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The Unexpected Costs of Bedbugs

Post date: January 11th, 2013

Recently the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky published Bugs Without Borders, a 2011 study of pest management professionals in the U.S. The results are scary.

While they were almost nonexistent just a few decades ago, these tiny little blood suckers are making a comeback in a big way one that might take a serious toll on your life. Get an infestation in your home and those bedbugs can wreak havoc on your finances, health, and sanity.

Usually when you find pests in your home, a can of bug spray can kill every insect in sight. But the cheap and easy method doesnt work with bedbugs. Most commercially sold bug sprays arent designed for bedbugs. To make matters worse, bedbugs have an increasing resistance to chemicals, so what worked in the past might not work in the future.

Most experts recommend professional extermination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a costly mix of chemical and nonchemical treatment:

CDC and EPA promote integrated pest management (IPM) for bedbug control. IPM is an effective pest control method that uses information on the life cycle of the pest and incorporates nonchemical and chemical methods. Nonchemical methods to effectively control bedbugs include heating infested rooms to 118F (48C) for 1 hour or cooling rooms to 3F (-16C) for 1 hour by professional applicators; encasing mattresses and box springs with bedbug-excluding covers; and vacuuming, steaming, laundering, and disposing of infested items. Any effective control measure for bedbugs requires support from all residents in affected buildings and ongoing monitoring for infestation from other housing units. Often, multiple inspections and treatments are needed to eradicate bedbugs.

This method will work, but could cost thousands of dollars. Jeff Eisenberg, author of The Bed Bug Survival Guide, recently told Time that a knowledgeable exterminator can cost at least $400 or $500 per room.

Spending serious cash on extermination isnt always the end of a bedbug problem. Bedbugs nest inside your mattress, pillows, sofa, curtains, clothing, suitcases, and even behind electrical switch plates and in drawers. If one female survives the treatment, the National Pest Management Association says she could lay up to 540 eggs in her lifetime starting the cycle all over again. That is why many exterminators and experts recommend either treating your soft furniture and clothing or throwing infested items away.

Disposal is costly. My mom runs a small apartment complex that has had bedbug problems off and on for the last year. A few months ago one tenant found bedbugs in his apartment. The apartment was treated but he still felt like bugs were crawling all over him at night, so he tossed everything. All told, he spent more than $4,000 replacing his mattress, linens, sofa, and clothing.

If you choose to keep your stuff, youll still need to shell out more cash for treatment. For example, anything that can fit in a washing machine will need to be washed and dried on high heat and then placed inside large plastic bags until youre sure the bedbugs are gone from your home. Your mattress must be sealed up in a special case. According to Eisenberg, only two manufacturers make effective mattress encasements: Mattress Safe and Protect-a-Bed. Mattress Safe cases run from $79.95 to $128.95 depending on the size of the bed. Protect-a-Bed cases cost $80.99 to $134.99.

If bedbugs have an upside, it is that they dont transmit disease and typically dont pose a medical threat. In most cases people experienced itchy bite marks that could be treated with over-the-counter creams and antihistamine pills. But there is still a small risk of developing some medical problems that could require treatment.

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My Cleaning Products said that bed bug infestation cases keep on increasing despite efforts to decrease them. To help the public strengthen their protection against the said infestation, the company published a new guide on FAQ format on its website and suggested the use of the pesticide-exempt Bed Bug Bully.

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According to My Cleaning Products, because bed bugs are now widespread than ever, everyone is at a bigger risk of being infested. It is, therefore, important to prepare for the worst, it said.

To get ready for the possible bed bug infestation, MCP said that one must learn everything he could about the blood-fed insects. That way, he would know exactly what to do when the pests are detected. And with the right steps done promptly, bed bug infestation could be prevented early, explained the company.

On its published guide, My Cleaning Products presented to its readers the basic information one must learn about bed bugs via the FAQ format. It listed questions from bed bug detection to bed bug infestation and also answered them promptly.

One question, in particular, that MCP included on its guide is what do bed bugs look like. And to answer that, the company said that they are small and fast-paced. But for a clearer image of them, it advised readers to see pictures of bed bugs. Apart from showing them their exact appearance, the company stated that pictures of bed bugs could help anyone differentiate the blood-fed insects from other common house pests.

With regards to bed bug elimination, My Cleaning Products said that a bed bug victim has several treatment options. Nonetheless, for a convenient, easy, effective and inexpensive bed bug elimination, it stated that the use of a bed bug spray is the best to implement. However, it clarified that bed bug spray must also be safe apart from effective for the process to truly work.

Among the many bed bug sprays, Bed Bug Bully was the only one MCP recommended. As it said, it is pesticide-exempt as approved by FIFRA 25(b), so it is safe.

The company also announced on its published guide that samples of Bed Bug Bully are now available. It encouraged the public to get them, so they could prove it themselves the safety and effectiveness of Bed Bug Bully.

My Cleaning Products shared Bed Bug Bully complimentary samples are available on its website, MyCleaningProducts.com.


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Best Way to Kill Bed Bugs… Naturally – Video

Post date: January 10th, 2013

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9dniF1g1TM] How to kill Bed Bugs, Get Rid of Eggs and Larvae Too.

