Bedbug Blog

    • Don't Let Your Dirty Laundry Come Back to Bite You

      As you probably know already, bed bugs love to hide in fabric seams and creases. This means that, whether you have an infestation on your hands or you’re worried about preventing one, your linens and your clothes are at risk. You’ve already enclosed your mattress, your box spring, and your pillows. But what can you do about your clothes, you ask?

      There is nothing that bed bugs love more than a cluttered house with clothes strewn all over the floor. A properly closed laundry bag will prevent bed bugs from being able to pass through, so get one for every bedroom. Our patent pending Zip Tech™ zipper technology with 3-way protection and re-enforced seams ensures that the bed bugs on your clothes will stay in the bag, only to be destroyed in the dryer cycle, and that no new bed bugs will be able to make their way in. Because living in close quarters increases the risk of being exposed to bed bugs, if you’re living on a college campus we actually recommend that you use two laundry bags– one for dirty laundry, and one for clean.

      If you’re traveling, your risk of exposure to bed bugs increases exponentially. Chances are the hotel you stayed at most recently or the airplane you flew on has recently battled an infestation. Don’t bring any bed bugs home with you. For maximum safety and peace of mind, bring along a travel laundry bag and use it to store your clothing.

      There’s no need to throw out your linens or clothes that have been exposed to bed bugs. Just isolate them with the help of a special laundry bag, so that the bed bugs that may already be hiding on them do not have access to the rest of your belongings. Keeping your clothes safe really is that easy.

    • How Can I Manage the Bed Bugs in My Home?

      If you suspect you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, don’t try to manage the situation on your own, as you will most likely be in over your head. Call a licensed and insured pest management professional, ensure they are experienced in dealing with bed bugs, and check for references. The process of eliminating a bed bug problem will be time-consuming and expensive. This really isn’t the time to scrimp, as you want it done right the first time around.

      As a rule of thumb, you should not bring in discarded furniture or mattresses. If you do, however, have your heart set on used or reconditioned items, inspect them carefully – you can even ask a licensed professional to do it for you and to treat them preventively before you bring them into your home. Cover any used mattresses or box springs with a bed bug encasement.

      Any second-hand fabrics (clothes, drapes, blankets, sheets, etc.) should be washed and dried on the hottest cycle before you bring them into your home. Consider separating them with a special bed bug-proof laundry bag.

      When traveling, never unpack before inspecting your hotel room for bed bugs. Consider using luggage liners and a travel laundry bag. Before you leave, inspect your belongings to make sure there are no unwanted travelers hitching a ride home with you. Inspect your luggage again when you get home, and wash your laundry immediately.

      Don’t remove anything from any rooms suspected of or confirmed to be infected. At your pest management professional’s recommendation, remove bedding, linens and clothing, place them in a secure plastic bag and then wash and dry them on the hottest cycle. When instructed, remove as much clutter from the room as possible. Anything you remove from the room must be properly sealed to avoid spreading the infestation.

      In most cases, you won’t have to throw out any of your belongings. Work with a licensed professional and encase your possessions as recommended. Before you know it, your infestation will be a thing of the past.

    • Have I Been Bitten By a Bed Bug?

      The best course of action to prevent bed bug bites is to protect yourself and your home, but many people aren’t aware of the threat of bed bugs until after they find an infestation or have already been bitten. So, if you suspect that you may have been bitten by a bed bug, how can you confirm and find out for sure?

      Unless you first find actual bed bugs or other signs of infestation, it can actually be quite difficult to tell if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug. When bed bugs bite, they sneakily inject you with an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevent you from realizing that you are being bitten. As a result, most bite victims do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear, which typically takes anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite.

      While some people are allergic to the salivary gland injection made by the bed bug bites and will show “mosquito”-like welts on their body where the insect has fed, others who are not allergic may not develop bite marks or any other visible signs of being bitten even though the bug has fed on them. In addition to the bite marks, other symptoms of bed bug bites may include insomnia, anxiety, and skin problems that can arise from profuse scratching of the bites.

      Similar to mosquito bites, bed bug bites tend to be very itchy. To distinguish from mosquito bites, you may note that bed bug bites have a distinctive pattern of 3 lines. These lines are sometimes called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” since the bed bug feeds off human blood, making you its “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”!

