Bed Bugs Should Be Abolished from Earth
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August 7th, 2009 – by: Connie
The first time I was subletting a place in Toronto. Apparently, there's an epidemic in T.O. Apparently there's an epidemic in Australia too. Lucky me.
At least this time around it seems to be a new infestation and nothing major. There was evidence of only one nest in the box spring and it was small. Listen to me, I sound like an expert now. There are other things I'd prefer to be an expert in, but life tossed this my way so here I am.
It started several weeks ago when I would wake up with a couple of bite marks on my arms. I thought it was some flying insect that got caught in the bedroom. Really, I should have recognized this as bed bug denial.
However, last night I had trouble sleeping. My arm was itching like crazy and it was keeping me awake. I got out of bed and put some anit-itch stuff on the bites and crawled back into bed. That's when it happened. I felt a tiny, faint, but positive crawling down my arm. I plucked it into my fingers and turned on a light. I had caught me a fully grown adult bed bug. When I squished it it oozed out my own red blood.
EF-JOB! We had BED BUGS!
There are three ways we could have gotten them:
1) We picked them up while staying at one of the many backpackers we've visited in the past 6 months around Oz and NZ
2) They migrated from another apartment unit
3) They were already living in the carpet/walls before we moved in
Most likely the first situ since Oz backpackers are known to have problems with the buggers.
I decided to write this blog to help my fellow travelers avoid picking up bed bugs. Here are some tips I've learned about on the internet:
- When staying at backpackers, avoid putting your backpack/luggage on the bed. Bed bugs and their eggs can travel in your bags.
- Ditto with your clothing
- Inspect the sheets of a bed before sleeping at a backpacker. If you see little brown dots, these are the remanences of bed bug deaths do to accidental squishing by the host (aka: human snack)
Signs you may have bed bugs:
- You catch a bed bug crawling up your arm.
- Bite marks on your arms, hands, and anywhere else your skin is exposed while you sleep.
- Little brown blood marks on your sheets and pillows from accidentally squishing the buggers while you sleep.
- If you can smell a sickly/sweet scent coming from your bed, then you have a SERIOUS problem.
What to do if you have bed bugs:
- Wash all your sheets and clothes in hot water. All of them. 45C kills bugs AND eggs.
- THOROUGHLY inspect your mattress. Bed bugs are very flat and like to hide under the seams.
- Vacuum GALORE. Vacuum your entire mattress, box spring, bed frame, floors, and in cracks along the walls. Bed bugs prefer to live near their host in fabric, carpet and/or wood.
- Toss your vacuum bag in the garbage outside. Don't open your vacuum inside the house. Clean it right away.
- Try steam cleaning your mattress. 45C kills bugs and eggs.
- Buy waterproof mattress coverings to completely cover your mattress 100%. If there are any bugs still inside your mattress they will get stuck inside and can't feed on you. Leave the cover on for at least a year cuz that's how long they can survive without a feed.
- All of the above is hard work and will be for nothing should you miss one egg, so if you have the funds, CALL AN EXTERMINATOR.
Happy travels my friends
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