Nearly two weeks ago, everyone's NYC worst nightmare came true for me: I have bed bugs. I live in a 3 bedroom apt with 2 roommates, and mine is the *only* room where we've found actual bed bugs (I probably found 15 or so on various parts of my mattress, and one or two dead ones on the floor), or experienced getting bitten. My room is positioned away from the two other bedrooms, so it seems like the problem may very well be isolated to that room. This is apparently the 3rd time this apt has gotten bed bugs - the last time was shortly before I moved in two years ago, and at that time the problem was also isolated to my room. I suspect they came from the walls of the building.
Our landlady has expressed that she'd prefer to not have to pay more than $500 for the extermination, and since her normal go-to guys were going to charge us more than $800, she left it to us to find one on our own. Using the Internets, I found two places. Both came and did a free inspection of our apt. This is was the breakdown:
: $699 to treat all 3 rooms, incl. "treatment" (ie, placement of poison) of mattresses & living room furniture, putting some kind of long lasting pesticide into the wall and in cracks and crevices, and spraying the apt. They would do just my room and the living room for $500 or so, but their guys emphasized that we should really do the whole apt b/c "you never know." Includes a 30 day warranty, which means we could call them in again anytime for a month. If we went with these guys, me and my roommates would probably each chip $50 in toward the cost (I know, we shouldn't have to, but it's a cheap apt in a great location, and we don't want to rock the boat.)
Magic Pest Mgmt
: $295 ($321 after taxes) to do a treatment of my room, which includes the poison in the walls treatment, crack treatment, steam cleaning of infested mattress, etc., and a spraying of the whole rest of the apt, but no deep treatment in any other room. I asked about the need to do the other rooms and he didn't seem to think it was necessary. One visit, no warranty.
So my question: who's right? Should we treat all the rooms just to be safe, or is it enough to just treat the site of the infestation and spray the rest of the apt? I'm inclined to want to go with the more thorough treatment, but if the $321 version does the trick, it certainly is a much better price. I realize there are no 100% guarantees that either will work, but I was wondering if anyone out their knew more than me about this matter.
(To avoid any libel accusations, let me note that the prices/treatment descriptions are not official statements from either business, just a summary of what I remember from convos with them)