Category Archives: Bed Bug News

Bed Bug Protection in the Form of Arm Hair?

Bed Bugs and Arm HairNew studies indicate that bed bugs are less likely to bite individuals with more arm hair. Researchers believe this is because the hair slows down the bed bugs and warns the person being bitten. A few brave individuals volunteered to test this theory. Bed bug bites are in fact most likely to occur on the face, wrists and feet; where hair is least likely to grow.

Researchers have gone so far as to suggest that preventing bed bug and other insect bites are the reason why we have arm hair. While this theory may sound extreme, it is plausible considering that the thin hair covering our arms and legs is not quite long enough to protect us from the elements, as it does for other mammals.

Read more about bed bug prevention at our Bed Bug Knowledge Center.

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Bug Bed on “I’m a Celebrity”

 Bugs in Bed Challenge on “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here”

This past week on the “I’m a Celebrity” show, the blue team won the horrific “Beat the Bugs Challenge”, also known as the Bed Bug Challenge. Imagining your warm bed at home infested with bed bugs is bad enough, but these participants had to spend the night in beds within Perspex boxes with all kinds of jungle critters crawling around.

bed bug infestation Each team got to choose which “bed bugs” went into the other teams boxes – snakes, rats, cockroaches and crabs are just a few of their options. The team that spent the most time in the bed bug infested beds won the challenge. The blue team won with 35 hours and 56 minutes, while the orange team only had a total of 29 hours and 22 minutes. Maybe if the  orange team had bed bug protection, they could have stood a chance against the blue team.

This challenge kept many of the participants up all night and had many of them in tears. But then again who could sleep with so many bugs in bed? After watching that episode of the TV show, its not easy crawling into bed while hoping nothing else is crawling in. Sleep better with a bed bug mattress encasement that can keep the bed bugs out.

Bed bugs on Airplanes

Traveling with Bed Bugs

bed bug travel Finding bed bugs in hotels is old news, now you might find the bed bugs on airplanes! After taking a British Airways flight from Los Angeles to London, one business class passenger discovered bed bug bites all over her arms and legs. Believe it or not, this is not the first of bed bug infestations found on airplanes. Last year a business class passenger found bed bug bites on his body after taking a flight with United Airlines. Looks like bed bugs also use airplanes to travel!

British Airways ignored complaints about the bed bugs one passenger discovered until a website publicizing the airline’s bed bug infestation went viral. The airline ended up having to get rid of bed bugs from two of their planes. Many airlines along with British Airways, have faced this issue of bed bugs in the past but it has never been publicized so as not to affect business.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs on Airplanes:

Airlines are responsible for preventing bed bugs on flights, but apparently they aren’t doing enough to protect their passenger. Take extra caution to make sure you don’t end up with bed bug bites coming off that plane!bed bug travel pillow

  1. Bring your own bed-bug proof pillow and blanket to protect against bed bugs while on your flight
  2. Use anti-bed bug luggage liners and bed bug proof garment bag encasements so that your clothes are protected from bed bug infestations
  3. Be careful about bringing bed bugs into your home – clean your luggage and clothing before entering your house

Read more about bed bugs on airplanes at www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2011/11/21/bed-bugs-on-airplanes-how-to-fly-bed-bug-free/

Bed Bug Lawsuits

Bed Bug Lawyers – An Increasingly Popular Profession

bed bugAs bed bug infestations are showing up in more and more places, bed bug lawyers have become more and more popular. Getting rid of bed bugs is the least of commercial property owners’ worries now that these new lawyers are filing bed bug lawsuits. These new indirect costs that bed bug infestations are creating for bed bug lawyers and bed bug insurance far exceed the direct costs of bed bugs such as for bed bug mattress encasements and bed bug extermination.

bed bug mattress encasementIn Baltimore, on October 24th, the first bed bug lawsuit was reported by ABC news as “the first of what could end up binge many.” In this bed bug lawsuit, Kristen Saunders won $40,000 in damages because her apartment management took over a month to get rid of bed bugs from within her apartment. In Ohio, Knights Inn is facing its second bed bug lawsuit for failing to do their part in preventing bed bug infestations and inefficiently removing bed bugs from their motel rooms. Theres even a bed bug lawsuit against Knox County Jail, filed by a woman who claimed to be injured due to bed bug bites in her eye during the time she served in the jail.

