BedBug Facts and Prevention in Kansas City

Bedbug facts and prevention in Kansas City

Bedbug facts and prevention in Kansas City is a topic that has been discussed by many of our customers. We are asked if there are some facts they should know about bedbugs that can help them identify and understand more about bedbugs in Kansas City. Furthermore, our customers also ask if any prevention methods can be followed to help prevent bedbugs. ZipZap Termite & Pest Control has compiled some bedbug facts and prevention in Kansas City items below.

BedBug Facts

  1. Bedbug saliva acts as an anesthetic and promotes increased blood flow. This helps the bedbug feed quicker and nearly painless. Moreover, it keeps the host from waking up during feeding.
  2. Bedbugs can withstand temperatures from freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Bedbugs survive months without eating.
  4. 500-bed bug eggs can be laid in her lifetime
  5. Bed bugs consume seven times their weight in blood. This is equivalent to an average male drinking 120 gallons.
  6. When bed bug hatch, they are so small that they can pass through a stitch-hole in a mattress
  7. It takes about five minutes for a bed bug to take a blood meal then they retreat to digest.
  8. Bed bugs can also feed on other animals like mice, birds, and family pests, but humans are their primary hosts.
  9. Bed bugs were introduced to the U.S. from Europe around the 17th Century.

Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs

  1. Thoroughly inspect your hotel room before unpacking. Areas would be headboard and furniture. Check the boxspring and mattress, as well as pull back the sheets. You are looking for pepper-like stains. This could indicate evidence of activity from bed bugs.
  2. Do not put your suitcase on the bed when you unpack. It would be best to keep them covered and tied in a plastic bag if possible. A large trash bag would work.
  3. Inspect all belongings and suitcases prior to bringing them into the home after returning from a trip.
  4. Wash and dry all clothing. Do this even if you have not worn them, just to be sure. Hot water for washing and extra-hot for the dryer is best.
  5. If you notice bedbugs while staying at a hotel, notify the management and change rooms immediately, making sure room does not butt up to the one infested.
  6. Second-hand furniture, mattresses, and boxsprings are a problem. Never bring them into your home or college dorm without a thorough examination for signs of bedbug infestations.
  7. You should check on a regular basis areas where pets sleep, for signs of bedbugs. Look for the same pepper-like stains you would see on sheets and mattresses. Look also for molted bed bug skins and white, sticky eggs.

Several steps can be taken to help prevent bed bugs in your everyday life. Inspecting regularly is the best line of defense to help avoid bed bug infestations. Above are some Tips and preventative measures to avoid bed bugs in the future.

If you have any questions or other concerns about bedbugs, don’t hesitate to contact our office. ZipZap Termite & Pest Control. Our Board Certified Entomologist can answer any questions you may have concerning bedbugs in Kansas City. Reach out to our office today at 816-407-7378

ZipZap Termite & Pest Control

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.