Bed bug control services assist home and business owners with regulating, managing and exterminating bed bugs, a parasitic insect which feeds on blood. The most legitimate and trustworthy services first send a licensed exterminator or technician to perform an onsite evaluation of the extent of the infestation, after which they prepare a quote, and proceed with the fumigation process, if their quote was approved.

Bed bugs can invade homes in many different ways, via luggage, furniture, bedding, or clothing, and then hide in small cracks and crevices. Since they reproduce quickly, are adept at hiding themselves, and are resistant to various forms of treatment both in the egg form and as adults, eliminating a bed bug problem can be challenging. Achieving complete extermination can take as much as a year, depending on the nature and extent of the infestation.

There are different bed bug control and prevention methods to choose from, including whole room heat treatments, insecticide treatments, mattress encasements, steam cleanings, chill or freezing technique, and even DIY powder kits. Though cost is certainly a consideration in the treatment customers eventually select, effectiveness should be a larger concern. The insects can survive temperatures as low as 14 and as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit as well as live for a year or more without feeding. Additionally, some recent research seems to indicate that bed bugs have increasingly become resistant to two common insecticides, and professionals in the field agreed in a 2015 study that they are the most difficult pest to control. In other words, picking a low-cost option may not solve the problem, and end up costing more in the long run, thanks to the need for continuous repeat treatments.

When comparing companies, keep in mind that a reputable bed bug extinguisher should have specific experience in the area, be qualified and licensed, and willing to offer an inspection and quote. This should include details on the extent of the problem, the proposed plan, the number of visits required to solve the problem, and recommendations on how to prevent future re-infestations. Any written guarantee should explicitly detail the coverage, length, and what a consumer must do to keep it in force. Finally, it’s a good idea to verify whether the company has liability insurance to cover any damage that may occur during the treatment.


Top 10 Companies

#1
9.7 / 10
  • Over 90 years in the pest control business
  • Expertly trained technicians
  • Call for a free inspection
  • Get a customized bed bug treatment 
  • Available non-toxic bed bug treatments
  • Extended 90-day treatment guarantee
  • Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
#2
9.6 / 10
  • As many visits as needed to ensure your problem is resolved
  • State-certified pest specialists
  • Visual inspections by experts, as well as canine inspections
  • GreenPro and QualityPro certified
  • Choose a year-round protection program
  • Free bed bug inspection
#3
9.6 / 10
  • Operates more than 400 locations in all 50 states
  • Offers bed bug control
  • Specializes in all types of pest control
  • Over 100 years of experience
  • A+ BBB rating
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Subsidiary of Rollins, Inc.
#4
9.6 / 10
  • Get quotes from local pest control providers
  • Free, fast and reliable online quote service
  • Large network of local professionals and regional companies
  • Pest control articles and information 
#5
9.6 / 10
  • Wide network of local pest control companies to choose from
  • Over 460,000 licensed professionals
  • Get quotes by simply entering your zip code
  • Compare and search for pest control providers
  • Porch 100% satisfaction guarantee and personal property guarantee 
#6
9.6 / 10
  • Eco-friendly pest management
  • Free estimates
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques
  • Customer education program
  • Not available in all states 
#7
8.5 / 10
  • Canine inspections
  • State-of-the-art heat treatments
  • Part of the Food Protection Alliance, and a supporter of Pollinator Health
  • Certified by the National Pest Management Association
  • GreenPro certified
  • Pay online
#8
7.9 / 10
  • Free on-site inspection
  • Bed bug-free certificate valid for 90 days for landlords
  • Coverage for Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C.
  • Almost a hundred years in business
  • Comprehensive plans cover many common pests, besides bed bugs
  • Repeat visits until problem is solved
#9
7.4 / 10
  • Protcts from bed bugs, crawling and flying pests, rodents, and other pests
  • Multiple site services available
  • Coverage over a wide variety of industries
  • Committed to green pest control
  • Online bill pay 
  • Highly informative website includes multiple educational resources
#10
7.2 / 10
  • Serving the Southeast region of the US with 37 offices in 5 states and the District of Columbia
  • Family owned since 1944
  • A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau
  • Residential and commercial services
  • Experienced pest managment of insects and rodents
  • Free consultation
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How We Compare Bed Bug Control

Bed Bug Treatments

45%

With the resurgence of bed bugs, many consumers are looking for the most effective way to exterminate pests from their homes and businesses, and because bed bugs have become notoriously difficult to eradicate, a pest management professional is the best option. After an inspection that is generally performed free of charge, the area is decluttered, and the technician or pest control professional (PMP) applies the treatment. The treatments used can be eco-friendly or non-chemical, by applying heat or freezing the bed bugs or chemical, using pesticides. Chemical treatments are also available and used in conjunction with other treatments. Heat treatments, during which a whole room reaches temperatures of up to 119o F, can take about 8 hours. Usually, after this type of treatment, an insecticide will be used to keep bugs from returning. Another option for those who do not want to use a pesticide is using pressurized CO2 to rapidly freeze the bugs. The decision as to which treatment is best is made by the customer and PMP based on the area and the client's needs. For additional protection from future infestations, several companies also offer encasements for mattresses and bed springs.


Customer Service

30%

In this day and age, when customers need a product or service, the internet is their first stop. Hence, the first impression a company makes it's through its website. Pest control services are not the exception. A clean, well-organized, easy to navigate web page that makes communicating with the company easy is vital.Toll-free numbers, a live chat option, and a contact form or email are some of the ways in which companies reach out to clients. Another attractive feature many companies use is giving the customers access to their account via web page or app. Having 24/7 account access makes paying bills on time an easy task. Furthermore, resources such as educational materials and videos that help the community, in general, learn about pests and how to keep their homes and families safe are a plus. Several companies even have entomologists on staff who in addition to help train technicians or PMPs are tasked with answering the questions sent by the public.


Reputation

25%

When considering a bed bug control specialist, contact several companies and request free inspections before choosing one. Even if you are in need of emergency pest control, researching several companies will give you a general idea of what to look for and expect from the professionals you hire. Technicians or pest management professionals need to have current state licenses, and ideally, be bonded. Having a certified entomologist on staff is another sign that the company you are hiring has knowledgeable personnel. If the company is a National Pest Management Association member and has certifications from other organizations that regulate or establish better practices for the industry can also help in your decision-making process. Also, if you are interested in using eco-friendly bed bug control, the company you choose should have a GreenPro or similar certification. Finally, you might consider contacting the Better Business Bureau, Trustpilot, or other review platforms to read what customers are saying about the quality of service they have received.