Bed Bug Exterminator in Columbus, Ohio

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Few pest problems are quite as distressing to deal with as a bed bug infestation. Whether you're a Columbus-area homeowner or commercial property manager, a bed bug problem is an urgent issue that needs to be dealt with by a professional ASAP. 

If you're in need of a local bed bug exterminator you can count on for prompt, effective service, you've come to the right place. 1st Response Pest Management is among Central Ohio's most trusted pest control companies and is proud to serve customers throughout the Greater Columbus metro area, including Powell, Dublin, Delaware, Westerville, New Albany, and the surrounding areas.

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Hear It From Our Happy Customers!

    Ron is AWESOME! I had a national pest extermination company for several years and nothing was getting accomplished. I have seen a significant decrease in the last several months that I started with 1st Response. Ron is very committed to getting the problem fixed and is very knowledgeable and a great guy! He knows his pests! :) Everyone at 1st Response is kind, courteous, and goes the extra yard!

    Tina M.

    Company was very responsive to the needs that I had. My daughters room had hornets coming thru her ceiling. First response was the best response. They came right away after my internet message. Fixed the problem and offered a great service for other rodents around my house. Monthly service is a great deal. These guys know customer service and they know pest control. If you are thinking about a company that cares….this is it. Make first response your first response if you are in need of help.

    Matthew P.

    I live at The Gardens Apartments. I guess before I moved in, there was an issue with bugs. I never saw any. Thank God! But the gentleman from 1st Response saw something on the traps and came back several times to take care of the issue. He was always professional, polite and handled everything with care. Kudos!! I appreciate him and the service that you provide.

    Michelle W.

    Had a great experience with David - he was polite, personable, and able to find where the mice were coming in within 5 minutes. He put all the traps down and followed up on time to ensure they didn't return - highly recommend them!

    Nicholas K.

    This company is great! The company I work for has been using them for years, and I have been using them recently for my home. David is so friendly when he comes in to my office, and Larry was great when he came to my home. Lisa is always the best too! So friendly on the phone!

    Andy R.

    We have a mouse or two and Larry was amazing. On time, professional. He even went into my attic through a very small, inconvenient entryway in the top of a closet. He educated me about mice and inspected every inch of my place, inside and out. The office staff was great, too!

    Rene L.

    We purchased a house that has had termite damage in the past. The original structure was built in 1890, and has been added onto over the years. Previous owners had repaired the termite damage, and had contracted with 1st Response to continue to maintain termite control stations and inspect for any new activity. We have continued with that existing service since purchase. Every tech that comes out is wonderful. Office staff is great as well. Everyone we have dealt with has been personable, kind, attentive and professional. Jason and Justin have been our most recent techs, and they are both great guys.

    Patricia M.

    Best customer service ever! From the dispatcher to the technicians. They were super kind and accommodating to our health needs, more than willing to wear an N95 mask that we provided. Engaging conversation and thorough inspection. Even when 1 thing was missed, they apologized and made everything right. Their service was fast, but effective. The price is reasonable for all of the services you get and they were very understanding and accommodating when it came to the initial payment. I wish we had found them years ago, but if anything good can come from a mouse, it's having First Response on your side. 100%, 10 out of 10, highly recommend!

    Izetta T.

    Holy smokes! They are the best! Like seriously, if you need creepy crawly help or help with other things that scurry about, they are your people. They are incredibly kind, friendly, and understanding. They have a lot of patience and explain things thoroughly. Can't say enough good things about them. We have been using them for a couple years now and have had continued reliable and excellent service.

    Krista K.

Bed Bug FAQ 

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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals as their sole source of food, with people being their favorite hosts. Bed bugs are a pest that no person wants to discover inside their home. However, keeping bed bugs out of our Columbus homes and businesses is easier said than done.

Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 of an inch long and are reddish-brown. They are wingless and do not jump. They move from place to place by crawling onto people or our belongings. They also move through walls and floors, making them a tricky pest to control in multi-unit buildings. Immature bed bugs (nymphs) look like adults, but are smaller and are a yellowish color until they start feeding. After feeding they turn bright red and become much easier to spot.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are currently not thought to be a considerable health threat, although they can carry and transmit some disease-causing pathogens. These biting bugs are nuisance pests that should never live in our homes. To feed, bed bugs bite, and their bites produce a red, itchy rash in many people. Also, no one can sleep soundly while knowing bed bugs are living in their house and using them as a source of food. They are also a damaging pest. Bed bugs stain bedding, upholstered furniture, rugs, and walls with excrement and drops of blood.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

While many people believe that bed bugs are associated with filth, the truth is that bed bugs can live in any home or business. Bed bugs are not drawn to filth, but rather to a place that allows them access to food. Clutter indeed allows bed bugs to hide out of sight and may allow an infestation to go undetected for a longer period.

