April 2015 Posts

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

There are tons of ways to get rid of bed bugs, but some of them are hazardous or expensive and some are simply just inhumane. Yet there are plenty of home remedies, as well as environmentally responsible professional methods, that are proven effective and have ridden households from bed bugs for years.


Heat is one of the most effective ways to get rid of bed bugs. Oftentimes, professional companies will steam your rooms–they call it “thermal remediation”–which Connor’s Pest & Termite Control says is the most thorough way of killing both bed bugs and their eggs. It’s environmentally responsible and doesn’t require much preparation.

Natural oils and herbs

Tea tree oil prevents bed bugs from hanging around your bed because of the strong smell. Spraying it around your bed will keep them from biting you while you’re asleep. Additionally, lavender makes for an effective deterrent. The most effective way of using lavender is to put some of the dried herb between two pieces of cloth and then sew them around your bed’s perimeter, but you can also pick up some lavender oil, which is essentially the concentrated scent. You can rub the oil all over your bed frame and floor to protect yourself from bed bugs.

Isopropyl Alcohol

Generally used to treat and disinfect yourself if you do get bitten, rubbing alcohol can also clean the areas of your home where you’ve found bed bugs. It’s strong, so just a couple spritzes in a spray bottle will do the trick.

Diatomaceous Earth

The active ingredient of this surprisingly effective substance is soil made of tiny algae fossils. The small sharp edges cut the bugs, and they basically die from blood loss. If you simply sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your bed, there’s a likely change that you can get rid of bedbugs.


Tossing all of your infected belongings can be expensive and is frankly unnecessary. Additionally, simply throwing them out doesn’t get rid of bed bugs; since they’re still alive, they might infect one of your neighbors’ homes and cause more stress. One way to disinfect blankets, stuffed animals, soft toys, pillows, and other things that can’t be easily tossed in the washing machine–even laptops–is to just put them in a bag with insecticide strips, vacuum seal it, and wait a couple of days.

Advantage Capital Partners Invests $7.2m in Healthcare Tech Company

Advantage Capital Partners Invests $7.2m in Healthcare Tech Company

Advantage Capital Partners, a leading venture capital and small business finance firm invested $7.2 million in 3DR Laboratories, Inc. in August 2012. 3DR Laboratories is a visualization lab that provides 3D imaging services to hospitals and other organizations. The  $7.2 million was a component to an alliance with Kentucky New Markets Development programs. The operation expansion allowed 3DR Laboratories to create 15 new highly paying jobs in a relatively distressed area.

“This funding allows us to enhance our capabilities in order to better serve our clients. It also allows us to maintain our position of leadership in the imaging industry,” said David Ferguson, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors for 3DR Laboratories.

3DR Laboratories is a vital component to over 200 clients in the health care realm. It provides 3D images by processing CT scans and MRIs performed at hospitals and other health care facilities. It processes over 3,000 cases per month, some in a matter of minutes if it’s an emergency.

“We are pleased to provide funding to 3DR Laboratories,” said Tim Hassler of Advantage Capital Partners of the investment.

Drexel University Dermatolgy Program

Drexel University Dermatolgy Program

Drexel University College of Medicine offers an advanced three-year dermatology program, under the watch of Herb Allen. Drexel trains its students to have top knowledge in caring and treating patients with skin, hair, and nails. Drexel is already topping other dermatology programs at other colleges with its fast-tracked program. In only three years one can have a degree in dermatology. The dermatology program is comprehensive clinical training in diagnosing, treating, and performing surgery on the treatment of the skin, hair, nails, mucous membranes. Other aspects of the training allows students to perform clinical research. Unlike other schools, students will know, first-hand, if what they are treating patients with is substantial or not. With other programs it is mostly book work and exams. At Drexel, it is hands-on learning so students will have real experience with how they will be working in the real world.

Drexel’s Dermatology program has advanced skin care services for patients. They house state-of-the-art medical technology to treat acne, moles, skin cancer, etc. As well as rare skin disorders such as lupus of the skin. And with a caring approach to treating patients, Drexel has a very high success rate with treatment. What makes Drexel great is their diverse areas of expertise. They are exceptionally skilled in: Mohs surgery, laser technology, photodynamic therapy, ethnic skin care, women’s health dermatology, and comprehensive skin care for organ transplant patients. Stated before, Drexel takes extra care for patients. To show their care, they perform early skin and mole exams for the early detection of cancer.

The goal of the dermatology program at Drexel University is to provide excellent care to their patients on their outpatient sites and at their inpatient site so medical students can learn basic and advanced dermatological diagnosis. Other dermatology facilities are very broad in their teachings and care to patients and make empty promises. Not at Drexel. Drexel is skilled in their department of dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and clinical dermatology. Those who are seeking quality skin treatment can certainly trust the board-certified dermatologists at Drexel University. They are always one step ahead of other dermatology programs, leading the way for the future.