Archive for the Bed bug Mattress Encasements Category
Posted on August 14, 2012 with 1 Comment
According to Wikipedia, house dust mites reproduce quickly enough that their effect on human health can be significant. As dust mites like warm, fluffy furniture and materials, they are most likely to be found on beds, couches, carpets, rugs, toys, and curtains.
Methods of eradication:
- It is best to have a carpet-free house if dust mites or any house pests are dangerous for a person (e.g., because of their allergy), as flat surfaces are easier to clean and vacuum.
- Anti-mite mattresses or mattress covers which prevent any house pests should be used.
- Regular cleaning and washing of areas where dust mites thrive is necessary to keep them and their waste to a minimum. A simple washing will not completely remove all mites or their droppings, but it will remove at least 90%;
- Exposure to temperatures over 60 °C (140 °F) for a period of one hour or freezing, exposure to temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F), will typically prove fatal to house dust mites;
- Ten minutes in a household clothes dryer at lethal temperatures [near 105 °C (221 °F)] has been shown to be sufficient to kill all the dust mites in bedding.
Posted on August 7, 2012 with No Comments
August is when students start to pack their belongings to head off to college. One thing you don’t want to forget to do is to protect yourself or your child from bed bugs. Bed bugs are on the rise and college dorm rooms are not immune to bed bugs. Over the past several years many colleges have been in the news due to bed bugs, including the University of Nebraska which just last year faced a campus wide bed bug canine inspection due to a bed bug infestation.
If you or a loved one is heading off to college, be sure to invest in a bed bug care package. The package from J.P. McHale Pest Management includes a set of mattress encasements, 4 climb ups which are plastic devices place under each bed post, and a monitor placed under the mattress that is in cased, they will not prevent, but simply alert you to any signs of a bed bugs infestation upon routine inspection.
For pricing and ordering information please visit our website or call our office toll free at 800-479-2284.
Posted on June 20, 2012 with No Comments
Dust mites excrete a protein in their feces that can trigger sneezing and a runny nose. You can’t see them but they are there. “In humid areas like the Northeast, where we are, a mattress will double its weight in 10 years from dust mites,” To remedy use hypoallergenic mattress encasements on your mattress, box spring and pillows. Bed encasements are also a great tool to find signs of bed bugs in the earliest stages. You should also wash your sheets weekly in hot water, lower the thermostat and keep humidity levels low. It will also help, he says, to use a HEPA-filter vacuum and to clean with microfiber cloths that trap dust instead of launching it into the air. Click here for in-depth information about dust mites.
Posted on May 3, 2012 with No Comments
HUD has issued new guidelines for dealing with bed-bug infestations. For tenants of housing owned by public housing agencies, bedbug control services will be available for free. Tenants who live in homes that are part of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program must check their own contract to determine whether the landlord or the tenant is responsible for paying for bed bug treatments.
HUD plans to keep bed bugs away by:
- Raising awareness through education on prevention of bed bugs;
- Inspecting infested areas, plus surrounding living spaces;
- Checking for infestations on luggage and clothes when returning from a trip;
- Reducing the number of secondhand items brought into units and looking for bed bugs or signs of infestation on secondhand items before bringing the items home;
- Correctly identifying the pest;
- Keeping records – including dates when 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 label directions; and
- Following up on inspections and possible treatments.
HUD issued its guidelines in two separate publications from two different sections, Office of Public and Indian Housing (http://bit.ly/IT4qB7) and Assistant Secretary for Housing (http://bit.ly/Ivk6e3). The process for removing bed bugs from HUD-owned multifamily units is expansive. According to the Office of Public and Indian Housing, “within 24 hours of the tenant report, the PHA should make contact with the tenant, provide the tenant with information about control and prevention of bed bugs and discuss measures the tenant may be able to take in the unit before the inspection is performed.” If a unit is found to be infested, then the units to the left, right, below and above must also be tested “within three business days of the complaint if possible.”
“If bed bug infestation is found in the unit, the tenant may expect treatment to begin within five days of inspection, though depending on the form of treatment, this may not be possible.” And the key statement from the Public and Indian Housing publication, which was released in February: “A PHA may not charge a tenant to cover the cost of bed bug treatment; such costs should be covered by the PHA.”
Section 8 Voucher Holders Must Comply With Their Leases
The Assistant Secretary’s publication, released last month, is less restrictive. “Residents should fully cooperate with the O/A’s efforts to identify and address infestations…Cooperation includes allowing the O/A to enter the unit to perform inspections and treatments, allowing pest treatments to occur, following the pest treatment protocol.”
The publication says that assisted-project owner/operators “requests for tenants to pay the costs of infestation treatment must be in accordance with the provision for tenant payment of damages or non-compliance as required in the Family Model Lease.”
Here’s a link to that model lease: http://1.usa.gov/JTLeEO. There’s very little that refers to pest control in the model lease. However, there is a provision for an addendum to the lease that covers “House Rules.” Responsibility for pest control can often be located in that attachment, according to HUD.
Interestingly, bed bugs are not part of the standard HUD inspection. It’s important for both tenant and landlord to determine at the outset of the lease that bed bugs are not present in the home. That way, if bed bugs do arrive on the scene it will be apparent that the tenant is responsible for the infestation.
Posted on May 2, 2012 with No Comments
Sleep Tight Bed Bug Care Package Now Available
Suspect you have bed bugs but aren’t sure. Are you doing do-it-yourself bed bug pest control and looking for where to purchase mattress encasements and box spring encasements? Our packages include a set of mattress encasements, 4 climb ups which are plastic devices place under each bed post, and a monitor placed under the mattress that is encased. Encasements will not prevent, but simply alert you to any early signs of a bed bugs infestation upon routine inspection.
The prices for the Sleep Tight Care Package are as followed:
King Set- Includes 1 King and 2 Twin Encasements, 4 Climb Ups, and Monitor – $225
Queen Set- Includes 2 Queen Encasements, 4 Climb Ups and Monitor – $165
Full Set- Includes 2 Queen Encasements, 4 Climb Ups and Monitor – $165
Twin Set- Includes 2 Twin Encasements, 4 Climb Ups and Monitor – $165
One Encasement (Any Size) 4 Climb Ups and Monitor – $99
*These prices do not include taxes or shipping & handling.
All mattress encasements are Hypo Allergenic and reduce Dust Mites, protects against Bed Bugs, are Waterproof, stretchable with a zipper hook and will also Protect Mattresses from stains.
Mattress Encasements can be sold separately and we also have pillow case protectors (available upon request).
Contact us today if you are interested! It can’t hurt to stay safe.