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Don't let the bedbugs bite: County Sanitarian issues a warning

Monday, January 28, 2013

In recent years we have had a resurgence of the bugs we all dislike; cockroaches, and bed bugs. They are here and we need to learn on how to cope with them.

First I need to tell you, these creatures do not know social class. It does not matter where you live, what you do for a living or how much money you have in the bank, you can get these guys at your house and in your bed.

There are things you can do to help protect yourself and your home from them and things you need to do to help other from getting them from you.

Roaches are nocturnal feeders, so they come out at night. They will eat anything and everything; food, grease, glue and even hair. They like contact or having stuff around them; so tight fitting areas and as thin as a dime. They can live for months with no food and up to a week with no water.

Bed bugs also are nocturnal feeders, coming out when they sense a body at rest. These guys however only want your blood. They too like tight fitting places to rest between snacks. They can go up to eighteen months between lunches, so a couple of weeks with no bites does not mean they are gone.

Now that you know a little about them, here are a few things you can do to help protect from getting them in your home, getting rid of them, helping others from getting them.

Declutter and clean the house, don't give the little creatures good places to live.

Fix any water leaks, especially with roaches remember only a week without water.

Be very cautious when getting used furniture, décor and clothing. Remember they like tight areas, check cracks, crevasses, hem lines, corrugated boxes and like areas.

When returning from vacation, put all laundry immediately through the washer, brush your luggage with a hard bristled brush, and store it in an air tight bag.

Be mindful of others also, if you have issues at your place don't share them with those around you.

If your coat was on the floor, give it some good shakes before going out with it, they could hitch a ride. Wipe your feet outside; you could be caring an extra visitor with you. If you set items out you no longer want (because you are decluttering); break the item, or warn people, "this mattress may contain bed bugs.



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