On the Road in March

Happy April, y’all! Is it starting to warm up where you are? I sure hope so! 

Here in Florida, it’s been fairly warm, fairly rainy, and I have about 4.5 more months until the babies arrive! (So yeah, that’s pretty much ALL that’s on my mind, as you can imagine!) I did want to stop and see what the top five posts were for the month of March, though! Care to look back with me?

March

1. 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a really fun post – tons of creative ideas! Make sure you check this one out if you happened to miss it!

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2. How Effective is Heat Treatment for Bedbugs? – This one was not so fun, but full of very useful information. I really hope none of you ever need to use it, to be perfectly honest!

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3. New Product Review: Red’s Natural Foods! – I’m so glad everyone liked this post, because I really love Red’s and what they stand for! Doesn’t hurt that their food is totally yummy, either!

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4. New Product Review: Grove Collaborative! – So apparently the product reviews are going over really well, and I’m thrilled that everyone loved Grove Collaborative as much as I did!

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5. Things I’m Liking These Days – Sometimes it’s nice to just get real simple and share stuff, right? I shared what I’M liking with all of you – be sure to check out the comments on this one and see what everyone else is liking, too!

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And there they are, the top 5 posts in the month of March! And there’s some great stuff coming up for April, I promise!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

How Effective is Heat Treatment for Bedbugs?

My hubby came home from work the other day with some news.

“You’ll never believe this,” he said, speaking of his almost-4,000-person office building. 

“What?” I asked, almost absent-mindedly.

“Bedbugs!” he exclaimed.

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I was no longer absent-minded. “BEDBUGS?! Where?!”

“At work!” he laughed.

“At WORK?! How in the world?!”

Apparently a co-worker on a different floor had brought in a blanket from home because she was cold. And apparently her home was infested with bed bugs. And now…they were spreading throughout the office building.

My skin was immediately crawling. “Do you feel itchy?!” I demanded. “Let me look at your head! Don’t you bring those nasty things home!!!”

I think the crisis has passed at his office building, but it certainly made me do a bit of research, especially due to the fact of all the “super strains” that are out there these days.

I mean, just when we thought we’d gotten rid of extensive bedbug problems, they come back with a resistance to common insecticides and chemicals used to treat them. Bedbugs are parasitic, meaning that they feed on human blood, and they can be extremely hard to get rid of once your home is infested. Mattresses, box springs, carpets, furniture and baseboards are all prime hotspots for bedbug infestation, and these little pests can hide in areas as small as nail cracks in the wall. Most bedbug infestations will be within a couple of meters of their human meal host, which is why they’re most commonly found in beds and bedrooms.

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