Whether you are the manager of a hotel or a frequent traveler who likes to check out reviews online before making your reservations for overnight stays at home or abroad, you know the feeling you get when you see a prior guest write one of those super negative reviews in all CAPS saying “BED BUGS, STAY AWAY!!! WOKE UP WITH RED BITES”.
But before you think there’s something majorly wrong with your hotel or home stay, just remember how common bed bug sightings and outbreaks have become all around the world. Recently in the heartland of America at a public library bed bugs were even found hiding out: “Bartlesville library identifies, isolates and exterminates bed bugs after recent outbreak“. But it’s not because bedbugs enjoy catching up on their favorite classic novelists why they might be at a library.
What Bed Bugs Like the Most
Bed bugs, aka cimex lectularius, love warm, carpeted or clothed areas, are usually but not always active at night, and are often found in high traffic areas, which explains why they’d be at a motel, hotel, library, or even lurking on bus seats in Philadelphia like the video below shows:
Imagine the horror of such a bus trip from bed bug hell. But it’s sadly become an unavoidable reality to discover bedbugs at random places in public when you’d least expect (or like). There is some good news though for people who have been bitten or have caught these hitch-hikers catching rides with humans back to their homes to further breed and infest.
Good News about Bed Bugs
While bed bug bites are extremely nerve-wracking and annoying, especially when you realize what the heck is going on, and while they may itch and burn (wait you said there’s good news?)… the good news is that the bites themselves are usually relatively harmless. The burning and itching from bed bug bites are actually allergic reactions from your skin to the bites, so it doesn’t mean your dying.
Next, the bites don’t contain venom so there’s not an immediate threat of death or passing out. However, people who live in retirement homes should be a little concerned if they themselves are anemic or suffer from blood issues, because obviously you need your blood! And anemia patients may suffer hardest.
Finally, there IS something you can do to fight the nasty creepy crawly bed bug invaders, and it doesn’t have to break the bank either so even if you are on a small budget then you don’t have to worry about a bed bug exterminator being the next pest to bleed you dry!
Positive Steps to Effective Bedbug Removal
As was the case in a local report of Gary Elementary School having a longtime standing feud with bed bugs, the first and most important is to identify and isolate the source, if any, of the bed bugs that are frequently showing up everywhere. This is because, just like at the elementary school, you can regularly fumigate and spray for bedbugs with limited effectiveness- especially if the source of the bed bugs keeps coming back, which in this story was one child the school staff positively recognized, even offering to fumigate the child’s home, with little to no response from parents.
If you are fortunate enough to have identified the location of hiding, potential source and extent of a bed bug presence, the next step is removal and prevention. This can be accomplished by cleaning the affected areas like a 5-Star General was going to visit and inspect tomorrow, as well as removing all bedding materials and going to the laundromat to wash and dry on extremely high heat, which usually kills of the parasitic bedbugs cheaply.
Next, to prevent a recurrence from happening, fortunately you DO NOT HAVE TO GET AN EXTERMINATOR. Exterminator costs for bed bugs can get into the hundreds and thousands of dollars quite quickly, so you’ll want to keep the cost of eliminating bed bugs from getting out of control or becoming a slave to the Orkin company.
This can be accomplished by laying down a preventative measure like a bed bug powder derived from completely natural, non-chemical sources. Believe it or not, they do and have existed for 100’s of years! Over regulation and a pre-existing monopoly on pest control in the Western World have effectively prevented new bed bug remedies and solutions from entering the market, even though this one type of bed bug killer is so safe that I would be comfortable eating it. I’m not joking!
I know it sounds unbelievable, but a $20 dollar dare would make me 20 bucks richer right now for any takers. I have eaten natural freshwater silica based bed bug killers before with zero problem! But, you don’t want to breathe the stuff, because that’s where I goofed once demonstrating this product type and felt like I was going to drown.
The Not-So Scary Conclusion on Bed Bugs
As we have learned today, bed bugs are a nasty public menace, but not one that cannot be exterminated without chemicals or costly heat treatments from Terminex. We hope you’ll rely on natural solutions that are safe for yourself, your customers, your family, and the whole world moving forward.
Good night, sleep tight- and we’ll just leave it at that!