A Minefield of Bed Bug Misinformation

A Minefield of Bed Bug Misinformation

A Minefield of Bed Bug Misinformation

Photo courtesy of Warren Wong

 

We’re twenty years post bed bugs resurgence.

 

Yet the amount of large infestations is increasing.

 

Bed bugs have become a fast-growing segment of the professional and over-the-counter pest control industry.

 

And we’re living the consequences of a minefield of bed bug misinformation.

 

We’re just not getting rid of bed bugs early enough to save from massive infestations building.

 

Bed Bug Stakes are High

 

There are certain things that have a significant impact on all living human beings.

 

Bed bugs are one of them.

 

We have over 7 billion people worldwide.

 

These hitchhikers only survival is blood and every one of us are at risk.

 

After twenty years of their existence, so many people still have no clue bed bugs exist.

 

Or, that they were somehow immune.

 

Even the economically challenged have cell phones and televisions.

 

And since bed bugs have made the news over again throughout the years.

 

It makes me wonder where they’ve been for the past twenty years.

 

Some of the stories I hear are so off that I am at a loss for words.

 

With such ignorance, we are looking at another twenty years of learning and education.

 

Separating Fact from Fiction

 

Based on calls we receive these are common bed bug questions and statements.

 

#1. I recently brought bed bugs home from a vacation and was told I have to throw all my furniture out.

This depends upon the extent of the infestation and condition of the furniture. Unless the furniture is old, broken and totally infested, there is no need to arbitrarily throw it out. There are ways to treat furniture including steaming, dusts, fumigation and heat.

 

#2. Bed bugs will jump on you, crawl in your hair, and cling to your skin.

First, bed bugs do not jump or fly. The likelihood of bed bugs being in your hair is slim and here’s why: Bed bugs are flattened dorsally like a flat disk. They also have two cat-like claws on the end of their legs which make it hard to navigate through hair. (exceptions would be tight curled hair or dreadlocks that they may get caught in). Same goes for dogs and cats.

 

#3. They only come out at night.

So not true. It’s just that the majority of people make themselves available for bed bugs in the wee hours of the night and early mornings. Suppose you work from  10 pm to 6 am in the morning and sleep during the day. The bed bug will adjust their life to yours. All they want is a blood meal. So, it doesn’t matter what time it is.

 

And Chemicals

 

#4. Spraying my body with Raid, Hotshot or essential oils will keep them from biting me.

Sorry folks, this isn’t proven and pest products are poisons. Remember your skin will absorb those toxins! Even certain essential oils need to be applied using a carrier oil. Please be kind to yourself.

 

#5. But it says for bed bugs on the label why wouldn’t it work?

This is so very common. When people attempt do-it-yourself, they scan shelves in their local stores for anything with bed bugs on the label.

I always tell people, “If you can see a bed bug, you can kill a bed bug”. Your thumb can squish them or dirty dish water can drown them. The problem is they are cryptic in nature and are difficult to find.

Aside from resistance issues, most of these are “contact kill” and you need to use these products as stated in the directions, directly sprayed on the bug.

 

#6. Sticky traps and monitors will detect whether or not you have bed bugs.

Sorry again, this is another misnomer. There are no proven products to detect low levels yet. The best monitor is you! Regular inspections of your beds and other resting places is better. Change sheets weekly, check piping and seams. Flip your mattress, vacuum box springs, steam frames and examine often.

It’s been known that people who spray pesticides or ignore them for great periods cause bed bugs to take up residence in ceilings. Bed bugs have been known to crawl across ceilings and drop down on beds.

 

Resistance Issues

 

Aside from people’s lack of knowledge, chemical resistance issues are increasing.

 

On a plane ride, in a matter of hours, a resistant strain from New York can make it to California.

 

The offspring of these resistant strains are not affected by chemical pesticides.

 

And, chemicals don’t kill the egg stage so more chemicals are used.

 

And so on, and so on.

 

Meanwhile, they keep spreading throughout whole neighborhoods.

 

Affordability Problems

 

Ranking as one of the largest problems is affordability for professional pest control.

 

From our last two years demographics, over 63% of the nation cannot afford a professional.

 

These people scan the internet or visit their local hardware store for a solution.

 

Without proper understanding and training, people overuse and misuse these chemicals.

 

Thus, causing yet more resistance issues and toxic environments.

 

It’s a catch 22.

 

The Deck’s Stacked Against Us

 

Whether we like it or not, the deck’s stacked against us.

 

Bed bugs will continue to infiltrate for many years to come.

 

What now?

 

We all need to do regular inspections for bed bugs.

 

Read “ How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget”, to learn what does and doesn’t work before you attempt any treatment for bed bugs.

 

Your bed bug problem might be bigger than you think!

 

Learn if you can do-it-yourself or if you need a professional.

 

It Isn’t Your Fault – But Time is of The Essence

 

Know that it’s not your fault, but it’s still your responsibility to avoid bringing them into your homes.

 

The International Bed Bug Resource Authority has been a trusted resource for close to a decade.

 

We are here to help you understand what you are up against and direct you to powerful solutions as well as trusted professionals.

 

What Products Can You Trust?

 

In this minefield of bed bug misinformation, navigating the product world can be quite a challenge.

 

Do your homework!

 

Some products only work under controlled conditions in labs.

 

Remember, just because it worked under controlled conditions that doesn’t mean it is going to work in the real world.

 

Some companies downright lie about the effectiveness of their products.

 

With bold promises, and savvy advertising they suggest that if you buy their stuff, you can get rid of bed bugs.

 

Through fear, they know exactly how to press your buy buttons.

 

Don’t lose your precious time following methods and ideas who will never work.

 

If you want to stay on top of the latest research and know what works and what doesn’t, reach out to us with a phone call or visit our site at www.ibbra.org

 

Or get our Bed Bugs Uncensored by filling out our form below!

 

We’re here to help! 888-966-2332 888-9-NOBEDBUGS

Are Bed Bug Proof Couch Encasements Worth the Investment?

Are Bed Bug Proof Couch Encasements Worth the Investment?

Photo Courtesy of Nathan Dumlao

Are Bed Bug Proof Couch Encasements Worth the Investment?

 

Bed bugs can be found anywhere in a home; however, the most likely places bed bugs are found are in mattresses, box springs, bed frames and couches.

 

The living room or den is the place where families and friends congregate.

 

Since we spend so much time on our couches, a blood meal is always available for a bed bug.

 

Today, it’s not unlikely that bed bugs are often found in our couches.

 

And since bed bugs don’t want to travel too far to get a blood meal, they will stay in the couch until no one sits there and when hungry will search for a meal.

 

They smell the CO2 you breathe and come running.

 

That is how they get from the couch to the bed -or- from the bed to the couch.

 

Bed bugs will crawl to find you or cling to your clothes and “hitchhike” from room to room.

 

Throwing Away Furniture is Not the Answer!

 

One of the biggest regrets people have when finding bed bugs, is throwing their furniture away.

 

Especially when they don’t have an infestation but only a few bed bugs.

 

Replacement costs for a couch can range from $600 to $800 dollars or more!

