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Why Bed Bug Treatments Are So Expensive: Understanding the Costs

When it comes to dealing with bed bug infestations, the cost of treatment can often be a concern for many homeowners. In this editorial, we will delve into the reasons why bed bug treatments are so expensive and shed light on the factors that contribute to the overall cost of exterminating these pesky pests.

The Complexity of Bed Bugs, and Pest Control

Pest control, in general, is a specialized field that requires expertise and precision. Bed bugs, in particular, are notorious for their resilience and ability to hide in various crevices, making them difficult to eradicate completely. Professional exterminators utilize advanced techniques and equipment to locate and eliminate bed bugs effectively, which adds to the overall cost of treatment. The resilience of bed bugs are shown from a Cambridge University study that found in just one generation (literally 2 weeks) bed bugs from eggs can be 75% less likely to die from chemicals that may have eradicated the adults that laid them. Heat however kills them all including eggs, every time!

Thermal Remediation and Heat Treatment

One of the most effective methods for bed bug extermination is thermal remediation, also known as heat treatment. This process involves raising the temperature in the infested area to a level that is lethal to bed bugs while being safe for belongings and the home. The specialized equipment required for heat treatment, along with the time and expertise needed to execute the process correctly, contribute to the higher cost of this treatment method. The average length of a heat treatment 8-12 hours!

The Extent of the Infestation

The size and severity of the bed bug infestation play a significant role in determining the cost of treatment. Larger infestations that have spread to multiple rooms or areas of the home will require more extensive treatment, which can result in higher costs. Exterminators often conduct thorough inspections to assess the extent of the infestation and develop a tailored treatment plan based on their findings. However, at Total Shield LLC we always complete a top to bottom approach which means it doesn't matter how large the infestation is, how extensive it is, or how much time it takes. When were done, there isn't anywhere we haven't treated which has resulted in an over 98% effectiveness rate with only one treatment. On the very few (under 2%) we needed to treat a second time, we have been 100% effective at eradicating bed bugs for our customers!

Professional Expertise and Training

Hiring a professional exterminator with the necessary expertise and training is essential for effective bed bug treatment. Experienced professionals understand the behavior and lifecycle of bed bugs, allowing them to implement targeted strategies for eradication. The cost of their knowledge and skillset is reflected in the overall price of the treatment but is crucial for achieving long-term success in eliminating bed bugs from your home.

Continued Monitoring and Follow-Up

Bed bug treatments may require multiple visits and ongoing monitoring to ensure that the infestation has been completely eradicated. We often provide follow-up inspections and treatments as needed to address any lingering issues and prevent future infestations. The additional time and resources dedicated to follow-up care contribute to the total cost of the treatment but are essential for ensuring the effectiveness of the extermination process. Every bed bug comes from another person or place so if a customer got them once, chances are they may still be connected to the original source. We have on-going solutions to guard against bringing them back once eradicated and sometimes it is just a matter of being cautious!


While bed bug treatments may come with a substantial price tag, it's important to consider the value of professional pest control services in effectively addressing infestations. The expertise, specialized equipment, and ongoing support provided by professional exterminators justify the costs associated with bed bug treatments. These bugs among all the others in the world, are some of the most resilient by far. Understanding the factors that contribute to the expense of treatment, homeowners can make informed decisions when seeking professional help to combat bed bug infestations and protect their homes.

In the battle against bed bugs, investing in professional pest control services can provide peace of mind and a pest-free environment for you and your family. Remember, the cost of treatment is a small price to pay for the comfort and safety of your home. Even more so, the cost of a ONE DAY treatment outweighs the months of torture people go through trying to spray them away. This is one of the reasons why spray treatments are so much less expensive as you really do get what you pay for!

Dealing with bed bug infestations can be a challenging and costly endeavor, but understanding the reasons behind the expense of treatments can help homeowners make informed decisions when seeking professional help. By recognizing the complexities of bed bugs, the benefits of specialized treatment methods such as Thermal Remediation, and the value of professional expertise, homeowners can better appreciate the costs associated with eradicating bed bugs from their homes, especially when normal can be only one day away.


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