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Three Bed Bug Home Remedies

Bed bugs are such a headache. That is why bed bug treatments are made available so you can free your household from these sneaky pests. Homeowners are always advised to get help from trained and licensed pest control experts. Nevertheless, they can also do something to eradicate the problems themselves by resorting to using bed bug home remedies. Doing so will allow them to save costs as home remedies are definitely inexpensive. Must try Bed Bug Solutions at Home While there is a long list of bed bug home remedies that you can choose from, here are three of the easiest and most viable DIY bed bug solutions that you can perform at home without having to call a pest control company: Vacuum This is no doubt the easiest that you can do that definitely removes not just the clutter in your home but also the bed bugs from their hiding places. Using the hose of your vacuum cleaner, suck those notorious bed bugs and their eggs from areas like boxes, mattresses, beddings, upholstered furniture, curtains, shelves, and cracks and crevices where these bugs typically seek refuge. Vacuum thoroughly every few days starting from elevated zones down to the walls, floor, and carpets.  Applying extreme heat/cold Bed bugs have no way of surviving in extremely hot and cold environments. One way to apply heat and kill bed bugs straight away is to use hot water when washing items like bed sheets, stuffed toys, clothes, curtains, and other washable objects you believe are exposed to these

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Are Bed Bugs Harmful?

While it has been widely assumed that bedbugs aren’t dangerous due to the fact that, unlike most insects or pests, they do not transmit human diseases, one can’t also deny that these bloodsuckers are not entirely harmless.  Bed bugs are quite common in the United States and are found to dwell in different places or environments. Since they survive by feeding on blood, humans find bedbugs irritating.  Can bed bugs transmit diseases? Although, what people also need to watch out for is that bed bugs do spread parasites. In a certain study, bedbugs are found to transmit in particular the T. cruzi parasite, which causes a deadly disease called Chagas disease. To add, one article claimed that bed bugs could trigger mental illness among humans. Scientists discovered that certain individuals, during their encounter with bed bugs, suffer from severe depression and anxiety as a result of stress arising from paranoia, and lack of sleep. In worse case scenarios, bed bug victims would even develop a mental disorder in the long run. Surprising, right? Bed bugs’ physical and mental consequences One thing is for sure: if you are bitten by bedbugs, you will acquire small red bumps on your skin which will eventually turn into injuries—in the form of skin irritation and inflammation—as a result of you itching like crazy. Being such a nuisance since time immemorial, bed bugs affect people negatively, so much that, according to Robert M. Jarvis (2009), nearly a dozen cases had been reported back in the 19th century about guests or

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Pest Guide This Fall

Fall—this only means that winter is coming. In a blink, the holiday season is just around the corner. We feel it in our bones as each night is getting longer and colder. We also tend to be inside more often this season to stay warm.  However, autumn is also the season when pests will start looking for a warmer place to overwinter. Guess what? Our homes are typically the coziest places on earth when winter comes. That’s why pest-proofing your house will only help you avoid suffering through an infestation during winter.  Why Pest-Proof my House?  Pest-proofing your house will allow you to enjoy the holiday season comfortably. In your home, with your family and closest friends. Pest free. It’s the winter season. There shouldn’t be any pest roaming around until spring comes, right? Nope. Bugs are also known to take shelter in houses and buildings to survive the winter. They are more commonly called overwintering pests. The most common are: Cluster Flies: are identified by their dull grayish brown color with yellow hairs on the thorax. They move slowly and frequent indoor windows in the winter. Boxelder bugs: an adult boxelder bug is approximately 1/2-inch long, has black with orange or red markings, including three stripes on the area right behind the head. Stink bugs: identified by their mottled grayish-brown triangular or shield shape bodies. Approximately 3/4″ long, and they have 6 legs. Asian Ladybug: or just ladybugs are the easiest to identify. They have red, orange, yellow, brown, or shiny black in color. Usually

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Invasive pests Lurking in Your Backyard

