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  1. redwelts

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    My girlfriend is a Med student at the University of Vermont and she has the wonderful problem of bedbugs. She lives in a 2 bedroom condo with a couple who know about the problem, and we are petrified that they will soon start to have the bugs on the floor below. We think we got infested after visiting a friend of hers and spending the night on a futon. I was an itchy mess all night, but since I had eaten sushi that day I chalked it up to a reaction to less than fresh fish... I guess I was wrong. So now we have known about the bugs since around November and have tried many ways of 'managing' the bugs with some success. I've told her that this will just drive the bugs elsewhere, but she doesn't give them that much credit. She seems to not have any sort of reaction to the bites, but I on the other hand am extremely allergic to the bites, as my username denotes. Hence, I will no longer spend the night at her place, and when she comes to mine it's a serious preventative process of washing, drying and showering.

    So, as any responsible person would, she got a quote from a local exterminator which cost her $50 just to get the person in the apartment. After the 'professional' looked around he said, "I don't think you have them too bad..." and then quoted her a price of $1000 to eradicate the bugs...$1000!!!!!!! She doesn't have them to bad and you still want to charge $1000?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?... What?!?!?!?!?!?!? She may be a med student, but she's not well off yet, and neither am I or her parents.

    I can't imagine what on earth could cause the cost of getting rid of these bugs to be so high. I do understand that they are harder to get rid of than most pests, but for goodness sake... $1000. We have gotten different answers from different companies regarding why they are so expensive to get rid of. Reasons from, "we have to move and spray all your stuff" to "they are very resistant" to "we'll have to spray more than once". One company even quoted her a minimum price of $750/room! I could accept it if the chemicals were very expensive, but I know that's not the case. So, I'm starting to think that they know that they have you over a barrel, so they're going to squeeze every penny out of you. I guess I am looking for some sort of explanation as to why in heavens name they think they can charge so much for their 'service', and I want it from someone who isn't trying to pull the wool over my eyes. Any insight would be greatly appreciated...thanks. *scratch, scratch, scratch*

  2. BugBoy911

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    Tue Feb 3 2009 20:59:47
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    redwelts - 1 week ago  » 
    My girlfriend is a Med student at the University of Vermont and she has the wonderful problem of bedbugs. She lives in a 2 bedroom condo with a couple who know about the problem, and we are petrified that they will soon start to have the bugs on the floor below. We think we got infested after visiting a friend of hers and spending the night on a futon. I was an itchy mess all night, but since I had eaten sushi that day I chalked it up to a reaction to less than fresh fish... I guess I was wrong. So now we have known about the bugs since around November and have tried many ways of 'managing' the bugs with some success. I've told her that this will just drive the bugs elsewhere, but she doesn't give them that much credit. She seems to not have any sort of reaction to the bites, but I on the other hand am extremely allergic to the bites, as my username denotes. Hence, I will no longer spend the night at her place, and when she comes to mine it's a serious preventative process of washing, drying and showering.
    So, as any responsible person would, she got a quote from a local exterminator which cost her $50 just to get the person in the apartment. After the 'professional' looked around he said, "I don't think you have them too bad..." and then quoted her a price of $1000 to eradicate the bugs...$1000!!!!!!! She doesn't have them to bad and you still want to charge $1000?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?... What?!?!?!?!?!?!? She may be a med student, but she's not well off yet, and neither am I or her parents.
    I can't imagine what on earth could cause the cost of getting rid of these bugs to be so high. I do understand that they are harder to get rid of than most pests, but for goodness sake... $1000. We have gotten different answers from different companies regarding why they are so expensive to get rid of. Reasons from, "we have to move and spray all your stuff" to "they are very resistant" to "we'll have to spray more than once". One company even quoted her a minimum price of $750/room! I could accept it if the chemicals were very expensive, but I know that's not the case. So, I'm starting to think that they know that they have you over a barrel, so they're going to squeeze every penny out of you. I guess I am looking for some sort of explanation as to why in heavens name they think they can charge so much for their 'service', and I want it from someone who isn't trying to pull the wool over my eyes. Any insight would be greatly appreciated...thanks. *scratch, scratch, scratch*

    "Guilt is a positive emotion." If you feel that he is truelly taking you for a serious ride for the size of the job, then by all means do not go foward with something for which you will feel guilty about participating in. Use your gut, in all honesty if its like one room and he's charging $1000 for an hr or so of his time, tell him to take a ride... How many rooms is it anyway? If its one room like a college dorm or somethin then by all means I'd say its way high.

  3. BugBoy911

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    Didn't read throughly.... It sounds like this specific situation consists of a preventative treatments in surrounding apartments as well as a 2 bedroom apartment that is in the intermediate stages of becoming heavily infested. When somebody wants a minor nose job lol, or minor what have you, your gona want a quality job no? The fact that you can just pick up the phone in this country and call up a licensed bedbug specialist is a true blessing. Specialists charge from veterinary to medicine, to bedbugs. The trick is to get references, check up on them if you want, ask questions and come to your own conclusion wether or not you think its worth it to hire him/her. In all honesty after re reading your post, $1000 for a 2 bedroom apartment and possibly treating other apartments as well, or not, either which is a fair price. I don't know the situation personally but from what you posted I would highly consider it. Most companies are in and out in and hr or less and charge $475 for one room. Specialists like KillerQueen, myself and others on these boards and in the field won't leave a job until they know in there heart that they gave it their all. If the technician you may hire you feel is doing a thorough job then by all means $1000 bucks really isn't that much considering the difficulty of the pest your dealing with. Consider also a follow up visit if its not already included as well as a prevenatative maintenance plan to ensure long lasting results. I always recommend at least a once a month check up for a few month followed by every 2 months or so. Consider residual treatments just in case and you will also eliminate ants, spiders, and many other pests as well if you ever had a problem with them in the first place. A specialist is a specialist is a specialist and specialists cost money from veterinary to surgical to bedbugs. All require skill and all require passion for if one doesn't posses the enthusiasm and care for his clients he/she will not "for the most part," become the success they should be. Hope this helps....

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    redwelts - 2 weeks ago  » "we have to move and spray all your stuff" to "they are very resistant" "we'll have to spray more than once".

    Yes to all the above. A PCO who'll move your stuff? Wow!

    I got two NYC quotes as follows: 1st room $500, second 400, subsequents 200. Customer responsible for major pre and post work, incl vacuuming pre and self-spraying Bedlam post treatment. Follow-up if necessary.

    Quote 2: $3600 flat for a 2 bedroom. Automatic follow-up.

    Guessing price is somewhat negotiable.

    What is this going to do to people's social lives?

    Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night...
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