Bed bugs are wingless, approximately 1/4-inch in length with a flattened oval shape and rusty brown in color. Newly-hatched nymphs are much smaller and somewhat lighter in color. Female bed bugs lay up to five eggs a day and 500 during a lifetime. A bed bug can survive several months to a year without a blood meal. The lifespan of a bed bug is normally 12-18 months. Since bed bugs are mainly active at night, daytime sightings may indicate a heavy infestation. Bed bugs can seem to come from nowhere, but are being seen more and more in libraries, theaters, public transportation, apartments, hotels, homes, shelters, dormitories and nursing homes all across the Kansas City Area. They are active travelers, usually transported in luggage, boxes, clothing, furniture and even hair. Infestations are not tied to unsanitary living conditions; even popular high end hotels in Kansas City have reported bed bug problems.
Where To Look
Check for bed bugs on the seams, tufts, or folds of mattresses, bed frames and head boards. Also, check cracks and crevices in furniture around your bed such as nightstands and dressers. Bed bugs may also be behind baseboards, pictures, frames, windows, door casings, loosened wall paper, curtains, cracks in plaster and behind electrical wall plates.
How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
Usually the first sign of a bed bug infestation is the appearance of small dark brown or black spots on your mattresses and bed linens. These are bed bug droppings and blood spots. Bed bugs feed on any bare skin exposed while sleeping. Red itchy welts are an indication of an infestation. Bed bug bites occur when the bed bug is actually drawing blood. It may take as long as 14 days for a welt to appear from a bed bug bite.; Some people have a reaction to bed bug bites and may need to seek medical assistance. Bed bugs in Kansas City are not known to transmit any diseases to humans.
What Do I Do Next?
KC Pest away has got you covered with your bed bug treatment in Kansas City. We employ our Thermal Remediation system along with a chemical supplement to eliminate all stages of bed bugs including the eggs. Kansas City has become over run with these little blood suckers but with KC Pest Away on your team, together we will get you back to a good nights sleep. Our technicians are experienced with the most challenging bed bug treatments. We bring the most advanced technology paired with old school knowledge and skill to provide the best bed bug treatment available in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to get started at (913) 378-8899.