MM Novato bed bug monitorsReviews

A pregnant bed bug lays three to four eggs every day until she dies; in some conditions, that may be up to 500 eggs from a single female. Freshly laid eggs can hatch within two weeks, and the hatchlings can feed and become sexually mature in as little as six weeks. By blocking access to […]

ClimbUp Insect Interceptors Updated Review

A pregnant bed bug lays three to four eggs every day until she dies; in some conditions, that may be up to 500 eggs from a single female. Freshly laid eggs can hatch within two weeks, and the hatchlings can feed and become sexually mature in as little as six weeks. By blocking access to your bed, you cut off the local bed bug population’s food supply, putting a stop to that rapid reproductive cycle. That’s why ClimbUp Insect Interceptors are an essential part of our 4-step solution, and are a tool that no bed bug treatment should go without.

Build Quality & Design

ClimbUp Insect Interceptors

The ClimbUp design is very simple but very effective. Each interceptor has an inner well to fit the leg of your bed or other furniture, and that well is surrounded by a pitfall trap. On the outside of the interceptor is an angled wall covered in grip tape. This design makes it easy for bed bugs to climb up the side of the monitor, but impossible for them to escape that slick pitfall. Bed bugs can’t jump or fly, so if they want to feed on someone in a bed with interceptors installed, they are inevitably going to try and climb up this trap and fall inside.

ClimbUp Insect Interceptors talcum powder

We’ve been carrying these interceptors for years, and they’re one of our best sellers for good reason. Previous versions of the design used to require a thin coating of talcum powder along the pitfall walls to ensure a slick surface that bed bugs can’t climb out of.

Thanks to some new design improvements and testing by Susan McKnight, we no longer need to use talcum powder or any other materials besides the interceptors themselves. This is a nice improvement because it reduces the hassle of ongoing maintenance — there’s nothing to reapply when you dispose of bed bugs that were caught in the traps.

Using ClimbUp Insect Interceptors

Before installing the interceptors on your bed, make sure that you move the bed away from the wall and other points of contact, like night stands or other nearby furniture. Tuck in or remove hanging blankets or skirts, and remove anything stored under the bed. Once you’re done, the only thing the bed is touching should be the floor. Those last points of contact is what we’re going to be removing access to with the interceptors. We simply lift the leg of the bed up just enough to slide the trap into place, then lower the leg into that center well.

ClimbUp Insect Interceptors sizes

ClimbUp Insect Interceptors are available in four different sizes. In order to determine which size is right for you, you’ll need to measure the width of the legs of your bed, couch, or whatever else you’re looking to intercept. The smallest size, the HD, will fit a round leg up to 2.5 inches. The large size fits a round leg up to 3.75 inches, and the T size will fit a round leg up to 5.75 inches. The largest size available, the XL, is a little different – it has a 5 inch by 6.75 inch rectangular well, so you can fit a round leg up to 5 inches or a wheel or castor that’s a bit longer than that.

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MM Novato Reviews

Bed bugs are everywhere! They creep, they crawl, they bite, they itch! Don’t wait to be a victim. Protect yourself today with the patent pending BugSuit! The BugSuit is the first total bed bug protection solution that you can wear all day. This innovative design combines enclosed coveralls, attached booties and gloves, and a removable […]

BugSuit Review: The game-changing bed-bug proof garment

Bed bugs are everywhere! They creep, they crawl, they bite, they itch! Don’t wait to be a victim. Protect yourself today with the patent pending BugSuit!

The BugSuit is the first total bed bug protection solution that you can wear all day. This innovative design combines enclosed coveralls, attached booties and gloves, and a removable hood with PVC face shield. The BugSuit’s high-density polyethylene fibers block bed bugs of all sizes from passing through.

With the BugSuit, you’ll be protected from bed bugs, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, chemical agents, and radioactive particles.

The bright yellow design is fashion-forward, allowing you to blend in wherever you go. Just step into the suit, throw on your respirator and hood, and you’ll be ready to go. Wear the BugSuit at the office, at the gym, on the go, or on a hot date.

