Check Out the Oddest Places You’ll Find Bed Bugs

When you think bed bugs, the first thing you think is “Ewwwwww”.  You probably think they are found in beds; that those beds are in hotels; and you would never stay in one of those hotels.  People find these disgusting bugs all over. Here are some of the weirdest places they’ve been found.

In the Bedroom

They are called bed bugs because they like beds.  They also like other spots in the bedroom.

bed bugs found in alarm clocksAlarm Clocks. Bed bugs have been found inside alarm clocks sitting on nightstands next to the bed.  It’s dark; it’s warm; it’s close to the bed and the food source.  It’s heaven and there are have quite a few reports of people finding bed bugs in alarm clocks.

Picture Frames.  These guys crawl away to hide during the day. If they can’t find a spot on the floor they just head up the wall.  The first good hiding spot they may find is a picture frame. People find bed bugs hiding behind pictures and in picture frames.

In the Laundry

They don’t wear clothes, but they love laundry.  It’s a great place to hide.

Laundry Baskets.  Lots of folks find them in their laundry baskets.  It can be full or empty.  These laundry baskets are usually kept in the bedroom. The little buggers crawl in to hide.  Keep the laundry basket out of the bedroom.

Public Laundry.  Laundry baskets end up at the Laundromat and bed bed bugs are found in coin operated laundromatsbugs come along for the ride.  My son’s wife took the oversized comforter to wash at a coin laundry.  She brought it home damp but before it went in the home dryer she checked it out. She found bedbugs.  That freshly laundered comforter immediately went outside into the trash.  The entire basement was treated.   If you wash at a laundromat; check everything carefully before heading home.

Other Odd Places for Bed Bugs

Bedbugs have been found in curtain hems.  Exterminators say this is pretty common in the bedroom. Drapes are close to the ground and make an awesome hiding place.  Who looks in curtain hems?

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Pity the management at  AMC Empire 25 in Times Square.  That theater has been hit twice with bed bugs.  If you are watching a creepy movie and feel your skin crawl, it might be the movie theater.  Ewwww

Best Defense

The best defense is to stop them before they get started.

Found a bed bug in a weird place? Comment below!

Afraid of Dust Mites? We’ve Got You Covered

bed bug and dust mite pictureIn a earlier post we looked at bed bugs (the real vampires) and discovered that I wasn’t the only person that is afraid of dust mites. Continuing our creepy crawly theme, this post is going to look at dust mites, dust mite allergy, and dust mite allergy control.

Dust Mites are the Unseen Enemy

If you are afraid of bed bugs, then you can face a fear you can actually see. Bed bugs are visible. Dust mites are so incredibly small that you can’t see them without a microscope. But photos of the buggers are enough to give anyone the heebie jeebies.

There isn’t a medical term for fear of dust mites. Doctors lump fear of dust mite picturedust mites into amathophobia, which is a fear of dust.

Some people get so creeped out by the thought of millions of these microscopic creatures crawling in the bed and pillow they actually imagine the feeling of insects crawling on their body. Just the thought makes my skin crawl. But I know that you can’t see dust mites and you can’t feel them. That’s only slightly reassuring.

Dust Mites Aren’t Vampires

At least dust mites don’t suck your blood like bed bugs. Of course that is little comfort when you can’t sleep because of sneezing, wheezing, coughing, or a stuffy or runny nose.

Dust mites and their feces (now how gross is that) contain proteins that cause an allergic reaction in people that are sensitive. That dust that you may fear is loaded with tiny particles of dead dust mites and their poop. When you breathe these particles in, your immune system gets grossed out right along with you. Not really.

What really happens is that your immune system doesn’t identify the proteins found in those dust mite particles properly. It sees them as germs and initiates full-scale germ warfare. That is why the symptoms of allergies and colds are similar. Your body thinks it is sick, but it is not. It is just having an attack of dust mite allergy.

Never Fear – Dust Mite Allergy Control is Near

You can try hypnotism, meditation, and therapy to get over your fear of dust. Controlling dust mite allergy is much easier. It’s all about controlling your environment. You may find that when your environment is under control and your allergy symptoms are manageable your fear of dust mites just naturally goes away. Here’s what you can do to get started:

zippered covers for dust mitesDust Mite Covers. The number one thing you can do to control dust mite allergies is cover your mattress, boxspring, and pillows with dust mite covers. Just like bed bug covers; dust mite proof covers are zippered and made of special fabrics. These cover all sides, zip up, and but an effective barrier between you and those nasty dust mites in your bed.

Vacuum. It’s best to have hard surface floors. Carpets and rugs collect more than dirt; they collect dust mites as well. Frequently vacuum with a sealed HEPA vacuum and damp mop hard surface floors.

Wash Frequently. Even though you zip everything up in dust mite covers, allergens will collect on your sheets, pillow cases, and blankets. An effective part of your dust mite allergy control program is stripping sheets, pillow cases, and blankets off the bed every 7 days and washing in 140°F water. If you can’t get your water this hot at home (and most people can’t) just add some De-Mite Laundry Additive to your detergent and wash in cold water. Those creepy dust mites will be washed away.

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courtesy Stuart Miles@freedigital photos

Let the Sun Shine. I know your mother told you to make your bed as soon as you arise, but leaving the bed unmade for a few hours may actually help your allergies. By exposing sheets and blankets to air and sunshine, moisture will evaporate. Dust mites don’t like dry environments and leaving your bed sheets exposed will help keep things dry. Just remember to make the bed before your Mom comes over.

Are you afraid of dust mites, bed bugs, or other insects (like spiders?). Leave a comment, we’d love to know what creeps you out.

Til next time!

Cheryl

How Do Bed Bug Covers Work? Do They Work?

How do bed bug covers work and do bed bug covers really protect you from bed bugs?  I just wrote a quick article about these questions. You can read it at How Do Bed Bug Covers Work and Will They Keep Them Out Of My Home?

keep the bed bugs out of your bed with bed bug coversSeem like we are getting this question a lot more now days. I had one customer that wanted me to promise her that if she covered her bed that it would keep the rest of her apartment safe. Had to tell her “Sorry can’t do”.  Even if you have your mattress, box spring and pillows covered it will not stop them from moving in. They won’t be in your mattress but they will still be other places.  The will hide in behind baseboards, in the slots where the bed rails attach to the headboard and footboard.  But we will promise you that you won’t get bed bugs in your mattress.  The rest of the apartment is up to you.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause

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