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What Do Bedbugs Look Like?

January 27, 2007 Leave a comment

As a reporter once described they can be as tiny as a “.” and as big as an “O”, a flat “O”, red when fed, and clear if it has not fed yet.

You’ll know you have bedbugs if there are reddish brown spots on your bed from when you turned over and crshed ’em.

 

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Bedbug Precautions

January 27, 2007 Comments off

Ah, yes, Bedbug Precautions…There is no full proof way to avoid these little buggers. Your place could be spotless, and I’m sure these little vampires more than appreciate you keeping a clean table for them to dine.

But, of course, one should keep clean, and here’s some suggestions for your home:

  • Double Sticky Tape is your friend. Use it around the legs of beds, dressers, tables, chairs, go karraaaaaazy. (Bedbugs can not travel across sticky tape.)
  • Items you do throw out, bag and tag, so no one else takes the item thinking they’ve hit lotto.
  • NO Sidewalk Shopping!!! If it’s out in the street; there is a reason!
  • Please check A Note to My Neighbors for helpful information, and please pass it on.

And, when you’re away from home, here’s some more suggestions:

  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles:
    1. Make sure the clothes you wear can be washed in HOT water.
    2. Keep a plastic bag with you, place the items you wore in it, and store until you can wash. Do not open the bag otherwise!
    3. Avoid Suitcases. Use a knapsack so you can wash it.
  • Hotels, Motels and the Like:
    1. When in hotels, do not use the drawers.
    2. Keep your items in your suitcase or knapsack
    3. Use the fold out “table” (for lack of a better word) that the hotel provides for you to place your suitcase on. If one is not provided, keep your stuff in the bathtub and/or keep it in a plastic bag.
    4. Ensure nothing hits the floor!
    5. Consider Camping

Lastly, don’t keep quiet it’s the Bedbugs best defense and our worst offense.

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Allergic to Bedbugs?

January 27, 2007 Comments off

It was the end of summer and I was working outside so naturally when all the bites started, I thought I was being eaten alive outside. Little did I know the feast started when I went home.

People don’t realize, it’s not like you receive an automatic reaction to the bites. They feed and later, you’ll start to itch, then welts appear, after a while you’ll think you’re going out of your mind because you’ll have no peace, no matter what you do, there seems to be no end in sight.

The itching and swelling was so bad I was using tons of ice to keep the swelling down. I purchased After-Bite since I figured it was probably mosquitos. (I work near a park.) For awhile it seemed to work, but I was going through tons of the After-Bite, and my life was revolving around what appeared to be something that would never end (though I heard the mosquito season ended around August 31st and my fingers were crossed!) Every day I was reading websites about all types of bugs, bites, reactions, and then it hit me: it was bedbugs. I went to the Pharmacist, and she stepped away when she saw the state of my arms from the allergic reaction to the bites, but she did tell me to try benadryl for the reaction and cortizone for the itch. I did, and by the time I got a Doctor’s appointment to check it out, the healing had started and he scoffed at my diagnosis of bedbugs.

I didn’t care for him much anyway so I never went back, and to this day I keep benadryl and cortizone around all the time. Hope this helps…

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A Bedbug Note to My Neighbors

January 27, 2007 Comments off

 

The Bedbug Scene
I’ve heard that most of the apartments have been fumigated, and some more than others because they keep coming back.I’ve done a bit of research on this situation when my apartment was finally hit this past August.I’ve had the apartment fumigated once and they have not returned, but the situation in the building is so severe it’s best to do it one more time and I urge anyone who has had their apartments fumigated once – do it again.Why?Because quite a few people are having their apartments done, and you don’t want them back.The landlord gave out information, but there are a few other items that I want to pass on to y’all.My apologies if it’s too personal from a stranger for some, but I got rid of those little bloodsuckers, and hope to never have to deal with them again, and if we all don’t participate they will never go away.So here goes.

FYI:

  • Bedbugs can live up to a year and a half without feeding; bag, tag and store any items that you can for at least a year (clothes, blankets, paperwork, books, albums, etc.)
  • For those items you can’t live without for a year, cover them loosely when the apartment is being fumigated and clean everything afterwards.
  • Clothes: wash everything in hot water, or dry clean it, or throw it away (if you throw it away, ensure its in plastic so that no dumpster divers take the infested items.
  • Keep your clothes in plastic bags for at least a year.(I’ve found clear bags and clothespins to be easiest.)
  • As Seen on TV: Spacebags are great! (It’s like vacuum-packed clothes so you can seal your clothes from everything.)They have a special offer of $19.95 on TV, but all the bags are flat if you can get the ez-load wide bottom for easier storage.
  • Get rid of bed, carpets and furniture whenever possible.When in doubt throw it out.If you buy new furniture or a new bed, keep it in the plastic or buy plastic covers.
  • Fumigate!Three times!!
  • If you have cracks in your walls seal them!!!These little buggers cruise through cracks.Watch your tail!!!
  • This is most important: pull your bed out from the wall and put vaseline on the bed legs!
  • Remember, it’s easy to pass bedbugs along, think twice about having people over, and going to others homes.If or when you do visit others, change right before you leave until we have this whole gig under control so as not to infest others homes.These nasty little nocturnal bloodsuckers cruise with people and/or their suitcases, boxes, clothes, shoes, furniture, etc.

Well, that’s the scoop there neighbor, hope no offense has been taken – no offense was meant, it just happens to be what I did to get rid of these little buggers and with any luck, they’ll be out of the entire building soon.

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