A few weeks ago I was on the phone with a customer that had gotten bed bugs in her house compliments of her sister. Her sister had just gotten back from Europe with a stop over in NY and somewhere along the line picked them up. Needless to say they were both grossed out and upset.
The reason I mention it is, this customer blamed the resurgence of bed bugs on the EPA. She felt they have pretty much killed any new pesticides since they banned DDT and today there was an article in WSJ that is all about how bed bugs have become resistant to existing pesticides. I wonder if she knew about this study?
Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ wrote:
“Since the pesticide DDT was banned starting about 40 years ago, people usually have treated bedbug infestations with pesticides based on a family of compounds called pyrethroids, usually deltamethrin or lambda-cyhalothrin, synthetic versions of chemicals found in chrysanthemum blossoms.
There are few chemical alternatives, because the residential market for insecticides is relatively small, and the cost of development, safety tests and regulatory approval is relatively high, several researchers said. Since the bugs don’t transmit any serious infectious diseases, there also is little medical funding to research new control measures.” Read Complete Article
We have know for years the problems of bed bug infestation have been on the rise because we have been selling bed bug mattress covers for years. Two of the mattress cover styles we have sold for dust mites are just as effective against bed bugs.
We remind our customers that it is much better to cover the bedding than spray some sort of poison on it and if the bedding is badly infested to toss it and get new stuff. Once the home has been cleared bring in the new bedding and make sure it has been covered. See our complete line of bed bug covers here.
I know when we travel we never set our stuff on the bed or floor in the hotel and when we get home everything comes into the garage and goes straight into the washing machine. So far that has worked for us.
Just got off the phone with a customer wanting to know why our bed bug mattress cover for a king size bed was half of what the first company she called wanted to charge her. She wanted to know who was ripping her off. Bed bugs are bad enough, who wants to be made more miserable by overpaying for bed bug proof mattress covers.
She asks a great question. But, the answer is not so simple though. First of all it is not my place to say how much another company should charge for their products. We charge our customers what we feel is a fair price for the products and services we deliver. It is a simple concept we have used for all the years we have been in business and it has worked. Secondly, there are some companies that try to play on fear to make a quick buck. Having bed bugs is bad, some people are afraid and their fear makes them a target for the unprincipled.
Our past experience tells us that many of the companies popping up claiming to be bedbug experts will not be around next year. Sad to say but true. Look at all the so called mold experts that are no longer in business.
As far as the bed bug cover we sell, the fabric has been laboratory tested and we feel it is just as effective against bedbugs and allergens as any other cover on the market. Our bed bug covers for the mattress and pillows are made from a 100% stretch polyester material fused to a urethane membrane. Bed bugs can’t chew through it. The zippers we use are heavy duty and made where bed bugs can’t pass through. Our manufacturer is always looking at ways to improve an already effective product.
Many companies are selling non-membrane covers for bed bugs and to be honest I don’t feel comfortable telling my customers they will be just as effective. I would not use a non-membrane fabric myself if I had an issue with bed bugs. Bed bugs are bad and I am not going to mess around with anything I am not confident will provide 100% protection.
There are several very good companies, the Allergy Store included, that will give you honest information, effective products at a fair price. It is up to you to ask questions and feel comfortable that the information and products the company is providing is what you need.
Dealing with bedbugs is a big enough pain as it is.
Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause AllergyStore.com – Serving customers since 1989
By now you have all read or heard about bed bugs becoming a real problem in the US. For years people associated bed bugs with cheap hotels and seedy inns. If you sat on the mattress the bugs would get you. Not anymore, bed bugs can be found in some of the finest hotels and nicest homes in the country. We have gotten calls from people who brought them home from their vacation or someone in the family travels a good deal and brought home an infestation. No matter how you got bed bugs, they are hard to get rid of because bed bugs get in your mattress, pillows, couch, dresser or any other place they can hide.
One of the most important prevention / treatment for bed bugs is covering your mattress with special bed bug mattress covers. These covers are made so a bed bug can’t chew through the material and get in or out of your mattress. The zippers used in these types of bed bug mattress covers are designed so they can’t crawl through them either.
The Allergy Store now carries a cover designed by pest control experts that has been scientifically proven to stop bed bugs from getting in or out of your mattress. They are made from a polyester stretch knit material with urethane membrane. You can find out more information on the special bed bug mattress covers by clicking on the link below.
We have also written a report that tells you more about bed bugs, what they are, were they like to live, how to see if you have them and how to deal with a bed bug infestation. Click on the link below to read the report.
Bed Bugs – Unwanted Guests Quickly Becoming a Major Pest
Hopefully you will never have to deal with bed bugs in your mattress or in your life. If you do this information will help you deal with it.
Wishing you the best of health
AllergyStore.com – Helping our customers since 1989