Bed bugs are in Kansas City. For the past several decades, Missouri, Kansas, the United States, and most of North America were virtually free of bed bugs. We had been able to keep bed bugs out of our homes and confined to our nursery rhymes ("Night-Night. Don't let the bed bugs bite!"), thanks to improved living standards and advanced insecticides. These pests had not been a public threat in some time. However, they are back in Kansas City! Within the last few years, the reintroduction and dramatic resurgence of bed bugs in our community has been the topic of many news reports. They are a very real concern. And the presence of bedbugs does not signify a lack of cleanliness. These bugs don't discriminate. From a college student's messy apartment to the most luxurious 5-star hotel, bed bugs will infest any human dwelling. In addition to being found anywhere, these pests are difficult to control because they're so skilled at hiding. This allows them to travel with us from place to place in our belongings (clothing, luggage, furniture, electronics, etc.). They are expert-level hitchhikers!
Bed bugs in Kansas City go through several stages AFTER they hatch from the egg and BEFORE molting a final time. A blood meal is required at each stage of the bug's development. Once the bed bug becomes an adult, and then throughout their life span, they will feed every 3-7 days, depending on the temperature and other environmental factors. Adults can live for more than a year and go for long periods (up to a year) between meals. The female averages 3-5 eggs per day, up to about 12, and can produce over 500 eggs during her lifetime. The eggs are very durable and can remain viable for weeks, even under harsh conditions. Bed bug eggs can be found all over an infested dwelling, as they are small enough to be deposited into even the tiniest of cracks.
Bed bugs bite. These pesky parasites locate their meals using heat and carbon dioxide sensors. They can recognize humans through olfactory (smell) receptors on their antennae and mouthparts. Bed bugs normally feed at night or in the early morning – they attack when we are in our deepest sleep and are most unaware. The saliva of the bug contains desensitizing agents that prevent the host from feeling the bite. The penetration sites are usually small, pinprick-sized lesions that may or may not become inflamed. Reaction to bed bug bites varies from person to person. Most people show no reaction the first time they are bitten. Others may develop itchy welts (like the image shown here).
Controlling bed bugs requires a significant investment of time and resources, but they can be eliminated by a coordinated effort between the resident, landlord, property manager and the Pest Management Professionals (PMP) here at ZipZap. If you discover these annoying vermin in your home, don't despair! The process of bed bug control is constantly improving and complete eradication is achievable.
Our Board Certified Entomologist suggests that, with infestations rising in the Kansas City area, homeowners would be wise to identify if they have a bed bug problem and, if so, act quickly to solve it. These insects are tiny, microscopic pests, but they can cause a big problem in a home. If you suspect that your house is infested, the first thing you need to do is confirm the presence of bed bugs.
First check your body. Do you have bites? Concentrate on areas of the body without any hair when looking for small red bite marks. Do you have an unexplained rash? Some marks will swell and others will not. Next, check your sheets. On bed sheets, bed bugs will show their presence by leaving behind what appears to be a tiny blood splatter or smear. These marks are bed bug feces and a sure sign that they are present in a home.
After checking your sheets, be sure and look at your mattress, including the box spring. Remove the liner from the bottom of the box spring and check very carefully. You should also look around on walls and floor corners, places where a bug could hide during the day. There may be dark fecal matter scattered around their hiding places. Take note of any unusually strong musty odor.
Remember, discovering bed bugs is a daunting task, one more efficiently performed by the professionals at ZipZap Termite & Pest Control. When we come to check your home, it is a good idea to let us look inside your car, too. You might have inadvertently brought the bed bugs into your house, which means they could also be in your car. Remember…they are adept at bumming rides!I Have Bed Bugs – Now What?
Once you have confirmed the presence of bed bugs in your home, the next step is to get rid of them as soon as possible. The sooner you exterminate, the easier the process. Postponing action is not a good idea, even if you find only a few bed bugs. They will continue to multiply. Home remedies might be a good place to start and could help prepare the rooms for our specialists, but do-it-yourself treatments can prove complicated, costly, and won't eliminate all the bugs. No measure taken by the homeowner can be as effective as that performed by a professional, especially our specialists here at ZipZap Termite & Pest Control. We offer several options for dealing with both large- and small-scale infestations and will guide you through each phase of our treatment plan.
Fumigating Bed Bugs in Kansas City
Fumigation is an effective way to completely eliminate all stages of bed bugs from your home or building space. This method has proven successful for over 50 years. Science has shown that fumigating is the best way to guarantee no bed bug eggs, nymphs, or adults will survive. Using Vikane gas as a fumigant will kill every last one of these annoying insects and there is no residue to wipe up afterwards!
ZipZap Termite & Pest Control can come in and perform this service in less than two days. The process for bed bug fumigation is easy:
You'll be able to sleep in your home the very next night, bed bugs eliminated!
Bed bug fumigation is a painless option for ridding your home, once and for all, of those bloodsucking pests.
Fumigating bed bugs in a moving truck or trailer
Moving from an apartment that has bed bugs? No worries! Just bring your moving truck to our office full of your infested items and we will fumigate the entire truck, ridding your contents completely of those nasty bugs. Since all eggs, nymphs, and adult bed bugs will be killed during this process, fumigating your moving truck or trailer is the best method for ensuring that you won't have these uninvited guests in your new place. AND this is a cheaper option! The cost to fumigate your moving truck is a fraction of the cost required to heat or fumigate your apartment for bed bugs.
Contact ZipZap Termite & Pest Control today to schedule a bed bug fumigation for your moving truck or trailer and start living a life free of bed bugs.
Heat Treatment For Bed Bugs in Kansas City
Before having your home chemically treated, there are a few things you should do to prepare for ZipZap specialists. Remove all of your fabric items and wash them in very hot water, unless otherwise directed by their labels. This includes bed linens, stored fabric, clothing, and curtains. Seal the clean items in storage bags or bins so that the bugs can't get in. Empty closets and cupboards where bugs have been spotted. Unplug electronic items and place up on tables, high and out of the way. Vacuum thoroughly, being careful to reach all corners, carpeted surfaces, and bare floors. Empty bookshelves, as well as desk and dresser drawers. Remove the drawers from the furniture, but leave in the room. Remember, bed bugs can live inside of furniture and knick-knacks.
ZipZap Termite & Pest Control specialists will apply a labeled chemical which is specific to bed bugs. Our Board Certified Entomologist ensures that these professional-grade chemicals are used safely. They include aerosols, dusts, and low-odor sprays. The chemicals may be toxic, so mattresses, sofas, and chairs should be completely dry before being used. You will need to stay out of your home for at least 4 hours. This might be a great time to catch a movie and grab a bite to eat. Enjoy the fact that you will no longer be a meal for those pesky bed bugs!
*It is possible that several follow-up visits will be necessary.
Fumigation, Heat, & Chemical - ZipZap Termite & Pest Control will recommend a treatment plan specific to your particular bug infestation. Our Board Certified Entomologist is an expert on the inspection, identification, removal, and treatment of bed bugs in all stages. Don't leave your extermination to just any company. Here at ZipZap we are trained, qualified, and have the experience necessary to eliminate your bed bug problem.