Battle of Bed Bugs

Vampires do exist! They are not humans and never were. “Night night don’t let the bed bugs bite” What the heck is a bed bug? These are the blood sucking vampires. They are not in Transylvania either. They reside in the most prestigious places and worst of all, they have no respect of privacy. Sheer size alone keeps them in ninja mode.

Bed Bug size

I’d never seen one. I did not know where that dumb good night sentence came from until I returned home from international travel in 2012. Apparently, they hitch hiked a ride on my nephew one day at  school. He then transported them home and to grandma’s house. Hold it. Wait. Grandma’s house is where I came back to! So I survive West Africa just to be wiped out in Florida?!

I thought I was safe. I had not been home. My room should be in the clear. Nope. I find he had been sleeping in my room when he missed me. Aww…cute right? Heck no, he now owes me a mattress, his mom a couch. Poor ole grandma just stop counting.

The frightening part is this is continuing to happen all over the US. Top 50 cities released  on Orkin’s list ranking by the number of bed bug treatments performed from January to December 2013 include major cities:

  1. Chicago
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Columbus, Ohio
  4. Detroit
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. Atlanta
  8. Houston
  9. New York
  10. Seattle
  11. Miami
  12. Pittsburgh
  13. Baltimore
  14. Colorado Springs
  15. Kansas City

The bed bug epidemic is so great that the Environmental Protection Agency has organized two-day national bed bug summits, of which one was subtitled “Advancing Towards Solutions to the Bed Bug Problem.”

One problem is with all the traveling that Americans engage in, the spreading will continue. Bed bugs can live for up to 12 months without feeding at all and are great multipliers as female bed bugs can lay up to 5 eggs in a single day and can lay up to 500 eggs during a lifetime.

Another problem is having bed bugs has NOTHING to do with being unsanitary as they have infested the Metropolitan Opera House, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Empire State Building and the United Nations; along with countless libraries, classrooms, health clinics, movie theaters, hospitals, hotels and fire stations.

This means that our families are in danger of transporting these horrible creatures that do not respect the domain of beds AND being exposed to more chemicals as an increase in improper pesticide use increases and as nature does, bed bugs are developing resistance to most pesticides. Experts are at a lost and scratching their heads (probably from the bed bugs).

WHAT IS THE RESOLVE?

Use nature to tame nature. Instead of chemicals that only harm humans and have no effect on bed bugs, use lavender, mint, cedarwood, cinnamon, rosemary and/or eucalyptus oils to make linen sprays. It is something about the smell that we like but they hate. That is perfect!

I don’t want them in my bed draining me of blood as I sleep. Do you see this thing?

Bed Bug

My sister sprays lavender continuously and boils cinnamon on the stove. My linen recipe consists of cedarwood, rosemary, orange eucalyptus, spearmint and water. I travel A LOT and use public transportation in Washington, DC which is listed on Orkin’s list of 50 at spot number eight!

I spray my sheets, my duvet, I add it to my laundry, I spray my luggage. My new batch of shea butter lotion has citronella oil and spearmint to ensure I am not feasted upon by vampires whether mosquito or bed bug. Too much? I think not. I hope you will join me as I will be victorious at the Battle of Bed Bugs.

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