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Bed Bugs Favorite Hiding Spot! Can You Guess?

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

In the BED of course!

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Columbus Ohio Heroes Cant Hide From Bugs

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

There is always surprises around every corner that our heroes cant even hide. Bed Bugs are still an issues throughout the City Of Columbus. We are luckily enough to be able to help people everyday get their homes back!

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Hey Columbus Ohio!! We could be trouble, Cockroaches and Bed Bugs are related.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
American Roach

American Roach

Did you know Bed bugs and cockroaches look pretty much the same as they did millions of year ago?

Mark Siddall, curator of invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is working with a team of a dozen researchers by comparing them to ancient bed bugs.

One of the researcher, Fordham University’s Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis is looking at a group of bed bugs found at Fort Dix in New Jersey in the early 1970s. They have been kept for the past four decades for research purposes. He also asked Metropolitan Museum of Art about combing through its Egyptian collection for fossilized bed bugs.
Can you imagine Cleopatra, Marc Anthony and Julius Cesar were bed bugs companion?

The researchers say that bed bugs will become as common as the cockroach. Coby Schal, a professor of entomology at North Carolina State University. “Bed bugs are what cockroaches were several decades ago and it is a concern.”

Both cockroaches and bed bugs give me nightmares, however bed bugs are a lot harder to take care of!

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Bed Bugs infest a jail and inmates had no place to hide.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Bed Bug infested Jail

Bed bugs infestations are not a mystery to inmates from Snohomish County Jail in Washington. They have been the main course serving themselves to Bed bugs for months. There has been complaints with insect bites since August but there was no solution to bed bugs invasion until October. Bed bugs sniff dog was brought in and cell was steamed and treated with chemicals for the first time.

Inmates saw bed bugs crawling on books and bedding. They wore extra clothes at night to limit where the bugs can bite and say the itching often flares up when they shower. One of the inmate pulled out lockers and bed frames to clean the walls and found bed bugs colony.

After three treatments and $4500 bill, bed bugs have been eliminated.
Bed bugs travels and hitchhike anywhere and everywhere!
Keep yourself and your family safe during biggest traveling time of the year!

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Travel Smart when Leaving Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Bed Bugs are not good travel companions

Bed Bugs are not good travel companions

Most common ways of encountering bed bugs is during traveling. Bed bugs are best hitchhikers.
When I first check into hotel this is what I do.

• Pull back all of the bedding at the head of the bed near the head board to look for bed bugs or their fecal stains on the mattress
• Check the underside of the mattress tag
• Check the seams of the mattress and the boxsprings
• If possible remove the head board from the wall and inspect the back of it, particularly the holes for set-in screws and the plate that allows the head board to hang from the wall.

If bed bug evidence is found, report it to the management and ask for another room.
Remember, bedbugs don’t discriminate and have been found in world class hotels and budget properties alike so inspect carefully.

Bed bugs can be in the trunk of the taxi, in the luggage compartment of the airplane, or in the baggage
handling facility at the airport so luggage must go through checklist as well.

• Do not place your suitcase on the spare bed
• Inspect the luggage stand and place your bag on the stand away from the wall.
• Keep your clothing in your bag, do not unpack and place your belongings in drawers
• Using a flashlight, give a quick check to the closet for bed bug evidence before hanging clothes
• Place your shoes in an open area, not under the bed or in the closet

Upon returning home, unpack your luggage immediately in some location other than the bed room.
Launder all clothing in hot water. The suitcase can be put out in the hot sun or in the hot car for a day.
If you use soft bag like a duffel style bag or gym bag when traveling, put the bag in the dryer when you get home.

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Bed bug facts you need to know in Columbus Ohio

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Bed-Bug-lifecycle

How do we know if our home is infested with bed bugs? Isn’t that the question we all ask ourselves?
In most cases, bed bugs are transported from infested areas to non-infested areas when they cling onto someone’s clothing, or crawl into luggage, furniture or bedding that is then brought into homes.
If you have bed bugs, you may also notice itchy welts on you or your family member’s skin.
You may also see the bed bugs themselves, small bloodstains from crushed bed bugs, or dark spots from bed bug droppings in your home. Bed bugs often hide in or near beds and bedroom furniture, and in the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses and daybed covers.

