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Archive for December, 2011

Funding For Elderly In Minnesota To Fight Bed Bugs

A change in guidelines from the Department of Human Services will help disabled, elderly residents in Minnesota with the high costs of dealing with bed bugs.The Department of Human Services in Minnesota made the decision to allow funding to be used for bed bug removal for low-income, high-risk elderly individuals.  The cost of extermination and disposal of household furniture will now be included in expenses covered in waiver programs.

In order to help combat a growing bed bug problem, the department decided recently to allow the costs of exterminating bed bugs and properly disposing of household furniture to be included in expenses covered in waiver programs for low-income, high-risk elderly individuals who receive state services. (more…)

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MRSA and Bed Bugs | Bed Bug Removal Guarantee

MRSA is a dangerous bacteria usually acquired from hospital visits. It often happens when a person has a cut or bite, such as those you might find from bed bugs. It’s not the bite itself that causes the problem, it’s scratching the bite and causing an infection that brings you to the hospital and eventually in contact with the MRSA Virus (although not really a virus, it’s a strain of bacteria Staphylococcus aureus).

When you catch MRSA and have not been in a hospital, such as a bed bug infested apartment complex, it’s called Community Associated MRSA or CA-MRSA for short. (more…)

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Is The Cure For Bed Bugs Worse Than The Pests?

Bloodsucking bed bugs have made a comeback in recent years. But as victims of infestation have become increasingly desperate to rid their homes of the bedeviling pests, many have only done themselves more harm.

Bed bugs do not transmit disease or cause illness — but the insecticides used to kill them do. A total of 111 illnesses associated with bed bug-related insecticides were reported in seven states between 2003 and 2010 (mostly in the last three years), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Most cases of poisoning were not severe, but the data included one death. (more…)

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Information For Travelers | Holiday Travel and Bed Bugs

When staying in a hotel it is a good idea to inspect your room for bed bugs as soon as you arrive. You do not want to unpack or settle in until you have checked to see if there are bed bugs in your room.

Bring a small flashlight with you when going to stay at a hotel; this will make it easier to inspect your room. As soon as you arrive, keep your suitcase on the floor away from the bed or place it in the bathroom. These areas are less likely to have bed bugs. Never put your suitcase, clothes or personal items on the bed as this is the most common way to get bed bugs in your possessions and transfer them to your home. (more…)

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Tips For Travelers Worried About Getting Bed Bugs

Worried about bedbugs on your next hotel stay? The mere mention of the critters probably makes you itchy. Bed bugs are skilled travelers. They can hitch a ride into your home on used furniture (upholstered AND wooden pieces; they love small spaces, and can both hide and lay eggs in the tiniest crack). They can infest your luggage via hotel rooms and taxi trunks (a favorite hiding place). They can hop between garments in a coat check. Bottom line: Don’t think they can’t get to you. Know what they look like and how to  get rid of them.
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Avoid Bed Bug Infestations This Holiday Season

With the arrival of the holiday season, people all across the country are eagerly anticipating festive decorations, giving and receiving gifts and gathering with family and friends around a roaring fire.

What people don’t usually expect is to encounter pests as they prepare for holiday festivities. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests consumers take precautions against pests that can make their way into homes via holiday decorations, Christmas trees and even firewood. (more…)

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Avoid Bed Bug Infestations

Preventing Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bugs are very successful hitchhikers, moving from an infested site to furniture, bedding, baggage, boxes, and clothing. Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving over a year without feeding.

Bed bugs are easy to transport in luggage and very hard to get rid of.  For this reason, they have become an especial nuisance for hotels, dorms, hospitals, movie theaters, libraries, and other public spaces.  You can’t tell whether a building or hotel room has them based on cleanliness – the bugs can thrive anywhere there are cracks and crevices to hide in. (more…)

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