We suspect there is wide agreement that no one should experience the stress of a bed bug infestation during the busy, already stressful holiday season. This news caught our eye recently: Ohio's Stryker Pest Control has teamed up with Reed’s Pest Control to bring free bed bug relief to families in need this holiday season. More details on their Facebook page and in the following news article. Kudos to these two companies for this generous program!
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Dec 09, 2014
Nov 20, 2014
With Thanksgiving and winter holidays right around the corner, many people have travel plans that include overnight stays in hotels and other accommodations. Before you flop, exhausted, onto a bed and throw your luggage on a carpeted floor, check out these basic tips to avoid accidentally bringing bed bugs home. Bed bugs are terrific hitchhikers and once nestled into the crevices of your suitcase, they can easily come home with you.
Nov 03, 2014
We welcome the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter as a client and congratulate them on their November 1st opening. This 42-bed shelter located in the First Christian Church in Olympia, Washington, will serve Olympia's most vulnerable people currently living on the streets.
The "vulnerability index" determines a client's fragility and evaluates such factors as client background, housing history, health conditions, personal trauma and past drug use. The First Christian Church has a long history of sheltering homeless families.
Oct 20, 2014
In a recent article in The Atlantic, writer Rose Eveleth recounts her third bed bug infestation experience. Beyond the itching and the interrupted sleep, Rose goes deeper into the anxiety and stress that affects people long after the bugs are gone:
"I used to joke that I had bed bug PTSD. There's a certain kind of anxiety that the seemingly invisible biters incite. But in fact, it might not be a joke. Research is starting to show that bed bug infections (sic) can leave people with anxiety, depression, and paranoia. And that's normal. In fact, it would be weird for you not to be freaked out, says Stephanie Perron, a doctor and researcher at the University of Montreal. 'If you have bed bugs, and if you don't care, that's not a normal reaction. You should be worried. I would consider it a normal reaction to a stressor.' "
In the article, Rose reports on a few studies that have evaluated the stress and impact on mental health.