Invasive Pests Lurking in Your Backyard   As their name suggests, invasive pests are animal species that invade the natural habitat of other wildlife species. In other words, they establish themselves in other ecosystems that are not supposed to be their natural habitat and disturb other species or even cause harm or damage to the environment and other organisms particularly their hosts. Moreover, these destructive pests bring diseases that will lead to the death of crops, plants, and important species of trees. Some invasive animals also cause soil degradation and erosion, which can result in other serious disasters. Here are seven (7) of the most common invasive pests that can be found in your yard:    1. Asian Tiger Mosquito They are not your typical mosquitos. Asian Tiger Mosquitos can be found throughout the United States. Although they are said to be most prevalent in the northern part of USA, Asian Tiger Mosquitos also invade the northern regions including Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Not only do they have a specific feeding time during the day, which is daytime, Asian Tiger Mosquitos also transmit serious and fatal diseases such as dengue fever. They are also known carriers of Chikungunya virus and West Nile virus. They typically breed in shady areas and in containers with stagnant water. Hence, freeing your backyard from potential breeding sites of these mosquitos is a good preventive measure.   2. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug There is a good reason to call a bug a “stink bug.” Indeed, the Brown Marmorated Stink

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Pest Control During Pandemic

  The Department of Homeland Security declared pest control as an essential service. To prevent sanitation from worsening this pandemic, we are ought to keep a healthy and hygienic working and living environment.   Pest Population Increase Consequently, the lack of sanitation in restaurants, offices, or homes contributes to the growth of pests. Hence, with the bacteria and viruses they carry, more chances of us catching diseases. Inevitably, empty buildings provide sanctuary for pests to nest and breed—causing significant sanitation issues and damages. Therefore, keeping the pest situation intact could ensure the safety of all the necessary products and services offered.     What do we need to look out for?  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included these pests to be controlled: Rats and mice – Diseases, damage, and droppings are just a few of the countless disappointments these rats contribute. With them around, contaminated food is within unfortunate reach. Cockroaches – Down to one’s luck, these pests cause of asthma, allergy, and also food contamination.  Flies – What do you expect from someone who feeds on garbage and sewage? These flying nemeses carry germs like E. coli and Salmonella. Not just that, contaminating food and water are also their forte. Bed bugs – Sleepless nights are not only the reason, they most likely suck out your blood without mercy. With bites causing mild to severe allergies, nobody wants them around.   Overall, having a strong partnership with our local pest control provider is a good investment for a healthier community. With all the time spent indoor,

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Hotels and Motels Battling COVID-19 and Bed Bugs

Old Nemesis taking advantage with New Enemy  With the pandemic still raging around the world, some hotels and motels alike maybe now empty and/or running with a skeleton crew—leaving them two more things to worry about: their battle against bed bugs and COVID-19—both alarming and deadly to our health and businesses.   Who’s the culprit now: Bed bugs or Covid-19? Some had to close down while sitting, waiting, and wishing: when will the business come back to normal? Who’s the culprit, is it Covid-19 or the continued growth of their former nemesis, the bed bugs flocking around the deserted rooms waiting for the doom of business?   With the now declared “new normal,” the majority of these businesses are repurposing as centers for COVID-19 patients and frontline workers. They stand on the edge in fighting two battles at once: the recent enemy and still hailed as very deadly, Covid-19 complimenting the spread of more ancient enemy of hoteliers—bed bugs.   CDC reports that Bed bugs do not carry infectious diseases. However, they are more likely to cost hotels their reputation and hundreds, even thousands of dollars to get rid of them as the clock ticks due to lack of maintenance.   Resistance against the culprit Fortunately, with the hygiene regulations imposed by the federal government, these little critters are spreading slowly than before. Making the lives of hoteliers a lot easier, but this doesn’t mean that bed bugs have died due to starvation. Bed bugs can go without feeding for 20 to 400 days.   They are unbelievably resilient for their size, and

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