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Bed Bug Law Suit over infested mattress earns one woman $225,000

A recent bed bug related law suit filed against Calidad Furniture gains one woman $225,000 and contiruted to putting the furniture company out of business!

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This law suit reiterates 2 important bed bug prevention points:

  1. The need to be extremely cautious when buying used, and even new, mattresses. Read more about protecting mattresses from bed bugs.
  2. The high cost of bed bug infestations; to home-owners as well as business owners!

Bed bug law suit against Ohio Rental Company

In Dayton, Ohio bed bugs were found in the rental furniture of three disgruntled roommates, resulting in a law suit pitted at the rental company.

bed bug bites, protect bed from bedbugsThe bedbug lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Dayton in response to statements that these roommates received bed bug infested couch, loveseat, lamps and tables from a local rental center. The lawsuit says they immediately developed red welts from bed bug bites after moving the furniture into their home in February.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the lawsuit alleges that the rental center was negligent and caused emotional distress. It says the roommates had to hire an exterminator and get rid of possessions. This lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial.

This is despite the fact that Ohio has one of the most up-to-date state regulations about bed bugs and even a bed bug task force!
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1. In your opinion, why have bed bug cases been on the rise? Out of these cases how many of these are from college dorms?
Increase in International Travel & inexpensive cruises, global warming, banning of certain pesticides, increase in high rise buildings being built in major densely populated cities
. With the recession many people also buy second hand furniture and mattresses. If you shop at Thrifts stores you can wind up spending a lot more money then if you would have bought new products as getting rid of bedbugs is a very expensive process.

Maybe 10%, most are usually publicized as they get out of hand because bed bugs spread to both horizontal and vertical dorm rooms as they do in hotels. Issues arise when there is no activity during summer, winter and spring breaks. If there is a bed bug infestation starting it will get out of hand as the bed bugs multiply and feed when students return from vacations or bring them back from their travels. When speaking to many officials at State Bed Bug Task Forces or Public Health departments the biggest spread is in apartments where renters live and there is a lot of changeover, people moving in and out of buildings. We specifically came out with a twin XL mattress encasement because there is demand. We also are the only company to manufacture suitcase liners and laundry bags. College students can come with one holding their clean clothes and go home with another one with the dirty clothes. If college kids bring the problem home you can also see how the numbers can quickly add up and spread from residence to residence. College students are in small rooms and tend to have clutter which is a problem.

2. Has there been a particular season where bed bugs are especially active?
We are coming up to the busy season Springtime through the beginning of the Summer (May-June particularly heavy-Spring Time when the temperature warm to the bedbugs delight.  Winter has the least. But it also depends where in the country you live. Large cities with airport hubs tend to have many, especially as you know NYC.

3. What can we do ourselves to help treat bed bugs?
The most important thing to prevent and detect is to learn how to identify bedbugs and to arrange the furniture in bedrooms properly  and apply woven 6  sided bedding encasements. Many people buy the mattress protector, because it touches their body, but the box spring is just as important or more since there are many crevices for the bedbugs to hide and within the wood and nails nymphs are hard to identify.  Encasements are an integral part of the total solution and it is important to immediately call an exterminator who has experience with treating bedbugs and applying Integrated Pest Control Management procedures.  Ask for references and how many cases they treat a week. The more the better. For large multi-residential buildings one might have to incur the added expense of hiring specially trained bedbug dogs or heating of freezing (cryogenics) methods. You can make your own bedbug trap like one which uses dry ice to attract the bedbugs or use interceptors below the four bed legs  Better yet there are also newly marketed in the USA monitoring devices like BBalert both passive and active that create harborages or simulates the warmth and respiration that Bed bugs use as indicators to find their hosts. As Bedbugs are attracted to pheromones and carbon dioxide given off by the human host or warm blooded animals. Don’t leave the bedroom where you were bitten and sleep in another room as you will spread the bedbugs. Turn the lights on anytime between 1-5 when bedbugs tend to come out and you might be able to spot them. Look behind picture frames, curtains, bed skirts and electrical outlets too.


