Bedbug prevention techniques for you

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Industry Observer with Paratex

Hi all: We are being blessed with amazingly warm weather for this time of year in Seattle. I hope it continues.

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some bedbug prevention techniques. First of all, please understand bedbugs don't discriminate. We here at Paratex find bedbugs in 5 star hotels and hovels. Bedbugs started making an alarming comeback about 10 years ago. If there is one common symptom, it's the increased frequency of travel.

Bedbugs are travellers by nature. They will hitch a ride in someone's suitcase or bedding that has been purchased. There are some good prevention techniques that have been proven effective.

1) Avoid purchasing used bedding or furniture if at all possible.

2) If you're staying in a hotel , ask them about their bedbug prevention program.

3) If you feel like you may have a bedbug problem, call in the experts.

Right now bedbugs  are flourishing. But with a sound prevention program that may include a bedbug sniffing canine, pesticides, heat or even fumigation, the problem can be eradicated. After all, who wants to be bitten by bedbugs! Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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Sharon Parisi
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Paul, what do hotels use for pesticides and how harmful are they to us if we sleep on a mattress that has been treated?

Jul 30, 2015 12:30 PM #3
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Sharon: What we use is of low toxicity, EPA approved and dissipates quickly. Theoretically hotels can use a room within minutes after treatment. Most choose to wait for up to 24 hours. Hope this helps!

Jul 31, 2015 01:59 AM #4
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Paul

Thanks for sharing the tip.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 01, 2015 01:12 PM #5
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Sure Lou. Any time!

Sep 08, 2015 03:25 AM #6
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Paul - I know that these critters can appear anywhere.  It is important not to contaminate by thoroughly washing clothing from an overnight stay at a hotel.

Sep 11, 2015 05:17 AM #7
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Grant: That's an excellent idea! Thanks for the tip!

Sep 11, 2015 06:48 AM #8
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Joan Cox
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Paul, have never seen a bed bug, and sure hope that remains true for a lONG time. 

Oct 01, 2015 11:54 PM #9
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I hope so too!

Oct 02, 2015 01:24 AM #10
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing these tips. This is a problem that all of us want to avoid.

Oct 02, 2015 11:38 AM #11
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Roy: you're welcome! Have a great weekend!

Oct 03, 2015 04:19 AM #12
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Paul

Prevention from bedbugs  . . . . is preferred to having to treat them.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 03, 2015 01:21 PM #13
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Thanks Lou. We do a great deal of this.

Oct 04, 2015 08:25 AM #14
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Paul, I am sure places like the Ritz Carlton & the Four Seasons have some prevention set up...just on a side note what are those preventive measures? Endre

Oct 13, 2015 11:53 AM #15
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Endre: They usually involve a preventive spray often in conjunction with a bedbug detecting canine. Thanks!

Oct 14, 2015 04:32 AM #16
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Nice prevention techniques. When you are staying in a hotel it is very necessary to ask the hotel about their bed bud prevention programs because in hotels the risk of bed bugs is quite often. Therefore, it is necessary to do bed bug exterminators in ct as a preventive measure in hotels as well as in homes.

Mar 04, 2016 01:59 PM #17
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I agre. Thanks!

Mar 06, 2016 06:50 AM #18
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Paul McFadden - subjects like this make me itch but I am so thankful for this post and alert! What really bugs me a lot about hotels, is that they want to save water (so they say) and prefer guests use the same sheets. In the back of my mind, I always think, even if I want clean sheets and towels, there's no guarantee I'm getting my sheets changed. I wish they left samples of EPA approved products in every room.

With so many travelers and costs for staying in hotels, motels, etc., it truly is a problem and it could be avoided.

 Thanks Paul!

Mar 28, 2016 12:45 AM #19
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Patricia: Yep. That's why we do well here as we ease everyone's fears. It reminds me I need to target lodgings more. Thanks for that reminder!

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Well, this makes me want to stay away from motels and hotels.  We had a motel here that they tore down as it was realllllly bad.

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You can always ask what their procedures are. That's a good place to start.

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