 

And if you do replace it without getting rid of all bed bugs, it too will get re-infested in a short time.

 

So yes, investing in a bed bug proof couch encasement sure beats having to throw out expensive furniture!

Determine the Extent of Your Infestation

 

An introduction of a bed bug from a visitor or a recent trip is not an infestation.

 

But, if you don’t eliminate the bed bugs quickly, and correctly, in a few months you could have many.

 

Can bed bugs climb walls?

 

You betcha!

 

If your seeing bed bugs climbing walls in or around your couch, easy chair or bed, either you’ve been spraying a pesticide or you have something more serious going on.

 

Time is of the essence here.

 

If you live in a shared wall environment like apartment or condominium, check with your neighbors to see if they have something going on in their unit.

 

Bed bugs spread easily in these environments and if you suspect a bed bug infestation, a proper bed bug inspection must be done.

 

Call your landlord or a bed bug exterminator and find out what you’re dealing with first.

 

Don’t reach for a bed bug killer and take it on yourself.

 

Dealing with bed bugs can be like taking a trip without a map, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there!

 

Save from Throwing Out Furniture!

 

A lot of times, a pest control company will request that you throw out certain pieces of furniture.

 

Not always is this necessary, especially if you can’t afford to replace it.

 

So, let’s learn the difference between items that can potentially save your furniture from being tossed.

 

Couch Encasements – Bed Bug Couch Cover – Bed Bug Sofa Cover – Couch Slipcovers

 

What’s the difference?

 

Basically, they were all designed to serve the purpose of protection.

 

Whether you call it a sofa or couch, they are made to protect the fabric from spills, stains and a multitude of other things.

 

What Is A Couch, Sofa or Slipcover?

 

Couch Sofa SlipCover

Couch Sofa SlipCover

These are covers that go over the couch and sides but end at the legs. [1]

The elastic on the bottom holds it in place.

They are easily taken off and replaced when they need to be washed.

NOT a good bed bug couch cover.

 

What Is A Bed Bug Couch Encasement?

 

Couch Encasement

Couch Encasement

 

A couch encasement is like furniture bags for bed bugs that encases and seals the whole couch so things can’t get in.

And in the case of bed bugs, they can’t get out.

 

 

What Does A Couch Encasement Do?

 

First, it protects your couch from allergens, micro toxins, dust mites, drink spills, food stains, bugs, diaper changes, dog and cat hair and other things. [2] Even ants!

 

It works much like bed bug bed covers [3] or a bed bug mattress cover [4] would.

 

Nothing can get in or on your furniture or on you.

  • Provides instant relief against bed bug bite symptoms, adult bed bug bites and baby bed bugs!
  • They lock in any existing allergens, bed bugs and bed bug eggs while preventing new infestations.
  • Will keep furniture clean and protects against infestations if you store it.
  • Takes away bed bug hiding and breeding areas by covering seams, cushions, piping, pillows and any crack or crevice.
  • Saves you from throwing out your furniture providing financial relief for you.
  • Since chemical resistance is now an issue and bed bug eggs may still remain, the bed bug sofa cover locks them in until they die.

 

Bed bugs can be extremely difficult and costly to remove from upholstered furniture, they are often suggested by a bed bug exterminator after a bed bug treatment.

 

When you have bed bugs, they are used to seal them in so they can’t get out and eventually die.

 

What Don’t They Do?

 

It doesn’t stop you from introducing bed bugs.

 

Anyone can get bed bugs at any time.

 

But if you notice a bed bug and are concerned you have more, it will lock them in and they will starve to death.

 

This helps so they don’t spread to other parts of the room or environment.

 

You Have Bed Bugs in Your Couch – What Now?

 

Grab yourself a  Bed Bug & Allergen Blocking Sofa Encasement [5]!

 

They are easy to install and bedbugs can’t get in or out!

 

To speed up the process: It’s not ABC pest control. You have to pay attention to what you are doing.

 

Getting to all those “hiding places” with spray chemicals is not healthy to even try.

 

Purchasing the book, “How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget” [6] will walk you through each step of elimination the safe way.

 

If you have a more serious infestation and can’t afford a bed bug pest control company, you can place Nuvan Strips [7] inside the encasement to fumigate the bed bugs dead. (always follow manufacturer’s safety directions).

 

Or, you can use Cimexa [8] inside the frame under the couch and under cushions in the corners. When bed bugs crawl over the dust, it desiccates or dries them out within a short time.

 

Cimexa, used by many professionals, is also used in electrical outlets, baseboards and other cracks and crevices in furniture, window frames and carpet edges. It provides a protective barrier for any bug that may find its way into your home through wall voids, foundation openings or cracks in and around windows and door frames.

 

I hope this has helped you and even though we always recommend using a professional to eliminate bed bugs, but not always can people afford to do so.

 

So, we are here to help you do the best elimination without the risks of toxic chemicals. We say, “Leave the CHEMICALS to the Pros!”

 

I wish you the best in your bed bug endeavor and always know, you can reach out to us for any bedbug related questions, education, tips and suggestions. 888-966-2332

 

 

How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Multiplying if You Can’t Afford A Professional

How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Multiplying if You Can’t Afford A Professional

Photo Courtesy of Claudia

How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Multiplying if You Can’t Afford A Professional

 

Some of the saddest calls I receive are from single moms whose children have scabs and rashes from bed bugs.

 

They can’t afford much more than the mortgage or rent and putting clothes on their backs and food on the table.

 

The bed bug pest control companies estimate was way more than they could ever afford.

 

They feel lost, embarrassed, ashamed, and afraid and don’t know where to turn.

 

Many times, I too have cried hearing their fears.

 

This is time for compassion and understanding for me.

 

I listen to them as they explain their dilemma so that they feel understood.

 

I then ask some reflective questions to analyze their situation.

 

I first ask if they had a bed bug inspection.

 

At this point, they are usually fixated on the fact that they can’t afford a bed bug exterminator service.

 

This is when I redirect them to new possibilities.

 

It usually starts with a few deep breaths and a moment of silence and I begin.

 

Understanding What You Are Up Against

 

FACT: Bed bugs are a year-round threat for anyone who has blood running through their veins.

 

They’ve become a worldwide problem and will be as common as the flea in our near future.

 

Infestations take time to build and don’t happen overnight.

 

We all need to be more vigilant in our bed bug awareness and prevention.

 

Under the right conditions, one female bed bug can cause a small infestation within a couple of months.

 

Then, like a penny doubled daily, can escalate into a much more serious infestation within 4 to 6 months.

 

Checking for signs of bed bugs will insure full-fledged infestations don’t build-up.

 

But not many people do that.

 

Read up on bed bugs and their nature on our sites knowledge base here.[1]

 

Know Your Risk Factor

 

Some people are at much higher risk for picking up bedbugs than others.

 

Those with vocations that go into other people’s homes for example.

 

  • Maintenance workers, plumbers, electricians, handyman work, etc.
  • Caregivers
  • Firemen and paramedics [transfer patients with infestations on their gurneys and ambulances].
  • Police [when an arrestee occupies their squad cars].
  • Hotel employees.
  • Those who work in certain health facilities.
  • Those in call centers, office cubicles or anywhere many people gather.
  • People with children at elementary, high school or college.
  • And those whose homes are a revolving door and couches that house overnight guests often.

