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Cruise ships in Florida. Hospitals in New York. Churches in Washington, DC. All undergoing drastic efforts to sanitize and disinfect after reports of coronavirus infections under their roofs. And that’s just scratching the surface of gathering places announcing step-ups in cleaning protocols. “Deep cleaning” doesn’t have a common rooting in everyday business. There is no […]

How to Use a Steamer to Sanitize in Hospitals, Schools, and Businesses

Cruise ships in Florida. Hospitals in New York. Churches in Washington, DC. All undergoing drastic efforts to sanitize and disinfect after reports of coronavirus infections under their roofs. And that’s just scratching the surface of gathering places announcing step-ups in cleaning protocols.

“Deep cleaning” doesn’t have a common rooting in everyday business. There is no universal protocol or legislative requirement. For many employers, sanitization is viewed as a cost center, an expense that should be minimized to improve the balance sheets.

Yet today, sanitization is being revisited with new eyes. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, both public and private sectors must look at new ways to disinfect common areas and surfaces to maintain health and productivity.

One tool being reviewed for “high-touch” spots and surfaces is a high-pressure steamer, which we have quite a bit of experience working with in pest control. As we all come to grips with how to move forward during this outbreak, let’s take a look at how a steamer can change both the process and the outcome of a deep cleaning effort:

Why Deep Cleaning is More Important Than Ever

Keeping hospitals, offices, and other essential public spaces clean and sanitary has long been regarded as an esthetic necessity. Scientific evidence linking infection rates and contamination in public areas were steadily building over the 20th century. Even as late as the early 2000s, a rise in hospital-acquired MRSA infections was combatted by improved cleaning and sanitization protocols.

Today, deep cleaning is commonly viewed as an important sanitary task, especially during the coronavirus pandemic that has altered so much about our day-to-day work and social lives. To reduce infection rates, deep cleaning of common surfaces and “high-touch” points must be done regularly and effectively. This has brought renewed attention to deep cleaning protocols for hospitals, schools, businesses, and other public spaces.

Yet despite the clear importance of day-to-day deep cleaning, the task is often delegated to staff lacking in proper training and equipment to properly sanitize a workplace. Despite advances in available cleaning equipment, most janitorial services still rely on liquid disinfectants with varying effectiveness on different surfaces.

Steam Cleaning as a Rapid Response Sanitizer

Dry vapor steam

If the coronavirus outbreak has taught us anything, it’s at least these two things:

First, the need to sanitize and disinfect must be addressed with a rapid response. A potential contamination point can’t be left for the next scheduled cleaning or service appointment. Personnel and equipment must be available for immediate action.

Second, the tool used to sanitize must be capable of killing as many types of viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants on as many different surfaces as possible. A liquid cleaner that only works with certain types of germs isn’t helpful against a specific threat like Covid-19, while an all-purpose cleaner that doesn’t actually sanitize materials like carpeting also won’t cut it. The tools used to sanitize a public place must be able to tackle anything, anywhere.

This is why we recommend a high pressure, dry vapor steamer as the modern go-to deep cleaning solution. A steamer can be used to sanitize and disinfect a wide variety of surfaces in a hospital, school, or other workplace. This is a non-toxic, waste-free tool that kills viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants instantly on contact.

The Best Dry Vapor Steamer

Armato 9000 Steamer

Dry vapor steamers are essential tools in a professional deep cleaning treatment. By delivering 180-degree steam vapor on contact, these machines are capable of killing viruses and other contaminants instantly. They can even penetrate into soft materials like sofas, chairs and other upholstered furniture to sanitize beyond the surface.

Sanitization professionals are increasingly recognizing the utility of steamers and are investing in commercial-grade units for everyday use. However, choosing a commercial-grade steamer has been an act of compromise: you have to spend a lot of money to get the power and capacity you need to ensure speedy and effective cleaning, and choosing to purchase a steamer with less heating ability, water capacity, or without continuous flow means you’ll spend more time on the job to get the same results.

