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Volunteers Work to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

A New Bed Bug Volunteering Project

In Kreta Ayer, Singapore a new volunteering program has been created – the Stop Pests Project. This projected two-month program, beginning on September 11, 2011, aims to help clean 150 bed bug infested houses on Block 51 – a main rental block in Kreta Ayer.

‘Stop Pests Project’ targets 150 bed bug infested homes

Many elderly and poor individuals, living in this area, are unable to afford getting rid of bed bugs in their houses and so they live alongside the blood-sucking critters. This Stop Pests Project has already racked up corporate investors and has taken public donations to help cover the estimated cost of $250,000.Bed bug infested mattress

The Stop Pest Project has employed an Origin Exterminators’ beagle to help locate the bed bugs within the many houses. This use of dogs to find bed bugs is a new practice that has been growing both within the United States and out. Once the bed bugs have been located, over 100 volunteers have begun packing up houses for extermination.

This two-month project is only a test run of what could be a huge campaign to help clean the city of infestations and perhaps prevent bed bugs in the future. In addition to increasing the number of houses targeted by this volunteer program, head of the Stop Pest Project, Dr. Neo hopes to eventually have enough funding to replace the infested furniture and bed bug ridden mattresses.   

Read more about protecting your mattresses from infestations at http://lnk.nu/bedbug.com/1s15.aspx

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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.
  7. Bonus Step: Bedbug.com coupon code! We know how hard bed bug detection and killing bed bugs can be; both emotionally and financially. Well, we’re here to help ease this in whatever ways we can. Just for reading this article, you get access to our highest 15% coupon code to be used by you and/or your tenant for your entire order at Bedbug.com checkout – Just click on SAVEAF15 and remember to enter ‘SAVEAF15’ as your coupon code at checkout.

Good luck with those critters and we hope these tips have helped you to sleep just a bit more secure tonight!

Bed bug infestations continue to rise across the US, as the NPMA releases new statistics about the spread of bed bugs.

Among the findings, some drastic bed bug statistics noted:
  • 95% of professional pest control companies have encountered bed bug infestations in the past year. Prior to 2000, only 25% of U.S. survey respondents encountered a bed bug infestation.
  • 91% of professional pest control companies believe the incidence of bed bugs in the U.S. is increasing.
  • 76% of pest professionals in the U.S. believe bed bugs are THE most difficult pest to treat.
  • Respondents report 99% of clients who have had bed bugs were “upset and concerned” and 77% said such customers were “very upset and concerned.”

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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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