Category Archives: Bed Bug Elimination

How Much Does It Cost to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Killing Bed Bugs Costs More than You’d Think!

Getting rid of bed bugs is no easy feat. How much money have you spent on pest management this year?  Is there truly any limit on how much money you are willing to spend to make sure you do not wake with bed bug bites?

Based on a recent poll by the Bedbug.com Bed Bug Blog, 90% of voters have spent over $100 getting rid of bed bugs, with 27% having spent between $501 and $1,000 and a whopping 31% having spent between %1,000 and $3,000!

Getting rid of bed bugs poll

Does taking care of bed bug infestations really cost an average of $500-$3,000? While quotes vary depending on the severity and conditions of the situation, it is definitely not unusual to get a quote anywhere upward of $500-per-room for pest management.

When getting rid of bed bugs is so expensive, why wait to break the bank trying to get rid of problem that can easily be prevented for a fraction of the price? Today, with SecureSleep bed bug proof products, such as bed bug mattress encasements, bed bug proof pillow cases, and even bed bug protective laundry and garment bags – there is no reason not to take caution and save yourself what could be a lot of money.

Let us know how much money you have spent taking care of a bed bug problem:

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Bed Bugs Resisting Insecticides

New research may shed light on how to get rid of bed bugs

With the sudden resurgence of bed bug infestations popping up not only in New York but all over the United States, many are wondering “What does it take to kill bed bugs and keep them away?” New research has discovered that the new strain of bed bugs is actually resisting many of today’s bed bug insecticides.

bed bug People may be relying too much on using these, no longer effective, insecticides to get rid of bed bugs instead of taking preventative measures such as using bed bug proof encasements. The research, published on PLos One this Wednesday, uncovered the underlying genetic mechanism that bed bugs use to withstand many of the common pyrethroids, like deltamethrin and beta-cyfluthrin.

The research noted that the modern “resistant” bed bugs are over 5,000 times more resistant to detamethrin and over 100 times more resistant to beta-cyfluthrin than the older “susceptible’ strain of bed bugs. Using genetic sequencing, Adelman et. al have found that this resistance is probably due to an increase in the newer bed bugs’ metabolic resistance.

This discovery may be the key reason for the sudden return of bed bugs to the United States. Resistance is something that needs to be monitored and accounted for in order to control bed bug infestations, and this new information is the key to creating more effective products.

Read more at www. news.yahoo.com/us-researchers-study-bed-bugs-resistance-032111808.html

What are Bed Bug Mattress Encasements?

Bed Bug Mattress Encasements are mattress covers that restrict the movement of bed bugs to the outside of the encasement, preventing an infestation in the mattress and box spring. Securesleep.com offers scientifically-tested Bed Bug Mattress Encasements that are proven to stop the penetration of bed bugs in fabric, and prevent bed bugs from spreading. These mattress encasements can be used for preventative measures, or on mattresses that have or have had bed bug infestations.

What happens to bed bugs when a mattress encasement is used?

bed bug mattress encasementBed bugs are trapped between the mattress encasements and the mattress where they will eventually die from starvation. Adult bed bugs can live over a year without a blood meal, and nymphs (baby bed bugs) can survive for three months. Therefore, the performance of your encasement is very important to keep bed bugs inside (where they are trapped and can not reach you) or outside of your bed depending on when you encase your mattress.

Secure Sleep Bed Bug Mattress Encasement:

Sizescrib, twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, cal king

Measurements:

Crib measures: 28W x 52L fits on all standard cribs
Twin measures: 39W x 75L up to 9″ depth
Twin XL measures: 39W x 80L up to 9″ depth
Full measures: 54W x 75L up to 16″ depth
Queen measures: 60W x 80L up to 16″ depth
King measures: 78W x 80L up to 16″ depth
Cal King measures: 72W x 84L up to 16″ depth

Product Features:

100% Micro-Polyester Comfortable,
Breathable Fabric
Patent Pending Zipper Technology
Entomologist Tested Effective
Machine Washable
Lifetime Warranty
Money Back Guarantee

Bed Bugs Force DMV To Close

Bed Bugs at the Littleton, Colorado DMV

bed bugIn Littleton, Colorado bed bugs were found on one DMV employee’s desk and as a result the DMV has shut down. Bed bugs are not only driving people out of their houses, hotels, and favorite stores but now they are keeping people out of their DMVs.  The DMV will remain closed until it is thoroughly inspected and completely free of any bed bugs. Getting rid of bed bugs is no easy task, but in this case it is important that it is done, not only thoroughly, but quickly. Bed bugs are creeping up in more and more commercial and public places, they are no longer staying true to their name as they recently have been found far from the bedroom.