 

You get the picture.

 

Anyone, at any time, can fall subject to bed bugs.

 

Prevention

 

I wish I could say that if you do X, you will never encounter a bed bug problem, but I’d be lying.

 

Bed bugs are here, and here to stay.

 

So, we all need to be careful of what we bring into our homes and on what articles we bring them in on.

 

Acknowledge any bed bites, tiny bugs in bed, baby bed bugs, insects that resemble bed bugs, or bed bug bite symptoms.

 

Don’t blow it off thinking it was a flea or mosquito bite.

 

Investigate!

 

If you travel, read how to pack BEFORE [2] your trip and what to do when you get home so you don’t introduce a bed bug.

 

  • Clean up the clutter!
  • This may be the best time to go through stuff to see what you need in life.
  • Get rid of things that take up space.
  • Especially things in cardboard boxes piled in corners of rooms.
  • Don’t pick up things that people have thrown out on the curb.
  • It’s amazing how many calls I get because someone saw a cool dresser or couch on the curb with a sign saying FREE.
  • Stay away from these things!
  • Be very careful of what you bring home from a thrift or second hand store.
  • I’ve gotten calls from people that told me they donated bed bug ridden things to Goodwill.
  • Stay away from bed bug bombs, sprays, lotions and potions. Most of which will only spread them further.

 

Don’t Go It Alone

Don't go it alone

Don’t go it alone

Photo Courtesy of Kat J

We’ve received thousands of calls from people who cannot afford a professional bed bug exterminator.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget was specifically written to help those who cannot afford the services of a bed

 

You don’t need to feel alone when dealing with bed bugs.

 

Obviously, the longer you’ve had bed bugs the more work you will have to do.

 

But if affordability is an issue, get ready to put in a little muscle for a while.

 

Follow each step in the book carefully and intentionally.

 

It will teach you the pitfalls that many people run into when attempting to eliminate bedbugs themselves.

 

Sometimes what not to do is more important than knowing what TO DO.

 

Avoid nonsense you read on the internet about dryer sheets, herbs, oils and such.

 

Don’t use bed bug bombs, sprays, etc. They will spread your problem quickly.

 

And if you have any questions, you know you can always reach out to us.

 

We are here to help! 888-9-NOBEDBUGS

Why Sellers Should Have a Pest Inspection Before Listing

Why Sellers Should Have a Pest Inspection Before Listing

Why Sellers Should Have a Pest Inspection Before Listing

Photo by Jesse Roberts

By The REALFX Group – Texas & Denise Donovan

Why Sellers Should Have a Pest Inspection Before Listing

 

Could you be living with a pest problem?

 

What happens when you pass the problem along to a potential buyer?

 

Homeowners want to get optimal value for their investment.

 

But this is less likely to happen if a pest issue has been unaddressed by a seller.

 

It can cause detours and delays during the home selling process.

 

Don’t surprise your buyers with a pest problem and potentially lose out on a sale!

 

Understand more about why early pest inspections prior to listing may be the best choice for sellers and potential buyers.

 

Significant Damage Hiding in a Home

 

Some pests can eat away at the structure of a home or hide in wall voids.

 

Termites can make meals of support beams and other wood structures, furniture and heirlooms.

 

Rodents can cause environmental degradation and cause severe damage to many parts of your home. [Attics, electrical, yards, storage areas and vehicles in garages].

 

Bed bugs can lie hidden in wall voids, behind baseboards or under carpet tacks.

 

Unfortunately, much of this damage isn’t visible to you.

 

This can lead to safety issues and decrease a home’s value.

 

This subjects the new buyer to potential financial outlay that may cause a lawsuit.

 

Sellers Tips

 

If your thinking about listing your home, here are some tips.

 

Have regular inspections and take care of pest problems when they present themselves.

 

This helps to avoid spending money on repairs after damage has occured.

 

Those who don’t, may find a costly problem during a home inspection.

 

This can cause you to accept a significant cut in the asking price.

 

Remember, that it is important for buyers and sellers to work together.

 

Addressing issues before a listing can make for less stress and fewer delays later on when it comes time to sell.

 

 Pest Inspections Just Makes Sense

 

Don’t allow a pest problem come back to “bite” you!

 

In some states, a seller may not be required by law to obtain a pest inspection.

 

However, depending upon the home’s condition a buyers lender might demand a pest report.

 

When discussing the market, a seller’s market makes it likely a buyer may waive home inspection contingencies to close on a home.

 

Buyer Beware

 

A pest inspection becomes more important in buyer’s market.

 

This is where there may be several offers pending.

 

If a pest inspection is not required or requested, a seller may choose to forgo the extra inspection.

 

For example, a clear pest report could become a selling point and a benefit for a buyer.

 

As is beneficial with other inspection reports, buyers will appreciate a clear pest report.

 

Serious pest problems can cost a pretty penny so do your due diligence.

 

Sellers have little control of the report when buyers initiate the pest inspection.

 

And in some areas, such as California, it becomes part of the public record.

 

Therefore, it is wise for sellers to have a pest inspection done before listing their homes.

 

The Well-Positioned Seller

 

Asking price is one of the important factors that may drive traffic and lead to multiple offers on a property.

 

It’s better to be aware of any pest problems that can deter potential buyers from a sale or reduce the value of a home.

 

Inspections are generally affordable and range from $50 to $200, depending on the location.

 

Learn more about how useful a pest inspection can be for sellers and speak with an agent for more information on local professionals today.

 

We’re always here to help!

 

The REALFX Group – Texas

Suspect Bed Bugs? Get Out That Steamer!

Suspect Bed Bugs? Get Out That Steamer!

Suspect Bed Bugs?

Get Out That Steamer!

High steam heat kills bed bugs and eggs.

 

And here you thought steamers were for cleaning only.

 

If you think you have bed bugs, get out that steamer! (Give them our Coupon code IBBRA for a discount)

 

Bed bugs don’t go away on their own.

 

The longer you have them, the greater the amount.

 

And with regular blood meals they’ll grow into even larger infestations.

 

They can reach exponential growth patterns and can make your life unbearable and environment uninhabitable.

 

Be Proactive

 

Know that bed bugs are everywhere and anywhere!

 

Don’t single yourself out, even the cleanest of people can get bed bugs.

 

And, clutter has a serious influence on the ability to get rid of them.

 

Stay ahead of bed bugs by steaming regularly.

 

How to Avoid an Infestation

 

Always check for signs of bed bug signs.

 

Common hiding places are, beds, couch, easy chair or areas where you sleep or rest.

 

Be aware of any bites. Don’t assume fleas or mosquitoes and check for bed bugs.

 

Change your sheets weekly. Examine your bed often for signs of bed bugs.

 

Especially if you are being bitten and don’t know the source.

 

Look for, live bed bugs in all stages of development, shed skins, blood smears, and fecal stains.

 

 Toxins in Our Bodies

 

A senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Rebecca Sutton, PhD, stated, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.”

 

That’s pretty scary if you think about it.

