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We've all heard the saying, "Sleep tight… don't let the bed bugs bite." Have you ever wondered if bed bugs actually do exist and if they do bite?
Bed Bug Madness
New York City has recently been dealing with a highly publicized infestation of bed bugs affecting not only some of the swankiest hotels but also homes.
Bed bugs have become such a problem that the New York City Government site has devoted an entire health section on bed bugs. The cold hard truth is that bed bugs aren’t only found in beds - they can also be found in retail stores, movie theaters, business offices, planes, trains, buses and many other places you wouldn't expect or think about having to look out for them.
Bed bugs are so common just about everywhere you go that The Travel Channel compiled a list of the top 10 places bed bugs are hiding that you're probably not aware of.
What Causes an Infestation of Bed Bugs?
For bed bugs to infest your home, you will have had to pick one up from somewhere. All it takes is just one bug to sneak its way onto you. Bed bugs are elite hitchhikers. They generally tend to infest public places and spread to new locations via purses, backpacks, clothing or coats.
The kicker is, that the bugs that tend to cause an infestation are pregnant female bed bugs. This is due to the way they mate. It’s so traumatic for the female, that she will wander to a new location to avoid being mated again.
What You Need to Know
Bed bugs are reddish-brown and are about the size of an apple seed. If you suspect you have been around bed bugs, immediately wash and dry your clothing on hot settings or store it in a sealed plastic bag until you can.
They feed off human and animal blood although they can survive up to 12 months without food. The good news is, they are not known to cause or spread disease. Should you be bitten by a bed bug, you may not immediately feel it. It may take a few days before you begin to feel or notice them. Some individuals do not react at all to their bites.
Bed bugs are nocturnal, so you are more likely to get bit by them at night, although that's not to say you won't get bit by one during the day. The itch can last for a few days and then go away. You can treat the itch with a topical anti-itch treatment.
How Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs requires more than just spraying some product around your home. Bed bugs are exceptionally good at hiding, so getting rid of them can be a daunting process.
What also doesn’t help is that over the years, bed bugs have become immune to many of the pesticides on the market. They've built a tolerance to the same ingredients that have been used on them for over 40 years by a process called chemical resistance mutation.
Because bed bugs have become so difficult to get rid of, many people resort to trying to kill them using excessive amounts of pesticides which can lead to poisoning of you, your family, and your pets.
"If bed bugs have now mutated into a chemical resistant bug, how can you safely get rid of them without using harsh chemicals or dangerous pesticides?"
There are safer solutions available to help get rid of bed bugs that won’t harm you or your family and pets.
Using an all-natural blend of essential oils, Bed Bug Patrol works to dissolve the bed bugs protective outer shell and cause the bugs to then suffocate. Bed bugs cannot build a tolerance to natural essential oils.
Be sure to treat your entire home, even if you do not find evidence of bed bugs in another room.
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