5 Ways to Avoid Bed Bugs

You can run, but they will hide is the latest bed bug article over at The Allergy Store.  It has some great tips on avoiding bed bugs. Here’s a few.

The Greatest Risk

Turns out that bed bugs in movie theaters and department stores may get screaming headlines but that is because those aren’t common places to find bed bugs.

You are at the greatest risk of picking up bed bugs when you travel.

Bed Bugs and Travel

Tip #1 Opicture of bed bugsf course you think of bed bugs in the bed of a hotel room, but turns out they can hide other places in the room as well.  You should check the bed before you even bring your bags into the room and only after the bed is deemed “clear”.

Tip #2  Keep your suitcases out of the trunk of a rental car.  Turns out that bedbugs can be picked up on luggage in airplanes and hotel rooms and then hop off in the trunk of the car.  They just wait for the next bag to come along and grab another ride.

Tip #3  Buy hardside luggage if you travel by air often.  This style of suitcase is less likely to pick up bed bugs in the belly of the plane or during luggage transfer.

At Home Protection

cover for bed bugsTip #4  When you come home, never bring the suitcases inside until they have been unpacked and inspected.  Luggage should be stored in the garage, carport, or balcony until it can be inspected thoroughly.  Only after you go through the clothing carefully should you bring it in to wash.

Tip #5 To protect the bed just in case one of the little buggers slips your defenses, use an extra layer of protection with a bed bug cover for your mattress.  Zippered bed bug covers are not expensive and won’t change the feel of your bed.  They will keep bugs from getting into your mattress.  You can see if bed bugs are trying to crawl on your furniture by deploying Bed Bug Defenders under the legs.  This is a cheap way to trap bed bugs before they can cause a problem.

Keep My Boyfriend or My Cat?

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Love your pet and Not the allergies.

So your boyfriend comes to pick you up at your apartment for the first time, stands in the living room and starts to sneeze his head off. Turns out he is allergic to cats. What do you do?

  1. Look for a new boyfriend
  2. Get rid of Ginger your cat
  3. Find a way to keep both

In our experience, we’ve found the vast majority of pet owners who are allergic to their pets, or have friends or family that are, find ways to manage it. That way they don’t have to give up their beloved cat or dog.

Why are you allergic to your pets? It’s actually related to a protein under the dog’s skin. Cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, hamsters and other furred animals have a protein in their saliva and urine that is a common allergen. While the allergic reaction is the same, the protein is different for each different animal. But these individual proteins are very similar. Many people that are allergic to cats are also allergic to dogs, rabbits and horses.

How do you deal with the allergens? If you have allergies, is an aquarium full of fish your only option for animal companionship? Fish can’t snuggle up with you on the couch.

For many years allergists and other physicians routinely  recommended that people with allergies of any sort not have any pets in the home. Often, that is just not practical. Our pets have become family members and I don’t’ know about you but it is very hard to kick a member out of the family!

So what do you do? Actually there are some fairly simple things you can try without spending a ton of money. Please take a minute to read “Love Your Pet, Not Your Pet Allergies” in our resource center.

As pet owners and allergy sufferers we believe the benefits of pet ownership simply outweigh the drawbacks of allergies for most people who share their lives with a dog, cat or other four-legged or feathered family member.

Wishing you the best of health

The Allergy Store

Ragweed Allergy Season is Here

The calendar says fall is still a few days away, but fall seasonal allergies have already started. The cool and wet summer experienced by much of the country means a strong ragweed allergy season is on tap.

Fall Seasonal Allergens

fight ragweed allergy with masks and nasal irrigation Ragweeds, goldenrods, and molds are the most common fall seasonal allergy culprits.  Fortunately, the ragweeds and goldenrods will be gone with the first few frosts. Mold can linger all winter.

Just one ragweed plant can produce one billion pollen particles and they are so small and light that the wind can carry them many miles. Goldenrods get a bad rap in the fall because they bloom at the same time as the ragweeds and the plants look similar. However, goldenrod pollen isn’t as likely to become airborne because it depends on insects for dispersal. The goldenrod pollen grains are much larger and are sticky, so they don’t get blown about the neighborhood. You can blame the goldenrods, but the ragweeds are the real problem.

Ragweeds and goldenrods can be found on the roadsides, the edges of pathways, and the perimeter of fields and forests. They will be in areas that aren’t frequently mowed. To reduce pollen exposure, drive with your windows up and avoid the areas where the ragweeds are growing.

Fight Back this Ragweed Allergy Season

If you have fall seasonal allergies, you may want to consider moving your exercise activities indoors. If the idea of running on a treadmill doesn’t excite you, then continue your jogging routine while wearing a U2SportMask or Vogmask to protect against pesky pollen particles. These masks are also great for:

  •  Walking;
  • Biking;
  • ATV trail riding; and
  • Gardening and raking leaves
Nasal Irrigation for Ragweed Allergy Control

Nasal and sinus irrigation is making a comeback as a means of natural allergy control.  As people are more interested in finding ways to control their allergies without medication, the market has responded with advanced technologies for more comfortable nasal and sinus irrigation.   Read how to get Relief from Seasonal Allergy Using Nasal Irrigation to discover more about this technique.

While the bad news is that the fall ragweed allergy season is off to an early and strong start, it won’t be long lived. Most temperate areas are expecting early frosts which will kill the ragweeds and put an end to the ragweed allergy season.