Bed Bugs and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

For some time now, it has been predicted that bed bugs would be a problem at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and now, this harrowing bed bug prediction has already begun to come true for Canadian downhill skier Manny Osborne-Paradis. What is yet to be seen, however, is just how many bed bugs there will be and how many travelers will be returning home with bed bug bites as a result of the 2010 Olympics.

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Vancouver, the hosting location of the 2010 Olympics, has already seen a doubling in reported bed bug cases for each year between 2003 and 2008. Ad now, all those people traveling to the Olympics on all those planes with all of their luggage will make the Olympic travel season ripe indeed for bed bug transfer.

This first Olympic bed bug report by Canadian downhill skier Manny Osborne-Paradis states that Osborne-Paradis has been infested with “damned bedbugs” and is itching from bed bug bites. Osborne-Paradis, and possibly other Canadian skiers staying in the same local Canadian condo, has begun to wash his sheets and take other anti-bed bug precautions.

Events like the Olympics are particularly problematic because when people travel, bed bugs travel, and when many people travel, many bed bugs travel! And it is no secret that, every Olympic season, many people from all over the world travel to attend the Olympics.

If you are the owner of vacation lodging in the Vancouver area, this is a great time to look into bed bug proof mattress and pillow encasements for your entire establishment.

If you are lucky enough to be one of the people traveling to attend the Olympics, be proactive and travel smart so that you can stay bed bug free this Olympic season.

Here are some important bed bug travel precautions you should consider:

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(1) Check online hotel reviews and make sure there are no recent bed bug reports where you are staying.
(2) Look into anti-bedbug travel products such as bed bug free luggage liners and laundry bags.
(3) Peel back hotel bed sheets to check for bed bugs.
(4) If possible, remove the headboard and examine there for signs of bed bugs.
(5) Check the walls, drawers and nightstands around the bed area for those same bed bug signs.
(6) It’s a good idea to elevate suitcases off the ground because while bed bugs can crawl, they cannot jump.
(7) If you find bed bugs, notify the hotel staff immediately, because with all the travelers in Vancouver for the Olympics, infestations can spread awfully fast if left unchecked. Also, you’ll probably want a new room at that point.
(8) Lastly, when you leave the hotel, check your luggage for bed bugs, and launder all clothes upon returning home.

For more bed bug travel tips, news stories and anti bed bug travel products, please visit us at www.bedbug.com.

Why Use Mattress Encasements to Prevent Bed Bugs

With the rise in bed bug infestations in the United States, too often, people complain about bed bugs in their beds and bed bug bites, not knowing that covering your mattress with bed bug mattress protectors is an easy way to prevent such irritation. In fact, there are even bed bug encasements to prevent bed bug bites while you travel.

Firstly, many people don’t even know what bed bug bites look like, and are therefore unable to pinpoint where their ‘rash’ is originating. Furthermore, even people who do know how to identify a bed bug bite don’t realize just how preventable bed bug bites are. Let’s help you reduce those problems.

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For those of us who do not love reading, one great way to know if you have bed bugs in the first place, is to click here and watch this bed bug movie.
But lets get back to bites. To make sure that what you have is bed bug bites, it is helpful to look at many bed bug bites pictures to compare to. It may also help to know that bed bugs usually bite in a pattern of a few bites in a row. So chances are if you have three bites close together, you were bitten by a bed bug (and not a mosquito or any other insect.)
Just because your partner sleeping in the same bed as you does not appear to have bed bug bites, does not mean that you do not have bed bugs. Most people don’t know that not all people who are bitten by bed bugs have an allergic reaction. So while you may have a big red itchy welt, your bed bug infested partner may be home free.
Another tell tale sign of bed bugs is staining on your mattress, pillow case or box spring as well as other signs of bed bug remains – such as bed bug shedding and eggs.
Here’s the best part about bed bug bites – they’re preventable. That’s right! Nobody needs to suffer from bed bugs! Companies such as Bedbug.com now sell mattress encasements, box spring protectors, pillow covers and even luggage liners that have been scientifically tested and proven bed bug free!
Lets say you already have the dreaded bed bugs’ bite. Here’s how to address it. Firstly, go to your pharmacy and get yourself some hydrocortisone cream. While the redness and swelling may remain, hydrocortisone cream has been proven to reduce the itch. Secondly, it’s still not too late to kill your existing bed bugs by locking them into, you guessed it, bed bug mattress and pillow encasements.