Bed bugs go through various stages during the course of their life cycle. They begin as eggs, hatching sometime between 6 and 17 days after they are laid. They emerge from the eggs as nymphs and begin feeding immediately. After its first meal, a bed bug will molt and grow to its next stage of development and begin feeding again. After five molts, the bed bug reaches maturity and begins to reproduce. A female bed bug lays between one and twelve eggs per day (average is approximately five eggs per day), and may lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime.
Bed bugs are extremely hardy and can live up to 18 months without eating once. This means that bed bugs can be found in long-vacant rooms or abandoned furniture.

Bed bugs are nocturnal. They hide during the day but come out at night to feed, usually reaching the peak of their activity about an hour before dawn. Bed bugs are attracted to their hosts by carbon dioxide and warmth. Depending on its age, it takes a bed bug between 3 and 15 minutes to feed. When a bed bug bites, it injects saliva to prevent blood clotting and to numb the area. The bites inflicted by bed bugs can go unnoticed or be mistaken for the bites of other pests. All people are not equally sensitive to bed bug bites, so while some victims may break out in rashes from the bites, other people may not display symptoms. Even among people sleeping side-by-side, one person may show severe reactions while the other has no evidence of having been bitten at all. When a reaction does occur, the resulting feeling can be mild red spot to severe rash or even hives.

Bed bugs can affect anywhere and everywhere. There is no easy way to get led of them and it is expensive to treat.
Working with a professional pest management specialist licensed with the Ohio Board of Pesticide Control is always the best way to determine proper treatments for your situation.

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Dr. Oz’s Take on Bed Bugs Spreading through Columbus Ohio

Friday, June 8th, 2012

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Can Drinking a Glass of Wine Keep Bed Bugs Away?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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By: Brooke Borel, Life’s Little Mysteries Contributor
Date: 29 May 2012 Time: 03:11 PM ET

The common bed bug mainly survives on human blood, but what happens when that human has upped his or her blood alcohol content with a few glasses of a nice red wine? New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests bed bugs are not as fond of alcohol as their boozy hosts, which may lead to fewer bug bites.

According to the study, bed bugs prefer alcohol-free blood to blood with alcohol in it; the higher the blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the less the bugs eat. And, because there is a direct link between blood intake and reproduction rates, those bugs also lay fewer eggs.

“[Bed bugs] need a blood meal to grow and to molt and to reproduce,” explained Ralph Narain, a Ph.D. candidate who conducted the work as part of his dissertation. “And one of their main hosts are humans, and we consume a lot of stuff. Alcohol was one of the easier ones to start with.”

Narain presented the findings last week at the National Conference on Urban Entomology in Atlanta.

How bed bugs imbibe

While it’s fun to imagine graduate students knocking back beers and feeding bed bugs on their arms, Narain took a more scientific approach in his experiment. He mixed 200 proof ethanol — the same compound estimated by a Breathalyzer — into four samples of expired blood from the Nebraska Blood Bank until he had BACs of 0.010, 0.025, 0.050 and 0.100 (0.08 is the legal limit for driving). A control sample contained no alcohol.

Next, he selected 20 adult bed bugs for each blood sample, weighed them, fed them their respective samples, and weighed them again. He repeated the experiment six times.

The average mass of the bed bugs that fed on the clean blood increased by over 100 percent. Those that fed on the blood with the lowest BAC, 0.010, increased just 60 percent, and the number decreased for each increase in alcohol. The bed bugs that fed on the 0.100 BAC sample went up a mere 12.5 percent.

As for the eggs, the control groups laid an average of 44 after the feeding, while those that fed on the highest BAC laid an average of just 12.

It’s unclear whether the alcohol affected the adult bugs’ behavior or their offspring’s development, although future tests might attempt to measure both. Narain also plans to run tests on other drugs, although he wouldn’t officially disclose which.

Way toward pest control?

So, can we just knock back a few glasses of wine every night to keep the bed bugs away? Probably not. “I’m not going to suggest someone should consume alcohol to control bed bugs,” Narain said.

Ill health affects aside, it likely wouldn’t help curb an infestation. While the bed bugs do feed less on alcohol-laced blood, they still feed, and while they lay fewer eggs, up to 95 percent still hatch. And it just takes a few to create a nuisance.

