Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite …

Creepy little dudes … the bedbug population in the US grew by 500% between 2006 and 2010.  Yeah, I’d call that an epidemic.  I’ve only had a couple infestations in my rentals, and they were both from mattresses that had been given to my tenants.

Here’s a link to a great, informative piece about these tenacious critters who can survive for several months without eating:    http://www.mastersinhealthcare.com/

Pest control companies are raking in the money, treating infestations.  I — of course — decided to take matters in my own hands and used a product from www.dgcedaroil.com.  I had my tenant wash/dry all her clothing/bedding in hot water, and I sprayed the mattress and box spring with the product, all the furniture and flooring.  I then placed plastic covers (they’re cheap) on the bedding.  No vacuuming for a couple days, to allow the cedar oil to work, and voila!  The bedbugs were gone.  I had her re-spray a few days later.

And, the spray is non-toxic and has a pleasant odor, like a cedar closet.

Of course, the best solution is to not get them in the first place!  Don’t buy used furniture or bedding, and be careful about travel, too … they’re sneaky little devils who will come home with you if they can!