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Health department offers class on preventing bed bugs

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The health department has seen a jump in the number of calls coming in concerning nasty bed bugs so, for the first time, they are offering a special class to help homeowners battle the bugs.

"All they eat is human blood," said Michael Swoyer with the Kansas City, MO, Health Department. "That's all they eat, that's all they want."

Swoyer is on a mission to help families squash the problem for good.

"No matter how clean you are, no matter how wealthy you are, anybody can get bed bugs because they just hitch hike in on what people are wearing or what people are carrying," Swoyer said.

He says it's alarming just how quickly one bed bug can multiply.

"She goes off and hides, and so that's why the one that crawls into your backpack or purse could very well be a pregnant female and she's got 500 fertilized eggs inside of her," Swoyer said.

He believes education is the best tool to combat the growing problem, so he came up with an idea to offer families a free class about prevention and information about what to do to get your house ready for a professional if you spot critters.

"There's a lot of prep work involved with any type of pest management. Clutter is an issue, sanitation is an issue. If all that is cleared up beforehand, then companies can do their job that much quicker and get out of there that much quicker," Swoyer said.

After completing the two-hour class, the homeowner will get a coupon for a discount they can use with several pest control companies. It's being done in an effort to stop the blood-sucking vampires that are lurking in your sheets.

"That's all they eat (human blood), that's all they want. So that makes control of bed bugs more difficult than control of other pests that we can bate for because, in this case, you are the bate," Swoyer said.

You don't have to be a resident in Kansas City to take the free class. Anyone across the metro is welcome and can sign up for the class by calling 816-513-6010.

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