The DMV is expected to open on Monday, but the date can be pushed off if bed bugs are found after investigations. The situation has inconvenienced many people and at this point all that can be done is precaution to prevent a future reoccurrence. Bed bugs may not spread diseases but their bites are not painless. These bugs spread very easily and therefore, infestations must be treated properly.

Read more about detecting bed bugs and preventing infestations here. 

SecureSleep.com Launches New Bed Bug Products

New SecureSleep Bed Bug Products

Who wants to worry about killing bed bugs? I think it’s pretty safe to assume getting rid of bed bug infestations is not a task many people would wish for. SecureSleep.com has made it their mission to come up with new solutions for keeping bed bugs away, so getting rid of bed bugs does not become a problem their customers have to worry about.

Today, bed bug protection has reached its new height with SecureSleep’s two new products: the bed bug proof garment bag encasement and bed bug clothing protection hamper.

Bed Bug Proof Garment Bag

bed bug proof garment bag
Securesleep.com has created new garment bags that not only keep your clothes crease-free but also keep them bed bug-free.  These 52” garment bags are machine washable and are easily portable so you can even fight bed bugs on the go. They can even be used to hang up clothes in hotel rooms where bed bugs are always a problem and prevent you from bringing bed bugs, hidden in your clothes, home. (Read more about bed bugs in hotel rooms here).

Bed Bug Clothing Protection Hamper

bed bug hamperYou probably have never thought you had to worry about the dirty clothes you just threw in the hamper – but those dirty clothes could become even more “dirty” if infested by bed bugs. Securesleep.com has solved this problem for you with their new bed bug proof hamper that will prevent any bed bugs from infesting your clothes and even worse spreading to other parts of your house. The machine washable bed bug bag can be folded for easy storage, and stands up when filled with clothes.

Both the bed bug proof garment bag and bed bug protection hamper are very easy and convenient solutions for protecting your clothes against bed bugs. Buy with confidence because all SecureSleep products are Entomologist tested effective and have lifetime warranties.

Bed Bugs Come to Hollywood

Hollywood hotel sued for Bed Bugs

This year a rising number of hotels have had to get rid of bed bugs from many of their rooms, and this definitely does not exclude hotels in the glamorous Hollywood.

bed bugs in hotel roomI guess not everything is picture-perfect in Hollywood. A couple staying in one of Hollywood’s hotels found a bed bug crawling across a pillow as they lay down to sleep. To their horror, the bed bug was not alone – as they found multiple bed bugs crawling all over the bed when they pulled down the sheets. Perhaps the most frightening part of the story is that the hotel, presented with the bed bug situation, only offered to switch the couple’s room – which they very smartly declined. The couple returned home and ended up getting rid of all their stuff to prevent bed bugs from spreading. The couple reported that the hotel handled the situation very poorly and only called for exterminators 17 days later.

The bed bug attacked couple have attempted to receive compensation from the hotel for doctor visits, damaged items and the “stay” at the hotel but the hotel refused.  Part of the law suit that has resulted from this bed bug case, is the requirement that the hotel provide the proper information for how to deal with bed bugs if similar future cases arise.

Tips for handling bed bugs include:
1. Call your Pest Management Professional
2. Do not touch or move anything unless instructed to do so by the professional
3. Once bed bugs are eliminated prevent bed bugs from coming back. Buy the appropriate anti-bed bug mattress encasements, anti-bed bug pillow cases, and bed bug prevention luggage liners.

Read more about dealing with bed bugs while traveling here.

More about the story can be found at http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/7888873-418/couple-suing-hollywood-casino-joliet-and-hotel-saying-room-had-bedbugs.html

Bed Bug Insecticide Kills Human Instead of Bugs

Bed Bug insecticides kill one and harm many

In North Carolina, a woman dies after attempting to kill bed bugs using 18 cans of insecticides. In fact, she is just one of an already known 110 individuals harmed by bed bug insecticides in the past three years. CDC officials are suggesting that people rely on exterminators rather than attempt to fight the bed bugs themselves. It could mean their life!bed bug adult

The sudden scare of bed bug insecticides has encouraged people to take preventative measures. Bed bug mattress encasements and pillow covers can keep bed bugs out and prevent the need for using these harmful insecticides.

bed bug infestation, mattress encasementPerhaps the most frightening thing about this increasingly common occurrence is that the bed bugs themselves do not spread sickness. Even though the bloodsucking critters are a huge bother, it is the insecticide products used to kill them that cause the most harm.

