Bed bugs Kansas City are great hitchhikers. They can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing. Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving several months to a year without feeding. Milberger Pest Control has tips on how to avoid bed bugs Kansas City in your home.
Knowing what a bed bug and a bed bug infestation look like are the easiest ways to stop a bed bug problem from becoming a full-blown crisis. Bed bugs Kansas City are oval, flat, brown and wingless insects about a quarter-inch long. They can be found in box springs, mattresses, bed frames, wall outlets, floor cracks and behind clocks and pictures. The critters occasionally leave behind casings and deposit fecal or blood spots, which look like dark red or brown smears, on bed sheets, pillowcases and mattresses.
If you see any bugs or dark blood spots and you suspect you might be dealing with bed bugs Kansas City, you should call Milberger Pest Control as soon as possible. Milberger offers a free inspection for bed bugs in your home!
A few simple precautions can help prevent bed bug infestation in your home:
·Check secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bug infestation before bringing them home.
·Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate many hiding spots. The light color of the encasement makes bed bugs easier to see. Be sure to purchase a high-quality encasement that will resist tearing and check the encasement regularly for holes or a cover that has been pre-treated with pesticide to control bed bugs.
·Reduce clutter in your home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs.
·Vacuum frequently to remove any successful hitchhikers.
·Be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities. Transport items to be washed in plastic bags (if you have an active infestation, use a new bag for the journey home). Remove from dryer directly into bag and fold at home. (A dryer on high heat can kill bed bugs.)
·If you live in a multi-family home, try to isolate your unit by:
o Installing door sweeps on the bottom of doors to discourage movement into hallways.
o Sealing cracks and crevices around baseboards, light sockets, etc., to discourage movement through wall voids.
For more information about bed bugs Kansas City, call Milberger Pest Controlat (816) 761-1313 in Missouri and (913) 384-6760 in Kansas.