BB product at Home Depot

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I did not want to spell it out in the title, but I saw this on Shark Tank and the review of it on a later episode and it is apparently a HUGE SUCCESS.

http://www.buggybeds.com/ Home Depot sell them, as well as many other places, and online.

They attract them, like an ant or roach motel. Put them on the bed when you walk into a hotel room, or near the top of the mattress. Put them in your suitcase before leaving a hotel room. etc etc.

You know, the whole mattress encasement thing is a nice idea, but since BB live on pillows, upholstered chairs, carpet and drapery. Even handbags and on the seats in a movie theater...

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I received the dreaded call at 2 am that they were being bitten by bugs so I went up to the room in my pajamas to take a look.  I saw the bugs but I did not know what they were.  I apologized to the guests and took the dead bugs they had to identify them later.  They were checking out the next morning. I looked online and they matched up with what a bed bug is.  I am not sure if these people purposely let them out in the room  as I have heard of that happening or if they just were carried in on someone's luggage.  They have never been found in any other room and I am now checking after each departure all around the mattresses, in the folds and seams and in between the mattress.   You will see blood streaks on the sheets from the bugs and they look like a apple seed.

 

When the exterminator came the second time he sprayed the room down entirely and put up an contraption that hung from the ceiling to let off a bunch of poison for a week to kill them.  That did the trick.  When guests asked what he was doing he told them he was just there for spiders and ants so not to alarm anyone.

All we can do is keep up on them and constantly check.  It is not the inn's fault because they are brought in from the guests on their clothes or luggage.  It is only the inn's fault if they do nothing about them. You don't want to do because they will spread and get worse.

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Thank you again for telling about your experience.   I didn't know that they could be limited to just one room.  I have heard/read too many horror stories about them.  Thought you had to treat the whole place.  

I guess the thing to do is find out in advance who is a good exterminator.  It might not hurt to have someone come once in a while as we DO have lots of spiders that get on the siding outside from the nearby woods.  We are constantly wiping them down, hosing the siding and washing those windows...sigh...

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If you find the bugs in one room you are supposed to treat all of the adjacent rooms- side by side and up. Incorrectly treated they will pack up and move to the room next door. Or upstairs. (Apparently they don't go downstairs, which is odd. And I can't remember where I heard that.)

Check your mattress pads every time you strip a bed. Pull the mattress & boxspring off the rails and wipe them down every once in awhile. Don't let beds touch the walls. Heat is your friend in the battle. Be sure to dry everything loosely packed in the dryer, not tightly packed. Check the dryer screen after every load for 'dead bodies'. If you have nightstands wipe them down inside and out and look at the cleaning cloth for traces of blood and poop. These suckers are just eating and pooping machines.

If you show guests to their rooms, pull out the luggage rack and point to it so they know the bags don't go on the beds. (Big peeve of mine- filthy, wet suitcases thrown on the beds.)

Also know that a very small percentage of the population ever knows they were bitten. Many people do not get itchy. So, if anyone brings it up it does not mean they are at your place. The guest could have been bitten on the plane or at the last place they stayed. And bb's don't hang on like ticks do. They eat and run. So, if a guest comes and shows you a bug stuck on them it's probably not a bb.

If it happens, get info about where the guest was before. Car rental company, airline, other lodging, etc. There was a big outbreak in a clothing store in NYC. A movie theater as well.

There are things we can do to keep our peace of mind. Another thing to remember is bb's are everywhere. But, like mosquitoes here, a lot of people just consider them annoying. Unlike mosquitoes, so far bb's don't transmit disease.

Ever have someone stay with you who doesn't know about mosquitoes or gnats or black flies? They show up for breakfast covered in bites and tell you horror stories about sitting outside for dinner and the BUGS!

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Thank you for this information.  I really need to calm down about this, I had nightmares last night just from this thread.  I can deal with spiders, ticks, mice, no problem, but for some reason, these freak me out.

I think I would feel better having a plan.  We do strip ALL of the linens, including mattress pads between guests, and all is washed and dryed...will do dryer on hot. 

We do check for every dot on them.   We also bought the mattress covers that are supposed to be bb proof, and but them on all mattresses and box springs...a bit of expense, but made me feel better.

An entomologist staying with us last year spoke about seeing nymphs at one place but not adults, he said they got out of there, put all their things in plastic trash bags, threw out what they could, and washed and dried everything on hot.  Also, left things in the trunk of their car in the hot sun. 

 

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Mattress covers- did they come with the tape that goes over the end of the zipper? If not, tape over the end where the zipper closes. (Sorry, I know you're stressing, I'm trying to help not make it worse.)

