Sowbugs

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pill bug sow bugSowbugs are not actually bugs at all. They are crustaceans that live on land. Related to shrimp and crayfish, the sowbug is unable to retain moisture and seeks moist environments to compensate. When sowbugs get inside a building, they will only survive if they can find these conditions, so basements, bathrooms, and kitchens are important places to check. Any place where your pipework leaks can also be a problem area.

Sowbugs feed mostly on decomposing plants, which means your gardens, pots, and planters are also prime targets. Thankfully, though sowbugs can become a nuisance, they are not known to cause physical harm. Because they can damage your plants through feeding, it’s important to address their appearance. The experts at Griffin Pest Solutions can tackle an infestation, but with a few do-it-yourself preventative measures, you can keep sowbugs from ever getting in.

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Sowbug Prevention
1. Think about small spots around the house that might serve as dark, damp hiding places. Decorative items on your porch, piles of logs, and the spaces behind basement appliances are some examples. Address these spots or dry out the spaces.

2. Install a dehumidifier to reduce basement moisture.

3. Make sure exterior doors close tightly.

4. Replace damaged or worn weather strips.

Morgellons
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IN THIS ARTICLE
Symptoms of Morgellons
Treatment of Morgellons
Who Gets Morgellons
The Debate Over Morgellons
Morgellons is a controversial and poorly understood condition in which unusual thread-like fibers appear under the skin. The patient may feel like something is crawling, biting, or stinging all over.

Some medical experts say Morgellons is a physical illness. Others suggest it is a type of psychosis called “delusional parasitosis,” in which a person thinks parasites have infected their skin.

Your doctor may call it an “unexplained dermopathy,” which means a skin condition that occurs without a known reason. Other medical professionals have dubbed the condition “fiber disease.”

Symptoms of Morgellons

Unpleasant skin sensations are the main complaint. People with Morgellons may also complain of:

Feeling like bugs are crawling all over the skin.
Burning or stinging sensations under the skin.
Intense itching.
Skin sores that appear suddenly and heal slowly.
Sores that leave very red (hyperpigmented) scars.
Some patients report thread-like fibers stuck in the skin.

People with Morgellons sometimes complain of other symptoms which may include:

Difficulty paying attention and concentrating
Extreme fatigue
Hair loss
Joint and muscle pain
Nervous system problems
Tooth loss
Sleep problems
Short-term memory loss
Treatment of Morgellons

There is no known cure for Morgellons. Treating any medical or psychiatric problems that occur at the same time as Morgellons may help ease Morgellons symptoms in some patients.

A team of medical researchers at the Mayo Clinic also recommend that patients with these symptoms should undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Who Gets Morgellons

In the past, few doctors had heard of Morgellons. But in response to scattered reports, the CDC worked together with several other health care agencies to investigate this condition. Most reports came from California, Texas, and Florida, although patients have been seen in all 50 states.

The CDC study found that Morgellons is most likely to affect middle-aged white women.

Many of the patients in the CDC study showed signs of being obsessively concerned about health problems in general. This is called somatic concerns.

About half of the people in the study had other health problems, including depression and drug abuse.

The Debate Over Morgellons

The question of whether Morgellons is a disease or a delusion has prompted debate and new research in recent years.

Why are Bed Bugs so prevalent now?

While bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, their presence is unwelcome and has presented difficult challenges and distress to many people. Experts suspect the resurgence is associated with more international and domestic travel, lack of knowledge necessary to prevent infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices.

The encouraging news is that there are ways to control bed bugs. Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer Powder provides an organic approach to eliminate the bed bug problem without using harsh chemicals and putting your family at risk.

So, how do I know if I have Bed Bugs?

Much of the time, a bed bug infestation is only suspected when bites appear on a person. Oftentimes, the bites are misidentified, thus allowing infestations to go unnoticed, which gives the bed bugs time to spread to other areas of the house.

When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, look for:

Dark spots (about this size: •) which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would
Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and white
Skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger
Live bed bugs
Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed

What do Bed Bugs do to me?

Bed bugs have a cryptic lifestyle, meaning they spend the majority of their time hiding together in cracks and crevices where they will not be seen or disturbed.

However, they become active at night, between midnight and 5:00 am. It is during this time, when the human host is typically in their deepest sleep, that bed bugs like to feed.

Once a bed bug finds the host, they probe the skin with their mouthparts to find a capillary space that allows the blood to flow rapidly into their bodies. A bed bug may probe the skin several times before it starts to feed. This probing will result in the host receiving several bites from the same bug.

Once the bed bug settles on a location, it will feed for 5-10 minutes. After the bed bug is full, it will leave the host and return to a crack or crevice, typically where other bed bugs are aggregating.

The bed bug will then begin digesting and excreting their meal. Bed bugs usually feed every 3-7 days, which means that the majority of the population is in the digesting state, and not feeding most of the time.

What do Bed Bugs look like?

Adults can easily be seen with the naked eye.

Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in color, wingless, and are about the size of an apple seed.

Immature bed bugs (there are 5 immature or nymphal instar stages) can also be seen with the naked eye but they are smaller than adults, and translucent whitish-yellow in color.

Bed bug eggs are also tiny, about the size of the head of a pin. The eggs are a pearl white color and have obvious eyespots if they are older than 5 days.

Bed bugs can look somewhat different depending on their feeding status. If an adult bed bug has not fed recently, it is approximately 3⁄16″ long and oval in shape.

In fact, an unfed bed bug can look like a flat disc. However, once it takes a blood meal the body blows up like a balloon. The bed bug elongates so that it looks more like a torpedo than a disc. The color also will be a bright red if the bed bug has fed within the last couple of hours. The bed bug will darken and flatten again over the next couple of days as it digests the blood meal.

How can I get rid of Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs have become increasingly resistant to most chemical pesticides and contributed to their resurgence. Using a product such as Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth Bed Bug, Ant and Crawling Insect Killer Powder will help you eliminate bed bugs by killing them within 48 hours of ingestion. Best of all, this product is an organic solution that will not harm your family or your pets.

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