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Whether for your dorm, your home, or travel, it is important to make sure that:
(1) you get yourself some bed bug proof encasements
(2) your anti bed bug encasement is entomologist tested and recommended
(3) your Zip Tech ™ zipper is fully and securely zipped up, so that bed bugs have no chance of getting in or out of the encasement.
So, what are your waiting for? Bed bug proof your life today and get the SecureSleep™ that you’ve been waiting for.

Bed Bug Movie – Do I have bed bugs?

With the Oscars coming up, we felt like we should produce a movie too. While we don’t expect to come away with a golden statue, we hope you find our movie helpful in the ongoing battle against bed bugs.

If you’re still looking for more bed bug tips, you can see our official website at www.bedbug.com.

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite……It’s Not a Cute Rhyme Anymore

When I was younger, every night before bed my mom used to say, ‘don’t let the bed bugs bite.’ It was like our bedtime ritual and I couldn’t fall asleep without her saying it.

Now I am 43 married with 3 children, and I don’t find the bed bug rhyme so amusing anymore.

Seven months ago, my son came back from a school camping trip. He returned with a huge backpack full of dirty laundry, to be expected from a teenage boy, I suppose. However, what wasn’t to be expected was the nightmare he also brought back.

Tuesday morning, my husband and I woke up with huge bites all over our bodies. bed bug bite, bedbug bite, bedbug bites, bed bug bites, bite on arm, bedbug bite on arm, itchy bite, itchy bites, bedbugs itch, bed bugs bitch My husband’s bites weren’t as bad as mine, but nevertheless they were still very bad. I realized instantly that my son’s laundry that I had done the night before must have been infested with bed bugs.

I don’t know how, but they spread all over the house like wild fire. The exterminator found infestations in the crevices of our couches, the bottom of our curtains and in all our mattresses and especially the box springs.

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I couldn’t believe it – what used to be a cute rhyme has now turned into a living nightmare for my family and I consisting of sleepless nights full of itching, tossing and turning (which then lead to red and swollen eyes – due to the lack of sleep). The mental and physical stress and anxiety which we all endured was horrendous. Don’t even talk to me about the expense! A good chunk of our savings went into the bed bug treatments.

Thank goodness it’s all over now and I wouldn’t wish that experience on my worst enemy.

The exterminator highly recommended we cover our mattresses, pillows and box springs in anti bed bug protectors, which we did. I listened to every word the exterminator said, like it was holy writ, because I never wanted to have any sort of bug ever again!!

One last sobering point I want to make – while the exterminator did a great job – very professional – he reminded me that even after all the effort, we could easily find ourselves with yet another bed bug infestation next week, because these bugs are smart and travel very easily. However, those encasements make it much easier to prevent them from gaining any serious foothold, and also make detection much easier.


Living in a country with the most recently increasing bed bug reports and the majority of those being in New York State, I figured I’d go somewhere exotic like Hawaii for college. However the joke is on me now, ‘cos student housing in Honolulu has proven not to be much better.

Four months ago, I think it was a Sunday morning I woke up having had the worst nights sleep ever, I just assumed it was down to the few to many drinks I had at my friend’s birthday the night before. After being awake for less than 10 minutes and itching incessantly, I ran to the mirror, and proceeded to yell.

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I ran to the Dr with a hoodie pulled so far down my face that it hid the bed bug bites but I could barely see where I was walking.

The Dr said that there wasn’t much he could do, I felt like I was in a living nightmare. I went home and searched the internet. The consensus I got was to hire a professional bed bug exterminator and purchase anti bedbug covers for my mattress and pillows to avoid another situation like this, I even purchased a anti bed bug laundry bag.

It’s ironic because even though I was escaping New York which is one of the most highly infested bed bug states in the U.S I ended up getting them in my student housing in Honolulu.
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I am happy to report that 4 months have passed and although I’m still recovering, mentally, bed bug wise, I’m in the clear!

