Don’t Let the Bed Bug Cure Be Worse Than the Problem

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a chilling report in yesterday’s (Sept 22, 2011) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report concerning illnesses and fatality associated with the use of insecticides used to control bed bugs.  Bed bug infestations have been on the increase and there are many theories why. Contributing factors may include more travel and resistance to commonly used pesticides.  As a result, the bed bug cure (insecticide) is becoming a real problem.

The Center studied data from 7 states participating in the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR) pesticides program during the time period 2003 to 2010.  A total of 111 illnesses were associated with bed bug pesticides were identified.  While 81% were of low severity, there was one fatality.  Most of the cases were associated with the use of pyrethroids and pyrethrins. Only 12% of the cases were considered work-related (either pest control operators or hotel workers who entered recently treated rooms) but interestingly included 2 emergency medical technicians who responded to a treated scene.  The remainder fell mostly in the categories of people who applied too much insecticide, didn’t wash treated bedding, or failed to notify others of the pesticide application.  The bed bug cure probably caused more of a problem than the bed bug itself.  Bed bugs won’t kill you, insecticide will.

In an effort to kill the bed bugs, people are making themselves and others sick. It doesn’t do any good to get rid of the bed bugs if you aren’t going to live to enjoy the bug free room.

An editorial note to the report reminds the reader that the CDC and Environmental Protection Agency promote integrated pest management strategies for bed bug control.  Their non-chemical methods include encasing mattresses and box springs with bed bug proof covers and vacuuming, steaming, and laundering and even disposing of infested items.

We agree!  We have provided bed bug proof covers for many years. As the problem has grown, we added the Vapamore Steam Cleaner with 17 tools so that our customers can do the CDC recommended steaming in ALL nooks, crannies and crevices of their infested areas.  We don’t recommend spraying insecticides on your beds and bedding when there are chemical-free ways to treat the problem.  Don’t be a statistic, be safe!  Don’t let your bed bug cure be more of a problem than the bed bug

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For Once, The Government Has it Right on GOTS

We were excited to hear that the United States Department of Agriculture finally “gots” it right.

According to their May 20, 2011 Policy Memorandum,
organic products that are produced under the Global Organic Textile
Standard (GOTS) may be sold as organic in the U.S. and are not required to also meet National Organic Program (NOP) regulations (which are not as stringent or inclusive as GOTS) and do not require the USDA organic seal.

Organic textiles are currently priced at a premium because organic farming and processing results in lower yields. There are also fewer manufacturers willing to produce organic textiles because of the existing regulations.  Adding additional certification and inspection requirement over and above the already stringent GOTS would have only added to the final cost of the product.  This would have been passed on to us and we would have passed it on to the consumer.

Organic cotton sold in the United States cannot come from genetically modified seed, another level of protection, no matter where the cotton is grown.  That is not to say that growers of organic cotton in other countries use genetically modified seed, it is just that if they do, their harvest cannot be sold in the US and still  labeled as organic.

We are proud that our certified organic cotton allergy-proof mattress covers, pillow covers, and duvet covers are also Oeko-Tex certified.  This means they have been tested to contain no flame retardants, no pesticides, no dyes, no biologically active products, no benzenes or toulenes, no formaldehyde or any other chemical residues.  Bedding textiles come in contact with your skin and your skin is the largest organ in your body. Doesn’t it make sense to use products that aren’t chemically enhanced?

Natural Home and Gardens Magazine agrees!  We were honored to have our certified organic cotton dust mite
proof covers featured in their May/June issue in the article, Au Revior
to Allergies!

If you are allergic to dust mites and are interested in less toxic  products, we’ve got you covered….in certified organic cotton.


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Send Germs and Molds Packing with Antimicrobial Spray

Vital-Oxide is an antimicrobial spray with many household uses.

The bulk of the product we sell is for someone that has had some type of mold contamination and they are looking for a way to safely and effectively clean up the problem.   Vital-Oxide is great for that.  But as an all purpose antimicrobial spray, Vital-Oxide does more.

The active ingredient is chlorine dioxide.  Now don’t let the word “chlorine” make you think of chlorine bleach like you use in the laundry or put in your swimming pool.  The Clorox stuff is sodium hypochlorite, which is totally different.  Sodium hypochlorite is a skin and mucous membrane irritant and can damage the respiratory system.  It breaks down into trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids.


Chlorine dioxide breaks down into chlorites and sodium chloride (table salt) and is not a metabolic toxin.  It reacts with the amino acids in the microbial cells to eliminate bacteria and viruses but is relatively un-reactive to other organic material.  As a bonus, it also denatures proteins, and proteins are the source of allergic reactions. Vital-Oxide will work on Der f1 and Der p1 (the dust mite allergens) as well as Can d1 and Fel d1 (animal allergens)


Because it works at the microbial level, it will get rid of odors at the source.  I have found many uses for the product in my house.  We often take advantage of sales on chicken breast.  Our local butcher will run a special on chicken breasts that must come from birds the size of Tim Tebow.  These birds would make Loni Anderson and Dolly Parton feel inadequate.  They are the largest breasts I have ever seen.  They require further butchering and trimming down to become meal size for our household of 2.  Needless to say, after cutting up 10 to 15 pounds of chicken the cutting board, your hands, and the knife is a bit of a mess.  I clean up with Vital-Oxide and let the antimicrobial spray go to work killing any salmonella or other germs that may have come home with the chicken.

After someone has had a cold, I like to wipe down door handles, knobs, and remote controls to keep germs in check.  When we briefly had a cat that had litter box issues, the odor eliminating properties of the antimicrobial spray were put to use.  Just wipe up the urine, spray the area, then a little squirt in the air and the smell was gone.


We have a family member that is a MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) carrier.  We have to be very careful that is does not spread.  Vital-Oxide is great for killing this bacteria and we put it to work in the bathroom, wiping down surfaces to take care of any germs that might be left behind.  Because it is not a metabolic toxin, it won’t contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.  As anyone that deals with MRSA knows, this is important health issue today.

Of course, Vital-Oxide works well on mold. Because it doesn’t produce chlorine gas, it can be used indoors without fear of respiratory damage.  It was EPA approved for use to combat norovirus back in 2007 and has been used to clean up the cruise ships here in Miami.

So whether it is mold, chicken mess, cat pee, bacterias or viruses, Vital-Oxide is a great all purpose antimicrobial spray.


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