 

Cleaning products contain chemicals like: Phthalates – Perchloroethylene or “PERC” –  Sodium Hypochlorite – Ammonia -Triclosan – Chlorine – Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS” – 2-Butoxyethanol – Sodium Hydroxide – most of which are ‘hazardous to humans and domestic animals’.

 

The problems arise with repeated contact.

 

So, if your cleaning with that same product every week, monthly or yearly, the likelihood is that you will find those chemicals in your tissues, organs, blood or urine.

 

Many of these toxins are stored in our tissues creating, hormone disruption, asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, and neurotoxicity.

 

And we actually pay hundreds of dollars each year to poison ourselves and our environments with each bottle we buy.

 

We may not be able to avoid toxic chemicals altogether but we can reduce them significantly. And here’s how:

 

Why Steam?

 

Every living organism has a thermal death point.

 

Spores, viruses, bacteria, mold to insects, mammals and humans.

 

Pressurized steam is used to sterilize dental probes, and medical equipment for surgery, anesthesia and respiratory therapy.

 

Moist heat destroys microorganisms by the denaturation of enzymes and structural proteins.

 

Routine cleaning using chemicals on mops and rags absorb and hold in bacteria and viruses, cross-contaminate and smear bacteria from one area to another.

 

Even a concentration of 70 percent, ethyl alcohol has virtually no effect on bacterial spores.

 

It may smell good or look clean, but if you were to test the surface you would find all kinds of harmful microorganisms.

 

Benefits of Vapamore MR 100 Steamer      

 

The benefits of steam go beyond a clean, sanitized environment.             

 

  • Non-Toxic/Child/Pet/Senior/Health Benefits
  • Kills Bacteria/Viruses/Mold/Yeasts/Fungi
  • Infection Control
  • Destroys Bed Bugs, Eggs and other Inspects
  • Disinfects/Sanitizes
  • Neutralizes Allergens
  • Safe for Respiratory Issues
  • Leaves No Residual
  • Saves Water/Protects Environment
  • Saves You Money/No More Purchasing Chemicals
  • Easier on The Lungs and Hands Than Chemical Cleaning Products.
  • Cuts cleaning time in half!

 

We’ve tested many steamers over the past decade and have found one that stands behind their product, quality and warranty.

 

Rated best on the market for all purpose and bed bugs.

 

How Vapamore MR 100 Steamer Works

 

The unit has a 1,500-Watt heating element that heats water to high temperatures of 210-220F and generates a low-pressure output of steam.

 

This steam kills 99.99% of bacteria and doesn’t require the use of any harmful chemicals.

 

Only water and electricity are used.

 

Built to last!

 

Can be used for industrial, commercial and residential environments.

 

I’m amazed that hospitals, hotels, daycares, and senior care environments don’t use steam to clean daily.

 

There are a multitude of uses inside homes like:

 

Grout, tile, quartz, wood floors, carpet, upholstery, laminates, porcelain, granite, ceramic, bath tubs, toilets, sinks, ovens, water spots on shower doors and walls, blinds, fabrics, draperies, pet stains and many other surfaces.

 

There’s even an attachment to use for steam pressing your clothing!

 

And outside the home:

 

Bar-b-q’s, patio furniture, auto detail, concrete, weeds, spider nests, garage floors and so much more!

 

Did you know that the average family of 4 spends anywhere between $400 to 600 hundred dollars a year on cleaning products?

 

I personally own and highly recommend the Vapamore MR 100.

 

Since I purchased mine, I no longer use any chemicals to clean my home and save lots of money.

 

Learn How to Use A Vapamore MR 100 for Bed Bugs

 

If you’re going to use a Vapamore MR100 to treat for bed bugs, get “How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget”.

 

It’s only $4.99 in Kindle!

 

You will learn step by step, how to void spreading the bed bugs and learn the exact process used by professionals.

 

Get yours today, you’ll be glad you did! Use Coupon Code IBBRA

 

(I have no vested interest or financial reward by promoting this product)

 

We’re here to help!

 

www.ibbra.org 888-966-2332

What to Look for While Changing Your Sheets (Signs of Bed Bugs)

What to Look for While Changing Your Sheets (Signs of Bed Bugs)

What to Look for While Changing Your Sheets (Signs of Bed Bugs)

 

One of the most common Bed Bug Hotline calls we get are from people who say, “I never noticed anything on my sheets.”

 

But after weeks, and sometimes months of mysterious bites, they finally begin their search.

 

Bed bugs are most common in areas where we sleep or rest.

 

Survival of The Fittest

 

Food, environments and proper shelter is how most living organisms survive.

 

Most all species of insects have a certain nature and pattern.

 

It is through knowing their nature, that helps pest control develop ways of combating them and keeping them out of our homes.

 

Bees make hives. Ants create tunnels. They have particular habitats and food sources.

 

Of course, unless you are dealing with cockroaches who are omnivorous scavengers and can survive a multitude of environments.

 

Long term survival depends upon attaining basic nutritional essentials and shelter from outside dangers.

 

For bed bugs, to assure survival they usually take up shelter close to where they get their blood meal.

 

Bed bugs are drawn to the CO2 we breath when we exhale and warmth of our bodies.

 

During our sleeping or resting times, CO2 builds up in concentrated form and acts like a “dinner bell” to bed bugs.

 

The female finds her way to the food source and will deposit her eggs in the seams of the mattress or frame.

 

This way after they hatch they don’t have far to go to obtain a meal.

 

Instars or first hatched bed bugs are very small, have thin skin and need blood meals in order to grow to their next stage of development.

 

Knowing if You Have Bed Bugs in Your Environment Takes A Conscious Effort

 

Often, you’ll see online pictures of horrible infestations.

 

These pictures make people fearful and scared and they do some pretty crazy things.

 

Like throw away beds and furniture because they found one bug.

 

All they envision is thousands of bed bugs that causes them to freak out and toss everything.

 

These types of infestations have been around for great lengths of time.

 

How to Avoid an Infestation in Homes

 

Bed bugs take time to build into “infestation” levels.

 

Of course, unless you’ve brought home a completely “infested” item from a secondhand store or from a garage sale.

 

But normally, only one or two are introduced.

 

Some people begin experiencing bites.

 

If your one of those who are not allergic to bug bites, you’ll need to be even more conscientious.

 

  • Be aware of where you go and where you sit or sleep.
  • Vigilance is important when you have overnight guests.
  • Check items you bring into your home like, luggage from a trip, backpacks, computer bags if you’ve sat at a local library or coffee shop.
  • Check your clothing if you’ve visited a movie theater, restaurant booth or sat in an emergency waiting room or doctors’ clinic.

 

Bed bugs are found in places where people congregate.

 

Change your sheets weekly. Examine them first for any blood smears.

 

When changing them, roll them into the middle of your bed, folding the edges inwards before taking them to your laundry.

 

Carefully examine the edges of your mattress and boxsprings, looking for any sign of bed bugs. (bed bugs in all sizes, fecal stains, shed skins, blood smears).

 

I always suggest having mattress and boxsprings encasements.

 

Not only to keep bed bugs out of your mattress, (should you get them they can’t get in), but to keep your investment clean from sweat, spills and especially, dust mites.