Bedbug Stories

Everyone either has their own bedbug story or knows of someone who has been affected by bedbugs, or even suffered from bedbug bites. In this case, there is probably only three degrees of separation. Either a personal incident happened to you, or you know of a friend or relative who was infested with bedbugs or whose parents were invaded by these blood suckers. Even those who were not personally affected by bedbugs have seen advertisements or heard on the news about incidents of bed bug infestations at hotels or universities.

Working at Bedbug.com, whenever I tell someone what I do for a living, they are not surprised in the least bit. While they find it to be an interesting job description, they have all heard about the bedbug epidemic sweeping across the nation. It makes complete sense that you would want to protect your bedding.

In fact, while researching bed bug stories, I realized I didn’t really have to go too far.

As a matter a fact, we just had new neighbors move in from Detroit. I went over to introduce myself. Crazy enough, the wife had just gotten off from a phone conversation with a client in Detroit who was being evicted by his landlord because he had a bedbug infestation in his apartment.

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Her client bought second hand furniture in a thrift store and brought bedbugs into her home. She now knows it was a bad idea. But what she didn’t know was that she actually does not need to the throw away the mattress. Instead, she can encase it and keep it. The bad news is that the landlord wanted her to spend $1,500 on an exterminator and she does not have the money to do so. The husband, who is a medical practitioner, said that he has recently seen a lot of cases of people in Detroit coming in from multi-unit housing areas complaining of major itching and swelling of welts on their legs, hands, and body. Years ago, he would have never even thought it was a bedbug bite as they look very similar to mosquito bites. But now, it’s becoming very common to see these cases, and he is well aware of how quickly an infestation can come about if not taken care of properly.

My cousin just finished telling me about a remediation job he read about where the building management had to pay $100,000 to get rid of their infestation, because no one wanted to move into the building once they heard about the bedbugs. The current tenants were very mad and blamed it on certain neighbors, making relationships in the building very tense. The landlord brought in specially trained dogs and had a freezing technique applied to the building. A week later, I had a meeting with an advertising company and the owner said that his dad’s building just went through a similar experience in NY. After receiving various quotes for the job, they called an emergency board meeting to determine who to trust to get rid of the bedbug problem. He told me that that luxury building looked like a war zone for 2 weeks.

And just this morning, my ride to work told me that he was just recently reading a book, which discussed bedbugs in the 1950s, and how it ruined some people’s lives back then. He told me that he was recently listening to a podcast on the radio about the current rise of bedbugs and how it sounded eerily similar to the 1950’s bedbug battle.

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A month ago, I visited a nursing home where they had bedbug issues 2 years ago. Fortunately, they have been bedbug free ever since they instituted a protocol to protect against them.

I heard of a young lady who had volunteered in a special needs home and then woke up with bedbug bites. Her new husband rented a beautiful vacation home in England last summer and laid down on the sofa for a rest, and woke up in the middle of the night screaming of excessive itching. His family couldn’t figure out what had happened to him.

One time, I interviewed someone for a position and she mentioned how her roommate went traveling and brought bedbugs home. The roommate went to the doctor after developing welts and finally found out what the problem was. The doctor instructed them to sleep with the lights on and call in a cleaning crew immediately. The exterminator gave them a whole list of things to do, which I was told was daunting and impossible to complete.

Just this week, I had a customer called up frantic, as she just had an infestation and wanted next day delivery. She had just completed an extermination job, and wanted to encase her new mattresses and box springs before her great aunt came to visit.

My niece had bedbugs in her bunkhouse at summer camp. A friend who deals in lice called me up to ask what she should do. After hearing her parent’s story she said, “…and I thought lice were bad.” Her parents just called in an exterminator, spent $700 and then another $300 for a follow up call and were still itching at night. I referred her to one of the reputable Bedbug.com authorized distributors and he came right out to deal with the case. The issue was that the mattresses were not encased, allowing new eggs to hatch. Re-infestations can happen almost instantaneously.

