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Does Toxic Mold Cause Bed Bugs? Here Are Some Tips You Need To Know

Mold BedbugsMold and bed bugs are two things that no one wants to see when they crawl in bed for a restful night’s sleep. While bedbugs do not spread disease, they do bite people during the night, which can result in itchy and uncomfortable skin. Molds, including allergenic and toxic types, can also set up residence in the mattress due to the dark, warm and moist environment. Repeated exposure to mold can cause a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. With the shared environment, many people wonder whether mold can cause bed bugs. Although this is not the case, neither mold nor bed bugs deserve a welcome in your home, much less in your bed.

Causes of Bed Bug Infestation

 

Bed bugs are tiny and can hide just about anywhere. They are nocturnal and only wake up to feed at night. Bed bugs never went away overseas, and as Americans began to amass more and more possessions and the market for used and imported goods has flourished, as has international travel, it was only a matter of time before bed bugs became an epidemic here. In most cases, a bed bug infestation is a result of poor hygiene. However, you don’t have to have poor hygiene to get bed bugs in your house. They can hide in a used book, a moving truck, an empty box, or hitch a ride in your luggage when you come home from staying at a hotel. Your own hygiene can be excellent but you can still end up with bed bugs in your house.

Preventing Bed Bugs

 

You can prevent bed bugs from getting into your house and biting you while you sleep. These strategies can help keep you bed bug free.
Avoid buying used furniture from unknown sources.
Isolate used linens, clothing, books and other items for two weeks before bringing them into your home. Alternatively, bag them up in a heavy black plastic garbage bag and let them sit in the sun all day. The heat will kill the bugs. Examine hotel rooms for the signs of bed bugs before unpacking your luggage or using the bed.

Mold Infestation

 

No matter what the type of mold, it needs a moist environment, something to grow on, warmth and it prefers darkness. A mattress provides all of these. Although mold spores are everywhere within the environment, repeated exposure for many hours every day can cause some people to develop troublesome symptoms. Common symptoms of mold exposure include sinus and nasal congestion, coughing, trouble breathing, wheezing, skin irritation, itchy eyes, and frequent respiratory infections. Babies, young children, and elderly people are at a higher risk of developing symptoms from mold exposure. People with chronic respiratory diseases or immune system disorders are also at an increased risk of mold sicknesses.

Preventing Mold

 

You can prevent mold from overtaking your bedroom and your house. Some things to try include:
-Encasing your mattress in a waterproof cover.
-Using exhaust fans or opening a window when showering and cooking.
-Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier to get rid of excess indoor moisture.
-Clean frequently.

When Mold and Bed Bugs Coincide

 

If you have symptoms of a bed bug infestation or a mold infestation, you need to take action. You might need to take drastic measures such as getting rid of your mattress and having a pest control company come into your home to get rid of the bed bugs. Proper air conditioner maintenance can also help with mold control. Being cautious when purchasing furniture and other items for your home can also help prevent bed bugs. These inexpensive tips can help keep you, your family and your home healthy and free of the symptoms of bed bugs and mold exposure.

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Author Bio: Robert had a lot of problems with mold and bed bugs as soon as he moved into his new home. In this very interesting article Robert explained the relationship of mold and bed bugs.

Green Tips On Ridding Your Home Of Silverfish

SilverfishSilverfish. Those disgusting, wiggling, squiggling, silvery insects that come out at night to crawl up your walls and feast upon your books, dry oats, wallpaper glue, plaster, drywall and carpet. We’ve all seen them, whether you knew what they were or not. Silverfish are common household pests that, while not dangerous, can cause considerable amounts of damage to household items (not to mention that they’re just plain nasty and the sight of them can make one’s skin crawl!) However, it’s pretty easy to keep your home’s population of silverfish in check, and can be done without the use of harsh chemicals. Below you will find some green tips and suggestions regarding how you can rid your home of silverfish (or at least keep their numbers to a bare minimum.)

Cleaning Tips

  • Vacuum on a regular basis. This will help get rid of silverfish eggs. Take special care to vacuum around floorboards and hard-to-reach crevices. Afterward, empty your vacuum cleaner contents into a plastic bag; tie the bag tightly and dispose of it ASAP.
  • Wash all surfaces frequently. Use a peppermint or eucalyptus cleaner. This helps repel them.
  • Keep ALL FOOD in sealed containers, such as plastic canisters or glass jars. Silverfish are unable to crawl up the smooth surfaces.
  • Freeze all infested books and garments for a few days in order to kill any eggs which may linger.

