Tag Archives: bed bugs travel

Top 10 Bed Bug Infested Cities in 2012

Bed Bug Infested Cities

Exterminators have been working hard to treat bed bugs this year, especially in large travel states like Ohio, Illinois and New York. The highest treatment for bed bugs over 2012 (according to a recent report by Orkin) were found to be:

  1. bed bug statistics US, bedbug travel preventionCincinnati
  2. Chicago
  3. Detroit
  4. Denver
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Columbus
  7. Ohio
  8. Dallas/Ft. Worth
  9. New York
  10. Richmond/Petersburg, Virginia

Why are bed bug infestations increasing?

As you may have noticed, a lot of bed bug infested cities are in highly urban areas with large airports. That is because bed bugs are likely to travel with you on clothing and/or in luggage. There are helpful products to prevent bed bugs while traveling including bed bug proof travel pillows and bedbug luggage liners of various sizes.

It is also possible that bed bug populations and recognition of infestations have been increasing throughout the United States. You can see more US bed bugs stats here.

At this point, bed bug statistics indicate that bed bug prevention is key to reducing the need and cost of bed bug treatment. If these findings make you itch, feel free to read more about bed bug prevention here.

Advertisements

Bed Bugs Hide Away from Bed Bug Sprays in Local High School

Even after spraying for bed bugs,  GAR High School in Wilkes-Barre found 2 resilient bed bugs. Some articles suggest that the tiny bed bugs hid behind a panel, where the spray did not reach. There is also evidence that suggests that bed bugs, as a species, are becoming more resilient to bed bug sprays in general.

Bed bug infestations are becoming increasingly problematic in schools across the US. Bed bugs are often called ‘hitchhickers’ because they are able to travel easily on clothing and in backpacks; following children to and from school.

Once settled, bed bugs can reproduce quickly, and be difficult to exterminate. The best advice for parents concerned about bed bug infestations is to take preventative measures against bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Bite Vacationers to Hawaii

bedbug.com hotel, hawaii bed bugs, bed bugs travel, mattress covers, mattress encasement, bed bug pillow protectors

Click Image for Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Waikiki  – Bed bugs have made thier way to the vacation hot spot of Waikiki, ruining a vacation for one New Jersey family. The family states that they found bed bugs as well as bed bug fecal stains on thier at the Waikiki Sunset hotel mattresses.

Bed bugs are said to have spread via worldwide travel, and here is one traumatic example of such a bed bug infestation. The family was immidiately moved to a new floor and compensated for thier stay, but claim that they are still suffering bedbug anxiety, and are unable to sleep through the night.

Bed bugs seem to be making a true comeback in Hawaii and may hitch rides to and from this tropical location through increased travel thoughout the US and the world. In fact in 2010, “a professional exterminator told Hawaii News Now his company was responding to three or four bed bug infestations a week on Oahu,” both in homes, hotels or even restaurants.

This reinforces the need to check your hotel for bed bugs and invest in bedbug travel protection prior to planning your next family vacation.

Bed Bugs Crawling In Law Firms

bedbugs crawling, law offices, bedbug.com

Looks like even lawyers have to hire someone to defend themselves against bed bugs. Winston and Strawn’s offices were discovered to have an infestation in their MetLife building, located at 200 Park Avenue in Manhattan. A spokesperson from Winston told us that all inquires about the bed bugs were being referred to the building’s landlord, real estate giant Tishman Speyer.

And the question lingered: “are bed bugs crawling around the whole MetLife building?” Tishman Speyer did not return phone calls, and this was unanswered. If bed bugs are dispersed throughout the building, this would mean that three other law firms would be confronted with this itchy situation…

Representatives from three other firms, Gibson Dunn, Greenberg Traurig, and Hunton & Williams were contacted. Responses are still pending. A spokesperson from Greenberg Trauig said she was unaware of the problems, but would investigate the situation. Although, even if the bed bugs were localized to only a few floors, one has to think the entire building is at risk.

