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Researchers Believe That The Psychological Stress Of A Bed Bug Infestation Led A Woman To End Her Own Life

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It is well known by now that bed bugs, unlike cockroaches, flies, bees and ants, are not attracted to food or any other types of waste material. Bed bugs are the only common pests that are just as likely to disturb the wealthy as they are to disturb the poor. This means that no matter how much a person spends on pest control prevention, bed bugs can still manage to infest a wealthy person’s home. Bed bug infestations can cause certain wealthy individuals to experience a significant amount of stress, as such people are not often used to the difficulties involved with insect infestations. This is a particular area of interest that is currently being studied by entomologists, psychologists and other experts. Surprisingly, at the moment, very few studies have been done that focus on the psychological consequences of experiencing bed bug infestations. Any person who has suffered through a bed bug infestation can tell you that such an experience is stressful, but few would admit to contemplating suicide as a result of bed bug-related stress. Sadly, several years ago, an individual did commit suicide over a stressful bed bug infestation. In an effort to better understand the psychological toll that bed bug infestations can take on people, researchers conducted a case study on this particular woman.

A woman, referred to as Ms. A in the case study, had been suffering from bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and alcoholism. Ms. A had been taking medication to manage her mental issues, but this did not prevent her from taking her own life. Several weeks before her suicide, Ms. A had reported a bed bug infestation. Four weeks after the initial infestation had been eradicated, another occurred. At this point her pest control operator told her to place her clothes into a plastic bag so that fumigations could take place three weeks later. Ms. A became significantly distressed at this point, and she resumed her drinking habit. Shorty before Ms. A committed suicide, she sent an email to her loved ones that said that she had just woken in the middle of the night to find a spot of blood on her nightgown due to bed bug activity. She also stated that she was going to end her life due to the bed bug issues in her home. Shortly thereafter, she was found dead in her home, having finally committed suicide. Due to this case study, as well as several internet forum and blog articles telling about people’s experiences with bed bug infestations, the stress of such infestations can “cause serious and life-threatening psychiatric consequences for those who are vulnerable.” Hopefully, public health officials will one day take psychological stress into account when assessing the seriousness of bed bug infestations.

Have you ever had a close friend or relative that was forced to deal with a bed bug infestation?

Bed Bugs Book Their Own Travel Plans

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers because they are so easily transported from one place to another in human belongings, such as suitcases, purses and laptop bags. This makes travelers especially susceptible to picking up bed bugs while away from home, regardless of whether staying in a hotel or at a relative’s house. It’s perfectly natural for people to want to travel during this time of year, but there is always a risk of coming into contact with bed bugs when doing so. As long as travelers keep their eyes open for the key signs of bed bug infestations, they should be able to avoid these itchy pests.

Some common signs of bed bugs include:

  • Pepper-like stains on fabric-covered items
  • Molted bed bug skins
  • The bugs themselves in various life stages
  • White eggs and empty egg casings

All travelers should thoroughly inspect the room for the presence of these bed bug indicators upon arriving at their intended destination. This includes pulling back the bed sheets to examine the mattress seams, checking behind the headboard and looking in furniture crevices. A small flashlight can help aide in this investigation. If a bed bug infestation is suspected, guests should immediately notify management or property owners, and request a new, non-adjacent room.

It’s also good practice for travelers to vacuum their luggage and wash and dry all clothes – even those that have not been warn – on high heat when returning home.

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Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite This Summer

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iPest Solutions shares the most common hiding spots for bed bugs while traveling

Summer travel means a higher chance of coming into contact with bed bugs who love the warmth and are great at hitchhiking. It’s important to check your room and belongings for these blood sucking insects when traveling and once returning home. To promote public awareness and to help avoid infestations, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has declared June 3-9, 2018 as Bed Bug Awareness Week Magic Pest Control is joining NPMA in this public education effort by sharing key bed bug hiding spots to look out for.

“Despite their name, bed bugs can be found virtually anywhere that people tend to gather and are easily transported,” said John Fell CEO at iPest Solutions “Be sure to properly check your accommodations when traveling and to give your belongings a good look after vacation. If an infestation is suspected, it’s best to call a licensed pest control professional to assess the situation.”

iPest Solutions shares the following hiding spots for bed bugs in a room:

  1. Thoroughly inspect the entire room for bed bugs before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
  2. Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners, for pepper-like stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.
  3. Place suitcases in a plastic trash bag during the duration of the trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
  4. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to its origin.
  5. These pests like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery and in furniture crevices.

“A small flashlight is a great thing to have with you when traveling to help with your bed bug inspection, as bed bugs are very tiny and can often be hard to spot right away,” added Fell.

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