Don’t risk your safety on practical solutions. Why encase your bed if you can encase yourself? And why compromise when the BugSuit is available for just $4,999.99? Don’t wait until bed bugs are at your doorstep; order your BugSuit now!

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MM Novato News

A New Years bed bug nightmare went viral on YouTube last month when a California couple documented their experience staying at Astor on the Park, an upper Manhattan hotel. In the video, we learn that the faulty outlets and broken heater are not what ruined the couple’s vacation. The blame instead rests on the hundreds of […]

More Bed Bugs in New York City Hotels

A New Years bed bug nightmare went viral on YouTube last month when a California couple documented their experience staying at Astor on the Park, an upper Manhattan hotel. In the video, we learn that the faulty outlets and broken heater are not what ruined the couple’s vacation. The blame instead rests on the hundreds of bed bugs infesting the room’s bed and biting both guests in their sleep.

This itch-inducing depiction is certainly not the first bad case of bed bugs in New York city hotels that we’ve seen. It only serves as a reminder that the nationwide bed bug epidemic isn’t going away any time soon, and that the Empire State is getting more than its fair share of the critters. In fact, bed bugs may be on the rise yet again in the Big Apple.

Bed Bug Registry, an independent database for bed bug complaints, has reported a 44% increase in bed bug reports in New York City hotels last year versus the year before. That same 44% rise is shown when comparing January of this year to January 2015. This suggests that the recent bed bug growth rate will continue into this year.

Two-thirds of New York’s Hotel Association members have had bed bug complaints reported on the registry. This bed bug alumni includes some of the swankiest hotels in Manhattan, like the Millennium Hilton and the Waldorf Astoria. Keep that in mind the next time someone tells you that bed bugs only infest cheap motels.

How Bed Bugs Spread in Hotels

Bed bugs in New York City hotels

More cases of bed bugs in New York City hotels are being reported every day. However, there’s no point in trying to find a hotel that hasn’t had any complaints. Instead, it’s up to you to learn how bed bugs spread in hotels and what to do to protect you. Armed with the right knowledge, you can reduce your risk of bringing bed bugs home from wherever life takes you.

The risk of bed bug infestations in hotels begins as soon as a guest checks in. When most people arrive at a hotel room after a busy day of travel, the first thing they do is dump their luggage on the bed, lie down, and relax. I don’t blame them – airports are exhausting nowadays. Unfortunately, this seemingly innocent act is what exposes so many people to the risk of bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs travel from place to place by hiding on clothes, in suitcases, or in other personal belongings. When a visitor brings bed bugs to a hotel on their items, the bed bugs can spread into the room. Once a room has an established infestation, pregnant bed bugs can then hitchhike with future guests to their next destination, where they can lay their eggs and start a new colony.

How to avoid bed bugs in New York City hotels

Bed bug luggage liner

While there is no 100% foolproof way to ensure you don’t bring home a hitchhiking bed bug, these precautions will give you the best chance to enjoy a bed bug free trip. The main thing you need to do before your trip is prepare your luggage. Your luggage is the most likely place that bed bugs will hide to go home with you, so you’ll want to take some steps to protect your suitcase or carry-on luggage.

The clothing and other items you might pack into your luggage offers bed bugs a ton of potential hiding places. We can cut off most of these hiding places by using a sealed luggage liner. It has a patent-pending zipper that is tested and proven by entomologists to stop bed bugs from getting inside. When you start packing your bags, put a liner inside the empty suitcase first, then put your clothes and other personal belongings inside the liner. Close the liner zipper to seal it, and you’re good to go.

When you arrive at your hotel room, resist the urge to throw your luggage on the bed and rest. Now is the time to be proactive and reduce your chances of encountering bed bugs during your trip. Bed bugs in the room could hitchhike home with you on the clothes you’re wearing or tucked away in your belongings. To help avoid this, don’t put your luggage on the bed and don’t put anything in those drawers.

