Bed Bugs In Kansas City: Can Bites Cause An Allergic Reaction?

Bed bugs in Kansas City can certainly be a pain. While their bites can cause an allergic reaction, 50-60% of people have no reaction to bed bug bites at all, and those who do can react differently. 

When a doctor diagnoses bed bug bites, it is usually just speculation. Distinguishing bites between different insects is not scientifically possible. While bed bugs in Kansas City can cause itching, sleeplessness, and anxiety, they do not spread disease. Scratching bed bug bites with dirty fingernails can cause an infection, however.

Are These Bites From Bed Bugs In Kansas City?

The big problem with bed bugs in Kansas City is how challenging it is to find and correctly identify them. Other insects, such as carpet beetles, can be easily mistaken for bed bugs. Misidentification gives the bugs more time to spread to other areas of the house or hitch a ride to someone else’s house to start a new infestation.

Bites on the skin are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation since some people do not have a skin reaction to the bites. For those who do have a reaction, their bites can look like bites from other insects (such as mosquitoes or chiggers), rashes (such as eczema or fungal infections), or even hives.  A more accurate way to identify a possible infestation is to look for physical signs when cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home:

  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed
  • Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric as a marker would
  • Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger
  • Live bed bugs

When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Around the bed, they can be found near the piping, seams, and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard. Since they are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into extremely small hiding spots. Bed bugs in Kansas City are found almost anywhere their host can live, which means any room in your house.

Trust Professional Bed Bug Experts

An infestation of bed bugs in Kansas City requires the assistance of a pest professional and is not something a homeowner can handle on their own. Milberger Pest Control technicians have been specially trained to inspect each room thoroughly for the presence of bed bugs, and to target treat the sites where they are located. If you are concerned about bed bugs in your Kansas City home or business, call (816) 761-1313 in Missouri or (913) 384-6760 in Kansas, or click here to schedule your free inspection today!

The big problem with bed bugs in Kansas City is how challenging it is to find and correctly identify them.

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