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9.21.2010

In the News: Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite!

9.21.2010
Not as cute and cuddly in real life.
Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite! It's a saying you may have been told while getting tucked into bed in your younger years, but the occurrence of bedbugs is on the rise. They've been found in stores, hotels, libraries, movie theaters, and yes, even college dorms.

These little critters are most common in areas with crowded lodging or a high turnover of guests and result in itchy, red bites. The problem has gotten so bad that Chicago's first national Bed Bug Summit has sold out! The website promises attendees, "direct access to bed bug experts from both academia and industry in a neutral setting" with plenty of opportunities for learning about research, treatments, and proper protocol. According to experts, the bedbug fighting industry has tripled in the past year!

Want to protect yourself from a bedbug infestation? Start by washing your sheets! You've been at school for roughly a month now. To cut down on dust mites, bedbugs, and other allergens, it's important to wash your sheets regularly- about once a month. Think how often you or your friends use your bed as a spot to eat, to study, to lounge, or for... other activities. Keeping your sheets fresh and clean can keep you healthier! Click here for more information on bedbugs.

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