Blog: The Only Thing People Fear More Than Bed Bug Bites? Exterminators

bed bug eggs and bed bug crawling in the mattress

Surprise, surprise. The New York Times got it wrong, again.

A popularly held opinion and speculation by the mainstream media was telling us that due to the “pandemic” of 2020, people would not have to worry as much about the common and growing worldwide pest known as bed bugs this year, due to decreased travel.

And yet, exterminators have actually reported being busier in places like New Jersey due to bed bugs during the Covid quarantines, lock downs and shutdown of life as we once knew it.

That’s right, the all-knowing media whom we have grown to love and trust (sarcasm intended) are now saying that bed bug populations and bites have increased, because, if you can believe them, people are more reluctant to let professional pest control into their homes at a time when fear is reaching a fever pitch.

Bed Bug Bites Keeping People Awake at Night

 
Often times, people have no awareness that they’ve been bitten, as the bites usually cause no pain and are not dangerous. They’re usually discovered when people awake to large red bites in groups of 4 or 5 on their exposed skin from the night before, frequently bringing a nasty rash with them to wreak havoc on the epidermis and a bed bug victim’s mental health.

In addition to the discomfort they cause, they can cause unsightly welts, marks, and even leave scars if scratched and cause allergic reactions and an infection, though you won’t likely feel them biting you when it happens.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

 
Usually bed bugs look brown but they can also appear to be black or white. If they appear white or clear in complexion, there’s a chance they just haven’t eaten a blood meal from a human host. They can bite your pets like dogs or cats, but it’s usually uncommon as they prefer waiting in your bedroom under your mattress or bed frame, then come out during the night to feast, preferring a nocturnal lifestyle.

They can come in all sizes, big and small. The large bed bugs, usually no bigger than the fingernail on your pinkie finger, are developed adults who have likely already bitten you, and finding them is the easiest, though it still requires a diligent search. The bed bug eggs are much harder to discover, and you’ll have to closely examine your bed and surrounding area, carefully inspecting for clusters in hard to reach- and see- areas.

Their bites are not contagious, but bed bugs will definitely hitchhike from one host to another, or travel between the shared walls of apartment buildings, making them extremely difficult when it comes time to effective removal and treatment. This is part of the reason why the cost of getting rid of bed bugs averages $900 – $1200 if you choose to go with a bed bug exterminator.

Immediate and Cheap Relief from Itchy Bed Bug Bites

 
First, you’re going to have to wash all your clothes and dry them on high heat. Some people even keep their affected clothes in trash bags and set them outside for a period of time. Then, to save money, you might want to consider a DIY bed bug solution, as this can potentially save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the long run.

One such residual and long lasting, effective bed bug killer is discussed on this bed bug blog by someone who had success in finally killing all the bed bugs off fast and for good.

While the best cure for bed bugs is preventing them in the first place, something people often turn to in the interim is an anti-itch bed bug gel or cream.

Bed Bug Sprays Don’t Work to Kill the Eggs

 
Just be careful not to invest too much time in a bed bug spray that only kills on contact, as you may gain a false sense of security only to wake up again in the near future covered in more annoying and painful sores. Bed bugs do shed their skin as they grow in size and number, so finding their old shells lying around a splotchy patch of black, brown and red stains on the mattress are almost a sure sign that you’ve got an infestation.

Spring 2020 Destined to Bring More Bed Bugs

It’s that time of year again, when the Spring season brings with it a rejuvenation of life on the planet- the trees and the leaves, grass, the forests and woodland creatures- and of course, bed bugs. But have no fear, we are going to give you the vital info on bedbugs today so that you and your family can sleep bed bug bite-free in 2020.

Bed Bugs are Back

  Yes, for some, it might seem as if they’d never left, especially if you’ve checked the Power Rankings on which cities top the U.S.A.’s top 50 cities with bed bugs list. The usual suspects include large metropolitan areas and cities, residences and hotels ranging from 1 – 5 Stars, and even government buildings, schools, subway trains, and even movie theatres.

One of the most common ways you get bed bugs in your home is by another student at school that your child has classes with. As it stands now, there is no official policy on what a school administration will do to a student suspected of carrying around bed bug hitchhikers, but they usually do not remove them from class or send them home.

Ok, Bed Bugs can Happen to Anyone, Now What?

  Now that you know you probably have bed bugs (just kidding), but let’s assume that you do for the sake of pest prevention and removal, it’s time to take the important steps toward identifying where they hide, then getting rid of them.

First, while bed bugs don’t have a preference on where they like to live, the majority of bed bug infestations are found in the bed, mattress edges, and between the box spring and the mattress or bed frame.

They may also be found in nearby furniture, hiding in cracks in the headboard or behind the walls, and are known to leave behind large brown-reddish and dark stains and splotches.

