Bedbug Blog

    • Bed Bugs Facebook Page gets branded!

      I would like to start by thanking all of you guys - the fans of Bedbug.com out there. Because of your support, the Bedbug.com facebook page has now achieved a name of it's own.

      That's right, due to our amount of dedicated facebook followers, the official bedbug.com facebook page is now located at http://www.facebook.com/bedbugcovers - so it's easier for you to remember and come back to visit us whenever you may need some more bed bug tips, updates, or great deals on bed bug products!

      Not a fan yet? No problem. Simply go to http://www.facebook.com/bedbugcovers and click on the bedbug.com official facebook page button on the top of your screen.

      Thanks for your support, and you can rest assured that we like you too!

    • Death from DIY bed bug treatment?

      Bed bugs are not known to cause death, but can pesticide application?

      By law, pesticide incident reports and environmental risks must be reported to the Canadian Health Department.

      bed bugs home remedies, check for bed bugs, do bed bugs fly, bugs bed, bug bed, bed bugs look like, bed bug detection, bed bugs photo, itchy bed bugs, bed bug infestation, bed bug mattress, bed bug, bed bugs, bedbug, bedbugsIn one such report, it was speculated that an elderly woman died when applying pesticide to her home and mattress. In "Incident Report 2010-1615," it states that a woman sprayed permethrin and S-methoprene between her mattresses and around her floor. Two nights after sleeping on her sprayed bed, the repost states that this woman was hospitalized for "vomiting, chemical taste in the mouth, pneumonia, paralysis, and scarring of the lung tissue," and passed away 18 days later.

      While this reaction is very uncommon to result from temporary exposure to permethrin and pyrethoids, and it is likely that other factors caused, or at least contributed to this womans' death; it is important to be aware of the very real risk factors associated with these ingredients, as they are often used to kill bed bugs:

      "Permethrin belongs to the class of insecticides known as pyrethroids. Symptoms of overexposure to pyrethroids in general may include vomiting and irritation of the respiratory tract. S-methoprene is an insect growth regulator that mimics a natural hormone of insects and prevents the maturation and reproduction of young insect pests. S-methoprene has relatively low toxicity and is not associated with adverse reactions in humans."

      A somewhat more common effect of such application is that of the elderly woman's daughter, who suffered from medium to severe bronchitis following this pesticide application.

      Lessons to Learn:

      • Bed bug elimination is not a do-it-yourself job.
      • If you are working with any insecticides at any time, please read the labels and use only as directed.
      • Do not apply permethrin or S-methoprene directly to your mattress. It is not worth the associated risks!

      For more information about this incident, and other pesticide and pest management suggestions, please visit Canada's Health website at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/pest/_decisions/epir-edirp2010-1615/index-eng.php

    • Bug Bugs Ruin my Vacation!

      My family and I recently took our 1st family vacation we’ve had since our 3 kids were born. We saved up for this well deserved break for quite some time, and boy, we were psyched. As mothers and wives do, I planned this vacation down to restroom stops and snack times.

      We had never been to the ‘big city’ of New York before, and my kids all agreed that that’s the place for our family vacation and it was going to be perfect, well at least that’s what we thought.....Read more

    • Bed Bugs not Biting my Grandmother!

      From the Desk of the Director of Marketing:

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      "I was talking with my Grandmother the other day. She is 92, G-d bless her soul and still sharp as a nail. She told me she remembers bedbugs from when she was a child and said, "Oh, they were such a nuisance to get rid of. Personally, I am glad I don't have them anymore. I hate those little things." Luckily, she is not living in an nursing home or she might come across them sooner rather than later."

      It's comments like that, which make me proud to be working for Bedbug.com; the premier bed bug  encasement provider!

    • ABC News, Bed Bugs!

      ABC News reports about the growing bed bug infestation in New York and what we can do to protect ourselves from these crawling critters. Bedbug.com's New York city web page was briefly featured when discussing popular bed bug websites and blogs.

    • What is most important to you in a mattress cover?

      Mattress protectors and bedding encasements in general have a variety of qualities that people find helpful, and sometimes even necessary.