In 2015, the Armato 9000 hit the market as the first continuous-flow steamer designed to meet the demands of daily professional use. The Armato packs a class-leading boiler, integrated heating element and super high-capacity tank into an all-metal, heavy-duty body. It even includes high-end features like continuous fill and CEME® solenoid control for an affordable price.

How to Sanitize with a Dry Vapor Steamer

One benefit of dry vapor steamers is their ease of use. Unlike other commercial cleaning equipment, someone can be trained to use a steamer to sanitize and disinfect in less time than a single deep cleaning process would take. Steamers like the Armato 9000 are set up in just a few simple steps: filling the tank, heating up the boiler, and selecting the steam gun attachments for the task at hand.

When using a steam cleaner to combat the spread of coronavirus or other contaminants, clean and sanitize high-contact surfaces daily in the building’s common areas. This includes tables, chairs, doorknobs, handles, toilets, and sinks. Be sure to wipe down dirty surfaces before steaming, then wipe the surfaces down again afterwards to remove the dirt and contaminants that have been lifted up by the hot vapors.

To ensure reliable disinfection, ensure that the steam nozzle is as close as possible to the surface being treated, and that you move the nozzle slowly — roughly one inch per second. When possible, cover the nozzle or attachment with a microfiber cloth to break up excess pressure and moisture, allowing the heat to concentrate near the steam tip. Above all else, ensure that you are following the included instructions for safe and effective usage; high-pressure steam is hot enough to cause serious burns, and can damage certain surfaces and everyday items.

Armato 9000 Steamer

We at Bed Bug Supply have always taken the health and safety of our customers seriously. We wish you and your family the best during these uncertain times, and urge you to follow guidance issued by the CDC and your local authorities to minimize your chances of contracting or spreading this virus. For more information about our steamers, please reach out to our support specialists 7 days a week at 866-238-9868.

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The coronavirus pandemic has dominated many aspects of life in the US. For many, work, school, and social activities have been turned upside down or vanished entirely. While the Bed Bug Supply team is still hard at work to ensure that bed bug infestations don’t continue to add to your stress, many customers have asked […]

How to Clean & Disinfect Your Home for Coronavirus

COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has dominated many aspects of life in the US. For many, work, school, and social activities have been turned upside down or vanished entirely. While the Bed Bug Supply team is still hard at work to ensure that bed bug infestations don’t continue to add to your stress, many customers have asked what they can use to clean and disinfect their homes for coronavirus.

How Coronavirus Survives in Your Home

How coronavirus survives in a home
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The most common advice related to the coronavirus pandemic is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and practice social isolation to reduce the virus’s spread. What is less common is advice related to ensuring the virus does not spread in your own home.

This is especially important if there are children, seniors, or immunocompromised members of your household. But even without those vulnerable demographics present, killing the virus before it spreads to more people is key to saving lives during this pandemic.

Recent studies have shown that COVID-19 is quite stable on various household surfaces. The virus can remain viable for up to 2 to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel, and can even survive on cardboard and various metals (though not for as long). Even if no one in your home has coronavirus symptoms, coming in contact with these infected surfaces increases the risk that you might spread it to others.

What Kills Coronavirus?

Do household cleaners kill coronavirus?

While we still don’t know everything that we want to about the new COVID-19 viral strain, doctors and other experts have confirmed certain tools and methods that are effective at killing the coronavirus on various household surfaces.

The most common tools recommended for disinfecting surfaces for the coronavirus are household cleaning products that use hydrogen peroxide or quaternary ammonium. These cleaners are able to kill a large majority of virus specimens on various household surfaces, but they are often sold out at local grocery and department stores.

A more reliable and cost-effective means of disinfecting is the use of high-pressure steam. Like most viral strains, COVID-19 has adapted to live in temperatures similar to a human body’s. Exposure to significantly hotter temperatures will instantly kill coronavirus and other germs, offering quick sanitization for many key household surfaces.

