7 Things You Need to Know If You Think You Have Bed Bugs

by Richard A. Manfredi

It’s something you may say to your kids as a joke every night: “Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” But bed bugs in DC, Virginia, and Maryland are a growing problem —- and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

If you think you need a bed bug treatment, there are 7 things you need to know:

1. Bed bugs are tiny brown insects that feed off of human and animal blood, which is why they head for your bed. While you’re sleeping, you are like a bed bug buffet!

2. Bed bugs can get into your house without you even knowing —- on things like your luggage, your clothes, and your furniture.

3. The bed bug problem is a widespread one. Bed bugs in Virginia are popping up everywhere, from homes to hotels. Pest control services in Maryland had to remove a bunch of bed bugs from the public library in Urbana. And bed bugs in DC are being found in apartments all over town.

4. Bed bug bites look like itchy welts. They last longer than a mosquito bite, and they also itch more than a mosquito bite. If you keep waking up with welts on your skin, chances are it’s due to bed bugs.

5. Bed bug bites are an allergic reaction, so the severity of symptoms varies from person to person. In fact, it’s estimated that 30% of people who are bitten by bed bugs never show any symptoms!

6. Simply sleeping in another bed is not an effective bed bug treatment. Bed bugs are crafty; they can easily follow you to another bed. If you do have bed bugs, a pest control service can tell you the best way to isolate your bed so that they don’t spread.

7. Pest control services in Maryland, Virginia, and DC offer the only surefire way to get rid of bed bugs. They can offer a professional inspection that covers both main areas and tiny crevices. Pest control professionals can also use special pesticides that will get rid of the bed bugs, without harming you. And, a good pest control service can even provide you with a special mattress cover that can stop bed bugs from making their way into your mattress.
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1930::Practical Homes on Flickr.


Jens Pedersen, Architect

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The price of anything in the world is determined by how many people want to buy it and how much of it is available. In real estate, we break it down to known supply. If there’s one to five months’ supply of inventory, then we know it’s a sellers’ market and appreciation is going to take place. That’s the market we’ve been in since June of last year, where the amount of people looking to buy a house was greater than the amount of people that were putting their house on the market. Five to six months; that’s an even market, meaning prices are going to just remain relatively the same, very flat except for inflation, which we don’t have right now. Anything greater than six months, which is in the high end still in some sections, the super‐luxury market in some parts of the country that still have more than six months’ inventory, that means that prices might depreciate, meaning that there aren’t enough buyers out there to buy that particular inventory. RealAstute.com

The price of anything in the world is determined by how many people want to buy it and how much of it is available. In real estate, we break it down to known supply. If there’s one to five months’ supply of inventory, then we know it’s a sellers’ market and appreciation is going to take place. That’s the market we’ve been in since June of last year, where the amount of people looking to buy a house was greater than the amount of people that were putting their house on the market. Five to six months; that’s an even market, meaning prices are going to just remain relatively the same, very flat except for inflation, which we don’t have right now. Anything greater than six months, which is in the high end still in some sections, the super‐luxury market in some parts of the country that still have more than six months’ inventory, that means that prices might depreciate, meaning that there aren’t enough buyers out there to buy that particular inventory. RealAstute.com

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3.2M homeowners have been freed from negative equity in the last 12 months (Zillow 8/20/13)

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This coming week’s birthdays; Kevin’s diet disaster; the biggest stories in real estate this week … AND a fitting cocktail!

The Bumpy Night
6 parts vodka
1 part dry vermouth

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cocktail onion. Enjoy!