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How to Get Rid of Bedbugs…You have got to be kidding me!

by Karen Brooks on December 22, 2010

BedbugsImagine your spouse returns from a business trip with thousands of tiny bed bug bites all over their face. It is so bad that you think they literally got beat up while out of town.

What starts out as an itch, could be latest in an epidemic sweeping throughout the United States. Bed bugs were literally a thing of the past that your grandparents would have trouble remembering.

CNN reported on April 9, 2010, that the once “near extinct” bed bug is making a rapid comeback and spreading rapidly. They are not confined to that “old motel” with flashing neon signs. The bugs are in higher end hotels, and almost every big city hotel in the United States needs to contend with these nasty little critters.

A recent new report cited that in New York, bed bugs were found in prominent movie theaters, and retail shoe stores. It was so bad, these establishments were closed for several days while the bed bug infestation was treated commercially. Exterminators have gone so far as to train dogs to detect the little critters.

Bed bugs are a part of a family of parasitic insects that feed on warm blooded animals. They love the dark (reminds you of a vampire movie), and are easy to find if you know where to look. Some of their favorite hiding spots include the seams of mattresses (hence their name), carpeting, drapes and any type of fabric, including your clothes!

So how do you get bed bugs?

They are attracted to the carbon dioxide in your breath, and come out during the night to bite. You really don’t feel their bite, otherwise, they would have  been swatted off of their victim. Bed bugs only bite when they are hungry, and can life for months without eating, especially in cold weather.  Easily attaching themselves to your clothes, luggage, and even pets, they can be found in hotels, planes and cruise ships as well.

You can identify the bugs by the droppings that they leave behind. Look for dark spots on mattresses and fabrics.

Bed bugs don’t seem to carry any type of blood born illness, and that is very fortunate!  The reactions to the bites vary quite a bit from person to person. Some individuals have literally no reaction to the bites, while other have intense itching and swelling.

How do you get rid of bed bugs?

The first step is awareness and prevention.  Whenever you travel, protect your clothes and luggage by putting your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed or draperies. Hang your clothes in a closet.

When you return, make sure you launder your clothes in warm or hot water, and dry them in a hot clothes dryer. The bed bugs hate heat!

If you get them in your home, they can be difficult to kill. Remember they hate heat!!!  A company by the name of Thermapure brings in infrared panels that raise the temperature in the room. While not cheap, this is a natural method that doesn’t exposure you to toxic chemicals. It also works!!

Another method of eradication is a Climbup Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Trap that can be found on the internet. It is placed under the legs of furniture and bedding and traps the bed bugs. It is pesticide free as well.

So how do you treat a bed bug bite?

There are several natural remedies, but I like Clay Powder, which is readily available on the internet. Another remedy is a raw potato, which when placed on the bite, helps to reduce swelling. Several oatmeal preparations and soaks, such as Aveeno, may also help to provide some comfort for you.

Bed bugs are one story that you don’t want to tell your grandchildren about! Remember prevention and awareness are the key to preventing these nasty little creatures from invading your home.

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Do You Know About Omega 3 Health Benefits?

by Karen Brooks on August 25, 2009

Omega 3 fatty acids are nutritional elements that had first captured the attention of researchers’ about twenty years ago. They soon discovered that Omega 3 health benefits were certainly substantial for anybody who was having problems with their heart.

In the early the 1980’s there were studies that showed the Inuit had very low rates of heart disease in spite of their high-fat diet rich in fish. It then turned out the Omega 3 fatty acids that are found in the fish were most likely protecting their hearts, along with some more health benefits.

Omega 3 Health Benefits for Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Omega 3 fatty acids are also known as polyunsaturated fats. There had been studies that show that omega 3 fatty acids are diet rich and may also help lower triglycerides as well as increasing HDL cholesterol, which is also addressed as the good cholesterol.

What is more amazing about Omega 3 health benefits is that it can also act as an anti-coagulant that will prevent the blood from clotting. There are also a few studies that also suggest that these kinds of fatty acids can help lower high blood pressure.

Omega 3 Health Benefits for Alzheimer’s

Furthermore, Omega 3 fats can also protect our body against any accumulation that is happening inside of the body such as a protein that has been deemed to be connected to Alzheimer’s disease, according to the outcome of a new study.

All of the fish contains Omega 3 fats; however they are a lot more concentrated with fatty fish, such as, sardines, mackerel, salmon and herring. It is recommended to eat fish atleast twice in a week.
Bread and baked goods, infant formula as well as yogurt are now had been fortified with Omega 3 fatty acids.

Green leafy vegetables are also one of the many sources of Omega 3, as well as, soy and tofu, canola oil, soybean oil, nuts and flax seed.

Even with all of these Omega 3 sources though you may not be getting enough in your diet and may require a good quality fish oil supplement.

If you’re interested in learning more about the omega 3 health benefits, visit my website, where I share what products I have personally been using daily for several years.

About the Author

Henri K. Junttila is a health researcher, and believer of using the best natural options to stay healthy and young. Visit his website http://www.fish-oil-advice.com/ today to learn more about the powerful benefits of omega-3 fish oils.

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Natural Cures Help Keep Us Healthier

August 5, 2009

Natural healing methods, now known as Alternative Medicine, have been around for centuries. Chinese herbal remedies have become known throughout the world for their healing abilities. Indian tribes have been known to use the barks from trees, plants, and seeds to heal their ailments. Even the Bible tells us of natural things we should use […]

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Natural Cures Help Keep Us Healthier

June 15, 2009

Natural healing methods, now known as Alternative Medicine, have been around for centuries. Chinese herbal remedies have become known throughout the world for their healing abilities. Indian tribes have been known to use the barks from trees, plants, and seeds to heal their ailments. Even the Bible tells us of natural things we should use […]

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