Getting Rid of Bed Bugs: Expert Advice on Getting Help

Dec 15, 2010, 11:26 ET from Arrow Exterminating Company, Inc.

LYNBROOK, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- This season, or anytime, the most dreaded uninvited guests just may be bed bugs!  And, it may be hard to get rid of them if you don't quickly and properly take action. When encountered, you may want to contact a professional pest management firm and arrange for an inspection.  Home and business owners alike experience pest control needs, and want to hire the "right company."  Making this decision can be an anxiety-filled experience.  

"We often ask co-workers, friends and relatives if they can recommend someone, as personal referrals may identify reliable sources. Other general ways to help decide upon the hire of a pest management company include the number of years in business; its Web site information, including testimonials from clients; a web search; requested references; technical expertise, for example, a staff entomologist; and more," notes Mike Deutsch, Technical Director and Urban Entomologist, Arrow Exterminating Company, Inc.  

In the New York metropolitan region, all service contractors must be registered and licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs in the counties where they do business, as well as have at least one individual who is a New-York-State certified applicator.  "Government agencies, such as the New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Consumer Affairs, are information resources. When seeking an exterminator, people can search the NYS DEC Web site to ensure that a firm is both registered and insured. The names of certified applicators also are listed," says Deutsch.

"People may search the Web for sites where contractors are monitored and must meet high professional standards of customer satisfaction.  The Better Business Bureau is another option.  Membership in industry groups may be a good indication that a firm adheres to minimum performance standards.  Those with a 'Green-Shield' certification are committed to ecologically and environmentally sensitive pest management practices and the use of low-impact, organically-based pesticides," adds Deutsch.

"People must be vigilant, confirm and then eliminate the problem should they experience bed bugs," concludes Deutsch.  "Professionals have the training and experience to resolve the problem, while an individual with no knowledge or field background is at a disadvantage. However, there are many resources to which people may turn for bed bug or pest management information and assistance."

SOURCE Arrow Exterminating Company, Inc.