Steam Cleaning Household Surfaces

Steam cleaning to kill coronavirus

A high-pressure, dry vapor steamer can be used to sanitize and disinfect a wide variety of surfaces in your home. This is a non-toxic, waste-free cleaning method that is effective at killing coronavirus specimens wherever they may be, along with other viruses, bacteria, mold spores and allergens.

Dry-vapor steam is hot enough to kill nearly any virus instantly on contact, and can penetrate materials like carpeting, tile grout, and other porous spaces to reach contaminants that have settled beyond surfaces. Steam from a dry-vapor steamer contains minimal amounts of water, and is generally safe for use on countertops, stainless steel handles and fixtures, carpeting, tile and sealed wood floors.

A high-quality dry-vapor steamer, such as the Vapamore MR-100 Primo, will include interchangeable attachments for different steam applications. Ideally, the steamer will come with a floor head for carpet and tile floors, a grout brush for tile grout, and brush heads of varying sizes and materials for other surfaces.

When using a steam cleaner to combat the spread of coronavirus, clean and disinfect high-contact surfaces daily in household common areas. This includes tables, chairs, doorknobs, handles, toilets, and sinks. Be sure to wipe down dirty surfaces before steaming, then wipe the surfaces down again afterwards to remove the dirt and contaminants that have been lifted up by the hot vapors.

To ensure reliable disinfection, ensure that the steam nozzle is as close as possible to the surface being treated, and that you move the nozzle slowly — roughly one inch per second. When possible, cover the nozzle or attachment with a microfiber cloth to break up excess pressure and moisture, allowing the heat to concentrate near the steam tip. Above all else, ensure that you are following the included instructions for safe and effective usage; high-pressure steam is hot enough to cause serious burns, and can damage certain surfaces and household items.

Alcohol-based Disinfectants

STERI-FAB alcohol-based disinfectant

Not every high-contact surface in a household can be safely or effectively treated by a steamer. To disinfect more sensitive materials, such as unsealed wood and certain fabrics, a non-steam alternative is important to have on hand.

A top choice disinfectant is STERI-FAB, an alcohol-based sanitizer that has been proven effective against a wide range of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and more. STERI-FAB combines isopropyl alcohol with phenothrin and ammonium chloride to kill contaminants on contact. It then dries in less than 15 minutes with no residue left behind.

STERI-FAB’s non-irritating, non-staining formula is safe for use on carpet, wood, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and nearly any other surface that can safely get wet. Since it is an insecticide that’s regulated by the EPA, make sure that you read and follow the included product label and MSDS for safe and effective usage.

DIY Alternatives

Clothes iron to kill coronavirus

Due to the financial concerns surrounding the pandemic, many are tempted to clean and disinfect their homes for coronavirus using unproven do-it-yourself methods. The World Health Organization even launched a campaign of myth-busting graphics, explaining that things like cold weather, snow, and hot baths won’t prevent the spread of the virus.

Alcohol and chlorine are commonly recommended as cheap solutions to sanitize around the house. However, both of these substances release dangerous vapors in the air, and can be harmful to clothes and your skin, eyes, and mouth if contact is made during their use.

While the heat from a dry-vapor steamer is proven effective at killing a wide range of viruses and other contaminants, heat from other sources won’t always have such clear-cut results. Steam from humidifiers are not nearly hot enough to kill viruses in the air and can’t be directed on surfaces in a way that will be effective for treatment, while other heating appliances like clothing irons will offer more risk of damage to household materials than they’ll provide effective sanitization.

We at Bed Bug Supply have always taken the health and safety of our customers seriously. We wish you and your family the best during these uncertain times, and urge you to follow guidance issued by the CDC and your local authorities to minimize your chances of contracting or spreading this virus. For more information about our steamers and alcohol-based disinfectants, please reach out to our support specialists 7 days a week at 866-238-9868.

