Bedbugs in Kansas City are one of the toughest and most annoying infestations to deal with because once they are established in a home, they are difficult to eliminate. You can avoid the headache by following these 5 tips for avoiding an infestation.
1) Inspect furniture and other items before you bring them home.
Thoroughly inspect used furniture, especially in seams and between cushions, for signs of bedbugs before bringing it into your home. Look for reddish or rusty stains on light colored pieces caused by bedbugs being crushed or dark spots of excrement that bleed like a marker. You should also look for live bedbugs and their eggs and shells, which are only about 1mm and have pale yellow skins that the nymphs shed as they grow.
2) Use care when traveling.
You should inspect all bedding and furniture when traveling, as bedbugs can travel back to Kansas City in your luggage. Luggage should be sealed into a plastic bag for several months to a year after staying somewhere with a bedbug infestation because they can survive that long without feeding.
Clothing should be washed and run through the dryer on high heat when you return home. If you use shared laundry facilities, you should carry your laundry in a plastic bag. If you suspect an infestation, remove laundry from the dryer directly into a new plastic bag and fold your clothes at home.
3) Make your bed inhospitable to bedbugs in Kansas City.
Wash your bedding regularly and dry on the highest heat setting. Use a high-quality, tear-resistant protective cover that encloses your mattress and box springs to eliminate many of their hiding spots. The cover’s light coloring makes the bugs easier to see, and you should inspect it frequently for holes as well as signs of bedbugs. You can also purchase a cover that is pre-treated with pesticides to control bedbugs.
4) Keep your home clean and uncluttered.
Bedbugs’ movement is not limited to the bed itself, so vacuuming the floors can help eliminate them before they get out of control. The more cluttered an area, the more places for bedbugs to hide.
Eliminate all clutter against bedroom walls, as this is an attractive hiding place. Organize and properly store your belongings to avoid any type of infestation. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent bedbugs is regular inspection for signs of an infestation.
5) Hire a professional that knows bedbugs in Kansas City.
If you discover bedbugs in your home, don’t just start spraying poison and hope for the best. The unfortunate truth is that DIY methods are simply not effective. Bedbugs are nearly impossible to remove on your own, but the experts at Everett Milberger Pest Control are here to help.
For information about bedbugs in Kansas City, call (816) 761-1313 in Missouri and (913) 384-6760 in Kansas, or click here to request your free inspection.