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One of the most difficult things people deal with when they suspect that they have bed bugs is confirming an infestation, or knowing when an infestation has ended after treatments. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to find; when they’re not looking for a meal, they prefer to tuck away into tight spaces where they can’t […]

NightWatch Active Bed Bug Monitor Review

One of the most difficult things people deal with when they suspect that they have bed bugs is confirming an infestation, or knowing when an infestation has ended after treatments. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to find; when they’re not looking for a meal, they prefer to tuck away into tight spaces where they can’t easily be seen. Bite marks aren’t a strong indicator of a bed bug infestation, since the marks could be from an allergic reaction or from bites from other pests, such as ants or mosquitoes.

In order to confirm the presence of bed bugs in a room, especially in unoccupied rooms such as family rooms or recently vacated bedrooms, pest control professionals often employ the use of active bed bug monitors. These devices feature a luring system that imitates a sleeping person, drawing bed bugs out of their hiding places and into a trap that the operator can check regularly. Today we’re going to be reviewing the best professional bed bug monitor on the market: the NightWatch.

The NightWatch has been on the market for years. It was developed as the first professional-grade bed bug monitor, and is still the best tool for the job today. The secret to its success is that it uses three different luring methods: carbon dioxide, radiated heat, and a kairomone scented lure. This combination is the best way to mimic a sleeping host, which is the key to drawing bed bugs out of their hiding places throughout a room so that an operator can confirm their presence.

NightWatch unpacked

The NightWatch comes in a few basic pieces, and setting it up for use is pretty simple. The packaged unit comes with a power cord, two pitfall traps (one for each side of the monitor), a three-pack of kairomone lures, and a top cover that conceals the kairomone lure and part of the radiator. Everything you need is included except for a Co2 bottle, which can be ordered separately on our site and filled for a few bucks at most local paintball supply or sporting goods stores. Any bottle around 18 to 24 ounces in capacity should fit as long as it has a brass fitting.

NightWatch kairomone lure

To attach the filled Co2 bottle, insert it into the opening opposite of the LED display and screw it into the outlet inside. Then, remove the label covering the opening of the chemical lure and place the lure on top of the unit. Be sure to connect this round opening to the peg on top of the NightWatch. Now you can attach the top cover and the pitfall traps on either side of the unit.

Setting the NightWatch timer

Bed bugs are most active at night while we sleep, which is why the NightWatch features a digital clock, and will only emit Co2 and heat from 10 PM to 6 AM. When you plug in the NightWatch, you’ll need to use the “TIME SET” button to set the appropriate time. Once everything is set up, the NightWatch will continue to work on its own for 3-4 nights, which is when the Co2 bottle should be refilled or replaced. The kairomone lure should be replaced every seven days; refill packs are available here.

Without an active bed bug monitor, and without a human host to act as the bait, it’s difficult to determine if there are bed bugs in a room. A bed bug will only feed once every five to ten days when a host is available. If they can’t find one nearby, they may enter a hibernative state and remain dormant for up to a year.

NightWatch active bed bug monitor

The NightWatch active bed bug monitor is the most effective way to solve this problem. It can be used to confirm bed bug activity in unoccupied rooms, such as recently vacated bedrooms, hotel rooms, or apartment units. The NightWatch also essential when treating these unoccupied spaces, since it can draw bed bugs out of hiding to make sure that they come in contact with any chemical sprays or powders that have been applied. Whether you need an active monitor for confirmation, prevention, or treatment, there is no better choice on the market than a NightWatch.

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Traveling is one of the most common ways that people get bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers, and can make their way from person to person by hiding in clothes, luggage, or other personal belongings. Once they’re tucked away safely, they can stow away to the home of their new host. That’s why JT […]

JT Eaton Kills Bedbugs, Ticks and Mosquitoes Review

Traveling is one of the most common ways that people get bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers, and can make their way from person to person by hiding in clothes, luggage, or other personal belongings. Once they’re tucked away safely, they can stow away to the home of their new host. That’s why JT Eaton Kills Bedbugs, Ticks and Mosquitoes is such an important bed bug travel protection tool — it’s unique labeling allows you to use it on your luggage to kill or repel bed bugs while on the go.

Bed bugs often spread in high-traffic areas like airplanes, airports, trains, cruise ships, and hotel rooms. JT Eaton Kills Bedbugs, Ticks and Mosquitoes can help prevent this by stopping bed bugs from hiding in your luggage in the first place. The active ingredient, permethrin, is a residual insecticide that can repel or kill bed bugs for up to six weeks after it’s been applied. This spray is also a popular choice for repelling mosquitoes outdoors, and for treating common household pests like fleas, ticks, cockroaches, spiders, and carpet beetles.

Using JT Eaton Kills Bedbugs, Ticks and Mosquitoes

In a home bed bug treatment, you can use JT Eaton Kills Bedbugs, Ticks and Mosquitoes on the tufts and seams of mattresses, along the floor and baseboards, and into cracks and crevices throughout the room. Make sure to let the treated surfaces dry before you come in contact with them, and that you read and follow the product label and MSDS for safe and effective usage.

Protect luggage from bed bugs with JT Eaton luggage spray

If you’re preparing for a trip, you can treat your suitcase or other luggage before packing your belongings. Just unzip the main compartment and lay it open, making sure that the inside is empty. Then we’re going to spray the outer and inner surfaces with a light mist, paying close attention to the zippers. Give the luggage plenty of time to dry, then you can pack in your personal belongings.

To protect against ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes, you can treat your clothing before putting it on. Spray the outer surfaces of your shirt, pants, and socks with a slow sweeping motion. The goal is to lightly moisten the fabric and not drench it. Let the clothes dry for a couple of hours before wearing them — you don’t want this spray to come in contact with your skin. While you wait, you can also treat camping gear like tents, tarps, sleeping bags, backpacks and mosquito nets. The same rule applies for these items as for clothing: spray the outside surfaces, and not where the fabric comes in contact with your skin.

JT Eaton Kills Bedbugs, Ticks and Mosquitoes

JT Eaton Kills Bedbugs, Ticks and Mosquitoes is a unique asset in pest prevention and control. The flexible label makes this single product useful in the home, outdoors, and even on the go. That kind of versatility is rare in today’s world of specialized insecticides. Whether you’re a frequent flyer who doesn’t want to bring home bed bugs, or a camper who doesn’t want to be a meal for mosquitoes or ticks, JT Eaton’s solution is worth a look.

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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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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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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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