These new lawsuits are perhaps more frightening than the bed bugs are themselves. Property owners better figure it out sooner than later that unless they take preventative measures they will not only face a bed bug infestation but likely, a bed bug lawsuit.

Bedbug tips for Property Owners:

  1. encasing every mattress and box spring to protect against bed bugs
  2. Bed bug extermination can cost between $4K and $10k or even more, depending on the size of your facility, and the degree of infestation. Buy encasements in bulk and save tons of money of mattress replacement while keeping the bed bugs out at the same time.
  3. Use metal headboards and closet hanging bars when ever possible
  4. Educate tenants about the threat of bed bugs. Tell them what bed bugs look like, how to spot them, and what to do if they turn up.
  5. Keep halls and public areas free of clutter
  6. Contact your local health authorities to learn more about your legal obligations regarding bed bugs, and have a plan of action ready to go if bed bugs turn up.

Read more about bed bug lawsuits at http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/hotel-faces-2nd-bedbug-lawsuit-1274614.html

Bed Bugs Found in Vancouver Library Book

Warning: Pick Books Wisely at the Library, Because You Might Just Find A Bed Bug Book

It’s bad enough we have to worry about finding bed bugs in bed, but now we have to worry that we might find bed bugs in books? In Vancouver, on Saturday, October 26th, a resident had an unpleasant surprise when he opened up his library book to find a red bug crawling across the page.

what a bed bug looks likeAt first the library patron wasn’t sure what the red bug was, but after searching on Google he discovered what bed bugs look like and even found more within his book. The library patron cleaned his home to prevent a bed bug infestation from occurring and to get rid of bed bugs that might have escaped from the book. He made sure to capture some of the bed bugs in order to let the library know about the situation.

In the past month, other library branches have been closed in New Westminster and Burnaby after library visitors began finding bed bugs in some of the books. However, despite this horrific discovery, the Vancouver library system does not plan on closing any  of its library branches. Also, due to the huge size of the library, with over 10 million items, they do not plan to have a full-inspection because of the major inconvenience and energy that it would take.

Read more at http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/books/story/2011/10/27/bc-bed-bugs-vancouver-library.html

Bed Bug Registry

Bed Bug Registry Reports Bed Bug Infestations

Make sure you don’t find yourself checking into an infested with bed bugs hotel by using a bed bug registry. Before checking into a new hotel, or taking a cruise it is essential you do your research. “Bed bug travel” has become a very common term as the two – bed bugs and travel – have become deeply linked especially over the past year.

bed bugs usaBed bug reports have almost tripled in the past year, which may be due to an increased resistance to insecticides, (Read more about bed bug resistance here), so it has become even more important to keep track of these new bug infestations. A bed bug registry, depending on how good it is, will provide a list of recent bed bug reports. Bedbugregistry.com is one example of these kind of registries – it is a database of bed bug reports from users across the United States and Canada.
According to this registry, as well as many others, bed bugs are a big problem! They are a problem that could easily be prevented with the proper caution, but due their new resistance are becoming harder to get rid of.

Tips for avoiding bed bugs while traveling:
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  1. Before booking a hotel, look up if any bed bug sightings have been reported on a bed bug registry.
  2. Find out what bed bugs look like and learn how to check a hotel room for bed bugs.
  3. When packing, pack all clothing in anti-bedbug luggage liners and bring along your own bedbug-proof pillow case and anti-bedbug laundry bag. Don’t forget to also bring a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs in the hotel room.
  4. Try not to leave your luggage on the bed or floor and keep all clothes not being used sealed in anti-bed bug luggage liners or the anti-bedbug laundry bag.
  5. Before checking out, recheck your belongings and the hotel room for bed bugs so that you don’t bring any bed bugs back home with you.

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:

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

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Breathable Fabric
Patent Pending Zipper Technology
Entomologist Tested Effective
Machine Washable
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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.