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Bed Bugs: Help! Monsters Are Hiding Under The Bed and In It!

Monsters are things of nightmares, and as children we often needed Mom or Danightmare-boy-in-bedd to check out the underside of the bed to make sure a monster wasn’t lurking there.  If all was well, per the “Monster Check”, sleep would come if eyes were shut and covers pulled up tight.  The theory was, if it couldn’t be seen, it wasn’t there.

But the blood sucking monsters known as Bed Bugs, Cimex lectularius defy inspection, hide under, arobed-bug-bashund and in our beds, and using the dark of night, stealthily creep out of hiding to attack singularly or in hordes. Leaving itchy red bites and psychological trauma (fear and loathing) in their wake.

Bed bugs are ancient monsters, sucking the blood of man, other warm blooded mammals and birds, in order to survive, and they ddt-for-bed-bugshave been feasting regularly since the dawn of human history. While bedbugs were largely eliminated by pesticides (DDT) after World War II, their populations have rebounded because of greater global travel, urban sprawl and pesticide resistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While they are usually found hiding in and around bed frames and mattresses, bedbugs are extremely mobile and hide in furniture, curtains, carpet edges, lamps and switch plates, picture frames, luggage, purses, blankets, and clothing.

Amazingly, research has determined that bed bugs do not transmit any illnesses through their bites. But the bites alone can cause redness, swelling and painful allergic reactions.

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VRE Bacterium
VRE Infections

However, recently, in Vancouver, British Columbia, hospital researchers, found bed bugs harboring bacteria known as VRE, (vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium) and MRSA, (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). It is currently under study, as to how bed bugs might play a part in the transmission of these two, drug resistant, germs

Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and a dead human neutrophil
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

which cause extremely lethal infections.  As of now, bed bugs are thought to have

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MRSA Infection

spread these germs passively, by merely transporting them on their body parts or proboscis and leaving them behind as they crawl over open wounds or skin lesions.”

“As closely as bed bugs reside in human domestic spaces, it’s not surprising that they would acquire human pathogens such as MRSA and VRE”, states Richard Oehler, a researcher at the University of South Florida.  How they can spread these pathogens between humans is the subject of ongoing scientific study.

Not so fun fbed-bug-rashact: According to scientists, an army of bed bugs can attack a person 500 times in one night.  I’m glad I wasn’t the researcher that was sacrificed, in the name of science, in order to obtain that statistic!

Got bed bugs?  Think you have bed bugs or do you want to be prepared just in case?  Check out these links for prevention and extermination techniques.

https://www.corkyspest.com/bed-bugs.html

https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/getting-rid-bed-bugs

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bedbugs-infestation#1

If you find yourself losing the Bed Bug Battle, call a professional and start winning today!

Photo-Illustration by John Ueland for TIME Joel Stein: What’s so bad about bed bugs?

Good Deals on Electronics Can Really “Bug” You!

Does your TV seem to be bugged?  How about that bug in your computer, not to mention, your video games.  Is it really an electronic miscockroach-and-tv-controlerfire, a phantom glitch or are they really, truly BUGGED?

Did you know that the cockroach is the “Computer Geek” of the insect world? Most cockroaches prefer to congregate and lay their eggs in places that are dark, secluded, warm and close to sources of food and water.  Unfortunately, the interiors of many electronic appliances, including TVs, radios, clocks, cable boxes, video game consoles and computers, fit that description, and cockroach infestations of these kinds of appliances and devices are common.

Infested electronics are a common avenue by which roaches travel from one homroach-infested-computere to another. or a warehouse to your home. Cockroaches maybe introduced into a home through used electronics or kitchen appliances that have come from an infested area and you may transport roaches to a new location, when you move, by carrying infested items with you. Even new electronics and appliances can be infested if they come from stores or warehouses with insect problems.  Even infested delivery vehicles have been known to deliver more than just that new TV or game console.

Roach Infestated Refridgerator
Roach Infestated Refridgerator

New electronics are expensive and getting a “good deal” on “gently used” or “like new” electronics or appliances may bring you more than the ultimate satisfaction.  They may bring you the beginning of the worst infestation of roaches your world has ever seen.  Your dreams may be shattered by malfunctions and glitches, and at worst, the death of that long sought after dream machine.

So, what can you do to keep your electronics, appliances and your living spaces, roach free? Here’s what the experts recommend:

Inspect and detect. Anything you bring into your living area should be thoroughly inspected for hidden invaders.  This includes new, store boxed and packaged, devices and products.  If not in the inspector-and-computer device itself, roaches can hide out in the packaging. They can hitch rides from warehouses, stores and delivery trucks.  Be especially vigilant when bringing home that “good deal” from garage sales and online sales sites.

Keep it clean. Maintain good sanitation practices.  Don’t leave food (last week’computer-with-foods pizza or yesterday’s fries and potato chips) sitting around your computer work areas or your game consoles.  Wipe up spilt drinks and don’t let unfinished beverages accumulate around your electronics.            Don’t feed the Bugs!

Blow’m out and Suck’m up! Vacuuming cockroaches and egg cases is a simple non-toxic control method.  Be sure to frequentlvacuumy use your cancleanpc of Air, to remove dust and other creepy crawlies from inside computers and  appliances.

 Trap’Em. Under certain conditions, sticky traps can be used to control cockroaches. Not a good idea to put them inside any device, but placing them where roaches can walk across them (and get stuck) is desirable.

cockroach-sticky-trapsHeat’m or Freeze’m. They do not develop or reproduce when temperatures are too cold (below 45° F) or too hot

hot-or-coldabove 115° F). If a small item can be wrapped in plastic and subjected to freezing, it can be placed in a freezer for several hours (or overnight) to kill thfreezing-bugse cockroaches. If you are dealing with small appliances or electronics be sure to read their users’ manual to make sure these methods are safe. Heating is probably the most risky solution, since most appliances and electronics react adversely to high temperatures.

Make’m, Bite the Dust! There are substances, called desiccants, that literally dry out any item or animal that contacts them directly. Roaches have a waxy, protective coating on the outside of their bodies which prevendead-roach-with-duststs moisture loss. Desiccants kill cockroaches by destroying this waxy layer and effectively turning these roaches into “Roach Mummys”.  The three most effective desiccants for cockroach control are diatomaceous earth, silica aerogel and boric acid.  Never dust the inside of your electronic equipment. Dusts can be spread behind, alongside or under suspect or infested devices.

Grab the Spray Can. Pesticide sprays can be effective when an infestation is minimal, but with roaches, the situation can fast becomspraying-cockroache a nightmare.  Never spray any liquid product into your electronic devices or appliances.  It’s a surefire way to ruin what you are trying to protect and you may even start a fire.  The same advice goes for spraying anything into an electrical outlet.

When allcorkys-roach-cartoon else fails, call a professional!

 

 

 

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