bugs in Kanas City

The photo here is a shot of a collection of bugs in Kansas City collected around many homes. The Cicada killer is viewed here in this picture. Cicada Killers are giant univoltine wasps endemic and widespread bugs in Kansas City. The Female Cicada Killer nests in soil and provision its cells with paralyzed cicadas.

This year, pest control in Kansas City will rise due to increased bugs in Kansas City and pest activity in and around the Kansas City Metro area.

We are getting more calls to our office concerning bugs in Kansas City. Ants include Carpenter Ants, Odorous House Ants, and Pavement Ants. Now other ant bugs in Kansas City are out there that affect your home as well. The three ants listed above are the ones we will get calls for the most. A brief description of the Carpenter ant is below.

Carpenter Ants: These are the big (large) black ants you see roaming around outside and inside your home. You don’t see the regular trailing with these ants. You do with some other ants. These ants like sweets and like to shred the wood in your home, creating Frass (sawdust-like material). This is how they get their name. They leave Frass around in piles, and it looks like someone has sawed a piece of wood. Although Carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites, they shred the wood creating gallies with a smooth appearance. Carpenter ants in Kansas City can cause damage as termites do. 

Treating for bugs like Carpenter Ants

Treating around the trees in your yard and treating outside the house and inside can cut down on the populations of bugs in Kansas City that affect your structure. If you have done a treatment to your home and the Carpenter ants, do not go away. Then you should call our office to schedule an appointment to address the problem 816-407-7378. Carpenter ants can also be a sign of excess moisture in and around your home; check for leaks, clogged gutters, and piled-up debris outside your home.

Brown Recluse Spiders: This is the spider we get the most calls from and people have the most stories about. Most calls coming into our office are from people who say they have bugs in Kansas City. Especially spiders, and know it is a brown recluse spider. Most of the time, it is NOT a brown recluse but some other spider species. Although the brown recluse spider is the most common, I see it in people’s homes in Kansas and Missouri. It is generally not the one that is causing the problems. Due to the nature of being a recluse, you don’t always know you have this spider in your home. The Wolf, house, and cellar spiders are the most common spiders we treat when we are called out to a place that complains about spiders.

The brown recluse spider is a venomous spider endemic to Kansas and Missouri. It is 6-20 mm long, has six eyes with a brown body, sometimes deep yellow, and usually marks on the cephalothorax’s dorsal side. The brown recluse spider’s pattern suggests nicknames like fiddleback, brown fiddler, or violin spider.

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Jeff is a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) and a Public Health Entomology Certificate Holder (PHE). He has worked in the pest control industry since 1985.