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:

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.