Bed Bug Exterminators Serving Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine
Ehlers Pest Management Succeeds Where Other Bed Bug Exterminators Fail
Bed bugs infiltrate homes in both good and bad neighborhoods from Shorewood and Whitefish Bay down to Racine and Kenosha. The misery they cause goes far beyond their diminutive size. The first problem you come up against in dealing with them is their size. Bed bugs are small enough to hide in crevices and cracks after they feed.
Trying to tackle the problem head-on can seem like a good idea, but do-it-yourself bed bug treatments are notoriously ineffective and can even amplify the problem. Without the help of a professional Milwaukee bed bug exterminator, it is impossible to find and exterminate an entire bed bug population.
Fortunately, our team of Wisconsin area bed bug control experts has extensive experience eliminating bed bug infestations in both single-family homes and multi-unit residential housing structures, even in AirBnB listings. Bed bug extermination is achievable through a combination of manual removal, thermal remediation (heat treatment), and pesticide applications.
3 Signs You Have a Bed Bug Infestation
If you see any of the signs below in your home, call the bed bug exterminators at Ehlers Pest Management ASAP. We specialize in affordable, effective bed bug treatments for homes and businesses throughout southeast Wisconsin.
Bites on your skin
Bed bugs will bite any exposed area of skin. Their bites leave itchy red welts on your skin. The typical areas for bites are legs, arms, and the back of your neck.
As bed bugs grow, they shed their skin and leave casings behind. These are found underneath pillows, in mattress seams, under mattresses, and under the bed.
Droppings and Stains
Black and brown stains on your bed sheets come from bed bug droppings and from bed bugs being squashed by a sleeper rolling on them while they're feeding.
Bed Bug Identification
Bed bugs are reddish-brown, up to about ¼ inch long. They are mostly nocturnal, hiding during the day and feeding when you are asleep. This makes detection difficult. Common hiding places for bedbugs are in bedroom clutter, bedding, the seams of mattresses, furniture upholstery, and even in small gaps in wallpaper. Bed bugs reproduce rapidly, and an untreated infestation will get worse very quickly. Females lay hundreds of eggs, each about the size of a speck of dust.
A bed bug infestation is often evident in bloodstains on bedding and mattresses, caused by the sleeper rolling over and crushing the bed bugs or by fresh bites bleeding. Bed bugs exude a musty odor and leave dark brown or black spots of excrement, eggs and molted skin on infested surfaces. Of course, the most painfully obvious sign you have bed bugs is bites on your skin. Unlike other insect bites, bed bug bites typically appear in precise lines of red marks. The bites cause an itchy, burning sensation. The bites occur at night while you're sleeping, or attempting to sleep.
Eliminating Bed Bugs Isn't a DIY Project
Forget about those store-bought foggers and mattress wrappers. They might kill some of the bed bugs in your home, but they won't get the ones in hiding--and there are literally thousands in hiding, along with even more eggs. Our bed bug services start with a thorough inspection to determine the extent of the bed bug infestation and a customized treatment solution for eliminating the problem. Effective control methods and follow-up care ensure your bed bug problems are gone for good. Ehlers Pest Managment treats homes, apartments, condos and businesses for infestations.
Call 414-303-6926, or contact Ehlers Pest Management online to schedule an inspection.
Heat treatments are a proven method for killing bed bugs. The heat professionals use to exterminate bed bugs is intense and impossible to duplicate by turning up your thermostat.
The temperature has to reach 120 to 135° F and stay there for several hours to kill the bed bugs and their eggs hidden in nooks and crannies. For this kind of heat, special heaters need to be brought in.
When we're done, your bed bug problem is over. Bugs and eggs—all dead.
Bed bugs are incredibly tenacious insects and they've become increasingly resistant to the most commonly used insecticides. A bed bug pro doesn't let bed bugs adapt, a pro exterminates.
While some exterminators use toxic chemicals that can harm pets and children. We only use environmentally responsible, pet friendly products.
There is plenty of well-meaning DIY advice out there about eliminating bed bugs, but in most cases people end up having to call in a professional.
Don't Try This at Home
Under no circumstances should you attempt to replicate a heat treatment by turning up your thermostat and running space heaters or, worse, kerosene heaters.
Not only is it unlikely you will ever reach anything close to the temperature necessary to kill bed bugs, but you may very well end up accidentally causing a fire.
While that's one sure way to exterminate bed bugs, it's not one we recommend.
Bed Bug Exterminators for Hotels, Apartment Complexes and other Multi-Unit Buildings
Having bed bugs in your home is sheer misery. Having them in a hotel or apartment where you're the landlord can have disastrous effects on your business. All it takes is one social media post to go viral and before you know it your hotel or apartment building is blacklisted, which is why you need to take action as soon as possible if you suspect a bed bug infestation.
Many people think bed bugs are only an issue in bad neighborhoods, but the fact is these bloodsucking parasites get into nice areas, too. The most likely cause—bed bugs that hitch a ride in or on a traveler's suitcase. No matter how your building became infested with bed bugs, Ehlers Pest Management will get rid of them.
Who Pays for Bed Bug Extermination: the Tenant or the Landlord?
Wisconsin Statute 740.07 requires landlords to provide a habitable place for tenants. When it comes to bedbugs, though, the law is bit tricky. Although landlords are required to provide a habitable place, they're not legally responsible for repairs made necessary by the negligence of or improper use of the rental unit by the tenant.
To clarify: if it wasn't the tenant's fault that the unit became infested with bed bugs, it's the landlord's responsibility to cover the costs of an exterminator. If, however, the infestation can be shown to have been caused by the tenant (such as by bringing used furniture infested by bed bugs into the rental unit), then the tenant can be held liable for the cost of an exterminator. Unfortunately, proving how bed bugs infested a rental unit is nearly impossible, and most courts tend to be sympathetic toward renters.
City ordinances can come into play, as well. In Milwaukee, for instance, Ordinance 275-82 maintains that a landlord is responsible for extermination inside the structure before leasing or selling it, and also responsible for exterminating any pests (regardless of fault) if there are more than two people occupying the unit. Curiously, though, if there's just one occupant then the occupant is responsible for the extermination costs--unless the landlord failed to keep the structure free of bedbugs.
As you can see, determining fault and who should cover the costs of bed bug extermination services is a rabbit hole of legalities. Our best advice is to get the problem taken care of as quickly as possible, before the infestation grows to epic proportions and your reputation as a landlord or property owner is sullied by nasty social media posts made by your tenant(s). Once the infestation is taken care of, you can deal with the issue of financial responsibility.
Your Local, Family-Owned Alternative to Franchise Pest Control Companies
Ehlers Pest Management isn’t a franchise of one of the big name pest control companies. We’re a family-owned and operated business with a dedicated team of experienced exterminators. When you call Ehlers, chances are John Ehlers himself will take your call, not a sales rep in another state.
From our home base in Oak Creek, we serve homeowners and businesses throughout southeast Wisconsin, including:
- Fox Point
- Whitefish Bay
- New Berlin
Affordable Pricing, Effective Treatments
Since we’re not a franchise operation, our prices tend to be lower than the big name pest control companies in southeast Wisconsin. More importantly, our exterminators aren’t in a rush to get through your job in order to make a quota. We take the time to locate the source of a pest problem so we can eliminate it. Although many pest problems require ongoing treatments, we strive for cost-effective solutions instead of roping you into an expensive monthly service contract.
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