Tag Archives: mattress encasements

Returning College Students Ring The Dinner Bell For Bed Bugs

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is winding down for college students.  In a couple of weeks millions of students will be making their way to college campuses both near and far away.  Some will stay in college dorms and some will stay in off campus apartments.  All should be wary of encountering bed bugs.

Some colleges have used their dorms for summertime sports camps and other activities, while others have left the dorms empty for the summer months.  Bed bugs are able to abstain from eating for up to 18 months, so waiting through the summer months for a blood meal is not a big problem.  It does mean however that if bed bugs are present there is a good chance that they will attack as soon as they detect the CO2 that humans emit.

Students can avoid bed bug encounters by learning how to recognize the bloodsucking creatures and becoming well-versed in their habits.  College bound students are encouraged to buy a mattress encasement from Protect-A-Bed.  Mattress encasements will trap any existing bed bugs and their eggs so that they will not be able to further infest a dorm or apartment.  Additionally the bite proof fabric means students will receive a good night’s rest.  You can find the Protect-A-Bed products that you need at Stern Environmental Group.

For parents and students who must stay in a hotel or motel when traveling to college destinations, don’t forget to look for bed bugs there as well.  Summertime travel as brought many visitors to all hotels which means many chances for bed bugs to establish themselves in a hotel room.  BedBugRegistry.com is a great resource for checking to see if bed bugs have been reported in hotels and motels by other travelers in the United States.

HUD’s New Guidelines For Public Housing Authorities In the USA Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Wednesday…

If bed bugs are found, treatment must be completed to the unit and all of the surrounding units as well.  PHAs may offer special services to tenants such as inspecting furniture, non-chemical treatment of furniture prior to moving into a unit, the use of bed bug detection devices or mattress encasements, but tenants are not required to use the services.  All special services must be incurred at the expense of the PHA.

Public Housing Agencies cannot deny residency to tenants who have had previous bed bug experiences.  Preferential treatment may not be provided to tenants based upon their response to the question regarding exposure to bed bugs.  Any person who lives in a HUD owned Public Housing Unit cannot be charged for bed bug eradication services.  All costs for bed bug eradication must be covered by the PHA.

Recognizing that tenants have some responsibility in controlling bed bugs, tenants must also take an active role in avoiding and eliminating the pests.

In the regulation, “tenants are strongly encouraged to immediately report the suspicion of possible bed bugs in a housing unit or other areas of the property.”  This should be a REQUIREMENT, not an encouragement!  Bed bugs spread very quickly.  It is imperative that pest control professionals be called at the first sign of a bed bug infestation.

Tenants will not be reimbursed for bed bug infested items so it is important for them to cooperate and aid in the eradication process.  When bed bugs are concerned, tenants, PHAs and pest control professionals must all work together for full eradication.

Public Housing Agencies and Pest Control Professionals are encouraged to keep abreast of the new HUD guidelines by reading Notice: PIH-2012-17 provided by HUD.

HUD’s New Guidelines For Public Housing Authorities In the USA Part 1 Of 2

Any confusion as to who is responsible for a bed bug infestation within any public housing facility may now be put to rest.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created new bed bug protocol that will protect the tenant and the landlord that will go into effect immediately.

It has been recommended that Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans be implemented to help control bed bugs as well as other types of household pests and HUD is strongly encouraging Pubic Housing Agencies (PHAs) to incorporate a good IPM plan.  According to HUD, the procedures include:

“Raising awareness through education on the prevention of bed bugs.

Inspecting infested area, plus surrounding living spaces.

Checking for bed bugs in luggage and clothes when returning home from a trip.

Looking for bed bugs or signs of an infestation on secondhand items before bringing the items home.

Correctly identifying the pest. Keeping records indicating dates and locations where pests are found.

Cleaning all items within a bed bug infested living area.

Reducing clutter where bed bugs can hide.

Eliminating bed bug habitats.

Physically removing bed bugs through cleaning.

Using pesticides carefully according to the label directions.

Following up on inspections and possible treatments.”

In the new guidelines, PHA must respond to complaints of bed bugs within 24 hours and discuss what measures will be taken to get rid of the pests with tenants.  Inspection of the unit in question, as well as the units above, below, and on the sides must also be performed within three business days.  If bed bugs are not found, re-inspection must be completed periodically over the next several months.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.

HUD Helps Victims Of Bed Bugs Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Monday…

• If a unit is suspected to have bed bugs, but no bugs are found, O/As should continue to re-inspect the unit/s for several months.

• When bed bugs are found in a unit, that unit, as well as the units surrounding it, must receive treatment for the pests.  Treatment can be in the form of heat, freezing, using mattress encasements, vacuuming, steaming, and interception devices.

• O/As may ask for financial help from HUD to treat bed bug infestations in a dwelling.  O/A’s should submit a request via the “Reserve for Replacement” or “Residual Receipts” accounts at HUD.

• O/A’s can help keep the incidents of bed bug infestations low by offering tenants bed bug mattress covers, monitoring devices, or other detection tools.  The O/As may not charge a tenant for the use of any of these products.

• To protect the building, O/As may voluntarily offer to inspect a tenant’s furniture before they move in and inspections of luggage when a tenant returns from a trip out-of- town, and inspection of any used furniture before it is brought into a building. The O/As may not charge a tenant nor can they require a tenant to be subjected to any of these services.

• Tenants that have had a bed bug problem at a previous residence cannot be denied residency based upon that history.

• The cost of bed bug eradication cannot be passed along to the tenant.  The O/As must incur the costs associated with the bed bug infestation or ask for financial assistance from the “Reserve for Replacement” or “Residual Receipts” accounts at HUD if necessary.

• Tenants should immediately report any bed bug sightings to the O/As so that treatment can commence before the infestation spreads throughout the building.

• Tenants should expect the O/As to perform treatment within 5 days of calling to report the bloodsuckers.  If not possible, tenants should be kept aware of when the pest control professional will provide treatment.

• Tenants must cooperate with all bed bug treatment efforts and OA’s can offer assistance free of charge if needed.

Protection With Protect-A-Bed

Anyone who has ever had bed bugs in their home can attest to the massive trouble that they bring.  Sleepless nights are a common complaint among customers of NJ pest control professionals.  Out of desperation to rid their homes of the blood thirsty pest, some people try store bought pesticides only to find that they only kill sporadic bed bugs on contact.  Others unleash store bought bug bombs on the bloodsuckers.  Homeowners soon realize that bug bombs are the worst product for bed bug usage as they drive the bed bugs deep into hiding in the cracks and crevices of the home instead of killing the bugs. There are many products available at Stern Environmental Group that will help consumers and pest control professionals get a handle on bed bug infestations in homes, hotels and other business establishments.

Bed bugs are commonly found living in the seams of mattresses and within the confines of box springs.  While experiencing an infestation or if you are concerned about encountering bed bugs, searching for the bloodsuckers in these locations on a regular basis can be a tiresome task.

The Protect-A-Bed Bed Bug Bite Proof Encasements are the perfect time-saver as they make any wandering bed bugs easy to spot.  These mattress encasements are seamless so bed bugs are unable to hide and multiply in their normal locations.  Unlike other types of mattress covers on the market, the Protect-A-Bed products have a patented BugLock zipper enclosure that permanently locks in any bed bugs and their eggs.

The easy installation and long term protection makes these covers the best alternative for hotels and consumers alike.  At Stern Environmental Group you will find a full line of Protect-A-Bed products for the crib, twin, full, queen, and king size bed.  It is our goal to help you achieve a good night’s rest, without bed bugs biting!