These stains are indicative of blood, feces, the exoskeleton shells they shed as the progress in age and size, and even eggs. Of course, you probably already noticed the big red itchy bites, which is usually a dead ringer.

Get Rid of the Bed Bugs!

  One of the best things you can do whether or not you have bed bugs is to tidy up and organize everything as if your in-laws were coming to town. Vacuum, mop, clean, wipe down, and sanitize the entire home as well as the bedrooms and living rooms.

Since bed bugs usually only like to come out at night, you’ll be giving them fewer hiding spots to hang around. Inspecting your entire bed, pulling it apart to its base components, and shining a flashlight in the hard to see places will give you an idea. Another great thing you can do is to lay down a preventative layer of all natural bed bug killer like they have at http://www.defensive-end.com.

The product stays good forever as long as it’s kept dry. It is usually best, cheapest, safest and easiest way to kill bed bugs, discourage their presences, and to try the easiest and most affordable solutions first.

Bed Bug Exterminator Costs

  A bed bug pest removal service could run anywhere from $300 – $500 for the average family. This usually involves an inspection by an exterminator and possible specialized bed bug inspection dog, may include large scale heat treatments in your home, and of course spraying the unit and affected areas.

Since DDT was made illegal almost 50 years by governments around the world for a pesticide, our public officials, weighed down by apathy and over-regulation of even safe, natural (and edible) insecticides, have ultimately failed to let newcomers to the market with more innovative approaches and methods of marketing consistent with the 21st Century. For now, that means the bed bugs are probably gonna bite.

When Airbnb Goes Wrong- Bed Bugs, Rude Hosts and False Reviews

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Has this happened to you?

You make a reservation on Airbnb, plan your trip, contact the host of the property, and show up with positive expectations only to end up sorely disappointed?

From getting bed bugs at an Airbnb to untrustworthy hosts trying to get you to pay extra money once you arrive, to hosts that write false reviews about you as a guest because of their own personal issues- it seems that there really are a lot of scenarios that might motivate you to post your own anecdote over at AirbnbHell.com.

And of course, if you raise a concern over an issue like bed bugs to your Airbnb host, it could result in the host defaming you on the site to lower your reputation score for future bookings.

The New Sharing Economy of Airbnb and Uber Could Mean More Bed Bugs- or Even Coronavirus

While many unsuspecting people see the rise of Airbnb as a good thing, the reality is there has been massive inflation in asset classes due to central bank stimulus in the economy since 2008– with no end in sight either.

Indeed, the “sharing economy” seems to offer short-term cost benefits but exhibit long term problems.

This has caused people to want to hang onto their old apartment, house or condo instead of selling it, to ride up the valuation in price while making money charging rents, and thus driving up the price of rents, hotel rooms, and purchasing a home for first time buyers.

At the same time, most people who save their money are penalized with an interest rate for their savings account that does not keep up with unofficial inflation, and barely with official inflation.

So, people turn to Airbnb, and Uber too.

uber ride share cars harbor high levels of bacteria

Uber, the ride hailing service is also prone to scams, frauds, and customer service disasters, as well as creating a “shared” environment where the car itself becomes a giant safe haven for bed bugs, bacteria, and even viruses like the Coronavirus which is currently expanding across the globe.

Indeed, ride share services like Uber have shown to have substantially larger amounts of bacteria, and 3x the amount of bacteria as a rental car.

At the time of this writing, Airbnb has suspended all listing in Beijing until May in reaction to the Coronavirus.

Let’s Call It What it Is: The Second Hand Economy

One of the easiest ways to get bed bugs is through 2nd hand furniture, buying a couch at a thrift store, or getting a hand-me-down mattress or dresser for your new apartment.

In addition, bed bugs are found in movie theaters, bus, train and airplane seats, schools, hospitals, and of course- hotels.

This explains why it’s so easy and prevalent to find bed bugs at an Airbnb.

Considering that, like a hotel, an Airbnb sees a lot of traffic from a potentially large cross section of the world demographic all but guarantees exposure to exotic bacteria, viruses, insects- and other nightmare experiences- but does not carry the same standards as a 5-Star hotel, it’s no wonder people are giving up using the online service after a bad experience.

Final Word on Airbnb and Bed Bugs

So if you bring home uninvited guests next time after your Airbnb stay and have a bed bug infestation, or even if you’re a host and a guest brought them into your home, the outcome is the same: You’re going to need to get rid of bed bugs sooner or later.

One Airbnb host said they had to get a $1,000 fumigation to kill bed bugs in their home after travelers brought them in. The costs of fumigation were not covered by Airbnb either.

For an affordable solution against bed bugs that’s safe and natural, visit Defensive-end.com and explore the options that’s best for your home. You’re bound to save money and have the best shot at getting rid of the nasty little bedbugs before having to resort to an expensive exterminator.

In addition, the product they offer stays good as long as kept dry, so it can provide some active prevention measures indefinitely into the future for you as well.