a Professional -
Make sure that bed bugs and not some other pest are present.

  • Hire a company with specific experience in bed bug control.
  • Be wary of exterminators who show up uninvited, offer a free inspection, or exert pressure for authorization to provide immediate and costly treatments.
  • Deal with a qualified and licensed pest-management company.  State pest control regulatory agencies have information about the status of pest-management companies.  In most states, the regulatory agency is the state department of agriculture.
  • Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations on pest control companies that treat bed bugs.
  • Get bids from several companies.  Ask about their training and the approach they take on controlling bed bugs.
  • Be wary of choosing a company based on price alone.  Quality control is the most important factor.
  • Before signing a contract, get details on the extent of the infestation, the proposed work plan, and the number of visits required and anticipated to solve the problem.  A reputable company will provide an inspection before quoting a price or beginning treatment.  The company also should provide a written inspection report, and a plan for preparing for treatment and preventing further infestation.
  • A written “guarantee” should explain what it covers, how long it lasts, what the consumer must do to keep it in force, and what is required for continuing control, prevention, and management.
  • Find out if the pest control company has liability insurance to cover any damage that occurs during treatment.
  • Read the EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety, which offers more tips for choosing a pest control company.
Some additional key points mentioned:

  • Bed bugs can be controlled through a combination of techniques known as integrated pest management, or IPM.  An environmentally sensitive approach, IPM includes prevention, monitoring, and limited use of chemical pesticides.   
  • Some populations of bed bugs have developed resistance to common pesticides, making some sprays ineffective.  Alternative treatments include heat and steam.  Bedding, clothing, and electronic items should never be treated with pesticides, but can be treated with heat.
  • Consumers who wish to control bed bugs themselves should consult the EPA for products that meet their needs.  Consumers should not attempt to control bed bugs inside their homes with products that are made for outdoor use.  They should avoid bombs and foggers, and should not spray pesticides in areas occupied by children or pets, or on top of mattresses, sofas, or other upholstered furniture.

For more information you can read the article in full here or call our Las Vegas Bed Bug Pest Control Office at 702-586-5179

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