 

They just protect your investment and keep it clean.

 

If you have a headboard, vacuum it thoroughly and check for any signs of bed bugs.

 

And check the frame.

 

So, if you’re experiencing bites, these are the common places where they hide.

 

Sleeping on the Couch and Guest Room Beds

 

Lots of people sleep on their couch.

 

They may fall asleep watching a movie or just prefer a cozy couch.

 

The one thing you must not do is move to your couch if you think you might have bed bugs in your bed.

 

They will follow you!

 

A big reason why bed bugs spread to other parts of their home.

 

If you have an overnight guest using your guest room, always check for signs of bed bugs after your guest leaves.

 

A guest can pick up a bed bug while traveling and leave it behind at your home.

 

Most of the time they don’t know they have one and it really isn’t their fault.

 

What to Do If You Suspect Bed Bugs

 

Finding bed bugs and eliminating them when they are first discovered prevents “infestations” from building.

 

The number one process I tell people about should they discover a bed bug or two, is the use of a steamer.

 

Insects of all sorts have a “thermal death point” which the steamer provides and no bug can survive the steam.

 

I’ve been using a steamer for over 6 years to clean my house and remove any bug that should find its way into my house.

 

Eliminating toxins chemicals that accompany cleaning products has made my home a whole lot cleaner.

 

I like the fact that the steamer also kills bacteria and other toxins and sanitizes my environment at the same time.

 

I never worry about my grandchildren playing in a bathtub that was washed down with some chemical.

 

Or playing on the floor washed with some chemical cleaner.

 

Step by Step

If you suspect bed bugs or if you just want to know the process of finding their hiding places and removing them safely, read

Hot to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget”.

 

Many people can’t afford the services of a professional which can be quite expensive.

 

After thousands of Bed Bug Hotline calls requesting information on how to get rid of bed bugs, we wrote this book.

 

And of course, we had to make it affordable at $4.99 on Kindle

 

The book takes you through a step-by-step process from knowing the nature of the bed bug, to discovering their favorite hiding places to safe and proper elimination.

 

It especially explains what process DO NOT work and what not to do.

 

Also, if you have any questions, you can always reach out to us for answers at 888-966-2332

 

We are here to help! www.ibbra.org

My Life is Closed for Maintenance I Have Bed Bugs!

My Life is Closed for Maintenance I Have Bed Bugs!

My Life – Closed for Maintenance – I Have Bed Bugs!

 
Bed bugs are an unexpected nightmare that no one wants.
 
They can show up at the most inopportune time.
 
If you suspect bed bugs, you need to pay attention now.
 
Or you’ll be wearing a sign that says, “My Life – Closed for Maintenance – I Have Bed Bugs”.
 

Life Is Unpredictable

 
Stuff happens in life.
 
You can get a flat or be playing softball and a misdirected ball may break a window.
 
But unlike a flat tire or a broken window that are easy to fix in a day, bed bugs need time to end.
 
But bed bugs can show up or dropped off at any time, anywhere without you ever knowing.
 
Your time and energy need focusing.
 

Don’t Wait!

 
If you think or suspect bed bugs for any reason, stop what you are doing.
 
Focus on finding out whether you have them or not.
 
Meanwhile, you don’t want to have overnight guests or visitors that may put them at risk.
 
So take a time out.
 
And don’t play the “wait and see” game.
 
A single bite doesn’t always mean you have bed bugs.
 
But it is wise to investigate if the bites are coming from fleas or mosquitoes.
 
Bed bugs are not always easy to find should you have only one or two of them.
 
Their ability to hide supersedes your ability to find them.
 
And they are difficult for even a trained professional to find during this time.
 
After about a week after introduction, a scent has developed.
 
It would be wise to bring in a detection dog team to find their scent.
 
These trained dogs detect very small amounts of bed bugs.
 
Even down to a single bug or egg and can target the area where they are hiding.
 

Knee Jerk Reactions

 
So many people tend to think that if they throw away their bed, that bed bugs will be gone.
 
They’re called bed bugs for a reason.
 
They harbor in areas where we rest or sleep which are usually beds, couches or easy chairs.
 
It is not always necessary to get rid of your furniture because of bed bugs.
 
Especially when they are first introduced.
 

Using the Wrong Products

 
People tend to do is reach for anything that says bed bugs on the label at their local hardware store or online.
 
Using inferior products will create a whole new set of circumstances.
 
Chemical Facts:
 

Bed bugs have become resistant to most chemicals used for elimination.

 
How would you know if you are dealing with a resistant strain?
 
We can’t depend on chemicals – Concentrations of sometimes 1,000 times more is often needed – This would create a heavy toxic environment in our already toxic homes.
 
 
Bed bug bombs spread bed bugs and do not reach their hidden spaces where bed bugs live.
 
Most chemicals are “contact” killers. (sprayed on bug in order for the product to kill them).
 
To kill resistant bed bugs, it may need concentrations of 1,000 times more than normal.
 
Chemicals also leaves our environments toxic and makes some people ill.
 
Chemical Review:
 
  • Less Expensive Treatment
  • May offer Some Residual
  • Works in Conjunction with Other IPM Methods
  • Low Success Rates
  • Dependent on Client Involvement
  • Resistance Issues
  • Does not penetrate egg
  • Clutter Influences Effectiveness
  • Limits use of Canines (30 days)
  • Repeated Treatments Required
  • May Spread Bed Bugs
  • Some Items May Need Discarding
  • Requires Extensive Prep Work
  • Health Issues

Possible Added Costs

 
Heat Facts:
 
High Success Rates – Bed bugs, like any living organism, has a thermal death temperature.
 
Temperatures vary from 135°F to 180°F and success depends upon experience of operator.
 
Other factors for success:
 
Extent and length of Infestation
Treatment time
Previous heat treatments
 
  • Immediate Single Treatment Elimination
  • Non-toxic
  • Chemical Free
  • No Odors
  • No Resistance
  • Kills all Stages of Bed Bugs Including Eggs
  • Limited Discarding of Items
  • Least Preparation
  • Safe for People and Pets Immediately After Treatment
  • Sanitizes and Disinfects
  • Can be costly
  • Leaves no Residual

So, What Do You Do?

 
If you suspect bed bugs:
 

Find a bed bug. –  Find signs of bed bugs. –  Have a trained dog scent for bed bugs.

 
If confirmed, decide on professional or DIY yourself.
 
Weight the possibilities of chemical treatment versus heat treatment.
 
  • What works in your environment?
  • What’s affordable for you?
  • Do you have children, elderly or pets or a sensitive environment?
  • Are there any immune system problems, breathing issues, COPD or Asthma?
  • Is anyone allergic to chemicals?
 
Treatment choices are up to you.
 
Anyway, your life will be closed for a while until you get rid of the bed bugs.
 
Have no shame or hide the fact you have them.
 
They can happen to anyone.
 
www.ibbra.org 888-966-2332
What You Should Expect with a Professional Bed Bug Treatment

What You Should Expect with a Professional Bed Bug Treatment

What You Should Expect with a Professional Bed Bug Treatment

 

We are being flooded with calls from people saying, “I think we have bed bugs, what do we do?”

