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San Francisco Landlords Now Being Asked to Provide Bed Bug Mattress and Box Spring Encasements

New San Francisco Bed Bug Laws

Why Are Bed Bugs Biting in San Fran?

Bed bugs are most prevalent in cities that have large urban area’s and many travelers – like San Francisco! That’s because bedbugs travel on clothing and in luggage & they use humans and other mammals as hosts.

Bed Bug Avoidance Tips for San Francisco Landlords

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has already changed the landlord requirements for control of bed bugs two times in the past 5 years, and they are doing it again – this May! Here are some changes that they are proposing and considering requiring landlords to abide by:

  1. Landlords who provide a mattress and box spring in a unit, must also provide appropriate bed bug proof encasings
  2. Landlords provide bed bug prevention guidance to new tenants
  3. Landlords who offer short term rentals may be required to search for bed bugs each month!
If you are a landlord, you can see more relevant tips to prevent bed bugs for landlords here.

What Can I do to prevent bed bugs?

The top 3 bed bug prevention techniques out there are:

  1. Know what bed bugs look like and where they are likely to hide. If you think you may have bed bugs, you can watch this informative video for signs of bed bugs.
  2. Travel Smart – Know how to search for bed bugs and what bed bugs look like. Use this information to search for bedbugs on your next vacation.
  3. Purchase scientifically tested bed bug proof mattress covers and travel encasements.

Landlord Help! Tenant Complaining of Bed bugs

Bed bug infestations are stressful for anyone, whether you are a tenant or a landlord and no matter where you live.

Recently, we have received many calls from landlords in New York state exacerbated that their tenant has just complained that they have bed bugs. While these bed bug search and elimination tips may be helpful for anyone who suspects bedbugs, this post is geared towards New York State Tenants and Landlords in such a situation.

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  1. Know the law: While we do not offer legal counsel, there are many laws about bed bugs in apartment buildings. A full list of bedbug laws in NYC can be found by clicking here.
  2. Find a Pest Control Company: It is the landlords responsibility to get the apartment checked for bedbugs. Many times other bugs, such as carpet beetles or dust mites can be confused for bed bugs. You can find exterminators using the Find Pest Control tab on Bedbug.com’s website or simply click the image on the right. NOTE: All exterminators listed on Bedbug.com have been verified, and many even have coupons for free bed bug inspections or reduced price treatments!
  3. Check for Bedbugs: Use your chosen exterminator to get the apartment in question checked for bed bugs. If that apartment does not have bed bugs, please skip to step 6 below.
  4. Eliminate Bed bugs: If bed bugs are located, bed bug treatments to eliminate them must be initiated. Be prepared that killing bed bugs is often expensive, typically between 400 and 1,000 dollars.
  5. New NY law! Landlords are responsible for checking adjacent apartments for bedbugs. While this is not extremely common, this is a new law in New York State because bed bugs have been found to crawl from one apartment to the next, especially in cases of heavy infestations.
  6. Encase Mattresses and Laundry: Consider bed bug mattress and clothing encasements to prevent any bed bug scares in the future. This may also add a sense of security for both yourself and your frazzled tenant, and help to patch up any residual tensions from this episode. NOTE: When purchasing bed bug encasements, make sure they have been tested and certified bed bug proof and look at the warranty – entomologist testing and lifetime warranties typically indicate confidence in the preventative abilities of the encasement product.
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Good luck with those critters and we hope these tips have helped you to sleep just a bit more secure tonight!

Bed Bugs may Spread Disease

Bedbug research poses a new health concern, which may mean a new need for bed bug mattress protection

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Bed bugs are spreading across the United States at a rapid pace; infesting homes, office buildings, and even hospitals! Researchers  in a Vancouver hospital found bed bugs carrying diseases such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) –  according to reports in the June edition of the CDC journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

While past research indicates that bed bugs are not known to spread infectious diseases to humans, these findings may shed doubt on that belief. While no further disease transmission through bedbugs has yet been discovered, the phenotype of MRSA found in the bedbugs did match that found in many Eastside patients. Researchers conclude that it is possible that these critters are responsible for transmitting these diseases in overcrowded and impoverished cities. Just one more reason not to let the bed bugs bite!

Protect a bed from bedbugs with bed bug proof encasementsThese findings have encouraged many people to reconsider bed bug prevention plans, including bed bug encasement’s to protect beds, clothing and luggage from infestations. There are proactive steps that you can take prevent bed bugs from infesting your home. Some infestation prevention tips include:

  • Reducing clutter in your home.
  • Encasing your mattresses and box springs with bed bug proof materials.
  • Checking websites like trip advisor for bed bug reports before booking a hotel.
  • Keeping your clothing in certified bed bug proof encasements.

You can read up on more safety tips by visiting bedbug.com today!

Bedbug Dogs Sniff Out Bed Bugs

bed bug image, bed bugs picturesA national bed bug summit event was held and said to finish up February 9th in Washington. This event, led by the EPA, discussed the battle against the infamous bed bugs.