      To avoid being snacked on, it’s important to get the protection you need and prevent the bed bugs from finding a spot in your home in the first place.

    • Your Mattress Isn't The Only Thing That Needs Protecting

      If you know anything at all about bed bugs, you’ve probably heard all about how you need to protect your mattress. But did you know that’s simply not enough? While mattress covers do help with an infestation, it’s equally important that you protect your box spring as well.

      It’s common knowledge that bed bugs like to hide in clothing and linens, but did you know they also thrive inside furniture, too? Bed bugs are very mobile, and chances are they’re not focused on one single part of your bed. Whether you’re fighting a current infestation or you’re simply preventing one, protecting your mattress alone won’t do the trick. You also need to look at covering your box spring with an encasement.

      When shopping around, look for an encasement that doesn’t just cover the top of the box spring and leaves the rest exposed – you really want to make sure the little intruders cannot get in or out. Your bedding is an important investment, and you don’t want to have to replace everything simply because you cut some corners. Another thing to make sure is that the cover you’re looking at has no pesticides. The most important thing here is the health of you and your family – you don’t want to eliminate one source of danger, only to bring in another.

      It’s important to remember that your bed isn’t one single unit. When looking at bed bug protection, the only way to go is to encase all the different parts of your bed in materials that will not allow bed bug transit. A mattress cover is the most common example, but don’t forget that there are special covers for your box spring and your pillows, as well. Don’t turn the bed bugs away from your mattress and redirect them to your box spring!

    • The Two Spots To Check First If You Suspect A Bed Bug Infestation

      If you suspect a bed bug infestation, it’s important to either confirm your suspicions or else put them to rest. The easiest way to do this is by checking the two most common problem spots where bed bugs love to hang out – your mattress and your box spring.

      While there are plenty of other spaces where bed bugs can potentially be found, a thorough inspection of the mattress and box spring will reveal any infestations in the majority of situations. Knowing where to look only gets you halfway there though, because it’s equally important to know what exactly you’re looking for and how to effectively conduct your search.

      It’s also important to keep in mind that these critters don’t like the light, so they will usually be hidden during the day time. While it’s possible to identify traces of them via dark brown or reddish blood spots from the bed bug fecal droppings on your bedding surfaces, searching at night is more likely to yield results and help to confirm your suspicions.

      The first thing to know about searching your mattress is that the seams are where you’re most likely to identify a problem. If you turn off the lights in your room and get a good, strong flashlight, you can carefully scan the seams in the mattress for any traces of an infestation.

      If this doesn’t yield any results, the next step is to raise your mattress and box spring up off of the bed frame and check underneath the box spring itself, as this is a preferred hiding spot. You might think that the mesh lining underneath your box spring would keep them out, but, for a creature as sneaky as the bed bug, that is no impediment.

      In most cases, a careful search of these two spots will reveal any sort of infestation you may have.

    • The Number One Spot You Will Notice A Bed Bug Infestation First

      As you might expect based on their name, the spot where you’re most likely to find bed bugs is on your mattress, particularly in the seams and around the corners. To ensure that you and your family are protected from a potential bed bug infestation, it’s important to regularly check your mattress.

      A routine inspection is the first line of defense to help eliminate the chances of a bigger problem occurring, since you’ll be able to identify any bed bugs before they have an opportunity to create a real infestation. Aside from the mattress itself, the other top hiding spot for these critters is on the underside of your box spring, so after inspecting your mattress be careful to lift it and the box spring off the frame and check there carefully, as well.

      To prepare for your bed bug inspection, you’ll want to get a good, strong flashlight because these bugs can be difficult to see. Starting with the lights off, carefully inspect each of the mattress seams as well as the underside of the box spring and the bed frame itself. You should be on the lookout for any dark brown or reddish blood spots, which may be signs of bed bug fecal droppings.

      While the bed itself is obviously the most important place to look during your inspection, it can also be helpful to check in any cracks or crevices near the bed as the bugs could potentially be hiding out nearby. Depending on your bedroom layout, this may include the floor, walls, or ceiling, and also other objects such as chair cushions, hanging pictures, around and inside electrical outlets, behind and under dressers, mirrors, or even along the floorboards.

