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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.

Bed bugs are on the Rise!

New Bed Bug Statistics including:

  • Bedbug populations have increased by 500% in the past few years
  • Bed bugs in Manhattan schools may be up by nearly 300%
  • Bed bugs live in a U.S. state near you!
  • Most people fear getting bed bugs while staying at a hotel, but few people inspect thier clothing and hotel rooms for bed bugs!
  • Getting rid of bed bugs can easily cost over $1,000 USD.
  • See below for more, inclusing bed bug prevention tips!

Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite
Text by: http://www.bedbug.com

Graphical Depiction by: bedbugs.org

Bed Bug Infest Saratoga Springs Housing

Bed Bugs in Public Housing

Saratoga Springs, December 2011. A recent bed bug infestation at a Saratoga Springs public housing building terrifies residents. One resident speaks out about her experience with bed bugs.

Teresa Grocki, a resident of Stonequist Apartments has been cleaning her mattress, clothing and self to try to get rid of bed bugs in her own apartment. Until recently, when she took her bed bug problem to the City Council. She urged leaders to help her elimiate bed bugs for all the tennants of the building.

One Tennant Speaks Out About Bed Bugs

While she was initially embarrased to speak out due to the psychological and sanitary factors associated with bed bugs, she ultimatelly felt empowered to take it to City Council. Grocki was supported by other residents, who signed statements supporting her plea. While there is a stigma associated with bed bug infestations, reporting bed bugs seems to be the best way to enact large scale changes.

This difficulty is exaserbated in low-income residences, where tennants often cannot afford the cost of bed bug eradication and may be unable to move. Mayor Scott Johnson said Wednesday that his office had sent a code enforcement officer to the high rise after recently being contacted about the problem.

It is unclear how the bed bugs got there. However, some people believe they may have arrived with visitors from other cities. What is clear is that removing bed bugs from large apartment buildings is a large and expensive project, because all surrounding rooms must be checked and treated for bed bugs. Estimates suggest that getting rid of the bedbugs in Stonequist Apartments would cost about $25,000. We hope that the tennants at Stonequist, as well as across the globe are able to once again sleep tight and eliminate bed bugs.

Bed Bug Information For You

Bedbug.com Reviews – SecureSleep Bed Bug Crib Mattress Covers Reviews

SecureSleep Bed Bug Crib Mattress Covers Reviews – for the smart consumer looking for the best bed bug mattress cover out there!

Content from review on AllergyConsumerReview.com

SecureSleep Crib Mattress Bed Bug Covers

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When in search of good bed bug covers you need a cover that not only prevents bed bugs from escaping but also prevents bed bugs from biting. A good bed bug cover must also be breathable for a comfortable night’s sleep. The Secure Sleep bed bug covers have been specifically designed to deliver the ultimate protection against bed bugs with scientifically-tested and patent pending zipper technology and special bite-proof fabric.

PARAMETERS STAR RATING
1. Bed Bug Bite Proof
2. Bed Bug Escape Proof
3. Zipper Quality
4. Tightness of Seams
5. Quality of Mattress & Pillow Covers
6. Quality of Box Spring Cover
7. Sleeping Comfort: quiet and soft under sheets (no plastic feel)
8. Breathability
9. Easy to put on
10. Manufacturer’s Warranty

Pluses:

  • The special reinforced zippers have Velcro and extra fabric to ensure a secure closure that will not let sneaky bed bugs in or out
  • Comfortable to sleep on – The American Sleep Association (ASA) conducted rigorous testing in both real-world sleep environments and a state-of-the-art sleep laboratory on the SecureSleep mattress covers and they passed with flying colors, receiving the exclusive endorsement of the ASA.
  • Great Value and Protection for Baby! These covers protect against more than just bed bugs. They keep dust mites, pollens, dust, molds, fungus and bio-fluids from contaminating your mattress, box spring and pillows to help provide a healthier night’s sleep.
  • These come with a lifetime warranty so you know they will last!

Minuses:

  • Because these are a synthetic fabric with a polyurethane laminate, they could potentially irritate a child with extreme sensitive skin or multiple chemical sensitivities

Summary:

The SecureSleep bed bug encasements are a #1 choice on my list. They offer unbeatable protection against bed bug bites and their special reinforced zippers make it impossible for bed bugs to escape or enter these covers. The micro-polyester fabric feels soft to the touch and you would never know it has a laminate layer. Their exclusive endorsement from the American Sleep Association (ASA) increases my confidence in these cover’s ability to provide a safe, healthy, and comfortable sleep environment. Not to mention they are covered by a lifetime warranty! What’s more, these encasing offer all the benefits of a dust mite cover providing an impenetrable barrier to dust mites and their allergens, pollens, dust, molds, fungus and bio-fluids.bedbug.com review, buy bed bug mattress cover, bed bugs crib

What do bed bugs look like?

Is it a bed bug, a tick, or what?

Been itching from ‘bed bugs’ bites or seeing bugs but not sure what they are?

