Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bed Bugs Are Back in Business

Oregon’s Democrat-Herald reports that bed bugs are on the march. The blood-sucking bugs made a comeback a decade ago on the East Coast. Now they’ve made a home on the West Coast too.

Last year the Sleep Education blog
reported that bed bugs were making a comeback. Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina even sponsored the “Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009.”

Why don’t you wake up when a bed bug is biting you? National Geographic explains that the bugs inject you with an anesthetic to keep you from feeling the bite.

Once the bugs get in your home, it can be difficult and costly to get rid of them. Treatment by a professional exterminator may be required.

Treatment methods vary widely. But Discovery’s “
Verminators” showed that one way to get rid of them is to turn up the heat.

ThermaPure heat treatment raises the temperature above 115 degrees to eliminate an infestation.

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