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The New Year, the Bugs, the Cities, & the Solution

It’s a new year; and in the bug business comes some new facts. Orkin has compiled a list of the top 50 U.S. cities with the most reported bed bug home infestations. And Baltimore, Maryland has the unfortunate honor of topping the list in 2018, for the second year in a row.

The second highest ranking city projected is Washington, D.C., followed by Chicago, Los Angeles jumps up 2 places from last year to #4, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Detroit are ranked #5 through #7, and New York went down 4 places to #8 from last year’s ranking, and San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, and Dallas-Fort Worth round out the top 10.

What does all this mean? Even if your city doesn’t make the list it is important to know the habits of bed bugs and how to avoid when traveling. We are a very transient society and bed bugs aren’t nicknamed hitch-hikers for nothing.
The 2018 projections add a few new-comers to the top 50 list including New Orleans, Louisiana and Flint, Michigan. Flint.

Flint, a city ravaged by economic decline debuted at #38. It has suffered recently from lead in its municipal-water supply; a parasitic invasion like bed bugs will only ignite an already troublesome situation for much of Flint’s lower-come residents.

If I can be candid, lower-wage earners tend to have less than ideal living conditions. In poor or congested neighborhoods people live in tight quarters with not a lot of living space to spare. This can cause clutter which attracts bugs and vermin.

Bed bugs feed on human blood and other warm-blooded animals to survive. They aren’t necessarily attracted to filth per-say, but when a living area is messy it is easy for them hide and harder for you to find their nest, which eliminates a very important target when treating the infestation.

New Orleans debuts on the Orkin list at #47. The Mardi Gras parade every year attracts close to a million visitors from around the globe to enjoy the lavish masquerade. Year-round locals and tourists can enjoy things like soufflés of decadence desserts, or spicy concoctions of Cajun and crawfish entrées, any domestic or international traveler can enjoy 24-hours of soulful sounds of sultry Jazz or the Bayou blues all within walking distance to the charming, French-quarter hotels.

However, the high hotel traffic, packing and unpacking luggage, and all the moving parts are opportunities for bed bugs to hitch rides with unsuspecting guests. Cities such as New Orleans, will continue to suffer from growing pest infestations.

The tourist industry is responsible for the recent influx of bed bugs but, just like in Flint; it is the lower-income neighborhoods that bear the brunt of the problem. People living on fixed incomes, mostly in neighborhoods outside the main tourist spots, just can’t afford $1,000 price tag for a one-time pest control visit.

EcoRaider offers a practical solution to all the folks that can identify with the people living in these cities mentioned on Orkin’s list. We all know well bed bugs infestations are not confined to only New Orleans, Flint, Los Angeles, Chicago, or all the major cities mentioned above. Bed bugs are ubiquitous. EcoRaider understands the growing epidemic and will ship our products anywhere.

EcoRaider is a healthy, do-it-yourself option that comes with an extended residual period. It is also a more affordable option for those on a budget.

Phew! So, you don’t have to cancel your trip to The Big Easy!

A few tips for hotel stays: inspect your room for small black or brown spots. These signs can be dead bed bug casings, live insects, or droppings. A flashlight or even your mobile phone’s screen is helpful to spotting bed bug activity on furniture, linens, and most importantly, your mattress.

EcoRaider Travel Bed Bug Killer Spray 2-oz Travel comes in a 6-pack to make it super convenient to just grab a bottle and stick in your carry-on bag and spray before you pack and after you unpack.

The EcoRaider team recommends that after a thorough inspection of the hotel room, hang up all your clothes. Make sure to place your empty luggage high up, if no shelf is available, place on a table. Bed bugs are not the best climbers and although they do get everywhere, they tend to stay low.

There are 2 important facts to ensure a Bed Bug free-2018; Bed Bugs don’t just hide in your bed, and don’t leave home without EcoRaider!

Treat Bed Bugs Infestations with Safe Home Remedies

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many it is a busy time of year.  It is easy to get caught up in the hustle of shopping and visiting with loved ones. An infestation of bed bugs has thrown a wrench into your plans of entertaining at home. To ensure a safe and comfortable environment, take basic precautions to safely fumigate and enjoy the holiday festivities.

Safety is the priority when using dangerous chemicals, equipment, and products in your home to treat bug infestations. Some products are harmful if not properly monitored or applied. Bed bugs are a burden and the irritation can heighten emotions, causing some people act erratically and choose unsafe solutions to rid their homes of pests.

In recent news, a 13-year old boy set his family’s home ablaze attempting to kill a bed bug last week, while burning down a substantial amount of a Cincinnati apartment building. Responders on the scene claim that the boys’ intentions were not maligned; he merely wanted to kill the bed bug with alcohol and matches. 

The fire caused $300,000 in damages, spreading out of control; it destroyed the boy’s family unit and wreaked havoc on two neighboring dwellings. One sure way to avoid such catastrophes is to attack the bed bug infestation by treating it properly. EcoRaider Bed Bug spray is a non-chemical pesticide that is tried and tested to work efficiently and safely.

