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Bed Bugs Crawling In Law Firms

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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.

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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.

WASHINGTON SQUARE NEWS INTERVIEWS BEDBUG.COM

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.

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STUDENT HOUSING IS NOT MY HOME

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!

Bed Bugs and Football

Bedbug.com Staff Writer
November 25th, 2009

Protecting your home is like a football game – and you’re always on defense. Day in and day out the dishes pile up, the toys seem to move about by themselves and laundry, seemingly of its own accord, scatters itself in the TV room, the bathroom and all over every one of your children’s bedroom floors. Your best efforts feel like a losing battle but you go on and reach for that touchdown that is a clean house. Here’s the thing: no matter how clean your house, once those articles of clothing are strewn around you may have lost the game – to Bed Bugs. bed bug, football, bedbug, bedbug.com

Many people do not realize that bed bugs are excellent travelers. They’re naturally sticky and have a gift for clinging to the coat, shirt or sock that happened to be tossed aside on the floor of any given schoolroom, hotel bedroom or co-ed dormitory. They happily hang on until that one piece of attire is picked up, placed in a bag or piece of luggage and then carried to the next destination, only to sit on another floor or surface. Then all they have to do is wait – literally.

A few bed bugs, capable of laying five eggs a day over a lifetime of three to four months when feeding on blood, can patiently wait up to a year for a meal. Those bugs brought home in any bag could sit in some corner, waiting for the next piece of clothing to be dropped. They could also make a bed their new home when the dirty laundry is strewn about after a long, hard day at work or by a child who is less-than-enthusiastic about daily cleaning.

You know the offense has certain advantages and you know that you need to adjust your defensive strategy. So what can you do? Managing yourself is difficult enough with work, traveling and meetings, but with a spouse, children in school and one or more coming home from college to visit how do you stop those bed bugs from invading and infesting your home, making you and your family their next source of food and shelter and causing you untold in mental anguish and financial damages. Bedbug.com has one of the best defensive tools available for your home protection.

Bedbug.com is the only encasement manufacturer providing you with the exclusive patent pending micro-zipper-technology laundry bag for protection from bed bug infiltration. The Bedbug.com laundry bag is secure and impermeable to stop the penetration of bed bugs in fabric. A simple bag in each bedroom means no clothes with bugs on the floor. The bugs can’t get in or out. Even if one or two manage to cling to a shirt or pair of jeans they’re in the bag until laundry day – and if you wash and dry your clothes properly you’ll be doing half the work to prevent a bed bug outbreak in your home. It only works with the secure laundry bag, though. Think of it as the best defense available for your family.

Additionally, if you’re traveling for business or your child is coming home from camp or school the Bedbug.com luggage liner prevents infestation just like the laundry bags. You don’t know who was in the hotel room before you and co-ed living is always on the run and a mess but with the Bedbug.com premium luggage liner no bugs will get in or out. Traveling just became a lot safer.

The prevent-defense is your best defense. You’re busy and your family is always on the move. We all know it’s the simple things that make life easier and safer. Buckling up takes but a second. Once the exclusive Bedbug.com laundry bag is in each bedroom, the quick act of tossing your dirty clothes inside and not on the floor is a sure fire way to add another layer of protection to your lives.

No one wants to sit around with the family on football Sunday scratching those bumpy bites after a sleepless night of itching. You don’t have to. Bedbug.com has your defensive tools ready: patent pending micro-zipper laundry bag and luggage liner – for your family’s health and safety. Protect and prevent. It’s that easy.

Visit www.bedbug.com for all your bed bug protection needs!

Bedbug.com Give Away! Enter to win a one-of-a-kind SecureSleep (TM) Laundry Bag

This December, Bedbug.com is giving away a free bed bug laundry bag and mug to every one in ten people who submit their personal bed bug story to the customer service email address that can be found by going to the bedbug.com contact us page.
Hurry, this offer is only good for the month of December, and only while supplies last. And every 1 in 10 wins! So go ahead, get out your pen, and make it a bed bug free year!

We got so many great bed bug stories, that we are EXTENDED BEDBUG.COM GIVEAWAY OFFER THROUGH JANUARY!

Your just a click away from winning!

All Hail the Laundry Bag!‎

Ok, so it seems those nasty little blood suckers are back. No, it’s not election season ‎again – we’re talking bed bugs. That’s right – BED BUGS. These little insects have been ‎wreaking havoc for millennia, then in the 1950’s they were all but wiped out by the ‎pesticide DDT. However since then, through a variety of factors such as the banning of ‎DDT, increased international travel, genetic evolution and even global warming, they ‎have made a startling comeback. The US East Coast has been particularly hard hit, with ‎New York being seen as bed bug central.‎

So, what to do about it? A case could be made for unsheathing all those old nuclear bomb ‎shelters from the cold war and just riding it out until a cure comes along, but ‎conventional methods might be more prudent. Enter Bedbug.com’s line of anti-bed bug ‎protective products. ‎

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While there are mattress, box spring and pillow covers, which are outstanding, and make ‎up the end cap of a total pest control solution to bed bugs (not to mention a nice party ‎gift), there is one product we wish to point out, if for no other reason then its sheer ‎uniqueness within the pantheon of bed bug products. Introducing the SecureSleep™ ‎Laundry Bag. ‎

Now, we’ll understand it if you don’t get warm fuzzies over a laundry bag, but give it a ‎chance, and you might. This, you see, is no ordinary laundry bag. Is it made of titanium ‎and kryptonite? No. But, it is made of 100% micro-polyester, which won’t allow these ‎insidious creatures to get in or out. Add that to our Ziptech(TM) zipper design, known as Zip ‎Tech™ (what else would you call a patent pending zipper technology?), specially reinforced ‎seams, a rubberized liner for extra durability, and there you have it – one fancy-schmancy ‎and effective anti-bed bug Laundry Bag. Even has a lifetime warranty. Pretty good, huh?‎

Ok, we know that by now, you are probably asking why laundry bags are important when ‎it comes to bed bugs. After all, don’t they attack you in your bed? Well, yes they do. But ‎to get there, they generally crawl along the floor first, and yes, you guessed it – that’s ‎where most folks keep their dirty laundry (see elections above, as well).‎

Seriously, though, part of any effective bed bug prevention plan includes keeping these ‎bugs out of your clothing. The females of the species lay about 5 eggs per day, so what ‎starts out as a small problem with bed bugs can suddenly end up being a very nasty, ‎expensive, itchy and large one. Trust us here – you don’t want it. ‎

So, be pro-active and make sure you stock up on these beauties – use them for your clean ‎clothes AND your dirty clothes. Use them when you travel, along with anti-bed bug ‎luggage liners and travel pillows with encasement. Use ‎them while you’re away at college – bed bugs are a real big problem on campus, too. ‎Also, keep a few extras for your guest room, because goodness knows where those folks ‎have been! ‎