Yep, Poor People Get Bed Bugs More Often Too

What was common sense to most of us already has now become “official” after a study revealed one of the biggest determining factors for if you’ll get bed bugs: your neighborhood-level median income.

This means low-income and government housing residents are often hit the hardest and have the fewest resources available to battle these nocturnal biting pests. While it used to be considered politically incorrect or insensitive to make a statement like this, now the University of Massachusetts Amherst has confirmed it for everyone.

The researcher responsible for conducting the data analysis observed that these communities are already suffering from other potential issues like unclean water, building disrepair, and asthma cases from poor ventilation, mold, or cheap construction.

My People are Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge: Hosea 4:6

It’s true, the real solution to bed bugs is not relying on some government agency or city planner, or even on a solid income to deal with the problem affordably.

“Low income” residents and their landlords always seem to believe that the government needs to come save them, yet if you assume the only solution is expensive bed bug exterminator treatments costing in the hundreds or thousands, then you’re already destined for failure, regardless of what the data points are.

In a recent story out of Reno, Nevada, one lady in public assistance housing finally got some outside help for a severe bed bug infestation which had been ongoing for the last 3 years after she posted a request for help on a community facebook page.

After the facebook page managers saw her request, they were able to mobilize a community response that involved several levels of government which had previously ignored her request going back to 2018.

Government Responds to Bed Bugs Only When it Has To, and Still Not Even Then

You can’t help but wonder that if the government and local politicians didn’t stand some positive PR (or potential negative consequences from social media) for rushing to the woman’s aid, would they have just kept ignoring her?

You have to imagine there are thousands more like her who are not getting the help they need.

But this is where I don’t agree with the common problem-reaction-solution cycle. Clearly we have to deal with this reality, but what if we could improve our reality with knowledge on how to get rid of bed bugs affordably, safely, and for good?

Bed Bug Solution for Poverty Conditions

The one thing people can do is educate themselves. Knowing the average cost of a professional bed bug treatment for a residence can range from $300 – $3,000, you have to be willing to shell out the big bucks or seek an effective alternative.

One such alternative is known as diatomaceous earth. It can be found cheaply at Home Depot or at a local feed store. However, there are different types of diatomaceous earth: one for putting in livestock feed, one for water filtration in swimming pools, and another for pesticide use.

To use diatomaceous earth for bed bugs you are technically supposed to go with an EPA-approved bed bug killer, though I think food grade works fine if not better, though the particle size of the “dust” makes it more likely to become airborne and a mild breathing hazard.

This is why I recommend the website because they provide just this type of effective natural bed bug treatment, which stays good as long it’s kept dry, and contains no artificial chemicals or toxins.

And each order comes with a free E-guide on how to not only get rid of bed bugs, but how to get rid of all crawling insect pests to include roaches, ants, ticks, and fleas.

Whatever You Do- Don’t Wait for Someone Else to Do It For You

There used to be a saying- “You get what you pay for.”

Nowadays, a growing sense of entitlement is rapidly developing, as evidenced in the public vocabulary I experienced just reading the various articles on bed bugs in the news.

Aside from the foolishness of thinking the world or the government owes you something, consider how much dumber it is to decide to be reliant on one that is too incompetent to help you anyway.

With that said, good luck!


Suspend for Bed Bugs: My Review

Suspend SC is a premium, high-grade formulation that contains deltamethrin, a third-generation pyrethroid that kills more than 50 pests by interfering with their basic nerve cell functioning. Suspend is different from other insecticides because it is a single, pure isomer and has the power to kill insects.

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The chemical also comes with a flexible label that enables application on mattresses, carpet and upholstery, box spring—common hiding places for most insects. This Suspend Insecticide review will walk you through all you need to know about this insecticide.

Target pests and insects

This chemical is said to control more than 50 pests including, ants, carpenter ants, firebrats, centipedes, millipedes, fleas, gnats, pantry pests, silverfish, bees, bed bugs, ticks, box-elder bugs, midges, crickets, flies fleas, killer bees, lice, mosquitoes, cecid flies, cockroaches, elm leaf beetles, moths, hornets, scorpions, sowbugs, spiders, multicolored asian lady beetle, pillbugs, yellow jackets, and wasps.

Suspend also treats pantry and pests ornamental, including grain borers and flour beetles. Most people get Suspend to control bed bugs. These are especially disgusting creatures and are usually the reason people learn about this product.

Features of this product

Suspend is an odorless insecticide that controls a wide variety of nuisance pests and one treatment can lasts for up to 3 months. The product works at low and high concentrations and provides almost immediate knockdown. Even better, it won’t stain the painted areas, plastic or material and is resistant to water. This bed bug control chemical should be applied where pests hide with special attention to dark, corners, drains, cracks, crevices, sinks, stoves, crawl spaces and baseboards attics. While applying, be sure to allow for ventilation as this is dangerous.

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Main active ingredients of Suspend

As stated earlier, the active ingredients in Suspend are pyrethroids and deltamethrin. This ingredient kills when an insect comes into contact with it through paralysing the pest’s nerve cell functioning. Pyrethroids has an instant disabling effect and is considered to be one among the most effective of all the synthetic pyrethroids in the market. Deltamethrin does not leave behind any odour, and can kill a wide variety of pests within minutes. Suspend Insecticide offers Deltamethrin in the concentrated suspension of pure microcrystals, which give Suspend Insecticide a long residual, and rather than being submerged into porous materials, they float on the surface.

