By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Swepe-Tite has introduced an all-natural, oil-based bed bug treatment that is nontoxic to humans and pets.
“The Swepe-Tite Bed Bug Treatment was developed as a ‘green’ alternative to control bed bugs,” said Mark Lovil, the president of the Tupelo-based company. “It will not hurt the environment. It will not hurt your family. Swepe-Tite pledges to be ecologically responsible.”
The treatment has been tested by the department of entomology and plant pathology at Mississippi State University.
The treatment can be applied directly to cracks, crevices, pillows, sheets, blankets, mattresses, box springs, chairs, couches, wash sheets and blankets. It also can be used in most areas of the house or apartment, Lovil said.
Bed bugs are on the rise in the U.S. after a major decline in the 1940s and 1950s. More global travel and today’s insecticides have been cited as reasons for their return. Today’s insecticides are safer for people, but far less effective in killing the pests.
Bed bugs are small, flat insects, usually reddish-brown and up to a quarter-inch long. They cannot fly or hop but can crawl quickly across floors and walls. Bed bugs most commonly enter hotels, dorms, homes, barracks, offices, movie theaters or airplanes by “hitchhiking” on a suitcase or backpack, used furniture or other objects and people moving from one building to another. Bed bugs can survive up to 550 days between feedings.
The bugs leave their hiding places in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, nightstands, curtains, couches, wall voids, baseboards, door and window frames, carpet edges and theater and airline seats to feed. The bugs feed on the blood of animals, including people and pets.
Even though bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, their bites can cause intense itching, and scratching could produce secondary infections. Bed bugs find their ways into homes and businesses because all they need to survive is a place to hide and a host to supply their only food – blood. New infestations may go undetected when only a few bed bugs are present, allowing the infestation to grow and spread.