D.C.’s Got Bedbugs

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’12 Feb 2007 (Pleasant Dreams)’
courtesy of ‘wonderferret’

“Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbug’s bite!” It’s a saying we’ve all heard more times in our lives than we can count. From childhood to present day, we’ve heard about bedbugs, perhaps encountered them on occasion, but now those pesky little guys have traveled far and wide. For commercial bed bug equipment visit https://www.pestprothermal.com/Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Here are some tips to get rid of them Pest Zone Pest Control, clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can’t be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes. Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.

Bedbugs were almost eradicated from the United States after World War II, but increasing international travel and other factors have gotten the pests back on U.S. soil and into our bedrooms. WTOP is reporting that D.C. ranks 9th in the nation among the most bedbug-infested cities. One of the most effective DIY solutions for killing bed bugs instantly is diluted rubbing alcohol. Alcohol kills bed bugs as soon as it makes contact with them. It also evaporates quickly, which makes it safer to use than other forms of alcohol. Keep in mind that while alcohol is effective at killing bed bugs quickly

Pest Control specialists Terminix issued a release on Tuesday confirming D.C.’s ranking and has New York, Philadelphia and Detroit atop the list.

Rachel moved to DC in the fall of 2005 to study Journalism and Music at American University. When she’s not keeping up with the latest Major League Baseball news, she works on making music as an accomplished singer-songwriter and was even a featured performer/speaker at TEDxDupont Circle in 2012. Rachel has also contributed to The Washington Examiner and MASN Sports’ Nationals Buzz as a guest blogger. See why she loves DC. E-Mail: rachel@welovedc.com.

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4 thoughts on “D.C.’s Got Bedbugs

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  2. Pardon me for noticing, and I don’t mean to rain on your parade/steal your thunder, BUT….that’s an image of a DUST MITE,not a blood sucking arthropod.
    Mites are literally a stomach on legs. Bugs on the other hand..such as our famous blood sucker, are noticeably very different. Both creep me out though.
    Please receive my humble request to change the picture in order to maintain a thinly veiled attempt at even a modicum of “Journalistic Integrity ” LOL.


  3. There are worse things than bedbugs. Here is a link to an article that helped me prepare for worse things than bedbugs. I say this and I have had them 3 times and am in the #1 bedbug city of NY.

  4. Hey, now maybe bedbugs will be the new “Phobia” that will spawn an entire late-night TV informercial Empire :…Electro Zappo Wireless Crystal Energies Protecto your HOME from those pesky blood sucking stealthy vomit-evoking parasites!!.. Just PLUG IT IN and LET Vampire VOLT keep the bed bugs away! You’ll sleep like a pin cushion knowing that Vampire Volt is protectin yo’ crib. Just $99.99 or two easy payments of $69.99 will have you protected from the SCOURGE of the nation!! BEDBUGS!! ( eerie music in back ground)…

    Seriously…bedbugs, not “KNOWN” to pass disease..doesn’t mean they CAN’T. I mean think about it..they’re multi-legged walking/crawling/hiding/sneaking into your place through cracks in the walls..HYPODERMIC NEEDLES !! YUCK! Watch’em transmit HERPES or some stuff.. .EYYYYUK!
    I’m getting me a bedbug sniffin rescue dog.LOL