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How to kill bed bugs in your home: A list of popular bed bug insecticides

24 Jan

While many people opt to hire a professional exterminator when bed bugs are discovered in their home, there are many effective insecticides that can help you battle bed bugs on your own.  Here’s a preliminary list of bed bug insecticides to consider to help you treat bed bugs.

  • Steri-Fab Bed Bug Spray: Steri-Fab is great for use on its own, or post steam treatment.  Since it dries quickly and is non-staining, Steri-Fab Bed Bug Spray can be used on mattresses, box springs, sofas, carpeting, floorboards, dresser drawers, and more.
    • Kills bed bugs on contact
    • No dilution needed
    • Fast-drying
    • Non-staining
    • No dyes or perfumes
    • Kills bed bugs, lice, dust mites, roaches, fleas and a host of other insects
    • In addition to being an insecticide, Steri-Fab also kills mold, fungus, bacteria and mildew
    • For use on mattresses, box springs, wood, ceramic, carpeting
  • JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Contact Killer (Oil-Based): J.T. Eaton KILLS BED BUGS (red label) is an oil-based, ready-to-use bed bug killer with natural pyrethrum as the active ingredient. It quickly knocks down infestations. Professionals use this because bed bugs have no resistance to this product and there are no residuals. This means that when the oil evaporates, the active ingredients also evaporate. This formula also contains a “flushing agent” that causes bed bugs to leave their hiding places and scatter, which increases the likelihood that they will come in contact with the insecticide. This product can be applied directly to a mattress.
  • JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Residual Killer (Water-Based): JT Eaton KILLS BED BUGS II (blue label) is a water-based, ready-to-use bed bug killer with residual ingredients that last up to 16 weeks, making it a perfect complement to JT Eaton KILLS BED BUGS (red label) Contact Killer. With this spray, bed bugs will die within a day since the water base of the insecticide cannot penetrate the waxy surface of the insect’s surface as quickly as the oil in the KILLS BED BUGS (red label). When the water evaporates, there will be a microscopic film of deltamethrin (active ingredient), which will continue to kill bed bugs for up to 16 weeks. This product can be applied directly to a mattress.
  • J.T Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Powder (Diatomaceous Earth): J.T Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Powder is an all natural Diatomaceous Earth powder that is harmless to humans and animals, but effectively kills Bed Bugs. Diatomaceous Earth is composed of small, razor-blade sharp crushed sedimentary rock.  When applied, this powder cuts and is absorbed into the outer layer of Bed Bugs causing them to dehydrate and eventually die. J.T Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Powder can be applied around electrical outlets, in between baseboards or any indoor cracks or crevices, around the perimeter of your bed and even inside walls. This powder should be kept dry and away from moisture in order to maintain its effectiveness.
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Avoid the $100 Fine with Bed Bug Mattress Disposal Bags

6 Jan

As you may have read, NYC (and other cities to come) is now imposing a $100 fine on anyone caught leaving their potentially bed bug-infested mattress on the curb without being sealed in a plastic bag.  A reasonable request, placing your mattress in a mattress disposal bag can drastically reduce the spread of bed bugs in your community.  BedBugsy.com is now proud to offer you low-cost mattress disposal and mattress storage bags to help you avoid the new fine, and keep your family and neighbors safe from bed bugs.

These mattress disposal bags, which are available in four standard mattress sizes, will allow you to contain an infestation when moving your mattress to the curb for disposal without any bed bugs or bed bug eggs coming loose during transport.  Simply place the mattress into the bag, and securely seal the open end using duct tape.

These mattress bags are also perfect for protecting your mattress from bed bugs when in storage or during transport.

Bed Bug Mattress Disposal Bag, Mattress Storage Bag

Are bed bugs keeping you from shopping at the stores you love?

4 Jan

Bed bugs are continuing to invade our theaters, hotels, the places we live, and our favorite stores. So it seems that movies are out, travel is out, shopping is out – so what is there left to do these days?

In recent news, there have been reported bed bug sightings in top tier department stores such as Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s and many, many more.  We don’t like to act like alarmists, but shoppers need to seriously exercise caution when bringing new items of clothing back home with them. Bed bugs are sneaky creatures and can hide in just about anything. Simply doing a visual inspection is not enough. Bed bugs can also lay eggs in clothing preventing consumers from finding them until its hanging in their closet and it’s too late.

Thanks to the PackTite Portable Bed Bug Heating Unit, it is now possible to shop without the fear. The PackTite™ Portable Heating Unit uses patent pending technology that gently and thoroughly heats your personal items to a temperature that is proven to kill all stages of bed bugs, ranging from eggs to adults.  By heating contents up to over 120ºF for a sustained period, PackTite™ is a safe, non-chemical way to treat your new and existing personal items for bed bugs.

It’s smart to be cautious. Bed bugs are avoidable if we take preventative measures. When you shop, simply drop your new items into a PackTite and enjoy them bed bug free.

