Friday, October 7

Don’t Let Bedbugs In Your Home

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Good night, sleep tight,
Wake up bright
In the morning light
To do what's right
With all your might.

I’m sure most of you remember this comforting bed time nursery rhyme. At our house we had a shorter version of it that at the time us kids thought was funny and cooler than the original. That would be; “Good night, sleep tight, Don’t let the bedbugs bite.” We were very young at the time and thought our parents made this up just for us. We had no idea then what a “bedbug” was nor that they were real.
When bed bugs infested our lives last time it changed people’s outlooks on the horrid pests and the nursery rhyme changed.

Good night, sleep tight,
Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
And if they do
Then take your shoe
And knock ‘em ‘til
They’re black and blue!

Not so cute anymore is it? And neither is the new bedbug infestation that we are having NOW. Don’t think you are dirty enough to have them? Dirt has nothing to do with these blood sucking hitch hikers from hell! Your home can be clean and orderly, they don’t care. After a decades-long hiatus, bedbugs are back and bigger than ever.

Having special hooks on the ends of their legs they can cling to ANY material you can pick up and take home with you. It only takes one to start an infestation in your home that will have you screaming with horror as they feed on you, your kids and your pets while you sleep. How creepy is that?

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This is a bedbug (image blown up) with it’s egg sacs. The wingless bedbugs range in size from 1 to 7 millimeters, are reddish brown, flat and oval in shape. Fecal droppings (brown or black stains that look like pepper flakes), shed skins, and the tinier translucent eggs and nymphs (juveniles) are evidence of the live pest.

Harder to miss are the bites as they feed off you. They leave itchy red welts behind and they usually leave a few marks in each spot they feed off of. If you slap one in your sleep you may find blood spots on your hands or sheets when you wake up.

If you think your home may harbor bedbugs, then you should check out every crack and crevasse you can find, from the crack behind the baseboards to the folds of drapes and even seams or tears in mattresses or other bedding, clothing, or clutter that may be lying about. If you can fit a credit card edge into the crack, then a bedbug infestation can be hiding within that innocent-looking crack.

Bedbugs are here until we educate ourselves and others about them. You can live bedbug free but you must work at it. That means inspecting your mattress, sheets and inspecting anything you take home for signs of or the bugs themselves. Don’t make the mistake of giving them a home at your place.

Bedbugs are bad all over the world so don’t think you are safe when traveling or you will bring them home from that great vacation you went on. Here is a bedbug infestation map of the US.

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95% of the pest control companies surveyed reported a bedbug infestation within the last year—up an astounding 70% from more than a decade ago!

See California? That’s my state and we have a horrible problem with them here. Still, I live in an apartment building and don’t have them so it can be done just have a little faith and work at it.

What can you do if you have these pesky little vampires feeding on you and yours? Start out by going to THE BEDBUG INSPECTORS. There is plenty more online about bedbugs if it’s not the answer to your problems and if you are traveling this holiday season you should read up on what what is suggested.
Just where do you pick up bedbugs from? I bet you will be shocked at the answers.
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  1. Public Libraries

  2. Retail Stores

  3. Movie Theaters

  4. Planes, Trains, Buses & Taxi’s

  5. Daycares, Schools & Colleges

  6. Places Of Worship

  7. Business Offices

  8. Landry Facilities

  9. Hospitals & Nursing Homes

  10. Consignment, Thrift & Rental Stores
How about that? For one more good link on bedbugs try BED BUG TV. This site has videos on everything bedbug.

I feel by doing this blog that I am doing my part in helping a horrible situation get better for all of us in the future if we don’t get this under control NOW.

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2 comments:

  1. I love your blog. The worst part I'm finding out about bedbugs is SHAME And SILENCE!
    People who find out they have these monsters will try and hide the fact spreading them to their friends and family.
    So Id like to add to all those that are reading this DON'T LET EMBARRASSMENT hurt you, your friends, and family.
    April(NYC)

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    1. Thanks Lilshybabe and I love the fact that you commented on an older blog! A few +1's would be appreaciated on things you like. What you said is so true. NYC is having especially bad problems with the buggers. The fact that you are the first to leave a comment on this proves what you are saying! Listen to her and don't hide the fact, get support and get rid of them for good!

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