The quietest infestation

One of the scariest things about bed bugs is that you can have an infestation without even knowing it. It is in the nature of these creatures to feast on you when you are at your most vulnerable, unconsciously asleep. They are masterful hiders which makes it harder to kill these pests as well. Here are some tell tale signs to look for to spot an infestation, but remember that you can always call Arizona Heat Pest for a free quote and inspection from the best in the business.

It’s no secret that bed bugs are seriously freaky creatures. After all, they like to live in your bed and feed on your blood while you’re sleeping. Now, scientists at Rutgers University are trying to determine where bed bug outbreaks happen, and how to prevent and control them.

In a new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, Rutgers researchers examined more than 2,000 low-income apartments in New Jersey for the presence of bed bugs. What they discovered: 12 percent of apartments had bed bug infestations.

Researchers also found that beds were “significantly” more likely to contain bed bugs than sofas or upholstered chairs, and women were more likely to report bed bug bite symptoms than men (although they didn’t specify whether women had worse reactions or were simply more sensitive to the bites).

And, perhaps the most disturbing finding: While 68 percent of people with bed bug infestations had symptoms, nearly 50 percent of the bed bug infestations happened in apartments where residents didn’t know they had the critters.

So, how are you supposed to know if you have bed bugs or just some skin condition? Experts say there are a few telling signs.

One of the most common symptoms is waking up with bites or finding bites on your body that you can’t explain, bed bug expert Jeffrey White, technical director for BedBug Central, tells SELF. But there’s a caveat: Everyone reacts differently to being bitten by a bed bug. “For some people, it can take up to two weeks for them to react,” White says.

The bites themselves don’t look unique to bed bugs, White says, but they do tend to show up on the arms, shoulders, neck, and face—all of which are exposed while you’re sleeping, and therefore easier to reach. Bites that show up in rows or clusters are also concerning, he says.

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And they just get stronger

As the bed bug epidemic spreads, the scariest thing about this all is that the bugs are getting stronger and stronger all the time. It is getting more difficult to eradicate these pests as they are becoming immune to many different kinds of sprays and insecticides. Therefore, it is imperative that you only go through a professional to help you get rid of the infestation so that it does not spread due to being improperly handled.

Remember when you were tucked into bed as a kid and told not to let the bed bugs bite? That just got a lot harder to do.

A new study reveals that bed bugs have developed a thicker skin that enables them to survive exposure to commonly used bug sprays, according to University of Sydney research published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

Bed bugs are bloodsucking parasites. Unfortunately for us, their meal of choice is human blood. There has been a global resurgence of bed bugs in the past few decades because trying to kill the bugs has only made them stronger, according to the new study and other previous research.

If you’re thinking of escaping a bed-bug infestation at home, a hotel bed might not be a much better option. The parasites have caused significant financial headaches for the tourism and hospitality industries. Professional extermination of bed bugs typically costs $200 to $1,500 per room and often fails.

The Australian study, which was funded in part by Bayer Crop Science, which makes products that kill bed bugs, found that the thicker the insect’s natural covering, the more likely the bed bugs were to survive exposure to the insecticides.

These findings could help in developing more effective insecticides for bed bug control.

Woman sues for big bucks after bed bug debacle

Anyone who has lived with bed bugs knows just how catastrophic their presence is and the horrible effects it can have on property, health, reputation and psyche. A woman who experienced a bed bug horror story is suing for punitive damages and other costs relating to her stay at a Virginia motel. If there is negligence surrounding bed bugs, it needs to be addressed, this is how the problem proliferates.

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. — A New York woman’s multi-million-dollar lawsuit against an Albemarle County hotel over bed bugs will go to a jury after a federal judge ruled in her favor Tuesday.

Janie Mcfarland and her church group checked-in to a Super 8 motel during a September 13, 2014 visit to Central Virginia.

“It was our first night when I spent the night, so the entire time at the church service I was sick,” said McFarland, who is suing the motel owner.

McFarland said she discovered more than 40 bed bug bites all over her body.

“When I got up, I saw spots of blood on my pillow. So, they had been biting me on my neck and they were on my face,” she told WVIR.

A New York woman wants $5 million in negligence lawsuit over bed bugs. (Credit: WVIR)

A New York woman wants $5 million in negligence lawsuit over bed bugs. (Credit: WVIR)

McFarland described the scene as she reportedly found the bed bugs all over her motel bed.

“I pulled the sheet back even more and there were bed bugs from the head to the foot of the bed just scurrying around on the sheet,” said McFarland.

She said the bites festered and her whole body swelled from an allergic reaction.

“I was sick straight for a year and a half,” said McFarland.

She said when she brought the issue to the attention of motel management, they denied the accusations. “They were like we don’t know what you’re talking about, we didn’t find any bed bugs, everything is fine,” said McFarland.

Super 8 Motel

Super 8 Motel

The woman decided to file a lawsuit against the hotel’s owner, Chaxu Incorporated.

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Pat’s Run

Pat Tillman was a soldier, a student, a friend, a family member and a professional football player who was tragically killed while serving in Afghanistan some 12 years ago. He made quite an impact on the Valley and the nation as a whole. A charitable organization has been created in his honor and they do a 4.2 mile run every year to raise money for scholarships for veterans. It is a truly wonderful cause. Will you be out there?

Register for the 12th Annual Pat’s Run
On April 23rd, join us for the 12th Annual Pat’s Run in Tempe, Arizona or register for one of 30 Shadow Runs nationwide.

Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event of the Pat Tillman Foundation. Held in late April to commemorate the day Pat lost his life in Afghanistan serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Pat’s Run is a 4.2 Mile Run/Walk that winds through the streets of Tempe to Sun Devil Stadium, symbolic of the #42 jersey Pat wore as an ASU Sun Devil. Since 2005, Pat’s Run has grown from a 5,000 person race to honor Pat’s legacy to over 35,000 participants committed to empowering the Tillman Scholars through academic scholarships.

Every participant who fundraises or donates $100 minimum by race day will earn the inaugural commemorative Pat’s Run medal. Start fundraising.
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Pat’s Run raises money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

Help make this Pat’s Run the most meaningful one to date by starting a fundraiser to support the Tillman Scholars. Every participant who fundraises or donates $100 minimum by race day will earn the inaugural commemorative Pat’s Run medal. We know you may need to recruit a few different donors to reach that goal, and we want you to have the tools you need to educate them about where their money is going. Download our 2016 Fundraising Toolkit for tips and info on prizes!

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