As homeowners, renters, and travelers continue to wage war against bed bugs, items are available that will
help with the on-going battle. One very helpful item is the PackTite SC portable chamber. The newly updated device has revolutionized a way to kill bed bugs quickly and efficiently.
The unit is 36″ long by 19″ wide by 24″ deep creating a chamber that is heated to temperatures between 118 to 125 degrees. The chamber can maintain temperature for an extended time ensuring all bed bugs are exterminated. This includes eggs as well as adults.
With the PackTite SC, it’s easy to treat items that may be infested such as luggage or clothing used on a recent trip. If you have an infestation in your home, you can treat items such as linens, sensitive clothing items, and even items you send to the dry cleaner.
It’s the perfect alternative for treating items you do not want to use chemicals or insecticides on such as children’s or pet’s toys or items that can’t be traditionally treated. The PackTite SC takes up minimal space when in use and when it’s time to store it the chamber it collapses to only 11 inches high.
The outcome of a Nebraska lawsuit may be the beginning of a legal trend that could have a serious financial impact on service businesses that regularly send their employees into clients’ homes. A Nebraska small claims court has awarded a healthcare aide exposed to bed bugs while on the job a partial judgment against her employer, a home healthcare provider.
Jamie Leinart told WOWT News she was exposed to bed bugs while caring for an elderly patient in the patient’s home. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and some of the tiny insects apparently went home with her hidden in her supplies or clothing. Leinart’s home became infested with bed bugs and she suffered numerous bed bug bites.
The aide sued her former employer for $3,000 which included medical bills and $1,200 to have her home exterminated. She claimed her employer was aware that bed bugs might be present at the client’s home but did not warn her, a claim Encompass Senior Solutions denied. While the judge noted that health risks go with the job, he awarded Leinart lost wages and half of her exterminator costs for a total of $1,200.
Bottom line: Bed bugs could be a new legal liability for businesses whose employees make house calls. Service businesses may want to invest in bed bug monitors or a portable ZapBugg bed bug-killing heat chamber to help protect employees from bed bugs and themselves from lawsuits!