Bed Bug FAQs


What is a Bed Bug?

Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius) are ectoparasites which strictly feed on blood. Bed bugs are aptly named because they normally hide in mattresses, or as close as possible to their human host to enable easy nighttime feeding. They are very small insects about 3/16 inch in length, flat, and broadly oval.

Why do I have them?

They are excellent hitchhikers and are usually unknowingly transported in or on luggage, clothing, or other belongings that are carried by people as they travel. Current outbreaks have been traced to increased domestic and international travel. This is a particular problem for hotels, motels, and apartments, where turnover of occupants is always constant. Bed bug Infestations can also occur inadvertently by bringing bed bug infested furniture, mattresses, or used clothing to one’s household. Bedbugs may also travel between units in multi-unit buildings after being brought into the building by one of the aforementioned routes. Bedbugs may wander between adjoining apartments through voids in walls and holes through which wires and pipes pass.

Are they dangerous?

Although bedbugs can dine on any warm-blooded animal, they primarily dine on humans. They are not known to transmit diseases, but bed bug bites can become red, itchy welts due to transfer of saliva when feeding.

How do you get rid of bed bugs?

Bedbugs are extremely difficult to eradicate. That’s why our residential and commercial bed bug service include the necessary products and follow up visits for one fee. Our treatment methods consist of the following:

Initial Service – Detailed inspection of the interior and exterior of your home, then a targeted treatment of all areas where activity is present. Each Initial Service is designed to rid your home of unwanted pests and keep them away.

Follow Up – Monthly services will be scheduled as part of our annual Integrated Pest Management program.

Can I do it myself?

Due to the complexity of treatment and the time required, bed bugs are generally not a pest many people have success in eradicating. Beware when purchasing pesticides and other products online as many are not effective. Pesticides can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed properly.

How soon can you get here?

Nobody should be afraid to go to bed. Therefore, Seitz Brothers Bed Bug Control is 100% committed helping you ASAP. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Seitz Brothers Bed Bug Control uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving the problem. We utilize bed bug products, and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that is poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are approved by the EPA. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.

How much does it cost?

We have standard pricing for all of our pest services, based on average size homes under 3500 square feet, and where the infestation does not require more than the standard number of services. We will always make you aware of any price changes before we start your service.

As part of our bed bug control service, we have 3 PA locations covering places like Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton at our Trexlertown location in the Lehigh Valley; or Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Stroudsburg at our Tannersville office in the Poconos; and Hazleton, Reading, and Lancaster at our Tamaqua Headquarters in Eastern and Central PA. We also service other parts of PA, New Jersey and New York. Call today to schedule an appointment and see why you are calling the best bed bug service in the region.