bedbug victims and their bites
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It's Not Just the Bugs That Hurt

Whichever treatment you choose, expect to shell out serious shekels. "It's hundreds of dollars and up," says Martha Craft, Orkin's public relations director, "but customers can save a little money if they're willing to do the prep themselves". Thoroughly vacuum, remove light switch and outlet covers, pull carpet away from baseboards, carefully fold bedding and wash it in hot water. One thing you shouldn't do, though, is pitch the whole bed. "We don't recommend that people throw out mattresses and box springs unless they're structurally comprised," says Craft, "because our treatment kills both adults and eggs inside."
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