Bed Bug Task Force Meeting Tomorrow

I have to say, I’m excited! It’s been 9 months since we last met due to scheduling snafus, and I know a lot has changed with local public housing agencies, for the better. In fact I know a gentleman who is currently dealing with bed bugs in his subsidized home. He thinks he got them from a bed and mattress he was given from a local donation center, however, there are many units in his high-rise with bed bugs so they could have migrated, right?

I think it’s important to consider where they may have come from, but not to obsess about it. Better to obsess about how to get rid of them. Anyway, he reported it, later than he should have, but you know how it goes. He was given an inspection, treatment and follow-up treatment. In addition he was given no-pest strips and garbage bags to disinfect his possessions.

and now the rub….it’s up to the tenant to treat his possessions, and ensure he is taking proper precautions during and after treatment. And of course it has to be this way, each involved party; the tenant, and the landlord/manager must act quickly, knowledgeably and consistently until the bed bugs have been eradicated.


What if everyone isolated their bed before they have bed bugs?

I’ve been giving this some thought for a while. It’s a preemptive idea. Are there steps you can take if you don’t have bed bugs, that would stop an infestation before it got started if a bed bug enters your home.

Among pest control people there are different opinions about isolating your bed during your infestation. But let’s look at this from a different point of view. What if (a BIG what-if, I know, but hypothetically, go with me) every bed was isolated from the wall and legs are in ClimbUp Monitors (yes, I’m an affiliate, but still). Then let’s just say a bed bug finds its way into your home and bedroom. That one singular bed bug would not be able to feed on you in bed, making its life much more complicated. Now it has to find you on the sofa or a chair, but it also has to survive long enough to do so. It’s chances for survival (if you employ a couple of tricks like doing the soap/DE/Alcohol mix under an area rug, where they would love to hide) go way down, and if it comes in contact with the DE mix, it’s going to die in about 10 days.

The DE mix came from a blog and I used this after my residuals wore off (about a year and a half now) around my baseboards and under my area rug. The soap (just dish soap) makes the DE stick as it’s in a spray bottle of soap and alcohol. It doesn’t fluff up under my carpet and I only applied it to the carpet binding around the entire base of the carpet. Carpet tape? Not sure what you call it. But any bug that decides under the carpet is a nice place to hide is going to make contact with that dried mixture. Let me say once again – DO NOT PUT DE ON FURNITURE/SOFAS/CHAIRS/OR YOUR BED. You do not want to inhale it.

If you have the legs of your bed in ClimbUp Monitors you now have an early warning system. Any bed bug in your house will try to get into your bed. 100% they are going to try because that’s what they do. They eat and reproduce, and with the ClimbUp they would get stuck in the cup portion and would be unable to escape. Now you have two protective measures to keep bed bugs from getting to you if one gets in your home.

What do you think?

Condos and Multi-family housing: Can you ever get rid of bed bugs?

This week has been something. Doing a big make-over on the website, and dealing with two friends who have bed bugs in their home or building. That’s the rub on multi-family housing. It’s always possible you’ll get the most brilliant treatment in the world, but no one around you will.

I’m just saying it’s possible. People react so differently to having bed bugs. Some people just deal with treatment and don’t go completely bat-sh*t crazy. But A LOT of people, due to a combination of sleep deprivation, stress, itching, being grossed out, etc., do get a little nutty during their infestations, and sometimes for a while after.

And that’s the reality; that you can have bed bugs and they might never be gone if other residents have them and you don’t all get treated together. Your problem might actually be a recurring one, with the only solution being to move. But is that a real solution?

With bed bug infestations continuing to increase and spread, for the next several years, may mean, there is no where to move to. No one, not in any income bracket, in any zip code, can know they will never encounter or be the victim of a bed bug infestation.

In New York, the odds are frighteningly high a renter might move into a building where one  or more tenants may have bed bugs. Not everyone tells, in fact many people try to keep it a secret. Imagine the horror of discovering bed bugs in your newly rented apartment. Unfortunately, this is happening. You can read the stories.

I am glad to hear that both of the housing agencies involved have been responsive and applying good bed bug practices in helping these people to get relief.

Summer of Bugs

Two weeks ago, I got a call from a good friend who while on vacation in Arizona, called to tell me he had discovered bed bugs in his hotel room. He wanted to know how he could get back in his car without bringing any bed bugs from the hotel into the car. (I’ll post my suggestions for treatment when on the road soon)

Then last week, a tear-jerking email from a friend who reports he is sleeping in his bathtub while waiting for treatment from his landlord.

Traffic to the web site has tripled this month, which tells us this bed bug invasion is growing fast. Educate yourself, be able to identify bed bugs, and take care.


Bed Bugs on WebMD

Good article with some bite treatment remedies. They can itch, and last for weeks, coming and going. Bed bug bites can make you crazy because you may think the bite is gone, and then it will¬†resurface, often after a hot shower or bath. This makes it difficult to track new bites. Some people use antihistimines to deal with the itching but always consult a physician before using exotic remedies. You don’t want to cause yourself more suffering than bed bugs do.