Dini Miller, an entomologist and bed bug expert from Virginia Tech, agreed: “I don’t know what sort of implications it has ultimately, because unfortunately they still produce enough eggs to cause an infestation. So while they feed less, still, we’re not going to experience less of a problem. But it’s very interesting to know.”

Brooke Borel is a contributor to Life’s Little Mysteries, and is currently writing a book about bed bugs. For more crazy bed bugs stories, follow her on Twitter: @brookeborel

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Bug Bites Cause Health Scare Aboard Plane at Midway

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Written By Staff Report, from the Orlando Sentinel

A Minnesota woman who caused a health scare aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit — causing the plane to be kept on the tarmac at Midway International Airport Thursday for three hours — says it was all a misunderstanding over bug bites.

Lise Sievers of Red Wing was one of 43 passengers aboard Delta flight 3163 to Midway when it touched down and the captain announced the plane would be briefly quarantined. Men with surgical masks over their faces boarded the plane, and rumors flew as passengers tried to figure out what sort of contagion might be spreading through the cabin.

Sievers said she had been in Uganda, where she is adopting two special needs children and “stayed at a hotel the other night and I think it left friends on my body. My son, who’s four and a half, had pustules on him.”

Before she left Detroit, she told her mother that she had a rash, apparently from bed bugs, and that the boy had pustules. But her mother misunderstood and “conflicting information” was passed on to health officials, who feared Sievers might have monkeypox.

Sievers, 50, who was on the tail end of a 20-plus hour trip that began in Uganda, where she had spent more than three months trying to finalize the adoption of two special needs children, wondered as well, said her son, Roger Sievers.

During a layover in Detroit, she had called her mother in LaPorte, Ind., and mentioned one of the children she was trying to adopt had broken out in pustules-small, pimple-like sores– during her visit, and that the boy had to be taken to the hospital in Uganda. Sievers also mentioned to her mother that she had suffered an unrelated case of itchy bites she believed had been inflicted by bedbugs.

While Sievers’ flight was en route to Midway, her mother confused Sievers’ bug bites and the boy’s pustules, and called her local hospital to ask what she should do to prepare to treat her daughter’s symptoms.

“Any time you mention you’ve been in a tropical country like Uganda and you’ve developed what sounds like an infectious disease, well, they call the CDC (Center for Disease Control) right away,” said Roger Sievers.

Indeed, according to a press release from the CDC issued Thursday, authorities suspected she may have come down with monkey pox, a contagious disease that occurs mostly in western Africa that causes victims to break out in small, crusty bumps. Sievers, however, was as surprised as anyone when her plane was surrounded by ambulances and fire vehicles when it landed at Midway, her son said.

Aboard the plane, health crews took pictures of her rash. Experts determined they were bug bites and let Sievers and her fellow passengers off the plane. Sievers went to a hospital for additional tests-which turned up nothing, her son said-and was resting at a relative’s house in Indiana Thursday night.

Sievers will head back to Uganda in a month to finalize the adoption of the two children who will be the latest of more than 10 children she has adopted over more than 20 years, her son said. The adoption process had dragged on so long, the extra few hours on the tarmac at Midway didn’t seem to faze her, Roger Sievers said. Her fellow passengers were polite, even the ones seated close to her, he said.

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Avoid Bed Bugs While You Vacation

Saturday, March 31st, 2012
Vacationing Bed Bugs

Vacationing Bed Bugs

* Once you open your hotel room, pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams immediately, particularly in the corners. That is where you will see the telltale stains or spots of Bed Bug activity. If you see anything suspicious, notify the hotel management and change rooms immediately. Take a room far away from the previous room location. Or change hotels all together.

* Inspect the entire room before unpacking, this includes behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If any pests are spotted, change rooms immediately.

* If changing rooms is necessary, be sure that you DO NOT move to another room that is adjacent and/or directly above/below the infested room. Bed bugs can easily catch a ride via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through walls. If bed bugs are spreading, they typically do so by inhabiting the rooms closest to them first.

* Consider placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag or protective cover during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up a residence and bring them back to Columbus, Ohio.

* When you finally get back to Columbus, Ohio, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Vacuuming your suitcase thoroughly before storing them away can help reduce the risk of bring home unwanted guests. Consider taking all your cloths and throwing them into the wash using hot water and then into the dryer on its hottest setting. This will kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have been brought home.

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