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Whether you work in an office environment or are a business owner, you are surely aware of the current bed bug epidemic. Even if you’ve never seen a live bug in person, the news headlines and lamentations by friends and family weigh on your mind. Yet most workplaces don’t have a plan of action for […]

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in the Workplace

Bed bugs in the workplace

Whether you work in an office environment or are a business owner, you are surely aware of the current bed bug epidemic. Even if you’ve never seen a live bug in person, the news headlines and lamentations by friends and family weigh on your mind. Yet most workplaces don’t have a plan of action for bed bugs, despite infestations so often starting there. Don’t wait until it’s too late — learn how to treat your workplace for bed bugs today so that your business stays bed bug free in the future.

More often than not, workplace infestations start by a bed bug hitchhiking from an individual’s home into the office, where they then find a hiding place somewhere in this new location. While many bugs found are simply adults in search of a new nest, some can be pregnant females that are ready to create a new infestation wherever they find their next host. It’s crucial that your workplace has a plan to monitor for bed bugs as well as to inspect and treat suspected areas.

Inspecting an Office for Bed Bugs

While their names may imply that bed bugs can only be found on your bed, that simply isn’t the case. You can find bed bugs anywhere where humans frequent. They like to tuck away in places out of sight and out of reach, such as between baseboards, floorboards, and the edge of the carpet. It’s also common to find bed bugs tucked away in furniture like chairs and desks.

You can start to inspect an office for bed bugs by inspecting the immediate area around each employee’s workspace. Make sure to perform your search slowly and thoroughly so you don’t miss anything.

If the office has hardwood or tile floors, shine a flashlight along any cracks or spaces between floor panels. Remember, a bed bug has a very flat body that can hide anywhere a credit card can fit. Use a bank card or something similar to scrape along cracks and crevices to try and dig out anything that might be hiding in them.

As a last measure, check any hanging picture frames or other wall decorations. Pull the cushions off any sofas or benches in the area and check their seams for warning signs. Remove the drawers from shelves and lockers and look inside the emptied cabinets.

What Signs to Look For

Bed Bug Eggs

While bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, it’s not likely that you’ll find any running around in the open. If you do, that’s a bad sign – it suggests that you have a high active population nearby. In most cases, you’re more likely to find inanimate signs of bed bugs than you are to find the bugs themselves. Here are some examples:

Blood Spots:

They’re dark, they’re red, they’re round. This is arguably the most common sign of a recent bed bug feeding. However, they’re not the most convincing indicator of bed bug activity, since there are other bloodsuckers that could leave these spots behind.

Fecal Droppings:

These thin, dark streaks are left behind as bed bugs digest their latest blood meal. These droppings are made by heavily digested blood; they’ll smear red if you dab them with a wet cloth. Bed bug feces are usually smeared in thin streaks since they poop while walking. Gross.

Shed Skins:

Like other invertebrates, bed bugs need to shed their exoskeletons as they grow. When one shell gets too cramped, they shed it and grow a new, roomier shell in its place. Since bed bugs need a blood meal to grow to their next stage, finding these skins means that bed bugs have been feeding on somebody nearby.

Bed Bugs:

If you do find a live bug, pay close attention to its shape, size, and color. Bed bugs are mostly round with a pointed posterior. Their shell is a dark reddish brown, and they’ll grow up to be about the size of an apple seed. They have six legs, short antennae, and no visible (or functional) wings. Make sure the bug you find matches this description before jumping to conclusions.

Treating Suspected Areas

If you’ve found signs of bed bugs or otherwise still suspect bed bug activity in a part of the office, it’s time to begin treatment. The sooner you start with a bed bug treatment, the greater your chance of success. This is due to the bed bugs’ rapid rate of feeding and reproducing — catching an infestation early means it’s smaller, with fewer bugs to address.

First up are the contact sprays, like STERI-FAB and JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs. These will kill quickly, but evaporate shortly after, leaving no long-lasting protection. Spray along baseboards, below drawers and on drawer slides, behind cabinets, and behind desks. Follow up with a residual spray, such as Bedlam Plus and JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus. Residual sprays will offer long-lasting protection against bed bugs and hatchlings. Bedlam Plus is ideal for cracks and crevices throughout the room, while JT Eaton Plus can be used below the cushions and bases of chairs, sofas, carpet edges and other fabric items.

