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BED BUGS

If those things hitch hike in your luggage and you get them in your home, you'll have to spend thousands and a lot of inconvenience to get rid of them. I heard some dumb reporter on TV say that, if you find that your room has bed bugs, you should ask for a different room. Well, duuh. And then if that room has bed bugs, what do you do? Ask for a different hotel? a different town? Call your travel agent, "can you get me a different country? This Cheap Jerseys one has bed bugs !"

I forgot to mention that I told an entomologist, "you're probably going to tell me that I'm wrong but cats spread bed bugs". He said, "oh, I know they do;feral catsraid birds nests and get them that way and pet cats pick them up from an infested home." The reason why I think cats spread bed bugs is because, one day a cat came into my garage and, when I tossed him out a bug fell out onto the driveway. I stepped on it after looking closely at it, went on the Internet and got a couple ofpictures of bed bugs and I'm pretty sure that's what it was. I got rid of the Robin's nest (unoccupied at the time) in my patio.

Edited by Powderdog 9/21/10 at 6:18pm

We had a great au pair from Sweden five years ago who brought along some unwelcome guests with her, likely picked up from a dormbed in NYC where she trained for a week. It cost us a few grand to get rid of the bugs that fortunately were discovered veryearly and never left her room, located on the far side ofour house. The Internet remedies are worthless. wholesale nhl jerseys You have to call specialists in these critters immediately, and use their special poisons now that DDT is banned in the USA. The only way you get rid of them is by poison, freezing or high heat. Before the bug peoplecome, bag everything in the infected area. in a bag for at least 13 months since these blood sucking bugs (that is all they eat) can live that long. We had a new home at the time, so there were no cracks on the walls for the bugs to get into. Older homes and hotel rooms are a bigger problem because these flat bugs can fit into the thinnest of cracks.

These bugs can easily jump into a suitcase from any hotel roomand then they are in your home. So what do your do? First, ask the desk clerk if there have been any bugs in the hotel, and in what rooms. I once walked out of an upscaleNYC hotel when the clerk started to "forget" where they once sprayed. Next, leave all your luggage by the door until you inspect the room. The bugstypically live within5 or 10 feet of their carbon dioxideexhaling prey, so look under the mattress, under the mattress pad, etc. for evidence. Then it is safer to unpack.

If you really want to get scared, check out all the YOUTUBE videos. I'll bet you are going tolook under the mattress pad of your next hotel bed! I know I do.

Edited by quant2325 9/20/10 at 3:01pm

Getting rid of bedbugs is really simple. DAMN, There goes the neighborhood!

It isn't a matter pf preventing them. Unless you live in the Attic circle you will get them eventually. Even buying a brand new pair of shoes from a respected retailer can bring them in.

Bedbugs invade Nike's NYC flagship store

Until someone invents a way to prevent them and deter them we are screwed!

I worry chronically that Old Boot's luggage will bring some home. His work pays for a high standard hotel, but these days this just doesn't seem to matter. When i travel with him I do all the checks and as an extra precaution I ask him to leave his luggage in his van for a day or two in our South Carolina heat (great for much of the year). They sell packs that will heat your luggage to 120 core temp (you insert a thermometer into the core of your clothes), that i have considered purchasing for his luggage when he comes home to sit in the garage. These are not cheap but several hundred cheaper then getting the bugs at home. I have shown him what to look for; pull the head board off the wall is the number one peice of advice, and the bed sidedresser drawers and look under them forthe black dots that are actually bed bug feces, bed bugs, behind wall photos, the mattress box spring, and in wall outlets (a little trail of black dots to the wall outlet) are all spots to look. I do these checks when I travel with him. You will note if you check there that many of the Utah and Midvale hotels have reports there. So use caution.

I have considered submitting a design for apatent for bedbug proof luggage. Taped seams like ski wear i think would work! Barring someone picking this idea up and making it, keep your luggage closed and away from the bed even if you find none. Put it on the supplied luggage racks found in the closet away from the bed, and if you are worried, purchase Xtra large ziplocks and pack your clothes and personal itemsin them. Keep them sealed while traveling when in a hotel room and they can not enter them. If you pack your clothes inside these inside luggage you can steam your acutual luggage before bringing it into the house. I don't go to that extreme if I checked and saw no signs or reason to worry,I do a thorough check.

