Bed Bug Helloise with “exciting” XL Ziploc bag news

by nobugsonme on May 29, 2007 · 9 comments

in bed bugs, clothing, consumers, furnishing bedbug-free homes, tools and weapons

Bed Bug Helloise returns with a useful tidbit:

Hello everyone!

xl ziploc

You know, besides reruns of Green Acres, and occasionally speaking of herself in the third person, there’s nothing Bed Bug Helloise enjoys more than sturdy, useful bed bug-fighting products.

So believe me when she tells you she has exciting news: XL Ziplocs are now being constructed with two zippers, not one (as previously). This means they’re less likely to come open, which used to be a problem. We had this happen several times last summer, as did several readers. Perhaps it was the construction, or perhaps the humidity played a role.

Bed Bug Helloise also just saw large Hefty XL and XXL Big Bags at Target, next to the XL and XXL ziplocs. At first glance, we are skeptical. The Ziploc brand bag’s zipper provides a definite airtight seal, especially now there are two zippers. The Hefty bags have a different style zipper that slides along to seal the bags. We have not obtained any, so if any readers have tried them, we’d be glad to hear whether they, too, are airtight and if the seal seems sturdy. Our own experience with smaller 2 gallon bags with the Hefty zipper was not good–we found those sliders broke easily. Let’s hope that’s not true with these larger bags.

Editor’s note: this is what you might call a slow news day.

Exciting is a relative term, my friends.
Hey Brian Williams, Bring on that NBC Nightly News segment, will you?

And what’s with the woman on that ziploc box? If she read Bedbugger, she’d know the balls could all be washed thoroughly. Only the baseball mitt and the skates would have to be treated somehow with a cleaning product, frozen, heated, or (if you really like having stuff sit around for no reason) stored for 18 months. Why is she so gleefully carting that stuff off to storage. What? She doesn’t have bed bugs?!?

Update (3/2010): you can now buy single boxes or cases of 8 Ziploc Big Bags (Large, XL, XXL) at US Bed Bugs, with free shipping on orders over $50 (or smaller orders using the coupon code BBFREE).

1 James Buggles May 29, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Slow news indeed, this is old news. The XXL and 2 gallon bags also have the double zipper.

2 BBsBlow May 29, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Heh. I just saw them at the store hours ago, not knowing they were a new product. (I never owned the XL ones.) I did buy them, so hopefully they’re good!

3 kurtck177 May 29, 2007 at 7:28 pm

I am addicted to those XXL bags.

4 nobugsonme May 29, 2007 at 10:31 pm

James, James,
We’re still opening some new boxes with the old zipper in our neck of the woods. Perhaps your local stores were quicker to get the new style.

5 willow-the-wisp May 29, 2007 at 10:46 pm

The one … press and seal lock (which, technically speaking, it is) is rather hazardous. Mine open up occasionally. They really are great to have around and are quite reusable too! Mine are about 2 months old. (Shhh don’t tell Helloise.)
But to me this IS big news. They are not in the budget right now, and thankfully, I don’t “seam” to need any more right now either. That is the best news.

6 Eileen Halbur July 18, 2008 at 11:53 am

I bought a box of 2.5gal bags and also a box of quart bags and I was very disappointed in them. The zippers did not stay shut.

7 BBItchy March 13, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I have both the XL Ziploc and Hefty bags. I like the Hefty bags much better. When trying to live out of plastic bags, the zipper on the Hefty bags makes for much easier access. I had problems with my husband and kids not closing the Ziplocs properly. The Hefty bags are easy to close and stay sealed very well unless you really over-pack them, then it seems the plastic near the zipper can split, but the zipper holds.

8 John Eldridge March 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

The Hefty Big Bags are much better than the Ziploc. I’ve tried both of them. The ziploc can easily open, but the Hefty are very difficult as there is a slider that closes the bag. For food perhaps Ziploc because it’s cheaper, but for bed bugs Hefty is the better of the two.

9 nobugsonme March 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Hi John,

Thanks for your message!

The jury is out as far as I am concerned. People have written on the forums about this issue also, and many seem to prefer the Ziplocs. For one thing, the Hefty bags have a small gap where the zipper closes. They may allow a 1 mm nymph to escape.

The Hefty zippers also do seem to wear out more quickly than the double Ziploc zippers (though those also do not last forever!)

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