Friday, August 27, 2010


What is it with the new phenomena of bed bugs? I know they have been around for years, but they were almost unheard of 5 years ago.  Bedbugs are becoming a nationwide problem. They seem to popping up everywhere, even in clothing store dressing rooms. You may want to wear that adorable little outfit you just bought, but they are suggesting you wash or dry clean it first and avoid laying your clothing or purse on the benches in the changing room. In recent weeks several New York City offices have been shut down due to bedbug infestations. According to the National Pest Management Association, bedbug related calls have increased 81% in the last 10 years and 57% in the last 5 years.  Where the hell are these little pests are coming from and why such a increase in the last 5 years?
Bedbugs seem to come from unclean or unsanitary conditions and clutter.  That's pretty scary. The most infestations come from hotel rooms. That means they are not cleaning the rooms the way they should be. International travel and immigration, these bugs symptoms are making a comeback. But people don't detect these symptoms until someone complains of excessive itching and has oval-shaped insect bite marks which are often mistaken as mosquitoes or dust mites bites. Small crevices and cracks are the best hiding place for the little pests. Heavily infested homes will have a sweet musty smell. The odor is secreted by the bedbugs scent glands. Look for fecal or excrement stains, egg cases, and shed skins of bed bug nymphs in crevices, cracks or holes on the bed or near it. Furniture near the bed should be checked also. Bedroom wallpapers, bed springs and clothing in your dresser, should be examined closely for these reddish brown stains. Bedbugs have become more of a problem than cockroaches. These little pests hide in unsuspecting places and get you when you lease expect it. The problem has become so severe, a woman in Michigan has trained her dog to sniff out bedbugs. Okay..... I'm itching now and the next time I stay in a hotel room or use a changing room I'm going to be paranoid.

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