The holiday season is distracting. We are all focused on family friends, “the kids”, presents and the traveling, [plus the StarWars movie?]. It’s easy to forget some basic travel rules and safety items. I’m here to remind you to watch for Bedbugs.
Hello my tasty-human friends. I’m MrBedBug, Chief SpokesBug for FLfresh.com and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV on YouTube and Editor of the BedBug News Reports.com
The BedBug infestation of America is in full swing, and the holiday travels increase your chance of being effected by BedBugs in TWO ways. BedBugs are hitch-hikers. They cling to any fabric that smells like a tasty-human buffet opportunity. As YOU travel, it’s likely you could be in proximity to Bedbugs in airplane seats, taxis and bus/train seats, plus theaters seats [for StarWars or the church holiday performance] and of course the hotel room. The flip side is: family members who travel to visit you have all the same touch-points, they then bring BedBugs into your home. Bedbugs love suitcases, heavy winter coats, pant leg cuffs, ladies purses and fluffy hats. While it’s true that BedBugs are world-travelers, you might want to know about the Top 50 Most BedBug Infested Cities in America too.
Before you get scared and decide to “stay home”, remember that BedBugs in the workplace is a growing problem too, so GO – Visit- have fun, just be aware of your exposure to BedBugs in every environment.
HOTEL ROOMS- Hotels get an unfair amount of blame for BedBugs. While it is true that any mattress is a great favorite hiding spot for Bedbugs, it matters very little whether the bed is in a hotel/motel or at Grandma’s house. BedBugs are opportunist, and the ONLY feed-source is a tasty-human, so visiting Grandkids are just as tasty as GrandPa.
Family Gatherings – Every year I am asked if it is OK to exclude family members who are suspected [for one reason or another] of “having BedBugs”. I even posted a commentary about it on the BedBugNewsReports.com blog. you can read it here: http://BedBugNewsReports.com/family-holiday-visits-bring-bedbugs-into-your-home/
One easy preventative to BedBugs arriving with family members, is HEAT. Just like human-people, SUSTAINED heat over 125 degrees will kill BedBugs. Pop the contents of all visitor’s suitcases in the dryer [use the hottest settings] for a good 30 minute treatment, to reduce the chances of welcoming more than your family into your home. Leave the suitcase in the garage, until they are ready to leave. Sound impractical? Does it sound paranoid or insulting? Yes, but not if your family is coming from one of the Top 100 Most BedBug Infested cities.
Here’s one last thing to remember about Bedbugs. It takes 2-3-4 days for your skin to react to a BedBug “feeding”/bite. This is why hotels/motels are “always” blamed for BedBugs. They are easy to blame, whether that is really where you came into contact with the Bedbug or not. We posted an article on the BedBugNewsReports.com pages that shows “What a BedBug bite look like.
Be aware that a large portion of the tasty-human population [14% to 30% depending on the researcher] is “non-reactive” to BedBug bites. We see this often in retirement homes or “singles” apartment complexes. Without a “bite reaction”, many humans don’t discover a BedBug infestation until they are visible, moving around. At that point the colony is SO large, the BedBugs are SO brave, they will travel in the daylight, to find a meal. DO NOT let any BedBug infestation get to this point. The cleaning process is hard enough, but a huge infestation can spread thru an entire apartment complex, crawling between walls and thru ceilings in search of more tasty-human buffet opportunities.
Learn HOW TO AVOID BEDBUGS. Get the facts. All the latest research [and Battle plans from the Bedbug Wars] is compiled at www.FLfresh.com Get effective “Tips and Tricks” on how to avoid a Bedbug infestation in the first place, and learn the options you have to clean a BedBug infestation in your home or apartment/condo and workplace. Separate FACT from FOLK-LORE and Myth at www.FLfresh.com , the national distributor of EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator . It is a non-toxic [kid-safe and pet-friendly] way to KILL BEDBUGS.
The more you know about HOW BedBugs live, hide, feed, breed and travel, the better you can protect yourself in the “BedBugs Wars”.
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