Defeating Bed Bugs

Yes, bed bugs do in fact exist and have been a common problem for many households. It’s no longer just a childhood rhyme used to make children laugh at night. Bed bugs have been a big problem for some cities, even having instances where mass outbreaks have occurred. So how do you tell if you have a bed bug infestation and how do you get rid of them?

To make sure you in fact have a bed bug problem and not something else like spiders, carpet beetles, or cockroaches, you have to be able to identify bed bugs. Here’s how: bed bugs are tiny insects that surprisingly feed on human blood. Bed bugs cause tiny red bumps on your body because of this feeding habit. Bed bugs are impossible to see unless they are adults, which are more visible with a rusted color and oval shaped body. Essentially, if you have bites on your body and can’t find other insects around, you have a solid chance they are from bed bugs.

To prevent bed bugs from spreading into the home, you should inspect all your furniture, old and new for these little crawlers. Also, find time to seal up cracks and crevices with caulk to prevent bed bugs or any other intruders from invading your home. Of course, in the event you find these bugs in your home, you can kill these bugs by either hiring an exterminator or using your own remedy.

As far as home remedies go, you can begin washing all of your bedding with hot water and drying them with high heat. High heat from a blow dryer is your best weapon in removing bed bugs. Since a home exterminator is not needed, you can save the money and apply it to new furniture if need be.

Carrot Cake

Ready In: 2 Hours

Servings: 15

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple,
    drained
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk. Stir in carrots, coconut, vanilla, and pineapple. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; gently stir into carrot mixture. Stir in chopped nuts. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter or margarine, cream cheese, vanilla, and confectioners sugar. Blend until creamy. Frost cake while still in the pan.

Source: Allrecipes.com

      

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