 

It’s understood that complete knowledge of this pest, combined with a cohesive partnership with YOU will provide the best elimination result and future protection you can expect.

 

The bed bugs resurgence has become a significant concern for our global society.

 

Successful elimination and control of this pest is extremely difficult and once breeding grounds have “established” in structures of multi-unit properties, presents even greater challenges.

 

As you will understand with this, each step of elimination should be clearly outlined and provide inclusions and exclusions pertaining to the size and length of the infestation, the number of units affected, the people involved, and the environment treated.

 

Before you begin your search on how to qualify a professional you’re probably full of questions on bed bugs and the process of elimination, and that’s a good thing!

 

You’ll want to be asking intelligent questions, lots of them!

 

And if you don’t get the answers you’re looking for – say “next”.

 

Remember, you can’t just “knock down” or kill a “few bed bugs” because if any bugs or eggs are left behind, you will start all over again in a short amount of time.

 

You need to be assured that once the company commits to your project they will follow it through until complete control is maintained.

 

Interview and search for a well-educated and experienced company that will start with coaching you first.

 

Develop a relationship as you would with any other professional (i.e. Car repair, builder, clergy, maintenance, doctor, and dentist)

 

Inspection

 

During an inspection and treatment evaluation, your professional will identify the bug in question.

 

At this point, knowing the nature of the bed bug, the life cycles and their interaction with the environment, they will begin an inspection to evaluate the extent of the infestation.

 

Bed bugs in particular are cryptic in nature and are very hard to find in early stages.

 

This inspection may take some time depending upon your environment, how much clutter, how many people and who sleeps where.

 

In multi-unit properties, units with shared walls need inspecting as well.

 

During this time, they may ask a multitude of questions to discover the source of introduction.

 

Because they want success in their treatment, they will share “what not to do” to help limit bed bug activity spreading until treatment can start.

 

It is suggested that people keep their homes decluttered prior to getting bedbugs but this is not always the case.

 

Cluttered environments greatly reduce the efficacy of any treatment.

 

Once finished with a thorough inspection, they will design a multidisciplinary or integrated treatment protocol.

 

They will focus their treatment on your affordability, the extent of infestation, and structural environments.

 

Questions to Ask

 

  • Do they “specialize” in bed bug treatments?
  • Where did they get their training on bed bugs? Elimination training?
  • Is their complete staff trained in bed bugs?
  • How long have they been treating for bed bugs and how many treatments have they done?
  • What type of treatments and processes do they offer? (Heat, Chemical, Fumigation, Other?)
  • Which treatment is the most effective and why?
  • Which treatment would be best suited for your environment and why? (Children, elderly, sick, medical or mental situations, handicapped, pets, clutter or hoarder)
  • Do they supply educational materials on bed bugs?
  • Do you have to be involved in the treatment process and what is expected of you, your family, staff or tenants?
  • How many treatments will it take to get rid of your problem? (Be sure to fully understand the nature of this pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to completely solve the problem)
  • How much is this going to cost you? (When dealing with bed bug treatment it can be costly)
  • Do they offer or provide extended or extra services for preparation?
  • Do they offer a post treatment follow-up?
  • Do they have any referrals or previous clients you can speak to about their service?
  • Are there any “hidden or extra costs” outside the contract? (Removal, prep, additional products i.e. mattress encasements, monitors)
  • Do they have or have access to a detection dog team?
  • Do they have any reviews online that you can read? (Angie’s List, Yelp, LinkedIn, other associations?)
  • Do they offer a guarantee or warranty? (If so, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing control, prevention and managing skills are necessary)

 

Be Aware and Avoid

AVOID PRODUCTS FROM HARDWARE STORES!

 

The number one biggest mistakes you can make is running to the store to buy up anything that says bed bugs on the label. Most of these products spread bed bugs and do not work.

 

  • Be aware of unlicensed advertisers “posing” as pest control taking advantage of bed bug victims. Avoid any person or company that does not or can’t show you a valid ID, company license and insurance
  • Avoid suspicious or unmarked cars or trucks (All dedicated service vehicles are clearly marked with the company’s name consistent with state laws)
  • Be aware of anyone who offers a treatment without confirming and “showing you evidence” (live bed bugs or signs of them).
  • Avoid any company that will commence treatment in multi-unit dwellings without complete authorization from owner/management.
  • Avoid “rotating door techs”. Having consistency will assure they fully understand every phase of your job.
  • Be aware of exterminators that offer “too good to be true” bargains.
  • Stay away from your cousins, sisters, boyfriend that “used” to be a pest technician many years ago!
  • Avoid “ads” promising complete removal in just one treatment on Craig’s List or other such sites
  • RUN from slick sales people with “urgency to treat” who sees one bug in a bag then hands you a contract for thousands of dollars.
  • Stay away from anyone telling you, you MUST throw away all your furniture! (exceptions)
  • Avoid lengthy contracts with all kinds of legal jargon that you don’t understand!

 

Proper and effective bed bug removal is a scientifically based and strategically designed methodology that may include different processes that varies from one environment to another.

 

Different settings affect decisions of treatments that may include:

 

  • Size and time infestation has been established
  • People’s vocations
  • Conditions (structures, age) of dwellings
  • Amount of furniture or items
  • Previous treatment methods used and much more.

 

Remember, the severity of the infestation will greatly influence the type of treatment and involvement.

 

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS!

For training and education materials please visit with one of our service providers in your area  http://ibbra.org/service-providers

 

or give us a call 1-888-966-2332 / 1-888-9-NOBEDBUGS

Learn About Bed Bugs in Libraries and Thrift Stores

Learn About Bed Bugs in Libraries and Thrift Stores

Learn About Bed Bugs in Libraries and Thrift Stores

 

Who doesn’t love to curl up with a good book?

 

Learn about bed bug in libraries and thrift stores!

 

Especially for free at your local library or at a deep discount from your local thrift store.

 

Libraries and thrift stores across the nation are starting to find bed bugs at alarming rates.

 

Some have even had to destroy rare and priceless books as a result.

 

For Libraries

 

Prepare in advance.

 

Don’t wait until someone finds one or complains.

 

Have your staff fully trained on bed bugs so they know what to look for and acknowledge their signs.

 

The International Bed Bug Resource Authority provides Bed Bug Lunch and Learns to educate your whole staff.

 

We have well-trained pest control partners that can come in and train your whole team with all the vital information you need to know about bed bugs in your environment.

 

Reach out to them at www.ibbra.org

 

They’ll teach you how to create a returned book intake procedure to help identify and destroy bed bugs before they can reach other areas of the library.

 

Example:

Unknowingly, people may have bed bugs and read in bed before falling asleep.

 

Bugs may find their way into the books and returned to the library.

 

Many infested books can be found in the book drop.

 

Unless each book is inspected, bed bugs can be placed back on shelves.

 

You’ll learn what to do and how to create an intake procedure that eliminates any possibility of bed bugs in these books.

 

Regular Scent Detection Inspections

 

Scent detection is a growing service that finds bed bugs before they can grow into infestations.

