How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

This is the most common question I get asked: How to get rid of Bed Bugs?

Its in the middle of the night, and you are awakened by the very thing you have been fearing. Bed Bugs.  I hear this story often and often I wake up to emails from people who have been awake all night scouring the web for a solution to getting rid of Bed Bugs.  The sad truth is, normally by this point, the infestation is much larger and has already taken hold in areas of the room or house you won’t be able to get to.  You will likely need to call a professional pest control operator.  The information here will get you started in the suppression stage.  The pest control company will help you with the elimination part.  I hope to set your mind to ease, just a little so you can get back to a normal life and start sleeping good once again.

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Adult Bed Bugs.

The first thing I tell people is don’t panic.  Bed Bugs have an uncanny ability to take over every thought in your head.  They have already moved in to your house, don’t let them move in to you head!

You will want to start by stripping your bed linens carefully without flinging Bed Bugs or their eggs everywhere.  Put the linens directly in the laundry on the hottest setting for both the wash and dry.  If you cannot wash on hot, at least use the hot setting for drying.  Closely inspect the mattress, bed frame, head board, and surrounding areas for any activity.  Clean and vacuum as much as possible all surfaces including cracks and crevices.  Dump or discard your vacuum contents out doors directly in a trash bag and seal the bag well for removal.

At this point, you will want to get your hands on  a good mattress encasement.

Mattress Encasement

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You will need 2 encasements – one for the mattress and one for the box springs.  I recommend the Mattress Safe brand.  Fully enclose your mattress and box springs.  Mattress encasements will keep bugs from getting in or out of your mattress and box springs.  You should now get your hands on some Diatomaceous Earth.  You will want the food grade D.E.  Diatomaceous Earth or D.E. is not a chemical or poison but rather made from Diatoms usually harvested from fresh water sources.  The D.E. acts as an irritant and scratches the exoskeleton of the Bed Bug which promotes dehydration causing death.  Most hardware stores or home centers will carry D.E. in the lawn and garden section.

At this point, you might feel confidant in your efforts; and you should.  Its important however that you don’t become over confidant and become complacent.  You have suppressed the Bed Bugs.  I am a firm believer that there is not one single “silver bullet” when it comes to battling Bed Bugs.  It is a battle that requires multiple methods to be successful. Diligence and paying attention to the details will always be the key to a successful treatment.  You should at the very least contact your pest control specialist and get the opinion of a professional.  schedule-now

If you are in the Kansas City Area, contact us and we will be happy to do a free inspection and evaluation of your home.  For a complete elimination of Bed Bugs, we recommend using Thermal Remediation or heat to treat the home.  Heat treating is the best possible treatment at this time.

How to get rid of Bed Bugs

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The Bed Bugs are sensitive to heat above 115 degrees and all stages including the eggs will parish with heat.  The interesting part is when the heated area reaches approximately 100 degrees, the Bed Bugs are drawn towards the heat.  Their instincts tell them that a blood meal is nearby at those temperatures.  Once they are drawn in, the temperature continues to rise and the heat will soak in to every crack and crevice and rise to the lethal point.  There is nowhere to hide with the heat. For additional information about heat treatments click here.

Your efforts will be rewarded as getting rid of Bed Bugs requires everyone to roll up their sleeves and get to work.  Everyone needs to participate to ensure a successful elimination of Bed Bugs.  This is not the time for finger pointing or playing the blame game with ones around you who might have caused the infestation.  We will guide you every step of the way and we will bring in the heating system or the “big guns” to help finish them off!

Contact KC Pest Away today and enjoy a good night’s sleep tonight!

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What’s With the Heat? Using Heat to Treat Bed Bugs

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Using Heat on Bed Bugs

Chances are, this whole thing is new to you. We never had to deal with Bed Bugs growing up. Some of our parents never had to deal with them either. The closest we got was the whole “Goodnight, Sleep tight, and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!”

A lot has changed since then. A lot. What was once just a saying is now very real for many people and businesses. Bed Bugs are here to stay and our tools to fight them are futile at best. Until recently.

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Clean, safe heat is used to eliminate Bed Bugs.

Recently, our industry has adopted some technology borrowed from the water restoration industry known as Structural Pasteurization. Structural Pasteurization involves heating a house or structure to a specified temperature for a specified time for any number of reasons such as killing mold or drying. The pest control industry has taken that same idea and adapted it to take advantage of the one universal weakness that all Bed Bugs and their eggs share: They just can’t take the heat. Period. All Bed Bugs and their eggs will die at approximately 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Sounds easy

Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are making their way into Kansas City.

enough, right? In theory and on paper, it is quite simple; raise the temperature to at least the lethal zone then just like waving a magic wand, no more Bugs or eggs! It’s not quite that simple, and in fact there is quite a bit more that goes into it like large, finely calibrated equipment and machines, and not to mention the specialized training that each technician must go through so we don’t burn your house down.