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-ar9udF_w0] Bed Bug Movie - Do I have bed bugs? Find out with this original video by www.bedbug.com - Whether you see a suspicious bug, want to know what a bed bug bite looks like, smell something funky in your room, or spot fecal stains from bed bugs; these accurate bed bug pictures and bed bug descriptions should help you out. Still looking for more tips on how to prevent and kill bed bugs?

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The Bed Bug Detector in Fayetteville, AR

Post date: January 9th, 2013

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EHu1HMUeLg] The Bed Bug Detector in Bentonville. Bed bug bites are usually the first symptoms that you may have bed bugs in the your house or hotel room.

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bed bug colony – Video

Post date: January 9th, 2013

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1dIXLIzBVk] Bugs have fed and more are satiated and therefore not as much moving about as previous video. Adults are more elongate after feeding. Some younger nymphs have just eaten and are plump and red.

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jGm8widTEY] 04-11-2011 13:10 Rose Board Certified Entomologist Mark "Shep" Sheperdigian describes the the stages of a bed bugs life and how to identify bed bugs. www.rosepestsolutions.com

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K-9 Training Chicago – Felon – Video

Post date: January 7th, 2013

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYre5aqn4-U] K-9 Training Chicago provides training for bedbug-sniffing dogs, and the results are amazingly accurate. Entomology researchers at the University of Florida report that well-trained dogs can detect a single live bug or egg with 96 percent accuracy. Detector dogs are useful for locating bed bugs because they use olfaction rather than vision

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Weegee's Killer Decade

Post date: January 7th, 2013

Steps away from the sanitized, commercialized and pacified Times Square is a portal to a sinister urban past, where two-bit hoods lay sprawled in pools of blood with stogies clenched in their lifeless jaws, watched over by the police and the curious alike. It’s a world of men with guns and hats who played their final hands under elevated tracks and tenements that have long since vanished.

A sprawling show devoted to an intense decade in the city’s history opens Friday at the International Center of Photography. “Weegee: Murder Is My Business” delivers on its promise, and then some, showcasing the work of the legendary photographer Arthur Fellig from 1935 to 1946.  He had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. More importantly, he had a unique visual style – like in his photo of a Little Italy homicide titled “Balcony Seats at a Murder.” Transcending the just-the-facts approach of routine police crime scene photography, he captured the details and drama, the humor and the horror, along the city’s streets.

Though some images turn on sight gags and ironic puns, there are many more that show an unmatched and unsentimental feel for the streets and its denizens. While Weegee could be equal parts huckster and hustler, he was also dedicated to his work, said Brian Wallis, the show’s curator.

“One of the things we wanted to correct with this show was that view of him as a naïf or a buffoon, who just happened to take pictures,” he said. “He was a serious and well-respected photographer who worked in a tradition that was denigrated as tabloid photography. He didn’t know the world of museums and galleries, but he did know one thing very well: the streets of New York. He took that seriously.”

Strains of jazz and police sirens waft through the center’s galleries, where visitors descend a staircase, under a replica of the big gun sign that marked where Weegee once lived — across Center Street from the old police headquarters. It leads to a re-creation – tidied and spartan – of his old room, down to the scanner, tear sheets and can of bed bug killer. You can almost smell the cigar smoke – though in the city today, that now passes for a crime in most places.

The re-creation of his room is fitting for a man who sort of created himself. Mr. Wallis explained how Weegee had seen himself as a photo detective, inhabiting the world of cops and journalists. The show starts with images of Weegee at crime scenes – including a mid-1930s spread from Life Magazine where he documented a criminal’s journey from arrest to jailing.

He was the model.

“He set up the shots with his buddies from the police department,” Mr. Wallis said. “The editors at Life said ‘This is fantastic, but it’s not what we hired you to do. The story is you.’ So they ran a story on him. From then on, he was off to the races.”

Mr. Wallis said Weegee stood out among other photographers in a city saturated with newspaper shooters by working freelance and at night. The former gave him flexibility. That latter gave him opportunity.

“What happened at night?” Mr. Wallis said. “People get shot. People get drunk. People get in car wrecks. He established a niche and specialty.”

The arrival of the groundbreaking newspaper, PM, gave him a venue for regular and more ambitious work.  With Ralph Steiner as the photo editor, Weegee’s work took a dimension of storytelling that had been absent from his earlier output.

“Most murders he took one shot, three at most,” Mr. Wallis said. “At PM, he did some of his best work. They gave him free rein, he had input on how the pictures were laid out, how the captions read and the story, too. And since it was a daily, he was cranking it out.”

Such experiences would hint at his other work, that showed the city beyond the blood: where European immigrants and migrants from down South settled into teeming blocks, where the Depression was beginning to lift, gangsters were fighting for turf and the world was at war.  A broader view is hinted at in a part of the exhibit that details his 1941 show at the Photo League.

The world of earnest, political photographers exemplified by the Photo League might seem an odd fit for Weegee, though not in Mr. Wallis’ consideration.

“How could he fit in with what they were trying to do?” Mr. Wallis said. “The Photo League had a street-level view of working-class New York. They documented the people, though they tended to be romantic. Weegee had an unvarnished take.”

Among the final images in the show are various tear sheets from PM. They are yellowed and look brittle. Above them is an array of images, some light, others serious. They show the city – bustling, noisy, crazy – from wayward cars, revelers at a bar and summer crowds at Coney Island. A headline to one spread offers a fitting coda:

These Are Real People Showing Emotion.

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