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Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

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Seventy percent more bedbugs in Seattle than ever before? Victoria's Secret in Manhattan, New York City, infested with bedbugs? Look out, they're here, they're there, they're in your underwear and, apparently, it has nothing whatsoever to do with your level of cleanliness or good hygiene.

So what is it? Why are these archaic, tiny monsters like something from a Grimm's fairy tale suddenly springing their medieval grimacing talons upon us, biting and sucking our blood like so many creepy crawly mosquitoes? I don't know about you, but I think it's got everything to do with the changing weather patterns and the environment. After all, if the rains don't come for weeks at a time and then all of a sudden they come as violent storms, ripping through cities and pushing over trees, buildings and everything in their wake, how can the bugs in every corner of the world not feel the effects?

For information on bedbugs, their habits, their bites and how to treat yourself and get rid of them, follow this link: http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/article.htm
and for more information, click on this link: http://www.todaysthv.com/news/health/story.aspx?storyid=110105&catid=126

Please remember, bedbugs are not your fault, but you should be on the look out for the tiny creatures, as they can be found in clothes, in your clothing drawers, in your bed and particularly in the seams of your mattress. They can survive for more than a year without feeding, so even if you don't think they're around, they can still show up.

Since they're so difficult to detect, a new type of bug-finder in the form of a trained bedbug finding dog has been handling many cases and may be available in your area.

So sleep tight and please, don't let the bedbugs bite.

Aimee Boyle lives and searches frantically for bedbugs with her lovely family. She is a regular contributor to EmpowHER.

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