We Care Pest Solutions handles bed bug removal for property owners in Sonoma County, Marin County and San Francisco County. As a bed bug exterminator, We Care begins with a thorough inspection and follows up with careful treatment designed to rid your house of bed bugs.
If you think you have bed bugs, an inspection is the paramount first step to solving the problem the first time. An inspection is required prior to any treatment for bed bug removal, even if bed bugs have already been identified. Not only do we confirm the problem, but the inspection enables us to determine the level of infestation and create a treatment plan that best fits your needs.
Once the We Care inspector has conducted a thorough bed bug inspection, then we can develop a treatment plan and provide a written estimate.
Thermal Remediation (Bed Bug Heat Treatment)
The interior of your dwelling is heated to a lethal temperature that kills bed bugs and their eggs. This is a thorough treatment where the occupant is only out of the house for one day.
Please be sure to discuss pets and plants with us before bed bug heat treatment.
Manual treatments are used to reduce the population over time. Manual treatments are ideal for lower level infestations and/or when thermal treatment ability is restricted. This may be a combination of manual removal, steam treatment, reduced risk pesticides, and protecting the bed. Sometimes follow-up treatments will be necessary.
Targeted Chemical Treatment
Bed bug-specific insecticides are used when the level of infestation is deemed to be newer and not extreme. Bed bug removal requires less severe measures when treatment initiates early.
The structure is tarped (tented) and sealed prior to fumigating with Vikane gas to kill bed bugs and their eggs. Fumigation also kills Drywood Termites as an added benefit. For more about this method, see our Tenting and Fumigation page.
Tips to Protect Yourself While Waiting for Your Bed Bug Inspection
- Launder all bed linens in hot water and dry on the highest heat setting.
- Don’t store items underneath or around the bed.
- Spray down bed frames, furniture or luggage suspected of being infested with soapy water.
- Install protective mattress and box spring encasements.
- Install ClimbUp© Interceptors on the feet of the bed to prevent bites and monitor activity.
- Prevent movement of bed bugs to other locations by sleeping in the same area.
Tips to Prevent Bed Bug Infestations
- Use a metal bed frame instead of wood. Wood has porous surfaces that allow for ease of climbing, and bed bugs can hide in wood’s cracks and crevices that provide hiding places.
- Keep the home free of clutter. This not only reduces hiding places for bed bugs, but it also makes inspection easier.
- Inspect when traveling! Examine the bed and furniture when arriving at your destination. Keep suitcases off the floor and inspect them before leaving.
- Carefully inspect used furniture before bringing it into your home. This includes bed frames, box springs, mattresses, chairs, tables, etc.
- Think you have been around bed bugs? Wash and dry your clothes immediately on the hottest settings.
- You can also practice the tips above in the section “Tips to Protect Yourself While Waiting for Your Bed Bug Inspection.”