 

Having a bed bug scent detection dog team make a sweep through your library often will help find bed bugs before your clients do and help arrest the situation before an infestation can build.

 

Detection at the earliest stages will be of the most importance.

 

Have A Proactive Protocol in Place For “If” You Find Any Bed Bugs or Signs of Bed Bugs

 

You’ll learn how to prepare a Bed Bug file or database.

 

This will save you a headache in the future.

 

Document, the name of the book and author, the serial number or stock number, the date, the person who signed it out and returned it, how long it was gone from stock and the return condition.

 

Remember, bed bug eggs are very small and sticky and are not easy to see.

 

Have a 10X magnifying glass and strong LED light handy for inspection to help to find hitchhikers.

 

BOOKS GOING OUT –  As books, books on tape, CD’s and CD-ROM’s are checked out, have your trained staff take one more thorough inspection of the item.

 

Include an informative bookmark to bring awareness of bed bugs to clients.

BOOKMARK EXAMPLE

BOOKMARK EXAMPLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will help avoid the possibility of someone blaming you for taking home an infested item.

 

BOOK RETURN – (Used by libraries everywhere!) You never want to place a returned book back on the shelf without a through inspection.

 

In case there are bed bugs or eggs hiding in the books binding you can place all returned books into an affordable, portable ZappBug heater BEFORE returning books to shelves (assuring no bed bugs will find their way back to the bookshelves).

Its safe, non-harming and destroys bed bugs and their eggs.

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Backpacks, Computer Bags, Phones, Coats, Purses, Etc.

 

Since bed bugs are hitchhikers, as our epidemic grows there is a great concern of people bringing bed bugs in from outside sources on their personal items and infesting library furniture.

 

Many times, people don’t even know they have them.

 

Nightly, have chairs steamed to get rid of any possible bed bugs.

 

The high heat of this steamer not only destroys bed bugs and their eggs, but sanitizes while killing bacteria and other pathogens and viruses.

 

Call us for a Coupon Code for a discount! 888-966-2332

 

Community Awareness

 

Consider holding a “Bed Bug Awareness” seminar on a monthly basis to share bed bug information with your community.

 

The more people made aware of bed bugs can help lower the incidence of bed bugs in your library.

 

Place our informative Bed Bug BOOKMARKS inside of each book that goes out; reminding people to keep their book in a self-sealing bag when not in use.

 

Reach out to us for Staff Training and Bed Bug Awareness Posters to place in and around the facility.  (Poster available in Spanish)

 

Teaching your patrons to understand bed bugs will help to avoid bed bugs in your  establishment while creating community awareness to benefit other establishments.

 

  • Consider employing our bed bug scent detection dog to inspect on a monthly basis
  • Consider having furniture inspected and steam cleaned regularly
  • Have posters throughout the library, printed articles available for the public to read and bookmarks to place into each book that goes out.

 

Working together towards a common goal will help make a difference!

 

EXAMPLE Library Bed Bug Notice

Our community library is a proud collection of memories which remain precious materials that provide opportunities for professional development, for training, education, entertainment and betterment for all who enter.

With the recent resurgence of bed bugs throughout the world, we have implemented a bed bug awareness program. Each of our materials is inspected for bed bugs before you check them out.

With respect, we ask you to be aware of where you place these materials at all times and place them in a sealed bag when not in use to protect against bed bugs or their eggs. Thank you for your cooperation.

To find out more about bed bugs, what they are and what you can do to avoid them, please attend our Bed Bugs and You, information seminar at our community center monthly.

Respectfully,

____________________

Library

NOTE: Buying from Amazon.com, E-Bay, Craigslist and other sites – Some people purchase used books, CD’s, CD-ROM’s and educational materials from the internet. In all cases, it is wise to thoroughly examine anything purchased online before taking it into your car, home or work.

 

Thrift Stores

 

Not everything in life is used up and thrown away.

 

Thrift stores can provide lots of value when you don’t want to pay for new.

 

Sometimes, families have lost a loved one and have extras, or they’re redecorating, moving or just bursting at the seams and have slightly or gently used items to donate.

 

Rummaging through these items can sometimes find you vintage treasures and other collectable items as well as provide work and support others.

 

Before you Shop

 

You don’t have to stop shopping for great deals; you just have to be careful of what you bring home.

 

Ask questions of the store manager or owner.

 

Find out if they have an “intake procedure” to check for and eliminate bed bugs before items are offered for sale.

 

Some stores have large commercial dryers for clothing or implement ZappBug Heat Rooms to run furniture and other items in before they release it to the sales floor insuring no bed bug hitchhikers.

 

Prevention Costs You Nothing!

 

There is nothing worse than grabbing up a terrific deal at a thrift store, bringing it home, and in a few weeks finding bed bugs infiltrating your home.

 

We know, we get calls all the time from people that didn’t check their items.

 

The treatment for bed bugs can cost a pretty penny and would certainly discount the fact that you “got a great deal” on the item you purchased.

 

Prevention will cost you nothing compared to the anguish of having bed bugs.

 

Reducing Bed Bug Risk Review

  • Clean up Clutter! (Bedbugs thrive in a cluttered environment)
  • Buy only at stores that have bed bug policies in place
  • Always check for signs of bed bug on any secondhand item
  • If you ever see signs or suspect bed bugs – implement a removal program immediately!
  • Have regular bed bug inspections throughout your home
  • Avoid untested self-treatment products – Always follow directions!
  • Heat any dryer safe items immediately
  • It isn’t necessary to throw away items, most everything is treatable
  • Share information you learned with friends and family members

 

We hope this has enlightened you about bed bugs in thrift stores and secondhand items.

 

You don’t need to stop shopping in these stores as every time you do provides work for someone but you do need to make sure you are not bringing home bed bugs.

 

Remember! The best form of bed bug control is Prevention

 

If you should have any questions or need help in any way regarding bed bugs and how to detect or eliminate, feel free to contact us. www.ibbra.org

Happy Shopping!

 

Staying Calm in the Midst of Bed Bug Chaos

Staying Calm in the Midst of Bed Bug Chaos

Staying calm in the midst of bed bug chaos is a challenge for many.

 

People read articles and posts on the internet and feel that their life is now doomed because they found a bed bug.

 

People feel lost, they are full of questions, doubts, fears, shame, and embarrassment.

 

Whether it’s bed bug or not, often it sends people into an all-consuming tailspin assuming the worst.

 

Upon these assumptions, people throw away their lives possessions.

 

Some people place things in storage.

 

People soak their homes with layers of pesticides, alcohols, dusts or essential oils.

 

And in some cases, some people move thinking they’ll leave them behind.

 

The mere thought of bed bugs, overruns any common sense and drives people to do things they would never do.

 

When these types of calls come into our hotline, I can always tell who’s been reading internet stories.

 

Most confess they hadn’t slept in days because they are up all night with flashlight in hand.

 

Where Do They Come From?

 

Some environments such as multi-unit living, are at higher risk than single households.

 

But then again, if you have a busy household with people coming and going, your risks can be higher.

 

People with vocations that serve others in their homes can be of great risk.

 

We’re All a Little Crazy at Times

 

Welcome to the world of humans.