Some of what will be addressed during the two-day national summit is expected to concentrate on developing pesticides that serve as more effective in killing bed bugs. But many companies believe to have the answer with some old technology; man’s best friend. Specially trained beagles can sniff out adult bed bugs and even their tiny, hard-to-spotout eggs. You may be able to detect the hard to see bed bugs and their eggs in places such as the crevices in the bedpost and frames and behind the headboard. This method can help eliminate bed bugs in the bed, and avoid bed bug bites.

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With this epidemic, it is a good time to ask yourself, “Do I have bed bugs?” Answering this question can be made easy by visiting www.bedbug.com, where there are many tips and photos of where bedbugs hide, and what they look like! If you find that you do have bed bugs, we’ll provide assistance with contacting pest control and provide a catalogue with a multitude of entomologist approved bed bug protection products! We offer a variety ranging from mattress encasements to bed bug proof luggage liners.

Bed bugs on Cruise Ships

It seems as if there is nowhere to hide from bed bugs. Not even a vacation can rid us of these insects, as they have reached us even at sea on cruises!

Despite their presence, there are ways to avoid bed bug encounters.

Tips for before your cruise:

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-Check for past bed bug reports on your cruise line at Cruise-bruise.com.

-Ask your cruise line if they encase their bedding with bed bug proof encasement’s.

-Ask the cruise line if they have had any bed bug cases before.

-Pack a flashlight so you can inspect for the presence of bed bugs.

-Know what bed bugs and bed bug bites look like.

-Pack an anti-bedbug laundry bag and bring washable clothes in case you must launder them while on board.

Bedbug precautions while on the cruise:

-Check your clothes and body after each destination before getting back on the ship.

-Inspect your cabin thoroughly for signs of bed bugs before unpacking. Look behind     head boards, in seams and drawers.

-If your room does have or has had bed bugs, request to be placed in a new stateroom as far away from the original as possible. DO NOT bring your luggage into a room that has bed bugs!

Where do bed bugs come from in the first place?

-Bed bugs usually start in a hotel, get into someone’s luggage and then come into the cruise ship with the passenger. For ultimate protection, purchase anti-bed bug luggage liners, and check your luggage before getting back on your ship.

-If you suspect bed bugs on board you ship, immediately notify the purser’s office, and arrange to see the doctor on board for documentation purposes.

Bedbugs in NYC Senior Low Income Housing

Bed bugs are still biting throughout New York City. Most recently, bedbugs have been spotted in the Fairmont in Fairview Township.

Bed bugs have been seen on the bedding and furniture by residents there. News reports claim that they are spraying for the bugs and asking residents to “keep clean.”

While being tidy may be helpful in preventing bed bugs, cleanliness alone will not eliminate or kill bed bus.

For more tips on how to prevent bed bugs or approved bed bug elimination companies near you, please visit us at http://www.bedbug.com.

Waldorf gets bitten by bed bugs!

One women staying in the Waldorf hotel last month complained of bed bugs in her hotel room.

The hotel immediately upgraded her room, but not until after she had to be treated for a rash on her body.

The Waldorf also comments that they checked the room for bed bugs afterwards, but were unable to find any.

Bed bugs are prevalent in homes and hotels at all economic levels.

If you are traveling and would like to stay bed bug free, no matter what your accommodations, you can look into these helpful bed bug prevention tips when going to a hotel.

Bed Bugs in Washington D.C.

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Bed bugs have made their way into the federal building that houses the U.S. Agency for
International Development in Washington. Luckily, they did not infest the whole building, but
targeted single offices at the agency’s tower in the Ronald Reagan Building and International
Trade Center. USAID said they would treat infected areas and become proactive to prevent any
future infestations. Bed bugs feed on human blood and can cause itching and welts in some people.
If you suspect that you may have bed bugs in your home or office, you can get more information from this vast bed bug knowledge center and bedbug movie.

NPMA Applauds Reps. Butterfield and Young For Action Against Bed Bugs

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) applauds Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Don Young (R-AK) for creating a Congressional Bed Bug Forum set to take place on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Capitol Visitor Center. The Forum will focus on the federal government’s response to the bed bug resurgence and ways in which it can more effectively help assist Americans in managing this pest.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fairfax, VA

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Bed Bugs Bloom in Bloomingdales

bloomies, bed bugs, bedbugs, bloomingdales, nyc bed bugsThe severity of bed bug infestations have sprouted to a maximum. It seems that, one by one, clothing stores have to shut down due to a bed bug problem. Bloomingdales, located on Manhattans east 59th street, was New York’s latest top leading store to close temporarily because of a bed bug. Yes, a single bed bug. The store took this measure because where one bed bug is found, many others can arise.  Bed bugs commute by traveling on people’s clothes and bags and that once they are inside of a store or a home, they feed and multiply.

Other retail stores that were affected by bed bugs were Hollister, Niketown, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Victoria’s Secret. Evidently, this bed bug resurgence is not easily controlled. It has become such a serious issue that the City Council has created an Advisory Board to discuss how this problem should be dealt with. Ironically, even members of the health department have been hit with the bed bug epidemic.

Although no universal remedy has been found for this widespread plague, there are precautions that can be taken to prevent bed bugs from affecting your bedyour children at collegeyour children and your suitcases and clothing when traveling.

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