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Bed Bugs Keep Biting in NYC Schools

8 Feb

Bed bugs keep on biting in NYC public schools, with no signs of slowing down.  According to the latest figures from the Department of Education, city schools have reported 1,700 confirmed bed bug cases in just the first five months of the school year — a rate set to triple last year’s total of 1,019 cases.

And for those who thought the bed bug season wouldn’t extend into the Winter, think again.  Upwards of 80% of bed bug cases have been reported in November, December and January.

And where are the bed bugs in NYC schools coming from?  According to spokesperson Marge Feinberg, the latest surge in cases is a result of children bringing bed bugs into school from their homes.  “It is important to know that schools are not hospitable places for bed bugs,” Feinberg said. “They are brought into schools from the clothing.”

Last year, city officials acknowledged the recent surge in bed bug cases, and pledged to combat the crisis with $500,000 to raise public awareness.  In schools, that included a new four-step protocol for dealing with cases and increased communication between schools and parents.  But those efforts have been futile because so many homes are already infested.

With 1.1 million students and 100,000 teachers, New York’s schools are inevitably going to be a major transportation hub for bed bugs.

What can you do to help limit the spread of bed bugs in your schools?  Send your child to school with as few belongings as possible.  Have them use simple bag for their books rather than a bulky book bag that can offer many potential hiding spots for bed bugs.  Hats, scarves and jackets are sure to be potential vehicles, so handle these carefully when your child returns home from school.  Brush off their items, and place them in a secure area — preferably in an isolated hallway or garage closet.

If you are a parent or a school administrator and are interested in products to help protect yourselves from bed bugs, please contact us today and a professional will gladly assist you.



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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.

Bed Bug Stats: What people are (or aren’t) doing to prevent bed bugs

12 Jan

Metropolis, the blog of the Wall Street Journal, just released an article containing a number of startling stats regarding what preventative measures people are taking to avoid bed bugs in their lives. Here’s a snapshot of these (shocking) bed bug stats:

Bed Bug Overview

  • 79% of survey respondents have seen, heard or read about bed bugs in the last few months
  • Residential bed bug complaints in New York City rose nearly 7% in 2010, according to the city’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development. There were 4,846 bed bug-related violations and 13,472 complaints, up slightly from 4,811 and 12,594 in 2009.

What are people doing to prevent bed bugs?

  • 54% of respondents have not changed their behavior in order to avoid contracting bed bugs
  • 29% of respondents wash newly purchased clothing
  • 27% inspect and wash clothing after returning from a trip
  • 25% check their hotel rooms for bedbugs
  • 16% examine second-hand furniture
  • Only 14% of those surveyed have purchased any bed bug-preventative products

When all else fails, blame the government.

  • 72% of respondents said the federal government wasn’t doing enough to control the issue

And who is most likely to encounter a bed bug problem? According to the WSJ:

“The demographic profile of those most likely to contract bedbugs is “younger, a renter and from an urban environment.” By age, people in the 18-34 category were 28% more likely to have encounters with bedbugs than other groups to have bedbugs, the survey found.”

Bed Bug Stats from WSJ

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

More Bed Bug Art in the East Village

7 Dec

NYC artists can find inspiration in anything… Spotted on St. Marks Place on Saturday, 12/4/10.   Thanks for the photos, Josh K!
Bed Bug Art on St. Marks Place in New York City

Bed Bugs NYC St. Marks Place

Yahoo! Ranks Bed Bugs as #7 Obsession of 2010

2 Dec

Yahoo! just released their list of the Top 10 Obsessions of 2010.  And as no surprise to any of us, bed bugs made the list at #7.  Check out the article here.

It continues… Bed Bugs Hit Juicy Couture Flagship 5th Avenue Store

1 Dec

Niketown. Victoria’s Secret. Hollister. These are a few major Manhattan retailers forced to close their doors in the past few months to treat a bed bug infestation.  Now, we can add the Juicy Couture Flagship 5th Avenue Store to the list.   Juicy Couture CEO Edgar Huber sent an email to the “Juicy Team” stating:

As you may be aware we have temporarily closed the 5th Avenue location due to the discovery of bed bugs.

Our top priority is to protect our associates and our customers and we are moving swiftly and aggressively to address the problem. We expect to re-open the store later in the week and will keep you updated when we have specifics around the re-opening.

At this time there have been no other locations identified with this issue but we will continue to take all necessary precautions.

And an official statement says:

We wanted to inform the public and our consumers that we have temporarily closed the Juicy Couture Store at 650 Fifth Avenue due to the discovery of bed bugs.

Like other major retailers recently impacted by this issue, we are moving swiftly and aggressively to address the problem. We expect the store to re-open later this week.

The people who shop and work at the store are our top priority and we are taking all necessary precautions.

There are three other Juicy Couture stores serving New York City shoppers – 860 Madison Avenue, 368 Bleecker Street, 103 Fifth Avenue – and of course all merchandise is available 24-hours a day at http://www.juicycouture.com.

Everyone needs to exercise some extra caution during their holiday shopping this season.  Inspect all new purchases upon bringing them home for signs of bed bugs.  It is a good idea to shake out/dust off new clothing over a white bathroom floor or bathtub before wrapping them up or putting them into your closet.  A few changes to our daily routine can drastically reduce the number of new bed bug infestations this holiday season.

Juicy Couture Has Bed Bugs

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

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