Bed bugs are the last place where you want to be spending your hard earned money. Unfortunately for victims, the bills can add up pretty fast when trying to exterminate bed bugs. Here is a breakdown of the real costs of bed bugs.
Visual or dog inspection can cost hundreds
When exterminators come to inspect, he might only come for 20 minutes but charge you for the full hour. Prior to his visit, make it clear on the rates and time needed for the full inspection. The average cost for a canine inspection or specialist can range from anywhere between 100$ - 800$ depending on the size on the building. Be ready to pay more for dog inspections.
Bed bug exterminators can cost thousands
Prices for extermination range depending on the reputation, size of the company and type of extermination. Heat treatment is usually more expensive than fumigation/spray but at least you know there are no chemicals being sprayed in your home. Should you decide to have your home sprayed, expect to spend some time away to let the residues from the chemicals settle. The industry average for extermination can range from $0.50 – $2 per square foot depending on the type of treatment. We've also seen companies charge based on the number of rooms, for example a 4 bedroom home for full treatment including steam treatment as necessary, prices can range between $799 - $1600.
Replacing furniture, linens, mattresses, carpets, curtains, etc.
Mattresses, box springs, bed frames, couches, linens, clothing and etc... are only some of your household goods that might need replacing depending on the severity of your infestation. To avoid having to throw out you mattress, box spring and pillows, use encasements to protect them, this way you will never have to throw out your mattress.
Medical expenses from bed bug bites
Remember the expression “Time is Money”; well this applies for us Canadians. We spend very little in medical expenses compared to the US but on the other hand we spend alot in time waiting at the hospitals.
Legal fees from lawsuits filed by customers, guests, or employees
Know your rights! Check out “Bed bugs and the Canadian Law” page for more info.
Social impact and loss of reputation regarding the quality and sanitation of the establishment or your home
When bed bugs invaded Nuns Island near Montreal, residents became labeled as bed bugs carriers, whether you had bed bugs or not. As a result, residents of Nuns Island were no longer being invited to social gatherings. This is just a small example of how bed bugs take a bite out of your reputation.
Being added to the online bed bug registry for the entire world to see
Whether your in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal...bed bug registry is there! No one wants to be found here.
You can reduce the financial burden of bed bugs by keeping you living area clean, clutter free, by installing various bed bug monitors and traps for early detection and by protecting your mattress with bed bug mattress covers. We cannot emphasize this enough, too many people wait to take necessary precaution which ultimately causes greater infestation and costing you more money. Bed bugs can take a real bites out of your wallet if your not careful.