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Can Bed Bugs Kill You?
Pest problems are prevalent from coast-to-coast, becoming more severe and widespread, especially in urban rental stock. Regardless of how clean and mindful you are, they sometimes can’t be avoided.
In Toronto, the city is making moves to get pest problems under control. They’re about to implement a bylaw that proactively requires landlords to instill pest control programs, prohibiting them from renting out any units riddled with pests, like cockroaches, rodents, or bed bugs. Read More
If you’ve had the unfortunate experience of dealing with a bed bug infestation in your home, you know how difficult those buggers are to eradicate for good.
And according to a new study in the Journal of Economic Entomology, the bed bug battle isn’t going to get any easier. Read More
After returning from your two-week summer vacation, you can’t wait to have a good night’s rest in your own bed. Your first night back, you enjoy the sleep of the Gods, long and interrupted like Al Pacino’s stirring speech in Any Given Sunday.
Is there anything worse than a bed bug infestation?
How about an invasion of ‘super’ bed bugs?
It’s no secret what attracts bed bugs. The micro-sized pests are drawn to warmth, blood, and carbon monoxide – or, things that we either produce or possess in abundance. Bed bug infestations also love clutter, being hide-and-seek champions, but it’s our bodies that they prefer as hosts.
There may be another element that can attract a bed bug infestation: colour. From a collaboration study by the University of Florida and Union College in Nebraska, researchers discovered bed bugs are attracted – and repelled by – certain colours. If their studies prove to be accurate, keeping particular colours out of your bedroom, specifically the shade of your bed sheets, can help get rid of bed bugs by initially deterring them.
‘Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.’
You’ve probably heard that classic childhood adage more than once, courtesy your parents. Hearing it repeatedly in a joke-like, cliché way likely had a desensitizing affect, where you’d scoff at the thought of bed bugs, brushing them off as harmless. What can those little guys do, really?
Well, in spite of that harmless slogan, a bed bug infestation is a real threat to your well-being and should be taken seriously. They can wreak havoc on your home, your health, your loved ones, and even your mental well-being. If they’re not taken care of hastily, you’ll be robbed of money, time, and sleep.
Quick: find your local, neighborhood scientist, and give them a hug.
Why? Because science has scored a rare win in humanity’s battle with bugs. Researchers from the Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine have sequenced the entire bed bug genome.
Deciphering seven hundred million base pairs of the cimex lectularius is painstaking, but the reward justifies the effort, as we’re that much closer to getting rid of bed bugs. For good.
This feat is bigger than the tiny bed bug bites that drive people mad. Consider that not only have bed bugs been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth, but they’ve stayed relatively the same for a hundred million years, similar to the Queen of England. In other words, they’re resilient, wily little buggers.
Did you hear about the man who set himself and three cars ablaze trying to rid himself of bedbugs? No, it’s not a joke! Recently, a rash of stories have appeared about desperate people taking matters into their own hands because they just couldn’t take the bed bugs anymore. Another man used gasoline to fight bedbugs and almost burned down his house! Granted, it’s a serious problem that can drive any homeowner crazy enough to do something dangerous.
Encountering a bed bug infestation is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, the people at the highest risk for a bed bug infestation are jetsetters who travel a lot! Travelling is the number one way people contract a bed bug infestation. The more places you go, the more you travel, and the more often neighbours move in and out of your area, the more likely there will be an encounter with bed bugs.
Bed bugs thrive in environments where people live, eat and travel close together. They are hardy insects and once they are snug within a home, they can easily travel from one residence to another— or even in your suitcase from country to country. All they need is someone to bite — and that means us Read More
You hope it never happens to you and your family, but every so often, there is an outbreak of bed bugs in your city or town, and that means at some point, you might get bed bugs in your home.
Bed bugs are small insects. They’re about the size of an apple seed, and nocturnal, which makes them quite difficult for us humans to spot. Below we’ve compiled a list of the top places where to look for bed bugs so you can find and get rid of them as soon as possible.