Remember that sprays shouldn’t be applied to areas that you’ll touch, walk on, or sit on. Sprays are designed to treat hiding places that bed bugs are or may be, and bed bugs tend to not want to hang out in open areas like the carpet or the tops of furniture.

Next, apply a bed bug powder into confined areas where it won’t be stirred up into the air. Places like the edges of carpeting, inside deep cracks and wall voids, and inside electrical outlets and light switches (accessed by removing the faceplate with a screwdriver) are good candidates for powders, as sprays can’t reach into these areas quite as well. We recommend using a professional powder applicator, which offers better control when applying the powder.

To ensure that all bed bugs are killed, reapply the contact and residual sprays two weeks after the initial treatment, then again two weeks after that, for a total of three applications. These reapplications make sure that any eggs that have hatched will be killed off so that they can’t create a new infestation. Bed bug powders will not need to be reapplied, as they work for as long as they remain dry and undisturbed.

Monitoring for Bed Bug Activity

Once a treatment is done, we still can’t be sure that the bed bugs are truly gone. Is the infestation eliminated, or are a few stragglers still hiding nearby? The best way to know for sure is with continued, post-treatment monitoring. Thanks to its long-term, low-maintenance function, the Bed Bug Plug is up to the task.

No active monitoring solution has ever been truly set and forget, where you can just stick it somewhere and leave it alone forever, but the Bed Bug Plug comes closer than anything else. Simply keep the device running for at least six weeks after your treatment to see if any remaining bugs are caught. For long-term monitoring, you just need to check the glue traps regularly for captured bugs and replace the traps every 3 months for a fresh one so that it stays nice and sticky.

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A common myth perpetuated online is that insecticides are completely ineffective against bed bugs. This idea that chemicals won’t work against bed bugs is usually followed by a recommendation for natural or alternative treatments. What would be really unnatural is if an insect were to become completely immune to every pesticide ever made. While bed bugs […]

JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs ULTRA Review

A common myth perpetuated online is that insecticides are completely ineffective against bed bugs. This idea that chemicals won’t work against bed bugs is usually followed by a recommendation for natural or alternative treatments. What would be really unnatural is if an insect were to become completely immune to every pesticide ever made.

While bed bugs can still be killed by pesticides, they have grown resistant to certain formulas. That’s why it’s important to use the newest formulas, not the old-school compounds that have been retired to the discount brands. JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs ULTRA is one of the newest formula targeted specifically for bed bugs. This is a water-based spray with a proven dual-action formula that kills bed bugs on contact and leaves a long-lasting residual after it dries. Let’s check it out:

ULTRA Dual-Action Formula

JT Eaton isn’t new to making sprays and powders that are effective at killing bed bugs. Their oil-based contact spray was one of the first products on the market designed specifically to kill bed bugs rather than other indoor pests, and their aerosol-based JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus was the first dual-action formula that combined a quick knockdown with a long-lasting residual.

Now, JT Eaton has taken that same dual-action formula and released it in a high-volume, low-cost water-based solution. This new format requires no prep, is easier than ever to apply, and you aren’t paying for aerosol propellants in a can — the full volume of JT Eaton ULTRA bottles and gallons contain the active ingredient mixture.

The dual-action formula comprises of three active ingredients: pyrethrins, permethrin, and a synergist called PBO. Pyrethrins are organic compounds derived from the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethrins have naturally evolved over time so they continue to deliver a fast knockdown to all kinds of insects, including bed bugs.

Permethrin is the second stage to JT Eaton ULTRA’s formula, a synthetic pyrethroid that kills on contact but leaves a dry residue when the spray evaporates that can keep killing for weeks after.

Both compounds are combined with a PBO synergist that inhibits the natural defense mechanisms that bed bugs use to defeat certain insecticides, ensuring that even the most resistant strains of bed bugs will still be affected by the formula.