People can come into contact with bed bugs in many places, from a friend’s house to the airport and any place in between. Bed bugs are hitchhikers and move to new locations on people or their belongings. They also get into homes on things like used mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Despite their name, bed bugs live in a variety of locations, not just in our bedrooms. Bed bugs are mostly active at night, emerging from their daytime hiding spots, which are usually close to sleeping areas where they feed. If an infestation goes unnoticed, bed bugs will increase in number and move throughout a home, invading multiple areas. Besides the seams of mattresses and box springs, bed bugs hide behind baseboards and wall hangings, in upholstered furniture and behind outlets, inside of electronics, and under piles of dirty laundry.

Are bed bugs attracted to dirty environments?

No, bed bugs are not attracted to dirt or filth. They are attracted to warmth, carbon dioxide, and the presence of a food source, which is blood. Bed bugs can infest any home or business, regardless of cleanliness. However, clutter and a messy environment can provide more hiding places for bed bugs, making it harder to detect and treat an infestation.

Can bed bugs fly or jump?

No, bed bugs cannot fly or jump. They are wingless insects that rely on crawling to move from place to place. However, they can crawl quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings, allowing them to spread throughout a home or building.

Can bed bugs be found in public places?

Yes, bed bugs can be found in public places such as hotels, movie theaters, libraries, and public transportation. They are excellent hitchhikers and can easily travel on luggage, clothing, and personal belongings. It is important to be cautious when in these environments and to inspect your belongings before bringing them into your home.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Getting rid of bed bugs is not something you want to try on your own. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of without the right equipment and techniques. That's why it's so important to call in a professional at the first sign of an infestation. Working with 1st Response Pest Management is a sure-fire way to make sure the problem is dealt with the right way! We offer highly-effective bed bug heat remediation treatments to thoroughly and completely eradicate this blood-sucking pest from your property.

Also known as thermal remediation or heat treatment, bed bug heat remediation is a non-chemical method of eliminating bed bugs. Here's how it works:

  • Preparation: Before the heat treatment, you'll need to remove any heat-sensitive items from the room, such as electronics, candles, and aerosol cans. You'll also need to seal any cracks and crevices in the room to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Heating: Once the room is prepared, specialized equipment is used to raise the temperature of the room to between 120°F to 140°F (49°C to 60°C), which is lethal to bed bugs at all life stages. The heat is circulated evenly throughout the room to ensure that all areas reach the target temperature.
  • Monitoring: During the treatment, technicians will monitor the temperature and humidity levels in the room to ensure that the heat is effective in killing all bed bugs and their eggs.
  • Follow-up: After the treatment, the room is ventilated to remove any remaining heat and to allow you to re-enter the room. A follow-up inspection may be recommended to ensure that the bed bug infestation has been completely eradicated.

Heat remediation is an effective method of eliminating bed bugs without using pesticides or other chemicals. It can be completed in a single day, and you can return to your home or business immediately after the treatment.

Can I get rid of bed bugs on my own?

While there are DIY methods and products available for bed bug control, it is often difficult to completely eliminate an infestation without professional help. Bed bugs are resilient pests that can hide in small cracks and crevices, making it challenging to reach all of them. It is best to contact a pest control company with experience in bed bug control for effective and thorough treatment.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Prevent problems with bed bugs by putting into place the following bed bug prevention measures:

  • Partner with the pest control experts here at 1st Response Pest Management.
  • Reduce hiding spots by placing bed bug-proof covers over mattresses and box springs.
  • Keep your home free ogf clutter where bed bugs can hide.
  • Avoid buying used mattresses, box springs, and furniture. If you do buy these things, use caution as there could be hitchhiking bed bugs inside.
  • Regularly vacuum your home and wash bedding on a high heat cycle.
  • When spending time in public places, traveling, or while at work or school, always keep your personal belongings away from other people. Also, keep personal belongings up off of the ground.

How long does it take to get rid of bed bugs?

The time it takes to eliminate a bed bug infestation can vary depending on the size of the infestation, the treatment method used, and the cooperation of the homeowner. In general, it may take several weeks to completely eradicate bed bugs. It is important to follow the advice and treatment plan provided by a professional pest control company to ensure successful elimination.

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Bed bugs feed on blood. There's no two ways around the fact that they're creepy, crawly, and gross, and knowing they're in your bed is guaranteed to cause nightmares. Let 1st Response Pest Management help you tackle the problem quickly! Our Columbus bed bug control experts are ready to provide you with a free, customized quote. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience!

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