Use and application of Suspend on bed bugs

According to the manufacture, you are required to use a low pressure system that comes with pinpoint to apply the spray mixture to areas like floors, crevices, cracks and on walls, expansion joints, areas around sewer pipes, and voids created by appliances. For control of ticks, fleas, and carpet beetles, you are required to apply as a coarse, low-pressure crack to problem areas. Don’t treat the whole floor, carpet or floor coverings. If you must apply to furniture, avoid applying to areas where humans will make contact with it. Great care must be exercised in handling this insecticide.

Potential dangers and side effects of Suspend insecticide

While Suspend kills a number of pests, it is one of the most toxic insecticides out there. The product is harmful when inhaled as it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. The most important thing to remember is not to come into contact with this chemical until the spray dries.

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This chemical is extremely toxic to water and there it shouldn’t be applied to water or areas where there is surface water. Also, water based spray should not be used in motor housing, conduits, swathe boxes, junctions boxes or any electrical equipment due to possible shock hazard.

Non-toxic alternative to Suspend

Suspend is a synthetic pyrethroid that’s chemically similar to naturally pyrethrins, but modified to be stable in the environment. While they are generally considered to be less toxic choices for insect treatment, they are capable of causing adverse reactions. If you want to get rid of bed bugs in your home for good without toxic chemicals, Defensive End! for bed bugs is still your best bet.

Some people spend hundred on products like Suspend with no relief from bed bugs completely, and it’s potentially highly dangerous to humans.

Because of this we can’t recommend Suspend for treating bed bugs.

(read my Bedroom Guardian Review)

Riddex Review


In recent years technology has been developed to get rid of pests without actually killing them. This type of product is known as an ultrasonic pest repellent.

 Riddex is quite the innovative and unusual product, but ultimately is more effective against mice and some insects than bedbugs.

The product maker claims it gets rid of all pests and while it may get rid of a lot of them, bed bugs are a special case. Riddex is also quite effective against roaches.

So how does Riddex work?

Riddex uses sonar to send electrical impulses throughout the walls of your residence causing mice and roaches to clear out. It is also effective against squirrels and gofers and potentially other small furry creatures.

So if you have a problem with mice or lots of spiders in your house or in your walls, this can be an absolutely great product for you.

There have been many positive stories about this unit online but also an equal number of negative reviews. Often times negative reviews are the result of people not knowing how to use a product. Then again sometimes the product just plain does not work.

These types of products claim to be effective against a wide array of pests including mice, but as this video shows, they are anything but effective.

Does Riddex Work against Bed Bugs?

I would definitely not get this for bedbugs. Bedbugs or just simply too resilient and they are not affected by normal anti-pest solutions like other pests are. However I could see the benefit in this product if you have a mice or roach problem, or if you use this product along with something else.

Riddex could potentially prevent bedbugs from hiding in your walls but would most likely drive them out of the walls into somewhere else where something like bedroom guardian or fabric clear would then be necessary.

You should also be careful of this product if you have small animals like dogs or cats. The high-pitched noise that is inaudible to human ears can often distracted and bother household pets.

For the most part the Riddex product gets absolutely excellent reviews for people who are trying to get rid of mice but other than that the reviews are pretty mixed. My advice is definitely do not buy this for bedbugs if you are on a budget and you are not buying any other bed bug repellent. I would only use this as a supplement to an effective bedbug treatment or consider using this for other pests besides bedbugs.

Additionally, if you have a roach or rodent problem, Riddex has been rated as an excellent solution. Bedroom Guardian and Defensive End! will also kill roaches, but Riddex sends unique signals through the walls to get the roaches out.

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what bedbug bites look like

what do bed bug bites look like

Have you ever awaken in the morning and had little bites on your arms or legs or red rash and you had no idea how they got there? Most of the time people just assume this is from spider bites, fleas, or an allergic reaction.

But did you know that you might actually have bed bugs in your home? Thinking back now you may realize you had bedbug bites and didn’t know it. I know I sure did.

A lot of people think that bed bugs are just prevalent in areas of low income and poverty, but the truth is bedbugs can be found even in five star hotels cruise ships buses trains and dorm rooms.

What is the harm of Bedbug bites

Most of the time, bed bugs do not spread major diseases. However, a Penn University Medicine study showed that bedbugs can carry the parasite that causes the deadly Chagas disease. The biggest risk is one of infection, annoyance and anxiety, perhaps causing you to not rest completely easily at night and get a full night’s sleep.

Many people report insomnia and being stressed out when trying to fall asleep at night, or they are preoccupied that their newborn baby is being bitten by one of the bloodsucking devils.

Do bed bugs bite during the day?

Bed bugs are often impossible to find during the day because they hide during daylight hours and then faced at night. If you suspect that you have bedbugs one of the best places to look is under your mattress or box spring and check for easy hiding places in and around the bedroom.

Often times bedbug infestations are treated through insecticides and spraying, but if you are allergic to chemicals or have a high sensitivity to pesticides or insecticides then you may want to consider a 100% natural bed bug repellents.

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