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There is a flap, no tape...what kind of tape?  Like white adhesive first aid tape??  Good idea...THANKS.

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I think any kind of tape that will stick to the cover will work. You don't want something that just peels off when you change the sheets. Altho DH would use duct tape I wouldn't. Eye-wink

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I purchased a set of these to see if they work.  They are under the mattress in one room that had a bed bug problem here.  So far nothing has entered the trap so I think the problem has been eliminated.   It was a terrible experience finding out one room had bed bugs and from that point on I was having nightmares about the bugs.  I was worried the rest of the house of infected.  I'm not sure how they got there because I had never seen a bed bug before until this experience and it took two tries from the exterminator to kill them all.  The room was closed off for a week during the process to kill them.  All linens had to be washed on very hot water and dried on hot.  I had to do this twice after they reappeared the second time a month later.  I never thought it would happen to me because my place is very clean but it did.  Now I am always on the look out for bed bugs.

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thing is though its not about clean where you are - its about where the guest has been before you ie if they have been in a roach motel - bugs climb onto the case and then are transported to yours - its what you do about the problem that matters!

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THANK YOU for posting this.  I REALLY wouldn't know what to do, and I know it can happen to ANYONE.  What did you say to the guests?  Did you close adjacent rooms also?   I feel like I need to get a plan so I can hold it together.... I tell you right now I would probably close entirely...probably strip "necked" and run away screaming...

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We have them here put them under the bed, I think that i would much rather know that they are being monitored than find them in my bed...

 

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What would your reaction be if you went somewhere and saw these under the mattress?  Again, I would probably freak.....maybe not so much if they were empty.  I notice it traps other bugs too....would people freak if they saw  a non bb bug?  I bet they would....

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I know one place I would use it, in a college dorm!

Apparently they work. So if anyone wants to give it a test. I am scared of even mentioning the word out loud! 

I am just wondering (and this is betwn all of us) how long before a person goes to a hotel, byo and gets a free room/or more?

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

I am just wondering (and this is betwn all of us) how long before a person goes to a hotel, byo and gets a free room/or more?

I guess having the traps might let you monitor regularly so you know, and can tell people you know, that you don't have them. If someone brings their own bb in a trap and shows it to you, you can pull out your own empty traps hidden around the room and assure the person the bb must have come in with THEM.

Then make THEM pay YOU Eye-wink

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

I am just wondering (and this is betwn all of us) how long before a person goes to a hotel, byo and gets a free room/or more?

I guess having the traps might let you monitor regularly so you know, and can tell people you know, that you don't have them. If someone brings their own bb in a trap and shows it to you, you can pull out your own empty traps hidden around the room and assure the person the bb must have come in with THEM.

Then make THEM pay YOU Eye-wink

Arkie - you and I think alike surprise!  I am more afraid of someone making a false claim than me actually having them here.  Great idea to have the trap to 'call them out'.   And actually not a bad idea to check them each time the room is cleaned. 

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The website says "60% of homes have bb infestation".  Sounds like scare tactics there.  These little traps appear to be more for detection than for debugging, correct?

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I am not sure about the rest of year but the whole concept chills me to the bone. I know we have to face this problem but I am so freaked out by it. 

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This whole thing freaks me out big time.  I have thought I ought to have a plan, but I probably would REALLY FREAK.  I suppose it would make sense to cancel bookings, and schedule exterminators, but how do you do that?  WHAT do you say?   Would anyone want to book those rooms if the news got out?  Anyone out there got a plan?  BTW sister says there is a new biological control being studied that appears effective...in test stage now.

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I agree - sticky situation!  Even if we were to tell guests a different reason we had to cancel their rez, in a small town like ours I'm sure the exterminator won't keep it to themselves.  Word would get out either way and that could spell the end for many of our businesses.

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K9 wrote:

I agree - sticky situation!  Even if we were to tell guests a different reason we had to cancel their rez, in a small town like ours I'm sure the exterminator won't keep it to themselves.  Word would get out either way and that could spell the end for many of our businesses.

Which makes absolutely no sense when you KNOW the exterminator is at any hotel every month!

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We have never been the type to use the service, but many exterminators offer a monthly service to spray around the foundations for ants and spiders each month.  I almost wonder if it is worth doing that so that if the locals saw the exterminator they wouldn't automatically say OH OH BBs!  Or maybe they would anyway?

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Make sure you get a qualified bb exterminator. Just coming in and 'spraying' does not kill them. They just burrow farther into the walls. A lot of people jumped on the bandwagon and claim they can kill the bugs but they really don't do anything but spread the problem to other rooms.

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It is a tough one, isn't it? Not like we have a hundred rooms and can move guests around.

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