Using JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs ULTRA

JT Eaton ULTRA has been proven effective against bed bugs as well as cockroaches, ants, dust mites, fleas, ticks, and other household pests listed on its label. Even bed bug eggs can be killed by the long-lasting residue that is left behind for weeks after the initial application.

For use in a bed bug treatment, apply JT Eaton ULTRA as a spot treatment to cracks and crevices throughout the room, like the joints of the bed frame, the tufts and folds of the mattress and box spring, and along the headboard, footboard, baseboards, floorboards, and anywhere else where the wall meets the floor. It’s also a good idea to spray behind any picture frames or wall hangings and under the edges of the carpet if they’re easily accessible.

Be sure to shake the container thoroughly and spray from about 12 to 15 inches away from the spots you want to hit; we’re not looking to soak the surfaces that we’re treating, but we want an even and consistent application. The product label and MSDS have other application and safety instructions, so be sure to read and follow those for safe and effective usage.

Don’t use JT Eaton ULTRA or any other bed bug spray as a broad surface treatment; you don’t need to spray your bedding or saturate the mattress or box spring. A little bit goes a long way, and you only need it in those tight spaces bed bugs like to hide in.

You can wash your bedding as you normally would to treat them and use a vacuum and steamer to treat the mattress and box spring before spraying the small seams that bed bugs are likely to hide in. Then once the spray dries, you can seal the mattress and box spring with bed bug proof zippered encasements.

Since no spray treatment is likely to get rid of an infestation on its own, you’ll also want to follow the other steps in our proven 4-step solution, which includes isolating the bed and treating other parts of the room repeatedly.

JT Eaton ULTRA is lab-tested and proven to keep killing for up to 4 weeks, but it’s a good idea to use it during follow-up treatments every 2 weeks or so after the initial treatment — that way, you’re hitting any remaining bed bugs with that fast-acting knockdown again and ensuring that fresh product is on the surfaces of common hiding places throughout the room.

So that’s JT Eaton’s new ULTRA bed bug residual spray. This packs a proven dual-action contact and residual formula into a high-volume liquid solution. It comes in a small quart-sized bottle and a high-volume gallon container. Either way, this provides a great value per ounce which will come in handy over follow-up treatments, especially if you’re treating multiple rooms. For a modern bed bug treatment, you need a modern bed bug killing solution, and that’s what JT Eaton ULTRA delivers.

JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs ULTRA (Residual Spray)

JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs ULTRA combines fast-acting knockdown and long-lasting residual killing power in a water-based, dual-action solution. Its non-staining formulation can be applied to sofas, chairs, mattresses, curtains, and carpeting to kill bed bugs wherever they’re hiding.
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Bed Bug Plug Active Monitor and Trap Review: Best Home Monitoring Solution?

Researchers and pest management pros agree that the best way to beat a bed bug infestation is to catch it early. One or two bed bugs can enter a home quite easily and multiply many times over in a matter of weeks. Waiting until bite marks appear isn’t enough since they don’t appear for everyone and when they do, it’s actually a few days after the feeding occurred before you see or feel a bite.

With that said, monitoring can be tricky, even for professional property managers or pest management. Bed bugs don’t like to be seen, so they tend to tuck away far out of reach until they’re ready for a meal. While you can inspect your bed and nearby areas regularly for signs of bed bugs, there’s no guarantee that you’ll find anything even if bed bugs have been active nearby. It’s worse if there were bed bugs feeding on someone that has since left the area – an unoccupied room will still have an infestation, but now there is no meal to draw them out and they might soon be tempted to travel further from the room to find another meal source.

This is where active monitors come in. In the past, these devices have incorporated some combination of heat, carbon dioxide, and unique pheromones, all of which are what bed bugs use to find a sleeping person to feed on. The problem is that many of these monitors aren’t consistently effective, and the ones that are tend to be pretty expensive and difficult to use, especially over a long period of time. They also haven’t been very easy to blend into your home in the past — the monitors professionals have been using up to now look like something serious is going on. Thankfully, we now have the Bed Bug Plug.