The best way to protect your luggage from bed bugs is to leave it in your car. Just bring your toiletries and a change of clothes and leave those items in the bathroom. If you must bring your suitcase or other items into the room, leave them in the bath tub. Bed bugs are much less likely to go in there since it’s far away from the bed, and they will have a really hard time climbing up the into the smooth porcelain tub.

Bed bugs on mattress seam

The last thing to do before you lay down and unwind is to do a quick inspection of the room for any signs of recent bed bug activity. Check the seams, folds, joints, and corners of the bed for things like bed bug shells, eggs, blood spots, or fecal matter. If you find anything, put a sample in a zippered bag or take a good picture and present the evidence to the front desk. They should be able to move you to another room; if they do, repeat your inspection there just in case.

When you get home, you want to make sure that your luggage, laundry, and even the clothes you’re wearing now don’t make it too far inside. Change out of your clothes into clean clothes from your home closet, and start washing your laundry from the trip. The washer and dryer cycles will kill any bed bugs or eggs that might be hiding in your laundry.

The luggage itself should be inspected for any signs of bed bugs. Check the zippers, seams, folders, and other tight spaces for live bugs, eggs, or discarded shells. If you find anything, seal the luggage in an airtight plastic bin until you can treat it with some bed bug sprays that are labeled for use on luggage.

If you’re a frequent flyer and this sounds like a lot to do in between trips, you could pick up a portable bed bug heater. This is an easy way to treat your luggage inside and out, killing any bed bugs or eggs that might be hiding inside. With a bed bug heater, all you have to do is unfold and assemble the unit, put your luggage inside, zip it closed, and plug it in.

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MM Novato FAQ

There are a number of bed bug myths out there that have stood the test of time. Probably the most common myth (that you’ve likely already had dispelled by reading a bit on bed bugs) is that bed bugs are attracted to dirt or to dirty homes. Obviously that isn’t true, or we wouldn’t have […]

5 Bed Bug Myths BUSTED (Infographic)

There are a number of bed bug myths out there that have stood the test of time. Probably the most common myth (that you’ve likely already had dispelled by reading a bit on bed bugs) is that bed bugs are attracted to dirt or to dirty homes. Obviously that isn’t true, or we wouldn’t have so many clean homes infested with the little blood suckers.

At Bed Bug Supply, we hear misconceptions about bed bugs every day through phone calls, emails, and live chat with our customers. This infographic aims to set the record straight on some of the most common bed bug myths we encounter. Give it a quick read, and share it with your friends if you learned something new about America’s least favorite pest:

5 Bed Bug Myths BUSTED

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MM Novato Treatments

Bed bug sprays are as popular for bed bug treatments as they are misunderstood. News articles and online discussions have tried to assert that chemical sprays don’t work on bed bugs, that they are harmful to humans, or that there are more effective alternatives for do-it-yourself treatments. The current bed bug epidemic has driven an almost […]

How to Use Bed Bug Sprays

Bed bug sprays are as popular for bed bug treatments as they are misunderstood. News articles and online discussions have tried to assert that chemical sprays don’t work on bed bugs, that they are harmful to humans, or that there are more effective alternatives for do-it-yourself treatments.

The current bed bug epidemic has driven an almost hysteric narrative around dealing with infestations, and these false notions likely stemmed from that collective mindset. You absolutely can get rid of bed bugs using the right bed bug sprays as part of your treatment solution. Let’s talk about how you can go about doing that.

Bed bug sprays

There are three form factors that bed bug sprays can come in. You have liquid sprays, aerosol sprays, and liquid concentrates, which are meant to be diluted with water in a pump sprayer. Regardless of the type of bottle or can it comes in, any insecticide that is registered with the EPA will come with a product label and MSDS. It’s very important that you read over these documents before you use any type of insecticide.

It’s against federal law to use a spray in a way that goes against what’s instructed on the product label, since misuse of insecticides is an easy way to get sick or injured. I know you’re in a hurry to move forward with your bed bug treatment, but do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to study the label before you start spraying.

