In recent years, the world has seen a steady increase of bed bug infestations. Although often associated to overcrowding and dilapidated buildings, as well as stereotyped to be caused by insanitariness, this is no longer the case. Even for people who are Nazis when it comes to cleaning are not exempted from these infestations. Today, bed bugs can be found even in the cleanest living accommodations, hotels and apartment buildings.

Belonging to the Cimicidaes family, bed bugs (scientific name Cimex lectularius) are small, wingless insects that feed on human blood. The size of an apple seed, they are usually active at night, when people are sleeping. Reddish swellings on the skin in the morning are a clear indication of a bed bug feeding.

The most logical and believed to be partially the reason for the resurgence of bed bug infestations is the increase in travel among people. Luggage and clothes are easy target for infestations, carried from one place to another, thereby resulting to a broad scope of infested areas. Another reason is the changes in pesticide regulations – some effective chemicals to control bed bugs are no longer being used.

A bed bug infestation may not be as catastrophic as first perceived but it is still a problem that needs to be addressed the soonest. Getting rid of bed bugs is no easy feat, especially for severe infestations. In cases like this, hiring professional exterminators is your best option for a cost-effective and time-efficient bed bug extermination, as well as prevention for re-infestation.

Initial tasks of a professional exterminator are to locate where the pests are hiding and determine the degree of infestation. Once these facts have been established, proper treatment protocol is then determined and executed.

If you still don’t have one, here are a few key things to remember when finding a professional exterminator for your bed bug infestation:

Certified. Make sure that he is authorized and license.

Experience. A good bed bug exterminator should be someone who has already encountered and treated various degrees of infestations. With his experience, it’s more likely that he will be able to resolve the problem the fastest and most effective way.

Knowledge. It comes with experience, but the importance of this characteristic needs to be stressed. An exterminator who has superb know-how in his field is essential as this can help the treatment process best.

A certified exterminator with experience will also be able to give you post-treatment tips and advices so as to prevent re-infestation. In finding a bed bug exterminator, don’t limit your choices and standards on the cost alone. Remember that if a treatment is not well done will need another treatment, thus doubling the cost. Don’t hesitate to ask for referrals from friends and neighbors who have had bed bug treatments, chances are they already know a few good ones.

Best of Luck.