Unboxing and Overview

Bed Bug Plug unboxing

Unlike other bed bug monitoring systems, the Bed Bug Plug is designed to be easy to use and to blend in with a home environment. The basic kit comes in a single travel case and includes the device itself, an AC adapter plug, adhesive strips to fit the device to your mattress or bed frame, and a glue cartridge to trap bed bugs inside.

Bed Bug Plug setup

Setup couldn’t be easier: Just unpack the kit and peel the covers off of the adhesive strips so that they’re ready for use on the device’s protruding rails. Then find a soft spot on the bed or other furniture near a power outlet, even if the room is unoccupied. The adhesive strips aren’t intended for hard surfaces like walls or hardwood; instead, press the device against the bare mattress or a fabric headboard or footboard, then hold it in place for about 10 seconds so that the adhesive strips can take hold. If the room is unoccupied or doesn’t have a mattress available, lay the device flat on the edges of the bed frame or on the floor near the baseboard.

Using the Bed Bug Plug

Bed Bug Plug setup

No active monitoring solution has ever been truly set and forget, where you can just stick it somewhere and leave it alone forever, but the Bed Bug Plug comes closer than anything else. You just need to check the glue traps regularly for captured bugs and replace the traps every 3 months for a fresh one so that it stays nice and sticky. In the past, even the most high-end active monitors couldn’t stay running around the clock without manual upkeep, but the Bed Bug Plug will work 24/7 once installed.

Bed Bug Plug study

If you’re like me, you’ll be shown a simple little device like this with claims that it’ll reliably detect bed bugs and be pretty skeptical. I’ve certainly seen a lot of smaller consumer-oriented devices marketed for that but not proven to work how they need to. In the case of the Bed Bug Plug, a rigorous study was conducted by top entomologists at Rutgers University. In three different tests simulating real world monitoring conditions, the Bed Bug Plug was more effective than other top traps on the market by a huge margin. The unique heating solution built into the device and the reliable trap installed right up against it really works.

Bed Bug Plug on Headboard

However, active bed bug monitors like the Bed Bug Plug aren’t going to be the right choice all the time. If you’re already dealing with an infestation in a room that someone’s sleeping in, then you shouldn’t use an active monitor in that room. The sleeping host is a much larger and stronger lure that more effectively attracts bed bugs than any monitor can – there’s simply too much heat, carbon dioxide, and chemical odor coming off of a human body for a smaller lure to compete, even one as well-designed and proven as the Bed Bug Plug.

In the case of an occupied space, we can actually weaponize that sleeping host and use their luring effect for our treatment. By completely treating the bed first, then isolating it with passive traps like ClimbUp Interceptors, we can create a bed bug-proof bed for the occupant to safely continue sleeping in. When we apply residual sprays and powders to the area, the sleeping host will draw the bed bugs out of hiding so that they come in contact with the chemicals. We’ll also be able to inspect the passive traps on a regular basis to get a gauge of the population. If fewer and fewer bugs are caught in the ClimbUps, we know that the treatment is effective and that we’re closer to complete eradication.

Once a treatment is done, we still can’t be sure that the bed bugs are truly gone. Is the infestation eliminated, or are a few stragglers still hiding nearby? The best way to know for sure is with continued, post-treatment monitoring. Thanks to its long-term, low-maintenance function, the Bed Bug Plug is up to the task. Simply keep the device running for at least six weeks after your treatment to see if any remaining bugs are caught.

With that said, there’s nothing else available today that’s quite like the Bed Bug Plug. No other active monitoring solution is as affordable, effective, and easy to use long-term, and the fact that the Bed Bug Plug so easily hides in plain sight is just a cherry on top. For any sort of long-term bed bug monitoring in a home, the Bed Bug Plug is a no-brainer.

Bed Bug Plug Active Monitor and Trap

Bed Bug Plug is the only device of its kind designed specifically to capture and detect bed bugs before they become a nightmare for you and your family. Small, portable, lab tested and proven, the Bed Bug Plug uses no poisons or hars chemicals to attract and capture bed bugs.
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