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Don’t bring THEM home…

The next time that you travel, you might want to follow these tips:

Use a flashlight or UV light to inspect your hotel room for live bed bugs or evidence of activity such as fecal material, shed skins or bloodspots. If room is suspect, request a different room.

Using a business card and hand lens to examine the cracks and crevices around the mattress, bed frame, headboard (most will lift off the wall easily), carpet edges, picture frames, closets, nightstands, luggage racks and dressers to inspect for evidence.

Move the bed away from the wall or headboard if possible. The number one trouble spot in hotels is the headboard (if any). Number two are the picture frames directly above/behind the headboard area.

Don’t unpack leave your clothes in a closed suitcase, knapsack or zipped up clothing bag. You might want to tape the zipper or put it in a large clear plastic bag.

Keep your suitcase, etc. away from bed and don’t leave clothes laying about or in dresser drawers.

If traveling light, hang your clothing bag on the shower rod in the bathroom

Bag and Seal pajamas in a clear plastic bag and examine later.

Check yourself for bites or itching, although bed bug bites are not always immediately noticeable.

When you get home:

Unpack over a white sheet, directly launder washables in water over 140 degrees and then dry on high heat for an hour minimum. Dry cleaning is NOT as effective as previously thought, so save your money there… Consider a dry-vapor steam machine for yourself or a heating solution, such as a PackTite, Bed Bug Annihilator or BBFS’s Cimex SMART Cube.

Inspect and vacuum suitcases before putting them away. If you think you may have come into contact with pests you might consider having the items treated further off-site prior to unpacking at home.

Still Paranoid?:

Travel with large, clear plastic bags and enclose suitcase, clothing bag and all belongings (including what you are wearing prior to returning home (change in the car, driveway or garage) and seal with tape. Consider having items fumigated using Vikane gas fumigant, subjected to a controlled heat treatment of over 135 degrees for one hour minimum or treated with a topical, aerosol insecticide labeled for use on bed bugs.

Some additional information:

Standard Pest Management‘s –  “Don’t Bring THEM Home: Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling” Guide

NYC.gov “Guide to Stop Bed Bugs in Hotels Safely” (PDF)

 

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Bed Bug FREE moving

Once virtually eradicated in the United States, bed bugs have become America’s pest nightmare, especially here in the five boroughs of New York City. Bed bugs are the ultimate hitchhikers, no place is immune from them — homes, apartments, offices, hospitals, assisted living facilities and even five-star hotels. Bed Bugs hide in furniture, mattresses, box springs, bedding, clothing, fine art, musical instruments, books, electronics, computers, photo albums, jewelry boxes, office files, recliners, vinyl records, etc. and can spread from one location to another during a move.

For those individuals, families, students on the move between residences and do not wish to take bed bugs with them, BBFS offers a safe, clean, odorless, convenient, affordable and 100% effective Vikane fumigation service solution. ALL worldly belongings can be safely fumigated with Vikane gas in ONE SINGLE OVERNIGHT service to insure that any Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Eggs are eliminated before moving into a new home or apartment!

How Containerized Fumigation Service works:

Moving Company Process

    1. Client hires BBFS partner moving company to organize and move their personal items and delivers truck to BBFS secure facility for overnight fumigation service.
    2. A certified BBFS fumigation technician will administer and seal Vikane gas fumigant at secure facility overnight fumigation service.
    3. Moving Company returns following morning picking up truck to move client into new home bed bug free!

Rental Truck Process

    1. Client contacts any of the major rental companies to rent a truck/van.
    2. Client contacts BBFS to schedule fumigation services (date/time, type/size of truck, location of fumigation service, pricing, etc.)
    3. Client loads personal items to be fumigated into rental truck/van and delivers truck/van to secure BBFS facility on scheduled date of service.
    4. A certified BBFS fumigation technician will administer and seal Vikane gas fumigant inside truck/van at secure facility for overnight fumigation service.
    5. Client returns to secure BBFS facility the following morning to move to new home bed bug free!