Read more about avoiding bed bugs so you do not have to resort to using harmful products

Find more information at: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/scores-sick-died-kill-bedbugs-14581539

Bed Bugs attack the Police

Bed Bugs found in Philadelphia Police Departments

bed bug infested prison cellPolice have enough work to do, dealing with bed bugs shouldn’t be part of it. In Philadelphia, some police departments are facing big problems with bed bug infestations. Mayor of Philadelphia has announced that about $11 million will go toward improving the police department facilities to help prevent bed bugs, among other things.

The Police Union in Philadelphia, have asked the city to help in the repairs from these bed bug infestations. Some holding cells have been found with bed bugs and therefore cannot be used until the bed bugs are removed. In addition, instead of bringing their work home, police are bringing bed bugs home. The police union has to send exterminators to clean out these infested homes.

bed bug, frontal view

The fight against bed bugs in police departments is not a small one – it can not be solved with a few exterminations. The facilities are in bad conditions and the $11 million set aside for police department repairs and upgrades should reduce the chance of bed bugs returning in the future.

Read more at http://lewistownsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/147161/Philly-FOP–Bedbugs–fleas-among-facility-problems-.html?isap=1&nav=5013

Volunteers Work to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

A New Bed Bug Volunteering Project

In Kreta Ayer, Singapore a new volunteering program has been created – the Stop Pests Project. This projected two-month program, beginning on September 11, 2011, aims to help clean 150 bed bug infested houses on Block 51 – a main rental block in Kreta Ayer.

‘Stop Pests Project’ targets 150 bed bug infested homes

Many elderly and poor individuals, living in this area, are unable to afford getting rid of bed bugs in their houses and so they live alongside the blood-sucking critters. This Stop Pests Project has already racked up corporate investors and has taken public donations to help cover the estimated cost of $250,000.Bed bug infested mattress

The Stop Pest Project has employed an Origin Exterminators’ beagle to help locate the bed bugs within the many houses. This use of dogs to find bed bugs is a new practice that has been growing both within the United States and out. Once the bed bugs have been located, over 100 volunteers have begun packing up houses for extermination.

This two-month project is only a test run of what could be a huge campaign to help clean the city of infestations and perhaps prevent bed bugs in the future. In addition to increasing the number of houses targeted by this volunteer program, head of the Stop Pest Project, Dr. Neo hopes to eventually have enough funding to replace the infested furniture and bed bug ridden mattresses.   

Read more about protecting your mattresses from infestations at http://lnk.nu/bedbug.com/1s15.aspx

“Bedbugs” Hits the Bookshelves

“Bedbugs,” on sale September 6, 2011, is a book you might not want to read before going to bed. That is, unless you have protective bed bug encasements.

“Bedbugs” book hits the shelves on September 6th

Bedbug book, Ben H. Winters

We’ve all read books that make our skin crawl, remember Goosebumps – the  blood-curling books of the 90s? But author Ben H. Winters takes this idea to a whole ‘nother, more literal, level in his book “Bedbugs”. In his modern take of Ira Levin’s “Rosemary’s Baby”, his main character Susan Wendt finds herself going crazy over bedbugs that seem to be a figment of her own imagination.

Susan and her husband Alex, along with their daughter move into a new, seemingly too-good-to-be-true, apartment. The apartment really does turn out to be too-good-to-be-true when Susan discovers a bed bug bite on one of her portraits. Then the bedbug bites start showing up all around the apartment, including on Susan herself. But for some reason neither Alex nor her daughter Emily ever wake up with any bites and both don’t seem to think the house is infested. Susan thinks she’s having hallucinations after an exterminator examines the house and announces it is bedbug free. Yet, Susan continues to be tormented by these critters. Winters spares no detail in describing the bugs crawling all over Susan’s body leaving a trail of bed bug bites as she helplessly lies in bed. Reading the book you certainly do not feel any better than Winters’ character does – in fact you almost can’t help running to your bed, yanking off the covers and checking your sheets for signs of these horrific bugs.

While the book is intense and thrilling it is definitely made for a strong-stomached audience, so if that is not you be careful before picking up Winters’ “Bedbugs” off the bookstore shelves.