Well here are some telltale anatomical signs to know that what you’re looking at is indeed a bed bug.bed bug anatomy, bed bugs look like

  1. A bed bug has 6 legs. If it has 8 legs, it may be a tick or a mite.
  2. A bed bugs antennae point forward and are about half as long as the body. If the antennae are much longer, it’s not a bedbug (but may be a roach nymph).
  3. Its head is broadly attached to its body.
  4. Bed bugs do not have wings. They crawl from place to place.

 

Bed bugs are now harder than ever to kill – Why can’t we kill bedbugs?

Popular Science recently reported that the bed bug resurgence is not just increasing vast, but also increasingly infuriating!

How exactly have bedbugs come back to infest homes and beds across the world? Research suggests there are a few reasons:

  1. Thicker Skin –  New research seeks to measure their cuticle thickness and hydrocarbon content, which indicates how much wax is present and just how strong bedbugs are.
  2. Faster Metabolism – Bed bug gene changes are allowing them to create more enzymes to metabolize oily toxins like pyrethroids, which are typically used by exterminators.
  3.  Chemical Blocking – Bed bugs are constantly adapting. Current chemicals used for bed bug elimination target the sodium channel, but bed bugs are now mutated causing this method to be ineffective. Because they have to, pest control professionals are now learning to be more creative in killing bed bugs.
  4. Physical bed bug elimination – The newest techniques are pretty old. Searching, cleaning and vacuuming to eliminate bed bugs in your home. It’s painstaking, but it may be what works currently. Bed bug dogs are often used to sniff out their hiding spots. However, if you have an infestation, I’d encourage washing all clothes and sheets in over 120 degree heat.

Some good news is that research in bed bug prevention is ongoing, and bed bug prevention options are available. If you think you may have bed bugs or would like more information bed bug elimination, visit us anytime at Bedbug.com.

Bed Bugs may Spread Disease

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

bed bugs found in Vancouver hospital with MRSA

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!

Richard Saffern talks about Bedbug.com and the International Home and Housewares Show

Bedbug.com recently exhibited its SecureSleep™ bed bug proof encasements at the Houseware Show in Chicago.

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We were amongst severalmanufacturers of anti bedbug products. We were very excited to learn that several new customers have chosen our product over the competitor’s due to our quality, affordability and luxurious feel. One buyer stated that he decided on going with our line since we had a great blend of products and because of our unique twist on the whole concept, with our SecureTravel™ products, an area which other mattress encasement companies have not addressed. We had a high percent of agreements signed based upon the number of people who visited our booth. We were especially happy since two of them are now addressing an industry which our current customers were not currently selling to.
bed bug proof mattress covers, bedbug.com securesleep @ home and housewares showThe timing was great as we are heading into the busy season for bedbugs, now through September.  The visitors ranged from e-commerce companies, to hardware and luggage stores, to home and garden. It is always nice to see our customers when they stop by the booth to say hello and tell us how satisfied they are with our encasement products. Our Customer Service Manager, Sandra,  also got to meet some people for the very first time in person.
For more information on how you can become a distributor of the SecureSleep™ line of bed bug proof products, please contact the Vice President of Strategic Business Development & Marketing for Bedbug.com, Rich Saffern.

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.

Does diatomaceous earth kill bed bugs?

Diatomaceous earth is a remarkable, all-natural product made from tiny fossilized water plants. It is believed that 30 million years ago the diatoms, tiny, single-celled algae found in plankton, built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite.

kill bed bugs, pest control, natural bed bug killerHow is Diatomaceous earth made?

The diatoms are mined and ground up, resulting in a powder that resembles and has the same texture as talcum powder.

What does it look like?

It comes out to look like fine, white, crystalline powder made up of the fossilized shells of the microscopic diatoms.

What is it composed of?

3% magnesium, 33% silicon, 19% calcium, 5% sodium, 2 % iron, and many other trace minerals such as titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium.

 

Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth can be utilized as a pest control device. It is safe around animals and children. Diatomaceous earth is a deadly product to those insects comprised of exoskeletons. Bedbugs are amongst the list of insects it kills and repels.

Diatomaceous Earth’s potential to kill is due to its sharp microscopic edges, and not because of a chemical action like most toxic poisons.

How does diatomaceous earth kill bed bugs?

 

bed bug, bed bugs, bedbugs, bedbug, infestation, bed bug infestation, bed bug protectionThe bedbugs hard bodies are sliced open by the material, and literally are dried out, leading to their deaths.

 

Complete insect control and extermination may take up to several days for the bed bugs to die off. Although chemical poisons act faster and have a shorter residual effect, and Diatomaceous Earth works slower; diatomaceous earth will remain active and nontoxic as long as it remains in the environment.

The process by which Diatomaceous Earth kills bed bugs is natural, containing no synthetic chemicals, odors, or additives of any sort. Once Diatomaceous Earth mineral is applied, it resides until swept up or vacuumed.

Additional effective, and entomologist approved ways of protecting you and your household from these bed bug pests are available on www.bedbug.com