Prevent Bed Bugs When Traveling With PackTite Heating Unit

Product Review: Vapamore MR-100 Steamer

9 Dec

So you are looking to protect your home or business from bed bugs, or are trying to control an existing bed bug problem.  Many times, a professional exterminator will assist in controlling your infestation, but (as some of you know) it’s not uncommon for the bed bug bites to make another appearance somewhere down the road.  For those who want to eliminate bed bugs from their home or business, and do not have the money or patience to hire another professional, a bed bug steamer is the way to go.

Steamers can produce heat upwards of 250ºF, way more than the 115ºF required to kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs.  They use only water and heat, making them a perfect solution for those looking to treat bed bugs without chemicals.  Plus, steamers are safe for use on mattresses, box springs, carpeting, sofas, baseboards, and more (just keep the steam away from electrical outlets and appliances).  Steamers can range anywhere from $39.99 for a hand-held model, all the way up to $1,599 for a top-of-the-line professional steamer-vacuum combo for the most discerning businesses or property owners.  The Vapamore MR-100 Steamer falls right in the middle at $299.99, and is perfect for most homes or businesses looking to treat an infestation.

This quality steamer includes numerous attachment allowing you to treat for bed bugs no matter where they are hiding.  The MR-100 produces steam at 58 PSI, and includes a water tank with a 1.6 liter capacity, enough for 50 minutes of operation/tank.  And with a nozzle tip temperature of 210º-220ºF, no bed bugs or bed bug eggs will survive the steam produced by this machine.  The 6-foot long hose along with the 18-foot power cord will make it simple to treat practically any location in your home or property.

To top it off, Vapamore is currently offering all customers – wait for it – a Lifetime Warranty on the MR-100, covering most issues or defects that may arise in the lifetime of the product.  Who said chivalry was dead?

For those looking to treat bed bugs with a quality steamer without the hefty price tag, the Vapamore MR-100 bed bug steamer should be highly considered.

Don’t forget to review our Bed Bug Steaming Tips before treating a bed bug problem with a steamer.

Kill Bed Bugs with Steam using the Vapamore MR-100Treating a Mattress with Vapamore MR-100

Movie Theater Seat Covers – Do they work?

29 Nov

A few of you have been emailing me about new bed bug-proof movie theater seat protectors.  It is no secret that bed bugs have been spotted in theaters across the country, and that lots of theater-loving folks have simply cut movie night out of their schedule due to the fear of picking one up.  New products are out there attempting to restore your peace of mind and get you back into those theaters with what is basically a large, thick plastic bag shaped to fit the chair.

The question is – do they work? It is certainly plausible that the plastic is thick enough to prevent bed bugs and bed bug eggs on your seat from getting onto your belongings.  Nevertheless, this is the kind of product that we don’t typically like to endorse.  Our primary mission is to educate our readers on the behavior of bed bugs, and how to avoid further infestations.  While the concept has good intentions, this is one product that is a bit too radical, in my opinion.  While it is important to be cautious about bed bugs in our daily routine, we need to do so without becoming overly obsessed.  Bed bugs are a serious problem, but at the end of the day, it is not worth the drastic measures suggested by this product (and some others).  If covering our seat in a large plastic bag is what we are resorting to, I’d hate to think about what’s next. To us, a simple inspection of your seat (and underneath) with your cellphone light, as well as a quick dust off of your clothing and jacket after the movie is enough to drastically limit your exposure in a theater.

That, and… what about bed bugs from the seats on either side of you?  Save your money — and put it towards the $18.50 you’ll need for a popcorn and soda for you & your date.

bed bug movie theater seat cover

Bed Bug Luggage Spray – For Peace of Mind when Traveling

2 Nov

The holiday season is just around the corner, and everyone is likely making their travel plans.  And if you’re like me, I’m sure one thing that’s on your mind is the possibility of getting bed bugs in a hotel.

There are a number of things you should definitely do when traveling, just to be safe (check out the “Travel” page of this blog).  But as an added measure, and for peace of mind, one handy product is a must-have for a traveler – JT Eaton Bed Bug Control for Luggage and Mattresses.  This bed bug travel spray is cheap (only $12.99), safe, compact, and it is EPA-approved!  Just spritz the stuff in and around your luggage before you pack, paying particular attention to the luggage zippers, folds, creases, and wheels.  Allow the water-based spray to dry, then pack up your clothes.  It’s a great way to deter and even kill bed bugs trying entering your bag when traveling (whether it’s in an airport or at the hotel).  And make sure to bring it with you on your trip, since it doubles as a travel mattress spray.  Spray it around your hotel mattress, box spring and headboard for extra peace of mind.  As with all the bed bugs products out there, be sure to read the label carefully before using.JT Eaton Bed Bug Control for Luggage & Mattresses