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Hitch Hikers, Bed Bugs Infesting Cactus League
With Cactus League clubs clustered in the Valley of the Sun, Spring Training offers one of baseball's great traditions while bringing fans close to the game and under the sun.
M.R. Smoker-Special News Correspondent
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With Cactus League clubs clustered in the Valley of the Sun, Spring Training offers one of baseball's great traditions while bringing fans close to the game and under the sun. Another traveler is making its way into these Professional Venues, Bed Bug infestations are on the rise.
Phoenix, Arizona and vicinity- February 21, 2013- Spring training baseball under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. For visitors, the Cactus League could not be more convenient, with short drive times between ballparks and a full range of hotel, dining and shopping amenities. Truly, the Cactus League is the premier destination for baseball lovers. Along with these baseball lovers, Bed Bugs have “Hitch-Hiked”
Lodging facilities and brands can suffer damaging public relations if the media learns that guests have been bitten by Bed Bugs and they can also face the risk of lawsuits. Managers need to be proactive in monitoring for Bed Bugs and aggressive in dealing with them to prevent angry guests and bad publicity. A Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination Protocol provides guidelines for lodging managers to help them recognize and effectively respond to Bed Bug infestations.
Bed Bugs are often found in places that experience a high volume of overnight guests, such as hotels and motels, and rental properties. Remember, they feed at night while you are sleeping, then retreat to a sheltered crevice by morning. That shelter might be within your luggage or souvenirs. When visiting a hotel, check the room quickly for signs of Bed Bugs, such as bloodstains on the pillows or linens. Inspect the seams of the mattress carefully. Peek behind the headboard and wall decor. Bed Bugs will hide in these places; if you do not see them or their signs, there should be no problem. If it is possible, move the bed away from the wall. If you visited an infested place, inspect your luggage and souvenirs before bringing them back into your home. If infested, clothing to be placed in dryers on high heat for forty-five minutes. Cold treatments might be appropriate for other items.
Inside buildings, Bed Bugs can breed all year. They typically have up to three generations per year. Their average lifespan is ten months to a little over one and one half years, and in that time, a female may lay from 200–400 eggs, depending on the temperature and the amount of food available. The females need a blood meal before laying eggs.
Bed Bugs mostly troubled rich people in medieval times, because they had the warmest
homes. As the quality of homes improved during the late sixteenth century, Bed Bugs became a problem for people of all economic classes. Before World War II, they were a common pest in the U.S. until a combination of factors including DDT, a household appliance, and fashion nearly eliminated them. Unfortunately, Bed Bugs have made a worldwide comeback. They are also turning up in surprising places, such as fancy hotels, sporting venues, hospitals, college dorms, laboratories, airports, and maybe even your home.
Many experts consider globalization a major culprit. People and goods are traveling more widely and in greater numbers than ever before. Bed Bugs are nocturnal, small, shy, and easily overlooked—and the adults can live for half a year without food—making them perfect stowaways in luggage and shipping crates. So what should you do about Bed Bug infestations?
Although they feed exclusively on blood, Bed Bugs are not known to transmit any diseases to humans. They may be horrifying to some, but they pose less of a risk to us than do mosquitoes. In fact, if improperly applied, pesticides intended to manage Bed Bugs could be dangerous to your health. The best strategy to deal with Bed Bugs is integrated pest management (IPM), Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination, combines a variety of practical techniques and products that pose the lowest risk to our health and to the environment.