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Gotham Schools: Bed bug invasion continues unabated for 2010/2011 season

Bed Bugs, Fumigation, Containerized Fumigation, Vikane Fumigation

Bedbugs, the parasitic insects whose infestation levels have reached near epidemic proportions in New York City, were discovered in schools at an unprecedented rate this year, according to totals released by the city Department of Education.

There were 3,590 confirmed cases of bedbugs found in schools this year, a rate that more than tripled the 2009-2010 totals. The DOE did not release which schools were treated for bedbugs.

The city is battling back without the help of specialized exterminators. A troubled no-bid private contract with a bedbug pest control company was terminated in November, leaving just over a dozen employees in the DOE pest control unit to fight the growing case load.

The increase is significant, but not a complete surprise. The upsurge actually began during the 2009-2010 school year [2]. In February, I reported that through just five months of the 2010-2011 school year, there were already 1,700 confirmed cases [3], far surpassing the previous year’s total of 1,019.

A DOE spokeswoman said most of the confirmed cases weren’t large infestations, but isolated incidents where one or two bedbugs were found on a student who brought it to school from an infested home.

“Every time we find a single bedbug, we are required to report it,” said the spokeswoman, Marge Feinberg.

School buildings aren’t ideal for large infestations because bedbugs prefer to burrow in heavy fabrics – mattresses, box springs and couches –  and feed in the nighttime. But as infestations have turned up in other public spaces where people gather – theaters, retail clothing stores and office buildings – the school system has become another transfer point for their spread.

The big spike doesn’t necessarily reflect the actual rate at which bedbugs are coming into schools. It could also represent heightened awareness by teachers and staff about what to look for.

In response to the rise of bedbugs last year, the DOE issued new bedbug guides to instruct school staff on how to handle them when they are found on a student. In March, the DOE made it easier to report bedbugs [4].

But the Bloomberg administration, which has increasingly relied on contractors for pest control needs, has lagged on finding ways to effectively eradicate the problem.

The DOE currently pays three private extermination companies – Bluesway Pest Control, Verrazano Exterminating and USA Exterminating – to treat non-bedbug pests, such as cockroaches, termites and bees.

But no bedbug contract is in place right now, Feinberg said. The last contract, which was awarded for $99,999 (any city contract worth less than $100,000 does not require competitive bidding) to a company called Joe’s Pest Control, was terminated after exterminators used illegal pesticides in an infested school [5].

Feinberg said the DOE released a request for pest control services for bedbugs and hoped to have contracts soon.


Article printed from GothamSchools: http://gothamschools.org

URL to article: http://gothamschools.org/2011/07/19/bedbug-invasions-continue-unabated-in-2010-2011-school-year-than-ever-before/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://gothamschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Bed-Bug-Hi-Res_-NPMA.jpg

[2] began during the 2009-2010 school year: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/nyregion/25bedbugs.html

[3] there were already 1,700 confirmed cases: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Report-Highest-Rate-of-Bedbug-Cases-Ever.html

[4] made it easier to report bedbugs: http://gothamschools.org/2011/03/31/politician-claims-victory-in-citys-school-bedbug-policy-change/

[5] exterminators used illegal pesticides in an infested school: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/top_stories/128468/brooklyn-school-tormented-by-bed-bugs-seeks-to-replenish-lost-supplies

July is Here and So are the New York Bed Bugs…and Ticks Too?

July is Here and So are the New York Bed Bugs…and Ticks Too?.

 

As expected, Assured Environments, New York’s largest pest management company, has had an increase in bed bug service requests recently. But the recent outbreak of ticks in New York and surge in tick-related calls within the past two weeks has surpassed the levels of the past 25 years and have left many in the industry and the area concerned.

 

As many had expected, and some others predicted, bed bugs have returned to New York this summer. However, the issue that really has Assured Environments perplexed is the uncanny amount of tick-related calls that have been received this year.

Assured Environments – the largest, privately owned pest solutions-company in New York – has seen bed bug resurgence again this summer. “Bed bug calls lagged in the early part of this year but are now starting to cause problems again for many New Yorkers,” explains Barry Beck, COO of Assured Environments. In June and July alone, Assured has handled over 330 bed bug service calls. “This increase of calls is not unexpected as the reproductive cycle of bed bugs is faster in warmer months, leading to more infestations and cause for concern.”