      Encasements can be used for allergies, bed bug proofing, and even sheer comfort.

      Bedbug.com has created a poll on the different features of mattress covers so you can help us determine what's most important to you and your sleep!

      Fill out the Bedbug.com mattress cover poll by clicking below, and see what other people have to say too!

      What is most important to you in a mattress cover?

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    • Are Parasites Good For You?

      Surprisingly enough, in some cases, the answer may be yes. This may not be the case with bed bug infestations, but some parasites have truly advanced society!See full size image

      Due to my extensive work in the bed bug industry, I was given a rare opportunity to review an excellent book entitled Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests by distinguished parasitologist, Rosemary Drisdelle.

      When I read through Parasites, I was surprised at how quick and easy it was to read. I really appreciated the fresh and exciting new view that Drisdelle took in reanalyzing the typical disdain that people have for parasites. She transformed the way we view parasites into an appreciation and eagerness to learn more. Drisdelle has made one of societies most dreaded and often ignored entities accessible as well as enjoyable, while unearthing an exciting part of our history as well as our future.

      I knew bed bugs were infamous for coming home with you in your luggage, but I did not know just how many mites, worms and other parasites were stationed all around us at all times.

      Drisdelle's new books' description elucidates just how prevalent and influential parasites are:

      "Hidden away within living tissues, parasites are all around us—and inside us. Yet, despite their unsavory characteristics, as we find in this compulsively readable book, parasites have played an enormous role in civilizations through time and around the globe. Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests puts amoebae, roundworms, tapeworms, mites, and others at the center of the action as human cultures have evolved and declined. It shows their role in exploration, war, and even terrorist plots, often through an unpredictable ripple effect. It reveals them as invisible threats in our food, water, and luggage; as invaders that have shaped behaviors and taboos; and as unexpected partners in such venues as crime scene investigations. Parasites also describes their evolution and life histories and considers their significant benefits. Deftly blending the sociological with the scientific, this natural and social history of parasites looks closely at a fascinating, often disgusting group of organisms and discovers that they are in fact an integral thread in the web of life."

      Working with bed bugs in particular, I get many calls from people who are suffering from bed bug bites and from exterminator preparation and fee's. Drisdelle also admits that "some parasites do take over their hosts," and I've heard from many people who can truly attest to that fact. Besides the obvious financial and time burden, a bedbug (or any) infestation can also have serious psychological ramifications. People underestimate the psycho-social impact of bed bugs, while numbers of people talk about being stressed, overwhelmed, isolated, anxious and even significantly traumatized by bed bugs.

      I highly recommend taking a deeper look into Drisdelle's new book Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests and even buying a copy for yourself. You'll be surprised by how much you learn and even more by how much you enjoy the read!

      Here's an excerpt of some of the official reviews of the book:

      • A very good read! Lots of parasite stories told in a compelling way."—Dickson Despommier, Emeritus Professor, Columbia University
      • In her newest book, Rosemary Drisdelle gives us a fresh and exciting spin on the past and current history of parasites; a far too often disdained and ignored presence among us. Drisdelle's anecdotes make one of society's most dreaded entities accessible as well as enjoyable. Parasites and its historical insights have the ability to change society's view of and response to parasites amongst us.—Richard Saffern, Bedbug.com

      If you've read it, we'd love to hear your review as well!

      Feel free to comment below..

    • Bedbugs Business group on Linked in

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      For bed bug companies worldwide, there is a new Linked in group called 'World Wide Bedbugs Business'. Join here!

    • Cartoon: Bed Bugs in your Bed Spring

      Bed bugs and bed bug infestations can be awfully tough to deal with; so I like to throw in a little bed bug humor whenever I come across it. That's why I pasted the bed bug cartoon below. I also appreciated the educational value as most people don't know that about 80% of bed bugs live in your mattress and box spring, and are free to reside there as long as anti-bedbug bedding encasements are not utilized. Scan 100950000

      I found this adorable bed bug cartoon online in the Cape Cod Times written a blogger named Kittylibber. She generously gave me permission to reprint it. I hope it helps to alleviate even the smallest amount of bed bug stress.


      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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