Liquid Bed Bug Sprays

STERI-FAB liquid bed bug spray

Liquid sprays, such as STERI-FAB or JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs, are usually for killing bed bugs quickly on contact and evaporating shortly after. This style of spray is operated much like a spray bottle you might use to water your plants or to stop your cat from scratching your couch. You’ll get a little squirt of chemical spray with each pull of the trigger.

The most efficient way to apply a liquid spray along cracks and crevices, like baseboards and floorboards, would be to move the spray nozzle as you pull the trigger in even intervals. That way, each squirt is spaced out across the spray area instead of being concentrated in one spot.

Contact sprays tend to have a fairly broad label, allowing for application on cracks, crevices, joints and corners throughout your home. Since they don’t leave behind any residual activity, contact sprays can more often be used on the surfaces of mattresses, sofas, and other upholstered furniture. Generally, the label will advise that you spray each surface until it is lightly and evenly damp, then allow the surface to dry before coming in contact with it.

Bed Bug Aerosol Sprays

Bedlam Plus aerosol bed bug spray

Aerosol cans are often used for residual sprays, like Bedlam Plus or JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus. Residual formulas may not kill bed bugs as quickly as contact sprays, but they will continue to kill for weeks (or even months) after they’ve been applied. To use an aerosol spray, shake up the can to mix the chemical and build pressure with the propellant, and hold down the spray nozzle to release an even propulsion of chemical.

Unlike liquid spray bottles, you won’t need to worry about the pace between trigger pulls. Instead, just keep the can upright to avoid clogging and move the nozzle along the treatment surface at an even pace. One advantage of aerosol insecticides is that they tend to foam up when they’re applied, so you’ll have a good visual indicator of how evenly you’re spraying.

Aerosol sprays can be used nearly everywhere that contact sprays can, though residual sprays tend to have slightly more restrictive labeling. Depending on the ingredients used, you can use aerosols on soft, upholstered surfaces like the tufts and folds of your mattress, box spring, sofa, or other furniture. You can use other compounds on wooden surfaces like baseboards, floorboards, and the joints and corners of your bed frame or nightstand.

Concentrated Insecticides

Temprid SC concentrated bed bug spray

Last but not least are the concentrated bed bug sprays, such as Onslaught or Temprid SC. These can be contact killers, residual compounds, or even a dual-action formula that fills both roles. Insecticide concentrates take a little bit more preparation than bottled sprays or aerosol cans, since they need to be diluted with water before use.

Concentrates will come with mixing guides on the label that recommend a certain amount of liquid per gallon, depending on what you’re treating for and where. For example, to use a half gallon mixture of Temprid SC to treat a bedroom for bed bugs, you would measure out four milliliters, since the label recommends eight milliliters per gallon. To put the mixture together, fill a spray tank with half of the water you want to mix, add the measured concentrate, shake the tank thoroughly to mix and agitate the chemicals, then add the other half of the water.

Chapin SureSpray concentrated sprayer

The steps to using a tank sprayer will vary a bit depending on the model of sprayer you’re using, so read the instruction manual for safety and usage instructions. We recommend Chapin SureSpray 1-gallon sprayers with a hand pump for killing bed bugs at home. To build pressure, you would need to give the Chapin’s handle a few pumps until you feel resistance. That resistance means that the tank has built up an ideal pressure, so you’re ready to spray.

If your tank sprayer has an adjustable spray nozzle, you’ll usually want to stick to a narrow spray pattern so you can focus your application on the cracks and crevices you are trying to treat. Once everything is set up, simply hold down the trigger and start applying a steady, even coat of chemical mixture across the target surface, taking care not to skip any spots or spray too heavily on one area.

 

This overview covers the basics on how to use bed bug sprays in a DIY treatment. Remember that this does not represent a complete treatment solution, as bed bug sprays will not eliminate an infestation on their own. You need to treat the spray as part of a combined treatment process that involves a number of other tools. Also, keep in mind that this overview does not replace the need to study the product label and MSDS that comes with your sprays.

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