Bed Bugs in Kansas
Kansas was once known as the “Land of Oz” however in today’s time if you follow the yellow brick road in Kansas, you might just find bed bugs. Previously thought to be nearly extinct, bed bugs have resurged and are quite comfortable in Kansas. In the last 5 years we have had at least a 300% increase in calls regarding bed bugs in Kansas. First in hotels, apartments, and shelters, and now add in duplexes and single family homes as well as hospitals, libraries, tour buses, movie theaters, and just about any place that humans gather and spend at least a couple hours in any one place.
The adult bed bug is about the size and shape of an apple seed with a reddish brown color. A single female can produce approximately 300 offspring in as little as 6 months and most infestations take 6 months to be visually apparent. The eggs are very small white or translucent in color and are stuck to the surface by means of a glue like substance that the female covers the eggs in. The eggs are much more difficult to spot, therefore will require more diligence when inspecting furniture and belongings.
Since DDT was banned as an insecticide, our modern insecticides don’t always do the trick on pyrethroid resistant bed bugs. Pest Control Operators in Kansas are having an increasing difficult time controlling bed bugs with pesticides alone. In Kansas City and the surrounding areas, we are 1 of only a handful of companies who have made a significant investment in beating these blood sucking creatures. KC Pest Away is utilizing heat or thermal remediation to clear a property of the threating bed bugs. During the thermal remediation process, we will bring in large heaters and raise the temperature to 135-140 degrees. By raising the temperature we are saturating all contents with heat at or above the lethal 113 degrees for bed bugs. Wall voids, cracks, crevices, box springs, mattresses, furniture, flooring, and other belongings all get exposed to these lethal temperatures. We can now get 100% of the bed bugs including the eggs by employing this method.
KC Pest Away recommends the use of Mattress Safe Mattress Protectors