By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: October 2015
Mother Nature’s team of bedbug experts, Justin Buckmaster, Shelia Disler and Andrea Monks, with the new Frostbite application wand for killing bedbugs and other pests dead on contact.
My home is clean, so I’ll never have to worry about bedbugs, right? Wrong! The experts at Mother Nature’s Pest Control say the bedbug problem has reached pandemic proportions. Bedbugs are now a widespread epidemic affecting people around the world.
Shelia Disler, Justin Buckmaster and Andrea Monks are the bedbug experts at Mother Nature’s, and they have some alarming facts to share. Bedbugs are round, nocturnal insects that subsist on a diet of blood. They snack on mammals, and given the choice, they prefer us humans. Most of the time bedbugs are thin and slightly transparent. Once they’ve dined, they are fat and brown. Because you and I are their favorite snack, they’ve become very adept at hiding in our houses – in beds, cracks in the walls, electrical fittings – anywhere, in fact, where they can get close to us but stay out of sight. Bedbugs aren’t dirty, they don’t spread disease, they move slowly, and they can’t fly. But when they bite, they make you itch like crazy.
“Bedbugs are one of nature’s best hitchhikers,” says Shelia, “and today they are found in even the finest homes, hotels and motels, movie theaters, restaurants, subways and other public transportation. Wherever we go, they go!” (Are you itching yet?)
Although you can’t eliminate an infestation of bedbugs yourself, you can enlist professionals to fight the battle. Mother Nature’s has just introduced Frostbite, a sub-zero method of freezing bedbugs on contact. Frostbite is also effective on roaches and other pests. “Frostbite disrupts all life stages of the bedbug,” says Justin. “We recommend a minimum of five treatments that include Frostbite and other conventional follow-up treatments to eliminate the tiny critters. People don’t realize it, but bedbugs also hide under baseboards, between mattresses, in plastics like kids’ walkers and toys, in suitcases and travel bags and, literally, just about anywhere. We’ve even found them in breathing machines.”
Here are some great tips from Andrea to help you reduce the risk of getting bedbugs in your home:
When you travel, don’t put your luggage on the bed.
Inspect motel rooms prior to “moving in.”
The safest place for luggage is the bath tub. (Bedbugs hate porcelain and tile.)
When you get home, leave the luggage in the garage.
Put all the clothes from your luggage in the dryer and turn the dry cycle on high. (Temperatures over 115 degrees F will kill bedbugs.)
After putting clothes through one dry cycle, wash them and then do another dry cycle.
Bedbugs love clutter. If guilty, remove clutter.
When you order something online or through the mail, don’t open it inside your home.
The number one carrier of bedbugs today is secondhand furniture. (Mother Nature’s recommends a treatment of Frostbite before bringing furniture into your home.)
As always, use good sense and good judgment. If you do find bedbugs, call Mother Nature’s to launch a treatment with Frostbite.
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.
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