Plenty of information is being printed and aired about bed bugs and the epidemic spreading like wildfire across the country. Articles from newspapers, periodicals, scientific journals and television segments are all chiming in on this national scourge and they pretty much follow the same format using a variety of ways to state the following:
1). Bed bugs exist. This is supported by stats, gruesome details or experiences, quotes from experts, etc.
2). List of supposed actions to deal with them – none of which are solutions. Seriously, vacuuming?
Great. So here we have a huge, grotesque problem and well, good luck with that.
Every so often, you get real information such as an article by University of Massachusetts Amherst dated January 8, 2009 and posted on PhysOrg.com that states bed bugs are resistant to the very pesticides used to kill them. So the facts prove that the extensive arsenal of synthetic, poisonous pesticide products is clearly not doing the job. If they were, this wouldn’t be a ‘pandemic’ as described by Dr. Michael Potter, one of the country’s leading bed bug experts from the University of Kentucky.
A vast majority of information being covered in these articles comes from “industry experts” who are professional pest control operators, exterminators, and pesticide companies. The solution given by them is very consistent, “You must hire a professional to deal effectively with bed bugs.” How convenient. Based on the article above, perhaps this message means you should hire a professional to use synthetic poisons that don’t work so you can then re-hire them to use other synthetic poisons that don’t work.
These same industry experts immediately scoff at or ridicule alternative or natural solutions and present them as ‘Snake Oil’ or the businesses as ‘unscrupulous vultures preying on the woes of others’. Again, how convenient.
So what are legitimate options? First and foremost, personal responsibility is key. Every time you are in situations with large numbers of people, you are at risk of bringing these parasitic creatures home with you. Any form of travel, all transportation, theaters, malls, businesses, sporting events, hospitals, etc. are ripe with bed bugs which begins to sound like everywhere you go. Well, unfortunately, they are everywhere. First step – when you arrive home, carefully inspect your clothing, belongings, purchases, etc. for bed bugs. When someone comes to visit, do the same. Second line of defense – eliminate clutter. The more ‘stuff’ you have, the more likely you are to have bed bugs – period. If your walls are lined with piles of clothes, if you haven’t seen the floor of your closet for a while, or if you have your entire childhood collection of stuffed toys under the bed, now is the time to donate, purge, or do whatever is necessary to get rid of these perfect habitats.
These efforts are about 90% effective in preventing bed bugs but nothing is foolproof. In case the unfortunate happens and you discover them, your job now is to get educated on all the natural, safe, and green pest control options available to you. The internet offers a vast array of information on products, services, actions, etc. that empower you to deal with this rather than the single expensive and often unsuccessful option of ‘hiring a professional’. There are plenty of reputable businesses that can help and you can find them by putting in key words like ‘all natural pest control products, green pest control products, kill bed bugs with green products’, etc. Be careful though – make sure you have guarantee or warranty information in advance and pay special attention to testimonials. It isn’t a bad idea to contact the company for assurance – especially if your infestation is significant or you are planning on spending much money.
Chemical pesticides and bed bugs equates to failure. The paradigm needs to shift away from “use the strongest chemical poisons available” to “solve a pest problem safely and naturally”. Green, all natural pest control products kill and repel bed bugs and not only do they work, you can do it yourself without having to hire a professional.