Bed Bugs and The UMKC Area


 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.

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


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.

Heat bed bugs Kansas City

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 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!