$60 to spray up to a 2-bedroom
apartment, condo or house for bed bugs
Bed bugs have invaded the United States from coast to
coast. Bed bugs are the ultimate hitch-hiker.
If one person has bed bugs in his/her apartment, there is a good
chance that these tiny newly hatched bed bugs may have crawled onto
their clothing. When the person goes to visit a friend's
apartment, goes to a restaurant, to work, travels on a train, these
tiny bugs will crawl onto the chair or couch where the person is
sitting. Then the next person sits on that chair and the bed
bug crawls onto that person's clothing. That person carries
the bed bug back to his home.
There is a myth that only "dirty people" get bed bugs.
WRONG! Getting an infestation of bed bugs is as simple
as sitting in the wrong chair, or hanging your coat next to
somebody's coat. Being clean or dirty has
nothing to do with who gets bed bugs. Million dollar
homes who have a cleaning crew every week could become
Bed bugs not only hitch-hike on clothing from one person to another,
but can also infest an entire apartment building.
If one tenant brings home a bed bugs on his clothing, that bed bug
will start reproducing by the age of 1 month old.
As long as a bed bug can find a person, dog, cat, bird as a food
source, it can lay eggs every few days. Those eggs
will hatch and within 30 more days, those newly hatched bed bugs
will mature and start laying more eggs.
Bed bugs not only live in people's beds but also in cracks and
crevices, drawers, clothing, closets, bedding in the room in which
people sleep. Bed bugs find you by sensing the
carbon dioxide in your breath. Moving to sleep in the living
room, kitchen or even the bathroom to get away from them won't
work. They will find you the same way that mosquitoes find you
when you sit outside in the summer. They sense your breathing
and the carbon dioxide that you exhale. These bugs
prefer to live within 20 feet of wherever you are sleeping. If
you sleep on the couch in the living room, they will find you.
Bed bugs multiply at a very rapid rate. That is how they are
able to spread so quickly. If one apartment or condo in your
building has been infested with bed bugs, eventually those bed bugs
will travel through the walls, crawling on the electric wires, water
pipes, wooden beams, to the next apartment or condo. They are
looking for a new source of food. Unfortunately their source
of food is your blood.
This is why it is very important for owners of apartment buildings
to ask each of their tenants each month if they have bed
bugs. Tenants need to stop being ashamed and frightened
and tell the owner they have bed bugs. Apartment /condo units
need to be sprayed as soon as bed bugs are discovered so that they
do not spread to the adjacent units. Remember -- anybody
can get bed bugs. No amount of cleaning or scrubbing the
floors and walls will get rid of them. It is not a matter of
trying to be extra clean. In fact, while cockroaches live
where there is food crumbs left on counters, tables and floors, bed
bugs only drink blood. They not only hide in your
mattress (because they are then close to you) but also in any crack
or crevice, drapes, clothing, light fixtures, television sets.
They are so tiny when they hatch, you can barely see them. It
is only after they are at least a month old, can you start to see
them. The bigger they are -- the older they are.
Cole Home Maintenance will spray a condo /apartment (up
to 2 bedrooms) for $60 per unit
Some exterminators you call may want a lot more money. They do
that because they can. People are suffering and some
exterminators will charge whatever they think a person will
pay. Cole Home Maintenance does not believe that people should
have to pay more than a job is worth simply because they are being
eaten alive with bed bug bites. We have found that treating
people fairly is the right thing to do.
Cole Home Maintenance works 7 days a week. There is no
extra charge for having your home sprayed on the week-ends. We
don't believe that people should have to take a day off of work in
order to be sprayed for bed bugs or cockroaches. We make an
appointment for a specific time and we show up on time.
DON'T arrive in a marked up vehicle with huge letters
screaming to all the neighbors that you have bugs so bad that you
had to call an exterminator. The vehicles are always
unmarked. Your neighbors never know we are there to spray your
apartment building or apartment unit or condo or home.
Home Maintenance will NEVER ask you to sign a 1-year contract.
Read the article on our web site to see how some exterminators won't
spray your building or unit without a
contract. These exterminators want you to
pay, and pay and pay every month whether or not you still have
cockroaches or bed bugs. When your contract is up -- you may
find that they will fight you and try to stop you from stopping them
from automatically renewing that original contract -- even after you
don't want to hire them anymore. Simply don't hire
an exterminator that insists on a 1-year contract. A
good exterminator doesn't need a year to rid a building of
cockroaches or bed bugs.