Bed Bugs and The UMKC Area is no doubt home to one of the Areas most unwanted guests.
Bed Bugs are increasing in numbers and sightings three or four fold over the last 5 years in the UMKC Area says Neil Wilson of KC Pest Away. Wilson continues to say “just in the last 5 months, we have treated 5 homes for Bed Bugs all within walking distance of the campus. Most of the homes appeared to have been of students.” Additionally, Wilson stated he knows of a number of units both on and off campus that will require thermal remediation to safely eliminate the Bed Bugs in the near future. Wilson is impressed, however with the way the landlords, residents, and owners are dealing with this issue. “Nobody is pointing fingers or playing the blame game. Everyone’s interest is to eliminate the Bed Bugs swiftly and safely. Our system employs clean, safe heat to gradually raise the temperature in the building. Bed Bugs have one weakness – one they can’t help but to walk right into. As our heat system gradually heat to +/- 100 degrees, the Bed Bugs start coming out of the woodwork – quite literally. Stop and think about this for a minute. What are the things Bed Bugs just can’t resist? C02 and our body heat. And guess what? Our body heat is about that same 100 degrees.” Watch this short 2 minute video below:
That video was shot over about 10 minutes and edited down for your convenience. What we learn here is that Bed Bugs are drawn to our body temperatures quite easily.What the Bed Bugs don’t know is there is a very small window between +/- 100 degrees and their lethal temperature of about 112 – 113 degrees F. There is no where to hide with KC Pest Away’s process of slow heating. Eventually, there is nowhere to hide from KC Pest Away and our elimination process.
Wilson is also impressed with the way management and landlords have responded to this uneasy problem.. “Every building owner or landlord we have dealt with in the UMKC area, weather its is UMKC owned or privately property, all have responded professionally and have hired us to quickly and safely eradicate Bed Bugs from their properties. It refreshing to work with property owners and management companies that are willing to let KC Pest Away roll up our sleeves and get to work” -Wilson said.
If you believe you may have see some bed bugs, click the link below to get started.
Bed Bug Size
One of the most common questions we get asked is “Can you actually see Bed Bugs with your naked eye?” The answer is yes. Bed Bugs are very easily identified. If the bugs themselves are difficult to spot, their evidence is not. Black fecal spots on bedding, shed skins, blood spots, and other debris.
In the image below, you will see that Bed Bugs have 5 stages before adulthood. Each stage is noticeably different than before and as they mature, they are more similar in appearance making their size the main difference the closer to adulthood. The Bed Bug eggs are normally grouped together in small groups of 5-7 and are translucent to white in color. The eggs are by far the most difficult to spot and are easily overlooked upon inspection.
KC Pest Away is Kansas City’s experts when it comes to eliminating Bed Bugs. We will take the time to sit down with you and clearly explain the process necessary to make your home Bed Bug free. The process often involves that you participate in the preparation phase of the treatment. We will provide you with specific instructions with regard to preparing for a successful treatment. To get started, click the link below:
Or call today (913) 378-8899
Don’t bring Bed Bugs home with you!
Bed bugs don’t make good souvenirs to bring home to your family after traveling out of town. Instead of bringing back bed bugs for your family and friends, buy them a cheap t-shirt instead.
People ask us at KC Pest Away for some tips that travelers can take to help them avoid bringing home these biting bugs. Here’s your checklist for traveling out of town:
- Check the hotel beds for bed bugs – take the bed apart! Check mattresses and box springs thoroughly – inspect every seam, crack and crevice, void, etc. Place the mattress and box spring on end and thoroughly check every nook and cranny. Check behind, under and around the head boards,foot boards, and bed frame. Look for small, 1/8 inch and smaller bugs. They are reddish-brown and look similar to a small, flat tick. Also look for multiple, tiny, dark pin-head sized dots, as these may be excrement marks from bed bugs.
- Inspect other areas – every crack and crevice, just as you inspected the bed. If your hotel has a sofa, love seat, desk, or other chairs, check those areas thoroughly as well. Take a flashlight with you, checking every crack and crevice, with emphasis on the beds and other furniture.
- Keep your clothes inside your luggage if at all possible. Bag your luggage in large trash bags, securely tied. Open it only when you need to take something out of your luggage. Some have suggested placing luggage in the bathtub at the hotel, away from the bed and chairs.
- When returning home, inspect your luggage thoroughly – again, every crack and crevice. Take your clothes (both worn and unworn) directly to your washer machine, and wash and dry your clothes. Some people prefer to put the clothes in the dryer immediately. Moderate heat in the dryer for twenty minutes will kill bedbugs and their eggs.
- Should you find bed bugs when inspecting your luggage, leave it outside and call a professional pest control operator to make sure the bed bugs are eradicated before taking your luggage inside. If your luggage is old and you don’t mind being without it, it can be tossed in the trash outside.
These steps should be more than adequate in keeping the bed bugs from hitching a ride back to your home. Note: should you find bed bugs in your hotel room, immediately (and quietly) inform the front desk / manager and request a room that is not adjacent to the infested room. Then, of course, inspect that room thoroughly.
Of course you can always reach out to us for more information. Info@kcpestaway.com or 913 937-PEST