The point I want to make is simple: Thermal Treatment for Bed Bugs is far superior to traditional methods. In the past, we would treat using a combination of chemicals (none of which I would want my children sleeping or sitting on and most of which the Bed Bugs have built a very high tolerance to), steam bed frames and mattresses, have the customer wash and dry clothing on high heat. Then after maybe our second or third visit, we would cross our fingers and HOPE we have been successful and eliminated each and every bug. Often times during this process if you didn’t want your mattress or couches doused in chemicals, we would recommend you discard and replace affected furniture or, at the very least have you invest in a good mattress encasement. These methods were all we had at our disposal, and with some diligence we could produce a 60% success rate on average after several visits and after you have paid us for those visits and replaced the bad furniture.Schedule Appointment

Heat Treatments changed the effectiveness and efficiency of eliminating Bed Bugs. It’s really quite interesting. We take advantage of the Bug’s natural curiosity. Once the area or room reaches about 100 degrees, the Bugs are drawn towards the heat. Our body temperature is at that same level – about 100 degrees. The Bugs get very excited presumably because they know that around 100 degrees, its feeding time. They think a host must be nearby. The Bed Bugs are running around hypersensitive to their warm surroundings. What they don’t know however, the temperature is gradually rising and rising. Another thing they don’t know – they don’t know that their demise is just minutes away. Soon, the temperature is at or above 113 degrees or otherwise known as “the lethal stage”. Our job doesn’t stop there. Bed Bugs find all kinds of places to lay their eggs. Usually well protected areas away from the action. With the aid of high velocity air movers, we are continuing to raise the room temperature to +/- 140 degrees and driving the heat into everything such as into the walls, floors, beds, furniture, and every void in the treated area. Sooner or later, there is absolutely no where left to hide and the lethal temperature will “soak” into everything.

Simply put, even if we had a “super chemical” that had no risk of building resistance, we would never be able to get the chemical into all the places that we can get heat. By the time you replace furnishings that are infested, put up with several chemical treatments over a period of weeks, and at the end of all that, you have a 40% failure rate just to start the process all over again.

So what’s with the heat? The answer is EVERYTHING when it comes to your home and belongings with an infestation of Bed Bugs. Plus a good night’s sleep!

Neil Wilson is an expert when it comes to eliminating Bed Bugs, specifically by using Thermal Remediation or Heat Treatments. His company, KC Pest Away is one of only a handful of companies that have made the commitment by investing in this technology, training, and support staff. Bed Bugs may not be on your radar screen now but one thing is for sure, they will be on your radar sometime in the future. Visit here for more information and http://www.heatupbedbugs.com. Good stuff! Hang in there, you will get through this. If my company is outside your service area, find somebody who will roll out the big guns and bring the heat!

 

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Kansas City Bed Bug Heat Treatment Videos

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Bed Bug Heat Treatment

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Some of our latest victories in the battle of the Bed Bugs in Kansas City. Watch these little bugs succumb to the heat with KC Pest Away’s bed bug heat treatment.

Our proven system eliminates all stages including the eggs!  No other system does what KC Pest Away’s does in just 1 day!  With KC Pest Away, you will sleep tight with no Bed Bugs left to bite!

Bed bugs have become a problem in the Kansas City Area in recent years.  Once eliminated nearly 100%, bed bugs haven’t been a problem for many years.  Traditional methods of control and elimination with the use of pesticides have proven unsuccessful.  Even the most advanced insecticides used in our industry today have had little effect on today’s bed bugs.  In addition, treating areas where bed bugs live – with chemicals, means using chemicals on our beds, couches, and other furniture and surfaces where you likely spend quite a bit of time.  Although today’s chemicals have a relative low toxicity, they really aren’t meant to be slept on or sat on.  We do generally use chemicals on our treatments however, the chemicals are not the primary means of control. Rather, the chemicals are a supplement to the heat treatment. As a supplement, we don’t have to use nearly as much product and we can keep the chemicals off of all soft furniture, keeping you and your family safe from exposure.

KC Pest Away utilizes clean, safe heat to rid your space of bed bugs.  Even if we had chemicals that were effective, we would never get the chemicals to all the places that we can get heat.  The heat will penetrate furniture, flooring, walls, and personal belongings.  With using heat for a long enough time at the correct temperatures, it creates an environment where there is no place left to hide, resulting in complete elimination.

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