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Traveling Soon? Look out for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs — those nasty little creatures that make nightmares out of traveling — are on the rise in developed countries. As reported by Fox News, while the creepy critters aren’t a known human health risk, they can produce some pretty itchy bites that could get infected when you scratch them. Not only that, scientific evidence suggests these bugs are developing resistance to known pesticides.

Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on your blood while you sleep. Although they were considered largely eradicated in the U.S., they are now spreading rapidly across North America, with Chicago ranking as the top bed bug city.   

No one wants to let bed bugs linger in their home or place of business, but you must use caution before accepting any of the standard pesticide-based treatments, especially since the bugs may be developing resistance to them. In fact, the National Pesticide Information Center has reported a "dramatic increase" in the number of bed bug-related calls due to pesticide exposures

Most often, the illnesses were related to excessive insecticide application, failure to wash or change pesticide-treated bedding, and inadequate notification of pesticide application. Because pesticide exposure has been linked to infertility, birth defects, endocrine disruption, neurological disorders, cancer and more, it’s important NOT to use pesticides, if you find you have an infestation in your home.

If your home is infested with bed bugs, there is another option: thermal remediation. The process essentially turns your home into an oven for a number of hours, during which the extreme heat (upwards of 130 degrees Fahrenheit) kills the bugs.
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