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Kansas City's hotels are experiencing increasing Bed Bug infestations during this holiday season.  KC Pest Away has deployed our heat treatment equipment to several hotels in the area recently.  Remember, if you come across a hotel with Bed Bugs, kindly ask the front desk to change you into another room, and request they run all your clothes through the dryer.  Just because a hotel has an infestation, it shouldn't be a reflection of the hotel's cleaning staff or clients.  We live in a much more diverse society today with people traveling at an all time high. Its a numbers game.  If given enough people staying in a given room, sooner or later that room will be exposed to Bed Bugs.  Knowledge and education is power.  The more you know and learn about Bed Bugs, what they look like, and where to find them, the less of a chance you will have bringing them home with you.

Pictured below - KC Pest Away is heat treating several hotel rooms at a local hotel last week.
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Keep your holiday travels Bed Bug Free!

The holidays bring joy to most of us - usually in the form of traveling to see family and friends some of whom we only get to see on such occasions.  However its not just close friends or family that you may be sharing the holiday season with.  There is something even potentially closer to you that you may be sharing or someone else may be sharing with you - Bed Bugs.  Bed Bugs are increasing in staggering numbers. The once nearly extinct blood suckers have not only returned but are stronger than ever.
Why are the Bed Bugs thriving?  Bed Bugs are masters of adapting. In particular, Bed Bugs have become resistant to nearly all pyrethroid based insecticides which includes nearly all insecticides on the market today.  They are also masters of hitchhiking. They are lousy at transporting themselves with their own legs, but incredible at hitching a ride on or in a purse, jacket, luggage, clothing, books, and almost anything that we come in contact with and bring with us from point A to point B. Their survival depends on their ability to jump on and go for a ride. 
So as you are traveling this season, what can you do to protect yourself?  The best answer for this problem is knowledge.  Knowing what to look for is the best thing you can do to keep you safe from Bed Bugs.  Before you lay your head down on an unfamiliar pillow, and no matter how tired you are from traveling, pull the entire bed apart.  Carefully strip all linens (carefully in case there are Bed Bugs – the last thing you want to do is fling Bed Bug filled sheets all over you and your luggage!) and comforter.  Try to roll everything into itself and carefully put them in the bathtub for the moment.  Now you can get to work.  You should see a clean, nice mattress.  If you see any spots or bugs then get out!  
If you can clear the mattress, then go looking further.  Check bed frames, headboards, nightstands, corners of the carpet, and base boards.  Hopefully at this point nothing has surfaced and you can start putting things back together and lay your weary head down.  
After all the turkey sandwiches and in-laws you can handle, you will probably be heading home.  Before you step in your front door, take all of your luggage to your garage or if you don’t have a garage, find a place in your home preferably with hard floors and take a thorough look through all of your luggage.  Bed Bugs can and will hitch a ride on or in your luggage from the cargo area of airplanes or someone else’s luggage next to yours. This is a critical step in the process. I have had countless customers who have ended up with Bed Bugs with no idea how they got there.  Put all laundry directly in the wash. If you have more than you can wash at one time, put your clothes in a garbage bag until you can wash them.  If you can expose your empty luggage to heat, that would be a good idea.  At the very least, store your luggage in garbage bags and wait until you have a hot day outside or a very cold day, then put the luggage outdoors in the extreme temperatures for a couple days. 
If after all this, you find yourself sleeping with some un-invited guests, save yourself some trouble and reach out to your local pest professional.  More importantly, find someone who specializes in Bed Bugs and preferably one who will treat with heat.  There isn’t much you will be able to do on your own with products off the shelf except suppress the problem.  For more information on Bed Bugs, visit my website, www.kcpestaway.com/pests/bedbugs.
Happy holidays & safe travels!

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Some of our equipment used to battle Bed Bugs in Kansas City.  We use high heat with the help of high speed air movers to eliminate infestations of Bed Bugs.  Bed Bugs and their eggs cannot tolerate heat above 115 degrees.
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KC Pest Away is continuing the battle against Bed Bugs in the Kansas City Area.  If you are experiencing a Bed Bug problem, or suspect you might be, give us a call.  We are happy to come visit and perform a detailed inspection and go over your options.  Bed Bugs have become very resistant to virtually every known product and pesticide and therefore are difficult to treat.  Thankfully, KC Pest Away employs the use of clean, chemical free heat to eliminate all stages of Bed Bugs including the eggs.  Only a handful of companies in our area have made this investment in equipment, education, and people.  KC Pest Away is proud to be a part of this group.  For more information, browse some of our videos and our website, www.kcpestaway.com .

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KC Pest Away using Thermal Remediation to eliminate Bed Bugs.
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