However, the pest control industry veteran is astonished with the latest outbreak of an uncommon NYC household pest: ticks. “In my 30-plus years in this industry I have never seen anything like this. We just received 4 independent calls regarding ticks yesterday alone,” says Beck. Already this year, Assured Environments has provided service for 8-times as many tick-related calls than in previous years.

 

UNNATURAL Selection: Bed Bugs now HARDER to kill!

Lab researchers have shown that today’s generation of bed bugs can survive 1000x higher the lethal dose of chemicals of only a decade ago. Recently, the Ohio State University released the first genetic study of bed bugs, which showed that bed bugs are developing a variety ways to resist the chemicals being used to control them. That means that the pesticides being used in the growing bed bug war are actually making our opponents STRONGER! Check out this video from Wall Street Journal Science Writer, Robert Lee Hought.

“While bedbugs are poised to become one of the major household pests across the United States in the coming years, we know very little about their genetic makeup and their mechanisms of resistance to insecticides,” said Omprakash Mittapalli, corresponding author of  the study and an assistant professor of entomology with the university’sOhio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Repeated applications of the same killing agent (pesticide) spurs a form of evolution, called Unnatural Selection. Any subsequent generations of the same bed bug population (ie: 1 single BB egg survives or one egg laying adult survives) then the next generations have the encoded information on how to increase their resiliency to that same agent. Evidence of this can be seen in the regional practices and techniques within the Pest Control industry. In New York City, the bed bugs found there are 250x more resilient to the most common pesticides versus their cousins from the south in Florida. 250x more resilient!!! Experts say that this is one of the key reasons that bed bugs are making a resurgence worldwide.

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Facts and Myths about Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are back. Since 2000, bed bug infestations have risen 81 percent, according to The National Pest Management Association. This resurgence has consumers nationwide on high alert, seeking information on the pests and how they can protect themselves.

Gail Getty, a noted entomologist at the University of California Berkley, explains, “Bed bugs and their habits are actually very simple to understand. For the unassuming public, though, differentiating between fact and fiction is becoming ever so difficult with the amount of information available. Understanding the basics is the first line of defense a consumer has against the unwelcomed critters, which can take a toll both financially and emotionally on a victim.”

Confirmed Facts

  • Bed bugs can be found on bedside alarm clocks
    • True: bed bugs have been known to fester in alarm clocks and other appliances and within dark crevices like coffee makers.
  • Bed bugs like to hitch rides
    • True: bed bugs can very easily be transferred in suitcases and on clothing, putting travelers at extra-high risk; Bedbugs do have primitive wings, but they cannot fly.
  • Some people are not affected by bed bugs bites
    • True: Some people do not have a physical reaction to bed bug bites and may be unaware that bed bugs are in their home until they actually see them, but everyone is at risk for having infestations as bed bugs do not discriminate based on socio-economic class.
  • Bed bugs can live for many months without feeding  
    • True: Bed bugs can live for many months without feeding. That is why it is imperative to encase mattresses, box springs, and pillows with bed bug proof protectors like the entomologist tested Allergy Luxe® bed bug collection with Arm & Hammer™ odor neutralizing technology.  Bedding encasements effectively trap bugs that are in and on your mattress and box spring and cut them off from their food source indefinitely.
  • Insect foggers provide very little control of bed bugs and may even cause the bed bug population to disperse, making control more difficult
    • True: Insect foggers do not effectively control bed bugs. Most insect foggers contain a flammable propellant and some have been associated with accidental fires. The best way to control bed bug problems is to contact a pest professional, who will help with vacuuming, and steaming, laundering belongings, sealing areas and gaps where bed bugs can hide and encasing mattresses, box springs, and pillows with bed bug proof protectors like the entomologist tested Allergy Luxe® collection with Arm & Hammer™ odor neutralizing technology.
  • Bed bugs reproduce at alarming rates
    • True: Depending on conditions, bed bugs can produce three or four generations in one year; a female can produce one to five eggs a day, which are as big as a pinhead and can hardly be seen.

