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Crawling Insects Bringing Diseases into the Home

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ToxicI'm going to write a very controversial post, whose purpose is not to scare or alarm anyone—although I know it probably will. I am only covering this topic because of a question someone asked of me that I didn't know the answer to. When I looked the information up and was actually shocked by it. Bed bugs can carry human diseases and transmit them to you. Now, before you get upset, there haven't been any cases where bed bugs transmitted the AIDS virus or hepatitis. Both of those diseases cannot live long outside of a host and most diseases will die within hours inside of a bed bug. So...exhale. It's okay. You can still go on vacation this summer. Just bring along some natural pest control and sprinkle it beneath the bed sheets and around the edges when you get to your room.

I've already discussed bed bugs in earlier posts, but if you haven't read about them bed bugs are an orangey-brownish color and have no wings to speak of. They are only about ¼ inch long and are flat like a new tick, and like a tick they drink blood and have a proboscis that they stick into you to get their nourishment. Bed bugs go through a gradual metamorphosis that is dependent upon how much blood they take in at each stage of their life-cycle. If you get them early with organic pesticides like Scraminator you won't have to worry about them making it to adulthood.

They are most commonly found where their host is, so hotels are prime areas for bed bugs. Large urban areas like New York City or Los Angeles will always attract bedbugs because that's where the people are. Hungry people go to buffets, hungry bugs go to big cities. This is why we always recommend that people bring a natural pesticide like Scraminator and an extra blanket with them when they travel. The bugs will dig into the mattress and wait, so I recommend pulling back the bedsheets, sprinkling your Scraminator, putting the bedsheet back on and then putting another blanket overtop of that. By the time the nasty little creatures make it past that second line of defense—well, they won't make it past it. They'll be dead before they get to you. That's the beauty of natural pesticides.


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