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Ehlers Pest Management Succeeds Where Other Bed Bug Exterminators Fail

Bed bugs infiltrate homes everywhere, from Shorewood and Whitefish Bay down to Racine and Kenosha. The first problem 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 company, it is impossible to find and exterminate an entire bed bug population.

Fortunately, our team of bed bug exterminators has extensive experience eliminating bed bug infestations in single-family homes, multi-unit residential housing structures, and even in AirBnB listings. Is your bed bug problem away from home? Bed bugs are known to pop up in hotels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters and even public transportation. If you've got a pest infestation at your commercial property, we can take care of your bad-for-business bugs too!

Bed bug extermination is achievable through a combination of manual removal, thermal remediation (heat treatment), and pesticide applications. When it comes to bed bugs, don't sit around just to get bit on the behind, call the best bed bug company in Milwaukee and get it handled quick.

Cost of Bed Bug Exterminators in Milwaukee

The price of professional bed bug extermination services will vary depending largely on the size of the current infestation, and the bed bug company you hire.

Bed bug extermination treatment costs typically range:

Since we’re not a franchise operation, our prices tend to be lower than the big name pest control companies in Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha, & Wauwatosa. 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 and not have to come back for further treatments. Although many pest problems require ongoing treatments, we strive for cost-effective solutions instead of roping you into an expensive monthly service contract.

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.

Bed Bug Bites in Milwaukee

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.

Signs you may have a bed bug infestation


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.

Dead bed bugs leave stains and droppings

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

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Bed bugs are reddish-brown and up to about ¼ inch long. They are mostly nocturnal since they hide during the day and feed 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.

For more identification tips, check out our pest identifcation guide.

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. 

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Heat Treatment

Heat treatments are a proven method for killing bed bugs. The heat used to exterminate bed bugs is intense, with a temperature reaching 120 to 135° F for several hours to kill the bed bugs and their eggs hidden in nooks and crannies. When we're done, your bed bug problem is over. Bugs and eggs—all dead.

For this kind of treatment, special heaters need to be brought in. 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 end up accidentally causing a fire.

DIY chemical extermiantion deosn not exterminate bed bugs

Chemical Control

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.

Other exterminators like to "go nuclear" and rely on excessive use of poisons and chemicals to get rid of your problem. This strategy might work, but insecticides are toxic materials that can have an effect on your home and its inhabitants.

At Ehlers Pest Management, we first use low-impact methods such as mechanical devices, nontoxic traps, and pet-friendly pest control products before ever bringing harmful chemicals into the process.

There is plenty of well-meaning DIY advice out there about eliminating bed bugs, but most of these solutions are ineffective, unsafe and can even exacerbate the problem if it's not handled in time. You're better off calling a professional.

Eco-Friendly, Green Bed Bug Extermination


If you're concerned about the environment it doesn’t cut it to hire a pest control company to come into your home and spray harsh chemicals and set poison-filled traps all over. At Ehlers Pest Management we’re always conscious of the way our methods impact the environment.

Our exclusive 4-Step Approach uses chemicals judiciously and effectively without creating a hazard for pets or children. Whenever possible we use organic and environmentally safe solutions and post the MSDSs of everything we use on our website.

Our exterminators combine sound science and innovative technologies with integrated pest management (IPM) to provide cost-effective, timely solutions to all types of pest control problems. Pest control is important for any home, and you can trust that Ehler's Pest Management will provide it, all while safeguarding the health of humans, pets and the environment.

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: Tenant or 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.

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 the infestation can be shown to have been caused by the tenant (such as 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, 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.

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.

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