Skip to main content

Creepy Crawlies In Your Crib

“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” We say it to our kids all the time, without giving much thought to what it means. We likely don’t know what a bed bug looks like nor do we envisage the possibility of them being bitten by the persistent pets. We’re likely ignorant of how to spot a bed bug infestation, nor do we know how to treat our children if they show the symptoms of one. We’re even less likely to consider the creepy crawlies that might be lurking in our own beds. Although it may not be something we particularly relish thinking about, it’s important for the sake of your health and your family’s health to familiarize yourself with the creepy crawlies that can lurk in your bed just waiting to feed off you forever (not including hubby-Boom!).

Bed bugs

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Do you know what a bed bug looks like? Do you know how to identify the signs of an infestation? Do you know what to do if you spot them? Bed bugs have been fairly sparse for decades after World War II with the widespread use of pesticidal chemicals like DDT and chlordane but recent years have seen a surge in bed bug populations. Despite their name, bed bugs are not exclusively confined to beds; they can live in any article of furniture and gnaw away at you as you sleep or watch TV. They are ovoid in shape and reddish brown in color. They tend to be between 1 and 7 mm in diameter and are at their most active at night. They can bite anywhere on the body and a bed bug bite can be identified by;

  • An itchy, red swollen circle like a cigarette burn with a dark red center
  • Bites in lines or small groupings
  • Blisters or hives at the site of the bite.

If you see these symptoms on yourself or your kids it’s time to call in pro bed bug exterminators.Professional exterminators will be able to completely eradicate all signs of infestation.


Fleas are infuriatingly persistent pests and can survive in the most prohibitive of environments, finding sanctuary even in the tiny folds where your mattress meets the box spring. Fleas can be brought in from outside by family pets’ fur and make a home for themselves more or less anywhere in your home, even in cold winter weather. They can survive for a week without a host and up to 3 months when well fed. They can also carry and spread nasty diseases. It was fleas that spread the bubonic plague. A topical treatment can rid your pets of fleas, but it’s always a good idea to call the professionals to remove all signs of infestation.

Dust mites

Dust mites are highly allergenic pests lurk in mattresses and are nigh on impossible to see due to their tiny size (0.2-0.3mm) and translucent bodies. If you wake up every morning with a stuffed, runny nose and watery eyes this may be a sign of dust mite infestation. Fortunately this is fairly easily remedied with anti dust mite bed covers and rigorous vaccuuming of your bedding and mattress.


Popular posts from this blog

Copycat Boston Pizza's Bandera Bread

Have you ever had a craving for something but then once you looked at it you realized, I can make that myself for next to nothing? That's how I felt last night I thought about ordering in some food but then realized I really don't want to spend any money. I really wanted pizza bread from Boston Pizza. So I recreated it and oh my goodness was it ever good. Try some of these great recipes too!  Pizza Bread Dough 1 cup warm water 1 tsp instant yeast 1 tsp sugar 2 cups flour  Seasoning 1 tbsp melted butter 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion salt 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp rosemary 1 tsp basil 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp sugar 1. Combine the water, yeast, and 1 tsp of sugar in the mixing bowl and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the flour and salt and mix until a ball of dough forms. Roll ball onto a floured counter top and knead for a couple minutes.  2. Put dough in an oiled bowl and let rise for 30 mins in a warm place with a clean cloth draped over top. While your doug

DIY Table Revamp - Guest Post

Hi all! I'm Tiffany from This Motherhood is Brought to You by Xanax and I am so excited to be a part of the Guest Post Swap and to be Amanda's swap partner! I love love love her idea on how to make indoor snowballs with egg cartons. I am definitely going to have to try that with my kiddos since my smallest one has decided that it has to snow for Christmas. Poor baby doesn't know snow is hard to come by in Alabama :( For my guest post I wanted to share a little DIY with you guys that involves duct tape! A few months ago my daughter's little chair that goes with her table she sits at every day tore and she made it worse by pulling all of the stuffing out of the seat! What started out as a quick fix turned into a great idea. She loved her seat so much that she has now decided that her table has look cool too so being the smarty pants that she is, she tore her table!

Amazing Ways To DIY Your Nails In The New Year

Having beautiful fingernails can really boost a woman's confidence. Not only do they feel sexy and sassy but they look well maintained and professional. There are a number of different styles of manicures you can get done professionally but they can be costly and if you are trying to stick to a budget and save money it is best to give DIY a try. These beautiful nail designs are easy to do and look fantastic. There are some that are more intricate and some that are simple but all will be amazed that you made them yourself. Try using small gems and crystals at the tips to add a touch of sophistication.  Tips make a world of difference and they can be as easy as you wish. There are so many beautiful polishes that have amazing colours you can match. These simple nail designs can be done by any busy lady and make a lasting impression to anyone who comes across them. Hot Beauty Health has all the instructions for these super simple nail designs. There are a large number