Bed bugs are a nasty problem but if you thought they were just for dirty, dingy bedrooms, think again. From a city’s slums to the most luxurious of hotels, bed bugs are an increasingly common problem and they’re extremely difficult to treat. If you suspect you have bed bugs you’re advised to call a local pest control provider immediately. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day is closing in and the chilly weather is leading many couples to plan winter getaways. Whether you’re excited for a long weekend in a cultural capital or you’ve got an entire romantic week planned in one of America’s biggest cities, check this list before you book. These five cities, while great for romance, rank among the highest in the nation for reported cases of bedbugs.
What’s not to love about Chicago? The Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, dozens of fabulous museums. The mercury may have dropped in The Windy City but instances of bed bugs haven’t. Whether you’re considering a fancy penthouse suite or a budget motel, be on the lookout for these small, nasty pests in Chicago.
Bed bugs are a major problem throughout the United States, and this problem escalates during the summer as travel increases. To preface this topic, it’s important to mention that anytime you discover or suspect bed bugs, you should seek the help of a professional, because these pests will plague yor home and are very difficult to get rid of. With that said, if you encounter a bed bug problem and you or someone in your family has bed bug bites, you will likely be in search of a remedy. These bites are painful and very uncomfortable, but there are some remedies to try until you can get the problem resolved.
- Oatmeal Bath: This is a great remedy for itch relief from a variety of issues including bed bug bites. All it takes is a bathtub full of warm water and a box of oatmeal for some serious itch relief.
- Baking Soda Paste: A simple combination of water and baking soda will create a great, homemade cream that can be applied to bites. This paste can be left on for about an hour to provide a soothing, itch relief.
- Aspirin Paste: Taking an aspirin orally can have some effect, but creating a paste with a small amount of water and a crushed aspirin can bring more immediate relief.
- Ice: As with many stings and bites, ice is a great way to reduce swelling and temporarily relieve pain. Some bed bug bites are quite small but some bites can swell up to be very large, which is when the ice comes in handy.
- Aloe: If you happen to have an aloe plant, you can cut off the tip of one of the plant’s leaves and squeeze out the gel inside. This can be applied to the bites for instant, soothing relief.
Bed bugs are a topic that we have covered in the past on this blog and one we will continue to cover again in the future. In honor of the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) Bed Bug Awareness Week, this week’s posts will be devoted to informing you and helping you fight these persistent pests. Bed bugs, which were once almost eradicated from the United States, have resurged as a major problem throughout the nation. These pests plague homes, hotels, schools and even public transportation. As we approach summer, a prime season for bed bugs, it is important to be informed about these pests. Here are our top ten bed bug facts.
- Bed bugs can produce a sweet musty odor, which can be a sign of them in your home.
- Bed bug bites may take as long as 14 days to appear visibly on your skin. Continue reading