If you have bed bugs in Kansas City, you usually don’t realize it until it is too late. It is best to find out early, before the bed bugs have a chance to get established or spread. Treating a minor infestation may be a bit inconvenient, but it is far easier and less costly than treating the infestation once it becomes more widespread.
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.
If you are unaware of having an infestation, it is very easy to transport them from your house to others. Contrary to popular belief, and their name, bed bugs also live in furniture, carpeting, behind picture frames, in electrical outlets, and on clothing in drawers. Early detection is key if you do not wish to spread these pests to friends and relatives.
How To Identify Bed Bugs In Kansas City
Bites on the skin are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation, as 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.
To eliminate bed bugs from your home with confidence, contact a professional. Everett Milberger Pest Control has been eliminating bed bugs in Kansas City for a very long time! Our technicians will thoroughly inspect your home and treat the infestation, and our home inspection is free. For more information, call (816) 761-1313 in Missouri or (913) 384-6760 in Kansas, or click here to request your free inspection.