Bed bugs Kansas City can come back home with you, especially when traveling away from home, even from the nicest hotels to a relative’s home. Milberger Pest Control has advice on how to look for bed bugs when away from home.
A more accurate way to identify a possible infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs. When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, look for:
· 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 like 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.
So where should you look for bed bugs Kansas City before snuggling up on a bed that’s not yours? 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.
If the room is heavily infested, you may find bed bugs:
· In the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains
· In drawer joints
· In electrical receptacles and appliances
· Under loose wallpaper and wall hangings
· At the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet
· Even in the head of a screw!
Since bed bugs Kansas City are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug – be sure to check all around where you’ll be sleeping, and don’t let the bed bugs bite.
· Bed bugs are hearty insects. They can survive and remain active at temperatures as low as 46°F, but they die when their body temperatures reaches 113°F.
· Common bed bugs are found almost anywhere their host can live.
· Tropical bed bugs (Cimex hemipterus) require a higher average temperature than the common bed bug and are found in tropical and subtropical areas – if you’re on your dream tropical vacation, it’s always a good idea to check the areas mentioned earlier so you don’t end up bringing bed bugs Kansas City back as an unwanted souvenir.
If you find that you’ve brought bed bugs Kansas City back to your home, Milberger Pest Control can help. For more information, call Milberger at (816) 761-1313 in Missouri and (913) 384-6760 in Kansas. Milberger offers a free bed bug inspection.