There is little doubt that bed bug infestations are a growing problem and even somewhat of a national obsession with the thought of those little creepy crawlies enough to make anyone squirm. Over just the last few years the bed bug population has reportedly jumped by an incredible 500 percent and those who have been affected would do just about anything to get rid of them.

While there are a number of reputable bed bug exterminator companies out there, unfortunately, there are also those who are looking to make a buck with the offer to rid your home or building of bed bugs when you may not have a problem at all – or they may offer a great deal, take your money and do little or nothing to solve the issue.

The National Pest Management Association has warned consumers to be diligent when hiring a bed bug exterminator and has advised those consumers to seek qualified, trained professionals who know how to deal with bed bugs properly.

Some of the tips that are offered include:

  • Look for someone who is licensed and certified – licenses can be verified through the Department of Agriculture
  • Use a company that offers a canine bed bug inspection as they are up to 98 percent accurate when using canines that have been thoroughly trained using expert handlers.
  • Research each business you consider with the Better Business Bureau. They maintain reviews on good as well as bad exterminators across the country. By visiting their site at you can easily find local companies that are diligent about upholding the standards for ethical business practices.
  • Ask the potential bed bug exterminator about their liability insurance and find out how they are covered as well as how you will be reimbursed if any of your belongs or your home is damaged in the process of an infestation elimination or inspection.
  • Be sure to read the fine print carefully and make sure that everything you’ve agreed to is in writing. Pay close attention to termination fees if you are entering into an extended contract as well as any warrantee or guarantee. Do not sign an incomplete contract or one that does not include the promises made by a representative of the company.

The Better Business Bureau also advises acting quickly and getting in a professional as fast as you can, while still doing your homework by researching and making sure that you are hiring a trusted, qualified bed bug exterminator like those you will find with Assured Environments.