Homemade Baits

  • Jar Trap: This tried-and-true old timer’s trick involves wrapping the outside of tall glass jars with masking tape or twine and filling with about ½” of dry oats. The silverfish will be attracted to the oats and crawl up the rough surface of the jar- however, once he’s in, he’ll be unable to escape.
  • Diatomaceous Earth: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around floorboards and other areas where the silverfish have been creeping. This non-toxic pesticide will stick to the silverfish as they crawl through it, scratching through its protective layers and causing it to dehydrate through the rapid loss of liquid. The result? Those nasty silverfish shrivel up and die.
  • Mashed Potato Balls: Mix mashed potatoes with alum and roll into balls and place on newspaper or pieces of cardboard throughout your house. The alum in the balls will poison and kill the silverfish.

Natural Silverfish Repellents

Some items are considered to be natural silverfish repellents, and can be sprinkled around floorboards, cupboards and drawers in order to scare the silverfish away. Among these include bay leaves, eucalyptus, Epsom salt, whole cloves, cinnamon, and cucumber peals. If you don’t like the idea of simply sprinkling these items around your home, place them in cupcake wrappers and set them out, scattered about your house.

Silverfish may seem like nasty little vermin, but the fact is they are harmless to humans and mainly just like to munch on things like your books, which can be quite the nuisance! Thankfully they are fairly easy to get rid of, although you will have to repeat the process every few weeks as any new eggs that you may have miss begin to hatch. With persistence you can get your silverfish population under control- without resorting to using pesticides to do so.

About the author: Chris is writer for a Long Island pest control company.

 

Five Plants That Keep Mosquitoes From Buzzing In Your Ears

Everyone tires of the constant buzzing and biting from mosquitoes. It can be a real pain to deal with mosquitoes when one has a backyard party, is grilling out, or just wants to sit comfortably and watch the kids play. Candles, torches, citronella sprays, and bug repellents work, but only for a little while. There is another, more natural way to keep mosquitoes from ones yard to begin with. Having the right plants in ones yard can keep mosquitoes away altogether. Some plants emit natural odors and oils that repel mosquitoes all the time, not just for a little while.

Lemony Plants

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Plants that give off a lemony odor keep mosquitoes away. Lemon grass, lemon balm, and lemon thyme are all great plants to use to repel the nasty pests. Lemon grass is not easily planted with seeds and is better when grown from the plant itself. Buying a bunch from the local grocery store works fine. Take the bunch and place in a vase of water in a sunny window for about a week or ten days. By this time, roots will begin to grow and the lemon grass can be split into pieces and planted easily. Lemon balm is also known as horsemint. It repels mosquitoes but it is very hard to contain. The plant flourishes even in dry patches of weather. It does not repel other insects including bees. Keeping this plant trimmed back is a necessary part of the upkeep for lemon balm. Lemon thyme is also good for repelling the pesky bloodsuckers, but although easy to grow, it requires yearly pruning.

Catnip

Catnip

Catnip

One of the best deterrents of mosquitoes is catnip. This plant can be grown all over ones yard and can be placed in any soil. It grows very easily on its own. The only drawback is the luring effect that it has on cats. People who own cats should not plant catnip in their yards. Otherwise, catnip is great used as a plant in pots, gardens, and flowerbeds. Catnip oil and crushed dried catnip are also effective against mosquitoes. Using these items can reduce the care needed by the plants and still offer the repelling benefits of catnip.

Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds are a colorful way to repel mosquitoes, but the bright color attracts wasps. Be careful when planting marigolds to make sure that they are away from patios and windows. Putting them near fence lines and the back of a property are great ways to repel mosquitoes without inviting wasps too close. Putting these flowers in pots that can be moved around is also a great idea.

Citronella

Citronella

Citronella

Citronella plants are one of the most common plants that people use to repel mosquitoes. Citronella oil is used in candles, torches, lamps, and many other mosquito repelling products. The citronella plant is easy to grow, and the plant works better at keeping mosquitoes away because it has more of an odor than the oil that is used in mosquito repelling products.

Spices

Herb & Spice Garden

Herb & Spice Garden

Rosemary, basil, and sage are all great deterrents for mosquitoes. Some repel other pests like flies, beetles, and ants. Spices are great to plant in ones garden or in pots that can be moved around the patio. Using spices regularly and growing them yearly helps eliminate pests like mosquitoes from ones garden and yard.

Using the right combination of plants in ones yard is a great way to help keep pesky insects like mosquitoes from plaguing ones family year round. Finding the right combination to use in planters, pots, the garden, and at entryways is easy with the right information. Potted plants can be moved around next to chairs and tables for maximum protection. Choosing the plants that serve the families needs the best without inviting unwanted pests is the best method.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

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