Another "Should I trust this PCO" question(3 posts)
I e-mailed this one w/ some very pointed follow up questions and here are the results:
Can I have references from your clients that have been satisfied with your treatment of bedbugs?
We are one of 3 pest control companies A rated for their service for the entire Metro-Atlanta area for 8 consecutive years.
How do you usually go about treating for bedbugs?
We treat all dresser drawers and inside the dresser, mattress, box springs, headboards, baseboards, pictures, basically ever inch of the room where bedbugs could be living.
WHAT chemicals will you be using?
We use a product called Bedlum.
Do you rely solely on chemicals? If not, what other methods do you use?
The product we use is designed specifically for bedbugs.
Do you use environmentally friendly treatments?
We do a crack and crevice treatment, so only areas where the bedbugs will be hiding/nesting.
I've looked everywhere for the bedbugs. They seem to be well hidden. Will you be able to find them? And how do you plan to find them?
Mostly, the bedbugs are found in a close proximity to the bed. So, the drawers and dressers close to the bed, baseboards by the bed, headboard, the mattress it self along the fringe, box springs, most times you will not see the bedbugs during the day unless the infestation is very heavy.
Will you treat behind outlet plates? Do you do crack and crevice treatments?
Crack and Crevice.
What kind of evidence will you need to start treatment? (bites? bloodspots? fecal matter? cast skin? actual bug?)
The client normally is the one who notices it either bloodspots or bites.
Do you offer a guarantee? If so, what does it entail?
We do a one-time treatment for $300/room. If we have to go back, it is $150/room. As long as the client has the room prepared and everything is done we ask after leaving, one treatment is enough to rid the problem.
Do you have liability insurance? If yes, how much does it cover?
Do you have dedicated bed bug technicians?
I have two gentlemen that specifically do bedbug treatments for me.
What does the job break down to on an hourly basis per technician that you are sending?
Will you send the same technician for follow up treatments, or a different person each time?
Yes, we always send the same technician if we have a follow up visit. But, of all the hundreds of bedbug treatments we've done in two years, we've had to go back twice.
How long do you expect the treatment to last? (inspection plus application)
The residual on the product is 7 months.
You said you will only need to do one treatment, but I've read many places online that you have to re-treat because the eggs will hatch in 7 to 10 days. What do you differently to allow you to skip this step?
There are a lot of different ways to treat for bedbugs. Some companies use products that are contact kill and have no residual. We use a product that has a 7 month residual. So, even if we do not kill every bedbug when we are treating, when they come out from their nesting area they will come into contact with the barrier.
I live in a 2 bedroom house. My roommate doesn't seem to be bitten, or doesn't react to it. What type of treatment do you recommend? only my bedroom? both the bedrooms? or entire house?
Most of the time, the bedbugs are confined to one room in the house.
Will i have to keep my cat away from the house after treatment? Or just during?
Yes, it is recommended that you crack the windows in the bedroom and stay out for at least 3 hours. The product has little odor.
What do you people think? Sound like a trustworthy guy who knows his stuff or not? The one treatment thing feels kinda iffy to me, especially after reading the FAQ, but I may be wrong. Also, does Bedlam work? Lastly, I'm worried that he is under the impression that treating ONE room is enough, that the bedbugs won't migrate to my roommate's room after it realizes the chemicals are in my room. Again, he probably knows more about it than me, but I'm just going by what I've read here on the forums. Any thoughts?
I would worry about the treating one room too .. My pco came out and did the whole house then when he came back (he says it takes at least 3 treatments) he seemed to focus on the bedrooms and the living room, so he does pay SUPER attention to the bedroom I have seen them in but he does do the other rooms just not as meticulously ...I got on him about doing my room a little less then I would like to have had him do it and he spent more time. I would be concerned with the one room and the one visit thing. I am no specialist myself but 300 a room and no real guarantee seems if'y to me too. I would call around and get a few PCO's opinions .. that is what I did and bottom line is one guy was way out of my price range the other seemed wishy washy and the guy I did go with just in some way seemed to calm me I don't know how but he did ..follow your gut and Good Luck
Does not sound like he is your best choice. Not to mention Bedlam has a 2 week residual. I'm guessing he will be using other products he did not mention. I would look around for other options.
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