Bed Bug Helloise writes:
Our home was covered in XL ziplocs full of clothes and linens; you couldn’t even twirl a masked assassin bug in here. So we got some space bags: they seem airtight enough, if you vacuum them carefully (though sometimes they re-inflate). However, they should best be kept standing up vertically, according to the instructions, and that’s rather inconvenient.
So we were very pleased to see the new Space Bag Totes.
They’re a bit pricey at $19.95 (unless, that is, you need the 7 other space bags that come with them, which would be a bargain; we don’t want them.) It looks at first glance like something that would not be good for bed bugs (a cloth tote with some plastic sides and zippers: not secure at all). In fact, the space bag is inside a 5-sided box, with an entire sealable space bag inside, that once vacuumed becomes a nice, stackable cube! Perfect. To give you an idea of the size, they say it holds an entire King size bedding set (with 2 pillows) plus 5-7 sweaters or jackets. Can we get a bulk-order deal, please, Space Bags?
We are wondering about the hanging space bags (dress or suit size): again, they seem “safe” from a bed bug perspective (and you know, I am sure, that a dry-cleaner’s
bag on a hanger is not safe).
But here’s our question for anyone who’s used them: when you open the hanging bags, is whatever’s inside wrinkly, or ready-to-wear? I really need a solution to store freshly dry cleaned or washed items that need to hang. Right now, Helloise is looking a bit shabby!
I realize Space Bags are more useful for long-term storage, but with bed bugs, it is so hard to find a solution for storing must-be-hanged garments. Others have suggested setting up a metal garment rack (clothes bar) as a safe zone, treating the legs you would an isolated bed’s legs (see the FAQs). I’d personally feel much better with the clothing enclosed. If others have ideas for solutions which enclose hanging garments but make them easier to access, I’m all ears. I’d rather not call Bed Bug ‘Elmer to vacuum the bag closed each time I take out a nice pinafore.
One other comment on the Space Bag site: it says the hanging bags fit inside regular garment bag (luggage). So they make a possible travel solution: pop it inside your garment bag and go.
Editor’s note: We don’t have any connection with the Space Bags company. We do, however, enjoy seeing the animated graphics of various insects bouncing off the covers of Space Bags in their commercials. We hope they’ll include a picture of a bed bug being thusly repelled in future, perhaps even splattering on impact. While there is way too much violence in the media, we are yet to see bed bugs getting it on movies or tv, and we feel this is an oversight.
To BuggedinBrooklyn: your post is coming tomorrow! Readership has been way down for the holidays, and I didn’t want to post it during a slow time and have it be overlooked.
Update 5/29/2007: I later decided hanging space bags were a pain. On one trip, I packed in a hanging space bag inside a garment bag (the kind like a plain sleeve, not really luggage). This was all to avoid going to a conference looking like a freak with my XL ziplocs, you understand. The space bag was pretty airtight even after the vacuum seal was broken (I kept the zipper zipped, so it was sealed, just not vacuum-condensed.) But the hanger broke, and there I was with a hanger-less space bag, thrown over a chair.