Old Boot thinks I'm paranoid, that's because I am, but I'm the one that would do all the work to clean them up, he'd be off travelling again!

One of the few growth businesses I canthink of in this economy is bedbug specialists, and those who breed bedbug smelling dogs. My semi retirement days are ending, so maybe I'll shell out $10,000 and buy a bedbug smelling Fido, pay some lowlife to infectevery casino and hotel around the better skis areas, andbuy a few business cards. I could ski all day cheap nike jerseys and kill some bugs at night. Cool. My marketing effort willconsist ofthis YOUTUBE gem:

They lay eggs that will hatch long after any powder wears off. I'm not a pesticide guy or chemical engineer like you, and can't comment about Sevin powder, although a quick Internet check finds it approved for outdoor use only (we have little kids in our house). I do know spraying once is not effective. Our pesticide guy was very surprised we got rid of them in three applications (his firmhas contracts withthe big SF hotels), but we paniced and did everything right. Our local Terminex guy didn't even want to touch them, and Terminex advertising suggests they kill bed bugs. BTW, the best short reference I've seen on pesticides isthis Wiki:

With the widespread use of DDT in the 1940s and 1950s, bedbugs mostly disappeared from the developed world in the mid 20th century,[29] though infestations remained common in many other parts of the world.[17] Rebounding populations present a challenge because of developed resistance to various pesticides including DDT, and organophosphates. [30][31] Bed bug populations in Arkansas have been found to be highly resistant to DDT, with an LD50 of more than 100,000 PPM [32] DDT was seen to make bedbugs cheap nhl jerseys from china more active in studies done in Africa.[33]Tests show that the carbamate insecticide propoxur is highly toxic to bedbugs, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been reluctant to approve such an indoor use because of its potential toxicity to children after chronic exposure.[34]

Bedbug pesticide resistance appears to be increasing dramatically. showed a tolerance for pyrethroids several thousands of times greater than laboratory bedbugs.[35] New York City bed bugs have been found to be 264 times more resistant to deltamethrin than Florida bedbugs due to nerve cell mutations.[36] Another problem with current insecticide use is that the broad spectrum insecticide sprays for cockroaches and ants that are no longer used had a collateral impact on bedbug infestations. Recently, a switch has been made to bait insecticides that have proven effective against cockroaches but have allowed bedbugs to escape the indirect treatment.[37]

A population genetics study of bed bugs in the United States, Canada, and Australia using a mitochondrial DNA marker found high levels of genetic variation. [38] This suggests that the studied bed bug populations did not undergo a genetic bottleneck as one would expect from insecticide control during the 1940s and 1950s, but instead, that populations may have been maintained on other hosts such as birds and bats. In contrast to the high amount of genetic variation observed with the mitochondrial DNA marker, no genetic variation in a nuclear rRNA marker was observed. This suggests increased gene flow of previously isolated bed bug populations, and given the absence of barriers to gene flow, the spread of insecticide resistance may be rapid.

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Edited by quant2325 9/20/10 at 3:09pm

You really need to be thorough in your inspection. I was in NYC for work and got upgraded to the top floor suite. I put my luggage in the bathroom and inspected the room. I found one between the sheet and comforter. Took a video of if with my Blackberry. I called the front desk four times before they sent someone up. I had them move me to the other side of the hotel. Needless to say I didn't sleep much that night. I checked the hotel reviews a few months after my visit and found a review from a guy who said he was bit by bedbugs in a suite on the same floor. I am sure it was the same room based on the way management did nothing when I called. I am pretty sure I got bit at a condo at a resort in Michigan this past winter, three bites in a row which is the telltale sign. Luckily we never brought anything home. Just writing this makes me itch.

LOL, actually the newest effective treatement is taking in heaters and blowers, sealing off the house and blowing the heat into everywhere. It actually take 120 degress to kill them, but they heat to 140 to be sure to get all hiding areas to 120. Home owners must remove candles and other low heat senstive products that may be melted or dammage but the heat treatment is highly effective, non toxic, and kills all the eggs also so that one treatement, done properly tends to work. It's very expensive, $2000.00 to treat a one story home. I'm sure that price will come down. Chemical treatments often end up costing as much as they take so many treatments.

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