EcoRaider is self-applicable and easy to use. It is friendly towards sensitive skin and furniture. EcoRaider’s ingredients comply with FDA GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) standard. The Cincinnati teen is far from the only person engaging in unsafe behavior. Whether it’s legal or illegal, news stories have reported about all aged people carrying out some risky do-it-yourself bed bug home treatments.

In 2013, CBS news reported that four firefighters were injured by a fire in Woodbury, New Jersey. The homeowner was attempting to kill a bed bug infestation by using a space heater, a hairdryer, and a home heater. In these situations, space heaters and fireplaces are often the culprits of house fires.

Locating and employing a professional who is specialized in bed bug treatment is a way to ensure safety. However, if you are working on a limited budget, you can use a green product like EcoRaider or recommend EcoRaider to your pest control contractor.

EcoRaider Bed Bug treatment has a proven track record for safety and success. The spray comes from all-natural ingredients extracted from plants, it is non-toxic and dissipates fast and allows the entire family to stay in the home during treatment without comprising their health. The Journal of Economic Entomology, 2015, states that EcoRaider is the only natural product that kills bed bugs on contact with 100% efficacy. Journal

There is a debate about the effectiveness of foggers for bed bug treatment. They can’t reach the cracks and crevices, the common places bed bugs hide, to kill them. Also, they are primarily contact killers, so any residual effect is minimal or nonexistent. Be cautious when using foggers, they can easily cause an accident if left unsupervised or improperly implemented.

According to nyt.com, a tenant caused an explosion in his New York City apartment in 2013. The man applied some over-the-counter aerosol foggers but failed to follow the instructions. He did not turn off all open flames in the kitchen before setting the bug bomb off, fires and explosions are uncommon but do happen.  A good way to avoid these hazards is to not use any unregistered gases like carbon dioxide, helium, propane, rubbing alcohol, to fumigate bed bugs.

Being safe is simple. Remember to read all pertinent information about the pesticide or device located on the label. Follow directions carefully, instructions will show where and how to treat. If you are unsure about the compatibility of chemical agents with your home, reach out to a professional to answer any questions.  

The key to safety in any bug treatment is that you refrain from acting out of haste or urgency. It is vital to keep a level head and be thorough in your approach. Home remedies can sometimes be cheaper, but you pay a higher price out of pocket and more importantly, should an accident happen, with your livelihood. It is wise to refrain from using any unhealthy shortcuts. EcoRaider is the safe solution. 

 

Being Green on a Budget

Eating organic and driving a hybrid car is not in your budget now. But here are some simple things you can do help the ecology of the planet and in turn save money.

Kiss bottled waters goodbye. America has the best municipal water system; though in recent years, concerns over clean water have risen. Lead discovered in the Flint water supply and additional concerns about clean water have come up in the news this past summer in some North Carolina communities, are both legitimate reasons to be wary of our old utility infrastructure. Investing in a filtration system or buying a simple Brita to place of the tap are precautionary measures you can take to insure safety, while not contributing to more plastic waste.

Recycle is a given. But what else aside from bottles, cans, and cardboard boxes are recyclable items? If you’re in the good habit of donating clothes to charities then you are on the right track. There are those clothes that are too tattered to give, but a few things you can do with them before they are dumpster bound. Use those old rags for crafts, line pet cages, cleaning, or if you like to sew, use them for practice patterns or cut up the material and use them for stuffing home-made teddy bears or throw pillows.

Cut down on paper waste by transferring all bills and newspaper subscriptions to electronic format. Not only will this reduce clutter and waste, becoming more organized will lessen stress which is always good for mental health.

Our economy is designed to urge citizens to consume. However, the level of consumption that cheap energy has afforded us is simply not sustainable. Our sentimental attachments to things and stuff could be redirected. Instead of purchasing that new book, borrow it from the library or if invest in a used copy instead, and then pass it on to a friend. Donate old magazines to schools or offices. Instead of buying a new power tool, rent or borrow it. Hey, it’s a great way to meet your new neighbors.

Become an informed consumer. Buying green products can cut overall waste and save you money. However, it’s important to know which companies to trust. Look for companies that promote eco-friendly products and prove environmentally favorable practices throughout the entirety the product’s life cycle. And if you do your homework and familiarize yourself about how different companies conduct their business practices; i.e. extraction of the raw materials, production, packaging, disposal, etc. you will benefit by making better decisions on where and how to buy the goods you rely on the most.

EcoRaider is committed to providing natural and non-toxic product options that consumers can feel confident using, even in the most sensitive environments. Check out our new Roach Killer Spray, the newest green repellent added to the EcoRaider family. The EcoRaider team continues to research and make it their highest priority to deliver sustainable, green products to the world that are effective against pests and cost-effective. Visit our shopping page to view all the available products.