Myths Debunked

  • Bed bugs spread deadly diseases
    • Wrong: Bed bugs do not transmit disease. Bed bug bites, however, can cause allergic reaction in some people similar to a mosquito bite. Frequent scratching of the bite marks or picking the scabs can cause infections. And people with severe and/or repeated infestations can feel anxious, worried or ashamed.
  • Chemicals/pesticides will kill all bed bug stages.
    • Wrong: It is difficult to kill all bed bugs with only a pesticide application. Successful treatment depends on an Integrated Pest Management approach to bed bug control which involves, vacuuming, and steaming, laundering belongings, sealing areas and gaps where bed bugs can hide, homeowner, tenant, manager education and encasing mattresses, box springs, and pillows with bed bug proof protectors like the entomologist tested Allergy Luxe® collection with Arm & Hammer™ odor neutralizing technology. Do not use home remedies such as kerosene.
  • I can get rid of bed bugs by leaving my house empty for a few weeks.
    • Wrong: Adult bed bugs can live as long as twelve months without a meal, so a long vacation won’t provide you with relief. The only way to deal with the problem is to treat it directly and monitor results over the long haul.
  • Bed bugs feed off of dirt and other grime
    • Wrong: Bed bugs feed on the blood of human beings and other animals such as dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and mice.
  • Bed bugs are mostly found in beds OR found in shelters; only poor people or dirty people get them.
    • Wrong: They’re found close to where they feed. Typically they’re found in a bed mattress, box spring, bed frames and around the bed. They’re also found in electric outlets, switches and behind pictures. Bed bugs can be found in hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, condos, private homes, and even in public places, such as retail stores, movie theaters, businesses and offices. Anyone can get bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye
    • Wrong: The adult is about the size of an apple seed. The eggs and baby or nymph is about 1 mm long, almost entirely white and difficult to see with the naked eye. The nymph turns red as it feeds and fills with blood, making them easier to see.
  • Bed bugs come out only at night
    • Wrong: It’s true that they are more active at night and in the early morning, but bed bugs sense the heat and carbon dioxide given off by humans and therefore may come out at any time of day.
  • Bed bug bites are easily felt
    • Wrong:  You do not feel a bed bug biting because they inject their saliva first which contains an anesthetic, numbing chemical and an anti-clotting agent so your blood flows freely.
  • Walking into a room that has bed bugs means you will get bed bugs
    • Wrong: They spend 90% of their time hiding and are usually active at night. Bed bugs avoid light and do not like to be disturbed. So you will not necessarily walk away with bed bugs just by being in a room that has them.
  • If you have bed bugs you need to throw away infested clothing and furniture
    • Wrong:  Clothing can be laundered to get rid of bed bugs. In most cases furniture can be treated and should only be discarded if there are no acceptable treatments that can rid them of bed bugs.
  • It’s too cold where I live for bed bugs!
    • Wrong: Even in the coldest climates bed bugs can still thrive. For starters, most bed bug infestations are located indoors. Bed bugs only need to be transported for short periods of time on clothing or luggage to find a new home to infest.
  • Sleeping in a metal bed will protect you from bed bugs
    • Wrong: Having a metal bed will not protect you from bed bugs. In some scenarios a metal bed may actually make it harder to detect a bed bug infestation because the hollow tubing of a metal bed is a great place for bed bugs to hide. The best way to prevent and control bed bug problems in beds is to encase mattresses, box springs, and pillows with bed bug proof protectors like the entomologist tested Allergy Luxe® collection with Arm & Hammer™ odor neutralizing technology.
  • You can’t get bed bugs from your neighbor
    • Wrong: Bed bug migration from one home or apartment to another is actually more common than most people think. In apartments or shared housing such as condos, the risk of migration is even higher. Bed bugs can travel through tiny cracks in the wall, through connected vents or spaces, or in the seams of floor boards or the edges of carpet. They have even been shown to travel out a front door, down the hall and into a neighboring apartment.
  • Bed bug bites all look the same
    • Wrong: They can be small and red or bigger like welts. Some people don’t react at all to a bed bug bite. It is almost impossible to diagnose a bed bug problem solely on the presence of bites on a human host.

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