 

Today’s world is full of information overload and isn’t easy.

 

Most of us feel a little crazy from time to time.

 

Bed bugs stress can make you feel like you are losing your mind.

 

Regardless of what signs are right in front of your face, some people remain in denial.

 

When Concerns Need Validation and Support

 

The story we make up in our mind influences the way we react to difficult times, loses and stresses.

 

Everyone reacts in a different way to accidents, deaths, loss of income and illnesses.

 

But, bed bugs are part of 900 thousand different kinds of living insects known (1) that we share this earth with.

 

Some people lose sleep because they “think” they saw a bed bug.

 

And doctors prescribe anxiety pills for stress relief, antidepressant medications and more.

 

Staying Calm in The Midst of Bed Bug Chaos

 

Step back, take a deep cleansing breath or two, so you can decide what course of action to take, if any.

 

Let go of self-sabotaging ideas and check the situation before reacting.

 

  • Do you have a reaction from food?
  • How about a new lotion or product?
  • Could the bites be from fleas or mosquitoes?
  • Could you have bed bugs?
  • Have you been outside? (park, fair, picnic)
  • Have you traveled recently?
  • Had traveling visitors?
  • Had an overnight guest?
  • Bought something from a secondhand store?
  • Do you take the bus, subway or train?
  • Have a high-risk vocation?
  • Work in high risk environments?
  • Have a friend that has bed bugs?
  • Kids that go to daycare or school?
  • Have a student come home from college?
  • Do you live in a multi-unit property with many other people?
  • Have you found any signs?

 

There are a multitude of places where bed bugs transfer so don’t think you are immune to them.

 

Anyone, at any time, can pick one up.

Bugs are Everywhere!

 

Our homes are not completely sealed from the outdoors.

 

Many insects and spiders live between our walls, attics and crawl spaces.

 

Most go completely unnoticed unless they cause noticeable damage to building materials.

 

Some can make their way into our homes and bite us or our pets or feed on food that we leave out.

 

Bed bugs hitchhike in on personal items.

 

One bed bug is not an infestation.

 

We don’t need to be afraid of them.

 

Bed bugs don’t jump.

 

Bed bugs don’t fly.

 

They don’t “stick” to your skin or hair, and they don’t move very fast.

 

But, we need to know how we get them, when they are present, how long they’ve been present.

 

And, do what it takes to prevent or get rid of them.

 

How Hard is it to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

 

That all depends upon at what stage you discover them and if you’ve already sprayed or dusted or bombed.

 

The longer you have them, the more difficult they are to get rid of.

 

And you may have moved them to other places in your dwelling on articles or personal belongings.

 

If you discover them early it’s so much easier than if one were to allow infestations to build.

 

Infestations take time to build.

 

A single female bed bug can begin laying eggs that take 7 to 10 days to hatch.

 

It takes another (approx.) 21-39 days to grow through all stages of development.

 

You now have more breeding adults. [of course, with regular blood meals and proper temperatures and humidity].

 

A couple of these breeding cycles can yield a couple hundred or more.

 

Finding The Early

 

One the biggest problems most people have is not knowing when they or someone else introduced a bed bug.

 

Suppose you’ve returned from a trip and a bed bug hitchhiker found its way on to your luggage or an article of clothing.

 

You place your things in your room when you get home.

 

Before long, it crawls off only to find its way into your bed for a blood meal and good night’s rest.

 

It’s can be maddening when you’re bitten on a regular basis and you don’t know what’s biting you.

 

Most people assume mosquitoes or fleas at first.

 

Since they are familiar with those types of bugs, they don’t give it another thought.

 

The Problem Lies in Their Cryptic Nature

 

Even an experienced professional has a hard time finding bed bug when first introduced.

 

It’s like a needle in a haystack.

 

But that doesn’t mean, that an experienced bed bug professional can’t help you put the pieces together.

 

Be prepared to answer all kinds of questions.

 

A client told me she had a company come out 3-months ago to check for bed bugs.

 

They found nothing.

 

The bites continued.

 

Here it is 3 months later and she’s still getting bitten.

 

I asked her, “Did you call them in for another check-up within the past few months?”

 

She said, “No.”

 

BIG mistake!

 

Bring in the Dogs!

 

When bites continue and you can’t find bed bugs, bring in the dogs.

 

Canines are trained just like drug or bomb dogs.

 

They can find bed bugs where humans can’t and are well worth the money to find bed bugs early.

 

You can find these qualified teams on our web site at www.ibbra.org in the service provider section.

 

Or you can give us a call and we will find a qualified team near you if available.

 

Infestations Take Time

 

In a matter of a couple breeding cycles, you’ll begin to discover signs of them.

 

Infestations show fecal stains, clusters of shed skins and bed bugs in all stages that are not hard to miss.

 

Depending upon the amount of these found, a trained professional will be able to tell you approximately how long you’ve had.

 

So, What Do You Do if You Discover You Have Bed Bugs?

 

As with any insect or bug, the choice is up to you whether you go with a professional or attempt to do it yourself.

 

I always tell people if you’ve had bed bugs for more than a few months, call in a pro.

 

Because by then, the likelihood of you getting rid of them becomes less and less, every day.

 

You don’t know their nature, you don’t know where to look and you don’t understand the methods and process of getting rid of them.

 

Furthermore, by then, you’ve probably used all kinds of store bought pest control products that have spread them everywhere!

 

If you suspect you’ve just introduced them, you can always read, “How to get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget.”

 

This book takes you by the hand and walks you through a simple process so it doesn’t build into infestation levels.

 

Affordability Issues

 

One of the most serious bed bug problems we have here in the United States is the lack of funds to afford a professional treatment.

 

Treating for bed bugs can be costly, and the salient point is, many people can’t afford to write a check for hundreds or thousands of dollars.

 

We get calls all the time from people asking if there is a service or resource to help with the cost of bed bug treatment.

 

Most of these people are on “limited incomes scarcely staying afloat on the fringes of society”.

 

Because bed bugs are not known vectors, the government doesn’t help with the bill and you’re on your own.

 

“Bed Bug Education Will Never be as Expensive as Bed Bug Ignorance” D. Donovan

 

Remember, bed bugs are only chaotic if you allow them to build into an infestation.

 

  • Infestations are preventable.
  • Learn all you can about bed bugs.
  • Share information you learn about bed bugs with friends, family and those at work.
  • Talk about bed bugs!
  • Avoid high risk places.
  • Be aware and careful of what you or anyone else brings into your home.
  • Be observant and preventative.
  • Get rid of, organize or clean up any clutter.
  • Check your beds, change your sheets on a regular basis, look for signs.
  • Use a steamer every time you clean. [bed bugs succumb to heat].
  • When returning home, when in doubt – change your clothing and put items into a dryer.
  • Things that can’t go into a dryer can be placed into a ZappBug

 

If you need an experienced professional https://ibbra.org/service-providers/

 

Or give us a call! 888-966-2332

 

If you suspect, can’t afford a pro and don’t know what to do “How to Get Rid of Bed Bug on a Tight Budget”.

 

We are always here to help! www.ibbra.org