I had another friend who went to visit his parents with his family in Brooklyn, NY and their son got all bitten up. His parents went with the more expensive treatment methods to get rid of the bugs, namely freezing. However, his sister-in-law in Ohio had a similar problem last year and only wanted to use less expensive, organic means which were not as effective.
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The problem is that bedbugs are not going away so quickly. We all have to take a proactive approach. When I listen to some of our customer stories about how quickly they have been infected and how their lives spiraled into turmoil overnight, I can hear the sense of urgency and frustration in their voices. Too many people who suffer from bed bug infestations are forces to stress about their infestation 20 hours a day, and can’t get anything else done.

The list of occurrences is endless. But there is a proactive resolution to these anecdotes, making me proud to say that I am working for Bedbug.com. Bedbug.com is one of the few companies out there that is supplying answers and solutions to people who have been crazed with this plague – and we are a making a difference.

How to avoid bed bug bites when traveling

Author: Jamie Simpson

Anyone planning to travel should know what to do in order to avoid getting bitten by the bed bugs. The first thing is try not to ever encounter them at all if you can help it, but travelers cannot always be sure they haven’t been exposed to them so it is a good idea to always take necessary precautions whenever you are anywhere that there may be a potential for bed bugs to be nesting; such as hotel rooms, etc… to ensure that you do not get bit by these critters.

It is important to know what bed bugs look like so that you may correctly identify them if you see any. They are brownish red in color and they are small, flat and round, but not too small that you cannot see them. Bed Bugs feast on human and animal blood in order to survive and it is the only thing they are looking for. They will attach themselves to a viable host and suck the skin until their entire body inflates with blood causing them to plump up and turn completely red. You can see the blood right through their skin once they have ingested it. They are similar to a tick, or a flea, but unlike ticks, they usually won’t stay attached onto their host for very long. They will bite, suck and then move on. They leave behind red itchy welts that will usually heal in a couple of days. Since they are relatively small, their bite is not very big. As far as the bite itself, it is usually painless as well as harmless. If anything, the person who experiences a bed bug bite is more traumatized emotionally than anything else.

They like to hide out in cracks, crevices, creases, and seams, which can make them hard to find but not hard to see. Since they are good at being undetected, it has allowed them to spread and lately there has been increasing reports of bed bug bites in the US. Travelers do not realize that the bugs have found their way into their luggage and this tends to be the number one reason people carry them along onto their next destination, whether it be home, another hotel, or a family member or friends house.

The best and most effective way to avoid getting bed bug bites is to invest in a bed bug mattress cover. They are specifically designed to keep bed bugs sealed up inside the mattress and are even bite proof. This is a good idea if you anticipate traveling anywhere no matter how short the trip may be. You never know where you may find them.

These types of covers are only effective provided they are used correctly. They have to cover and seal the entire mattress making sure you do not leave the zipper open at all. it must be kept zipped while in use on a mattress. This is recommended for travel only to use on beds that are unfamiliar to you. It is not a permanent solution and therefore would not be a good idea to use them if you have bed bugs in your home. That will require a different course of action and this information is only intended for those traveling. It is also important that you clean these covers in between uses, making sure that any bed bugs trapped inside be properly exterminated and disposed of.

You have to wash the covers in very hot water or you can put the cover in a sealed plastic bag and store it in the freezer. Any bed bugs trapped inside will freeze and die, then you can simply unzip the cover and easily dispose of the dead bugs the following day. Make sure this is done between uses. Both the heat from hot water or the cold from the freezer will definitely kill bedbugs.

Sprays are also available which you can buy and use in addition to the bed bug mattress cover in order to help keep bed bugs off of you while you are asleep. Select a spray that will not irritate your skin if at all possible and check with your local outdoor gear or camping store, they should carry this product. A quite effective way to avoid any bed bug bites is to have both the mattress cover and the spray in use while sleeping in any unfamiliar bed such as in a hotel room.

The only way to prevent any bed bug bite is to to never allow them the chance to bite you in the first place. But there could be a time when you just happen to stumble across them and it is best for you to be prepared. Always carry these items with you while traveling. It’s your surest bet against getting bed bug bites.

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