By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: October 2010
Spokesperson Shelia Disler of Mother Nature’s Pest Control has good advice for eliminating bed bugs from your home.
Yes, bed bugs have reared their ugly little heads in metropolitan Tulsa. The reddish-brown insects are on the rebound and have been classified a public health pest. Where are bed bugs coming from? Why are infestations on the rise? What can we do to keep our homes and families safe? In addition to the removal of DDT and other chemicals over the past 50 years, part of the problem may be credited to increased international travel to developing countries.
Mother Nature’s Pest Control has a solution. The blood sucking little “vampires” can be eliminated from your home, according to Shelia Disler, spokesperson for Mother Nature’s. “The public must be educated and remain vigilant as they gain insight into how to keep infestations from recurring,” says Shelia.
At this time, bed bugs are not known to be transmitters of any diseases, although their bites can cause infections and allergic reactions in some people. They are not a health threat. They do annoy and make us itch even at the thought of them. Bed bugs release an anticoagulant to get blood flowing, plus they excrete a numbing agent, so their bites usually don’t even awaken us.
Mother Nature’s has a treatment effective in eliminating bed bug infestations. The process averages five weekly treatments, with up to eight for severe infestations. Shelia says bed bugs may live up to a year without food. Our body’s heat signature and the carbon dioxide we exhale attract them. Bed bugs are found just about anywhere – on the lip of a mattress, box springs, headboards, in couches or easy chairs, in ceiling corners of a room, in baseboards and air vents, behind hanging art, in fire detector covers – anyplace where they can hide. Bed bugs have been found in movie theaters, moving vans, hotels and motels.
Some good tips from Shelia to lower the odds of getting bed bugs in your home include the following: Never put your purse or suitcase on the bed in a hotel or motel; immediately wash all clothing that you took on a trip; if you have a small hand-held steamer, use it on suitcases, bags, and purses immediately upon returning home. Be cautious when you purchase anything at a garage sale or flea market. Diligently inspect any used item before making the purchase, and treat it before bringing it into your home.
The first place to check for bed bugs is under the lip of mattresses. If you notice blood stains, eggs or bed bugs themselves, you can get immediate help from Mother Nature’s. The treatment used by Mother Nature’s is applied onto areas likely to have shown the telltale signs. “We treat areas where we know bed bugs are going to be,” says Shelia. Residents do not have to move out of their homes.
Check your home regularly for signs of bed bugs. If you suspect that you have unwanted company, don’t be embarrassed. These nasty little vampires know no barriers and are out to get a free lunch anywhere they can. They have infested college dorms, hospital wings, homeless shelters and swanky hotels from coast to coast.
For the confidence of knowing that bed bugs will soon be removed from your home, call Mother Nature’s.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.