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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bedbugs

Once less common, bed bugs are making a comeback in cities all across America. We are getting alot of call for bed bug service in the Kansas City, and Overland Park areas.  Especially in Hotels. They usually cluster together on rough, dry surfaces in the cracks and crevices of beds, bedding, clothing and furniture. Bed bugs are active during the night and will travel a great distance to reach it’s sleeping  host for a blood meal. That it is important to check the whole property for bed bugs…not just one room. 

When bed bugs bite humans…they leave a bump of swelling and others may have an allergic reaction from the saliva secreted from the bug into the affected area. 

Bed bugs, as bad as it sounds, do not transfer diseases to human.

Bed Bugs

  1. Bed bugs have wings, but they can’t fly. They have no hind wings, and their front vestigial wings are not large or strong enough to let them fly. They’re the penguins of the insect world. Except people like penguins.
  1. Bed bugs can ingest more than seven times their body weight at one time. That’s the equivalent of a 150-pound adult drinking 125 gallons of water in one sitting.
  1. Fossilized bed bug specimens found in Egyptian tombs date back 3,550 years. We weren’t around back then, but if we had been, King Tut might have been a client.
  1. The name “bed bug” is a saying – bed bugs aren’t only found in beds. They do prefer staying close to their host, though, and typically shelter within a 6-foot radius of the bed in the mattress, box springs, headboard, soft furniture, outlets, wallpaper and carpet.
  1. Bat bugs, book lice, small cockroaches, swallow bugs or carpet beetles are commonly mistaken for bed bugs. So don’t assume you have bed bugs until an expert has inspected the area and confirmed it.

Top 10 Bed Bug Hot Spots

Bed bugs can be hard to see if you don’t have the right tools. However, you should be able to locate the tell all signs such as rustic brown spots on your bed. Here are some things to check in the hotel or your home:

  1. Mattress and box-spring seams
  2. Bed sheets
  3. Baseboards
  4. Picture frames
  5. Electrical outlet plugs
  6. Behind loose wallpaper
  7. Luggage
  8. Cracks in the headboard and bed frame
  9. Bed-skirts
  10. Upholstered furniture

Travel Precautions

  • Pull back the sheets to see if there are signs of bugs on the mattress seams or the back of the headboard.
  • Hang clothes in the closet instead of using drawers if you are not sure about the presence of bed bugs. Or, place luggage and clothes in the bathroom, which is less likely to have bed bugs.
  • When you get home, thoroughly inspect your luggage for hitchhikers.
  • When storing your luggage at home, seal it in large plastic bags such as Ziploc plastic bags.

Bed Bug Facts

  1. While their bites may drive you crazy, bed bugs have not been shown to transmit any diseases like mosquitoes or fleas.
  2. About 30% of the population does not get any reaction from bed bug bites. Others experience swelling and itching.
  3. Bed bugs cannot fly. They are transported by crawling or clinging to something we move.