As your local pest exterminators we see several types of pests on a given day. We thought you would like to know what bugs seem to be the most common in the Lee’s Summit and Greater Kansas City Area. Lately we have seen problems with bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, ants, and spiders. Here is a little bit of information about pests that are probably in your home and backyard if you are not having a pest control company spray for pests on a frequent basis.  If you are need of a pest control company please call us at give us a call today at 816.287.5030! Mantis Pest Solutions offering a solution to your pest problem.No Pest Problem

Bed Bugs

An adult bed bug is about 1/5-inch long and 1/8-inch wide.  Its body is reddish-brown in color, flattened and oval shaped.  After feeding, the bug’s body enlarges, becoming longer and much more round.  The female will lay eggs close to the food source.  She will lay 2 eggs per day until approximately 200 eggs are laid.  The eggs will hatch in 1-2 weeks.  They develop by gradual metamorphosis.

Humans are the preferred host of the beg bug, but it will feed on other hosts if necessary.  Bed bugs typically feed at night while the host is sleeping.  Bed bugs will hide in cracks and crevices during daylight hours.  Typical hiding places are folds and seams of mattresses, bed frames, box springs, and upholstery of chairs and couches. Our Bed bug removal services not only get rid of bed bugs, but spray these areas, and disrupt their egg cycle.


Fleas are pests of humans and their pets.  Fleas will readily feed on humans if infestations are heavy or it other hosts are not available.   Eggs are usually laid on the host, but can be laid in the carpet if the adult has fallen off the host. The adult can stay in the pre-emerged state for several months to a year.  This explains why fleas will pop up again after treatment has performed.


Cockroaches are one of the most common insects.  Fossils have been found that date the cockroach back almost 400 million years.  They are very successful insects because of their capability to adapt to just about any environment.  Because of this, cockroaches are one of the most difficult insects to control.  There are approximately 3500 species of cockroaches throughout the world, but only a select few are actually encountered by households or businesses in Cockroachthe United States.

Cockroaches can be detected by the damage or fecal matter they leave on or near their harborage.  Cockroaches will eat just about anything including starches, sweets, meats, grease and even human excrement.   Cockroaches generally like to take harborage in unsanitary areas such as, sewers, garbage disposals, kitchen areas, and bathroom areas.  They like areas with higher warmth, moisture and humidity.  Cockroaches can transmit germs and diseases like salmonella, E-coli, and dysentery.  Knowing this, most customers cannot tolerate any type or number of cockroaches in their homes. Get rid of cockroaches with our guaranteed cockroach removal services 


Ants are among the most successful insects and many pest control companies consider them to be the most important household pest in terms of business opportunity and challenge.  Ants are social insects and live in colonies which are usually located in the ground.  However, some ant species thrive while nesting in wall voids inside structures.  Ants will enter buildings searching for food, shelter, or when their nests have been disturbed due to weather or construction.

Ants will feed on a wide variety of food items. Preferences for food will change according to the needs of the colony. During periods of high egg production, workers will forage for food high in protein, while at other times workers may prefer sweets or greases for energy in order to promote larval growth.


Spiders are probably the most common pest homeowners will encounter.  There are over 3000 species in the United States alone.  Wherever there is food available, spiders are likely to be found. All spiders are predators, feeding mainly on insects and smaller arthropods.  In the United States, only a few are actually considered poisonous and dangerous to man, the black widow, brown recluse, hobo spider and yellow sac spider.

For more information about our commercial pest control services, call Mantis Pest Solutions today at (816) 287-5030 or (913) 225-7060.

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Ty Hawkins, also known as Ty the Bug Guy, has been in the pest exterminator for several years and exterminated pests all over the country. Ty has worked for many companies including Orkin and Terminix.

While working for these companies he realized he could offer a more friendly and personal service. He called Rick and together they started Mantis Pest Solutions and now offer pest control in Overland Park and Lee’s Summit. Ty’s goal is to make Mantis more than just your local pest control company, but a business that constantly is giving back the community as well.

Quickly after a few services, Ty became known as Ty the Bug Guy. Feeling a bigger need to help people with their pest infestations he created his own pest control tip blog to better serve the local community and those all over the country with their pest issues.

When Ty isn’t helping residents of the Kansas City area get rid of their pests or posting about pest control tips Ty enjoys spending time with his family. They love traveling, playing board games and trying new restaurants. When you call in for a pest control quote don’t forget to talk about some of the great places to eat or things to do in Kansas City.

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You can also read some of his most popular pest control tips and articles below:

Frequently Asked Questions about Pest Control

5 Things your Pest Control Technician wants you to Understand

How to Bed Bug Proof Your Luggage


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