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The Dangers of Pesticide Exposure in Hotels
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Bed Bug | Pesticides
The Dangers of Pesticide Exposure in Hotels   Pesticide exposure is typically a concern for farm workers who apply them, but sometimes unsuspecting people are put through life-threatening experiences by coming into contact with the toxic chemicals.   A couple of months ago, an entire Delaware family became violently ill while vacationing in the U.S. Virgil Islands. Steve Esmond, his wife, and their two sons - one 16 years old and one just over 14 years of age - were enjoying their stay at a luxurious villa located in St. John, when Esmond was found unconscious in their hotel room. Two weeks later, his wife and sons started having seizures as well, and the family was airlifted to hospitals in the United States, where the boys and their father remained in critical condition.   An investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the family was poisoned by the highly toxic pesticide methyl bromide, which was used by employees of the pest control company Terminix to fumigate the condo below theirs in order to “deal with an indoor bug.” Methyl bromide, an odorless fumigant and pesticide, can be fatal or cause severe problems in humans, ranging from lung injury and respiratory damage to neurological problems. 
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Help! I Found Bed Bugs in My Rental Car
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Bed Bug
Help! I Found Bed Bugs in My Rental Car   Saving up money for months, taking time off of work in advance, or buying a new suitcase are no longer the biggest stresses of people planning a summer vacation this year. The possibility of bringing home the nasty miniature vampires we call bed bugs is a far bigger worry among travelers lately, as news about the persistence and ever-growing resilience of the hard-to-eradicate pests continue to make the headlines.   But while it’s well-known by now that hotels and motels are some of the little critters’ favorite hangouts, and most people are equipped to limit critter trouble during their stay, rarely do they think about the presence of bed bugs in the cars they rent. Just last week, a Long Island man set his rental car ablaze while attempting to eradicate bed bugs inside the vehicle.   Newsday reports that the 44-year-old man doused the entire car with rubbing alcohol, then climbed inside and lit a cigarette.
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There Is Life Outside Your Mattress: Bedbugs in Public Transportation
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Bed Bug
  There Is Life Outside Your Mattress - Bedbugs in Public Transportation   You’ve probably heard all about bed bugs in hotel rooms, and perhaps you stumbled upon a few of the bloodthirsty critters in your own home, as well. But did you know they can be hiding inside books in the public library, in clothing in retail stores, and along the seams of your seat in trains and planes?   Using public transportation is good for the environment, but riding on planes, subways, trains, buses, taxis, and even cruise ships may expose you to problems from bed bugs as their riders may bring them inside in luggage, clothing, and personal possessions. The risk increases when using public transport in areas with a high incidence rate of residential bed bug infestations. Being small and agile, bed bugs thrive in small places. Inside the house, they lodge inside cracks, crevices, and along the seams of the mattress, identifying their host by carbon dioxide, warmth, and by certain chemical substances.
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Incredibly Bad Ideas to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Bed Bug
  Toronto Bed Bugs     They are considered some of the most dreaded and persistent household pests, and they have recently reemerged in huge proportions around the world. Because they have developed resistance to most pesticides, bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and owners of infested homes are resorting to some downright crazy solutions to drive them out. Here are some of the most incredibly bad ideas to get rid of bed bugs - which are not only are completely useless in dealing with the nasty critters, but they can also put your life and property in danger.  

Using Bug Bombs

    Bug bombs (insect foggers) are another popular method homeowners resort to when dealing with bed bugs, but scientists have recently proven what we pest control professionals have known for a long time: they are completely useless against bed bugs and might even make matters worse by spreading them deeper inside the walls of the house.
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Moving In a New Home? How to Make Sure It’s Bedbug-Free
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Bed Bug
Moving In a New Home - How to Make Sure It's Bedbug-Free   So you got yourself a great two-bedroom apartment in a nice neighborhood, with ample storage space, a large patio, and really close to your work. You start moving and unpacking your belongings over the weekend when suddenly you notice some shed skins along the carpet edges and some dark spots in the seams of the curtain and behind the headboard of the bed. It all culminates with the appearance of a flat, oval, reddish-brown bug running along the living room floor, desperate to find a place to hide and wait for night’s cover.   And then it hits you: you just moved into a place infested with bed bugs. While the tiny critters don’t carry any diseases and are not a serious threat to your health, they do feed off of your blood and can decorate your arms and shoulders with extremely itchy bumps. For others who may not react to bed bug bites at all, the psychological impact is still powerful: from anxiety and sleep disorders to PTSD and even depression, the emotional toll of the blood suckers can certainly disrupt homeowners’ lives.
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