The following was a firm-wide alert by Winston:

Subject: IMPORTANT: Thursday, September 16 THIS IS NOT A TEST

To all personnel of the NY office: As we informed you yesterday, we have bed bugs in our office space. After a complete inspection of our office space last evening, which confirmed that our infestation is throughout our space, we have decided to implement liberal leave today, Thursday, September 16th. Anyone who has the ability to work remotely has the option to do so. Administrative staff who would like to stay home may do so by using a sick/personal day, and should call the absence hotline or their supervisor. If you are working remotely and have a need for administrative support of any kind, please contact Kathryn Schwyzer. Kathryn will be in the office, but can also be reached on her mobile phone at [redacted]. Further updates will be sent to you via this emergency broadcast system.

A spokesperson from Tishman Speyer  (landlords of the MetLife building) did end up responding the following: “We are working closely with the tenant to treat the problem aggressively and eradicate it quickly.” Tishman seemed to be working to keep the problem localized to Winston & Strawn’s floors, without panicking the entire building.

bedbugs in hotels, bed bug luggage, bed bug suitcase, bedbugs at work

A major problem with bed bugs at law offices is that the incident occurred during interviewing season, which is when students should be infesting the offices,not bed bugs. These students, or students parents, probably wouldn’t be such fans of their children affiliating a place that can attract bed bugs to their home. Although this stood as a problem, www.bedbug.com was an extremely beneficial and useful source, as it provides tips and products to help you protect yourself against any confrontation with bed bugs at work.

 

bedbug.com securesleep bed bug linersIt is known that bedbugs have evolved to become resistant to certain types of pesticides. Luckily, there are other efficient, and entomologist approved ways of dealing with bed bug issues. In addition to household items, bedbug.com offers a selection of travel protection items, including luggage liners for the business person on the go.

Bed Bug Bites All Over New York City!

bed bugs, new york, manhattan, brooklyn, bed bug, bedbugs, bedbug.comNew Yorkers were bitten bad by bedbugs in 2010. During the year, New York’s residential bedbug complaints rose nearly 7%. Nationally, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), one out of five Americans has either had a bedbug infestation in their home, or knows of someone who has encountered these critters at home, or in a hotel.

Mr. Sorkin, an entomologist, says that New York City tends to have many more infestations than actual complaints and violations. He says that many people won’t report a bedbug infestation, especially bed bugs in apartment buildings.

Years: 2009 2010
Violations: 4,811 4,846
Complaints: 12,594 13,472

In case of a bedbug complaint, New York has registered such situations with the city’s 311 nonemergency hotline. When 311 is contacted, the landlord is notified of the complaint and the tenant is then contacted by the department in order to confirm the complaint, prior to making a site visit, followed by a site visit by a pest control professional. In the case that bedbugs are detected, a violation will be issued.

A national survey says: People are most concerned about encountering bedbugs at hotels, in public transportation, at movie theaters, in retail stores and at medical facilities (NPMA). The association reports that bed bugs are present in every state, with no regional “hot spot” for infestation.

Respondents in the Midwest and the South: 1 out of 5 encountered bedbugs.
Respondents in the West: 19% encountered bedbugs.
Respondents in the Northeast: 17% encountered bedbugs.

Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association says, “Fairly evenly across the country, people are having experiences with bedbugs. I think so often people think Manhattan is the only city that has bedbugs…”

Bedbugs seem to be a major problem for travelers, as bed bugs in hotels have become an increasing issue. Bedbug.com offers bed bug travel protection, as well as many other categories of bed bug prevention aids and entomologist approved products!

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.

Tech Tuesday: Fighting Bed Bugs With Bedbug.com

Tech Tuesday talks bed bugs and the importance of bed bug mattress protectors and other encasements in this video:

mattress bed bugs, bed bug video, bed bug movie, bed bug covers, mattress cover, bed bugs, bedbugs, bed bug bedbug

Click to play 'Fighting Bedbugs' video at Tech Tuesday

What’s the movie all about?

Bedbugs are becoming an increasing problem in America. Although this issue is not going unresolved, there are preventative measures you can take. The irony about these bugs is that you bring them into your own bed, probably due to a higher rate of traveling.

Bedbugs transport themselves to homes through hotel mattresses and hotel pillows, and end up on peoples bodies and in their suitcases. Fortunately, bedbugs don’t have to be part of your life if you are willing to take some simple precautions.

The video tells how  you can find the most convenient solutions, such as high-tech mattress encasements, luggage liners, and micro-polyester laundry bags, all made with a unique zipper technology, and breathable, hypoallergenic fabric.

Preventing this travel tick could be one click away! – http://www.bedbug.com