The Chilling Scenario: Boomsheeka Jones went to bed looking forward to her workout the next morning. But when she woke up at the cackle of dawn, her skin was itchy and red. After a quick inspection, she discovered she had been attacked by bed bugs. Boomsheeka stressed out and missed her workout. Then she stressed out some more and called YOU (yes, you) for a shoulder to cry on. Next thing you know, the both of you are stressed out and eating Sasquatch burgers with a side of triple-fried armadillo skins from the fast food joint down the street. And just like that….BOOM! You both just gained 15 pounds.
Ya see that. This “how to kill bed bugs” situation is totally fitness related.
A few years back, after learning that bed bug attacks were on the rise, I started to pay close attention to the reports. You already know the classic scenario: bedbugs at hotels. But bedbugs are also showing up in movie theaters, office buildings and retail stores, as well as college dorms. Holy crap!
But it doesn’t stop there. Pest control companies have recently reported an increase in bed bugs infestations at hospitals, too. When I first hired our pest control guy to slay the nuisance spiders and occasional ants creeping in dark corners, I drilled him on the bed bug situation that I’d been hearing about.
The pest control guy gave me 3 important tips that we can learn from:
- Bedbugs are very hard to kill. Professional heat treatment is one of the few ways to slay them dead. Pest companies use special heaters to heat your home above 122 degrees and circulate the air though your house.This is a process that takes hours to complete and is extremely costly. A cheap DIY alternative is to use steam heating in every crack & crevice of your home. Although DIY is not guaranteed, I saw a family on TV that resorted to DIY steam heating with good results.
- When at a hotel, inspect the room, including under the mattress, and keep your suitcase in a plastic bag. When you get back home, keep the suitcase out of the house until you vacuum it The clothes in your case (both clean and dirty) should be washed and dried immediately, or dry cleaned.
- He also told me his company had just finished a contract for killing bed bugs at a local gym. YIKES!!! His advice was to never put your gym bag in a gym locker. According to him, bed bugs like to hang out in lockers and hitch a ride back to your house.
And then there’s DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. You need to know about this.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE), also called silica, is derived from the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. It is a fine powder that resembles talc. Food grade DE is non-toxic to humans and animals, but deadly to bed bugs, ants, cockroaches, beetles, fleas, ticks, lice, etc. Under a microscope DE has the appearance of shards of glass. It’s these microscopic shards that pierce and deteriorate the exoskeleton of the bug, while cutting its innards and causing it to dehydrate. Bugs have no defense against DE. Those critters can NOT develop a resistance.
Food grade Diatomaceous Earth can also be ingested by humans and animals. Just be careful not to inhale it, as it may cause respiratory irritation. Farmers mix DE with stored grains to prevent bugs from eating their supplies. And since DE also kills parasites and worms, farmers feed it to their livestock.
I read a report of a man who used Diatomaceous Earth after suspecting he had parasites. And indeed he did. A worm bored OUT of the man’s hand in response to his ingestion of DE. Food grade Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement is also good for tapeworms and pinworms, and can be used as a detox to remove heavy metals from the body. Now don’t you feel better?
- Nature’s Wisdom Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: This is the brand that I purchased to combat beetles. It’s recommended and super affordable (no wonder pest control people don’t tell us about it!). Read the consumer reviews and you will be blown way by the many uses and positive results.
- Interesting bed bug pictures: Don’t be scared of it. Just take a looksie. Yes, you’ll be freaked out, but you really should know how to identify a bed bug. Shouldn’t you?
- Bed Bug Registry: A user-submitted database of bed bug incidents in North America (US and Canada) hotels. Find out if the hotel you plan to visit has reports/complaints of bed bugs.
The Happy Ending: You read this post and told Boomsheeka the good news about Diatomaceous Earth. She is now bed bug free, thanks to you. And since you and both made a pact to swear off large quantities of Sasquatch burgers and armadillo skins, you have each lost 15 pounds and morphed into specimens of pure sexy. Congratulations.