      Just as in most things, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure. Rather than waiting until they become a problem, make a plan to start regularly checking for bed bugs and then you won’t have to worry about potential problems down the road.

    • Is Your Clothing Protected When You're On-The-Go?

      You might think that, if you keep your home clean and in good condition, you’re safe from any potential bed bug problems. You might even think that you’re being extra cautious by periodically inspecting potential problem areas such as your mattress and box spring to prevent any infestations before they can really get going. But have you considered what you might bring home with you when you’re on the go?

      Many people are shocked to realize how easy it can be to pick up bed bugs when you’re out and about. You may have only sat down for a few minutes, but if your friend’s couch was infested and a few bugs made their way onto your clothes, you may have just unwittingly invited them into your home. Another surprising place people have been known to accidentally collect these creatures is at hotel conference halls, where the chairs may have unwanted guests just waiting for a chance to catch a ride in your jacket so they can find a new home.

      The best way to keep yourself safe from unwanted surprises such as these is to keep your dirty clothes safeguarded, and the best way to do that safeguarding is with a bed bug bag. You may want to get a separate bag for your dirty and clean clothes in order to provide maximum protection, but at the very minimum you should be sure to get one for the dirty clothes that you’ve worn out.

      Anti-bed bug laundry bags such as these are made to be impermeable and stop the penetration of bed bugs in fabric. Getting a quality bag is important, as this can effectively prevent bed bugs from infesting your clothes even if you happen to unknowingly pick some up and bring them home with you.

    • Don't Bring Bed Bugs Home With You

      You love to travel? So do we! But one thing those glamorous travel websites don’t spend enough time covering is the threat of bed bugs while on the move. Hotels, cruise ships, airplanes, and public transportation have all been hard hit by these pesky insects. It’s important to protect yourself, so that you don’t end up bringing home more souvenirs than you intended.

      Bed bugs are small and sticky insects that commonly cling to clothing and linens – which is why they have such an easy time spreading. It follows logically that the type of areas where large numbers of people pass through daily carries a higher risk of being infested with bed bugs. And what makes it worse is that bed bugs can be pretty hard to spot. Chances are that this is or has been a problem in the hotel you stayed at most recently and that some of them even hitched a ride back with you.

      Still, do not despair. There are a few easy fixes that you can implement while on the go and keep your peace of mind. Because clothing is the most common foothold for these insects, it’s important to store it in a luggage liner. These can come in two sizes – for carry-ons and checked luggage – and can even double as shelf liners. Add a garment bag liner for the clothes that you plan on hanging in a closet, as well as a travel laundry bag to store your dirty laundry, and your clothes will be completely safe. If you like to travel with a pillow, make sure you also get a travel pillow encasement, to protect it from bed bugs.

      When you travel, you know to protect yourself and your loved ones from unwanted diseases. Why not also keep yourself safe from the threat of bed bugs?

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    • San Francisco Landlords Now Being Asked to Provide Bed Bug Mattress and Box Spring Encasements

      New San Francisco Bed Bug Laws

      Why Are Bed Bugs Biting in San Fran?

      Bed bugs are most prevalent in cities that have large urban area's and many travelers - like San Francisco! That's because bedbugs travel on clothing and in luggage & they use humans and other mammals as hosts.

      Bed Bug Avoidance Tips for San Francisco Landlords

      The San Francisco Department of Public Health has already changed the landlord requirements for control of bed bugs two times in the past 5 years, and they are doing it again - this May! Here are some changes that they are proposing and considering requiring landlords to abide by:

      1. Landlords who provide a mattress and box spring in a unit, must also provide appropriate bed bug proof encasings
      2. Landlords provide bed bug prevention guidance to new tenants
      3. Landlords who offer short term rentals may be required to search for bed bugs each month!
      If you are a landlord, you can see more relevant tips to prevent bed bugs for landlords here.

      What Can I do to prevent bed bugs?

      The top 3 bed bug prevention techniques out there are:

      1. Know what bed bugs look like and where they are likely to hide. If you think you may have bed bugs, you can watch this informative video for signs of bed bugs.
      2. Travel Smart - Know how to search for bed bugs and what bed bugs look like. Use this information to search for bedbugs on your next vacation.
      3. Purchase scientifically tested bed bug proof mattress covers and travel encasements.

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