Protect-a-Bed is hosting a live Twitter Q&A session about bed bugs with Bed Bug Central entomologists Richard Cooper and Jeff White (who is well known to Bedbugger Forum users). (I quote below directly from a Press Release Protect-a-Bed sent me; thanks Laura!)
Beginning at 2 p.m. EST, on Tuesday, June 23, Protect-A-Bed is inviting the general public to log on to Twitter for a live Q&A session, where they can get instant answers to all of their burning bed bug questions. The nation’s leading provider of mattress protection products has partnered with BedBugCentral.com experts, entomologists Rick Cooper and Jeff White, who will be fielding questions and providing immediate feedback to participants during the discussion.
“The number of bed bug mentions on Twitter right now is right in sync with the recent surge in bed bug conversations taking place all across the board in other online communities,” said James Bell, CEO of Protect-A-Bed. “It all adds up to an incredibly troublesome issue and Protect-A-Bed is committed to educating the public on ways to control the problem before it gets even worse.”
All you need to do is go onto twitter on Tuesday, June 23rd at 2 pm, and post a tweet with the hash tag #PAB. This will help Cooper and White to see your questions, and also enter you for a prize drawing from Protect-a-Bed (makers of bed bug proof encasements).
By using the hash tag “#PAB” in their tweets, participants’ questions will automatically be added to the queue of questions and answered in the order they are submitted. Participants will also be entered in a random drawing to win one of three prize giveaways, each including a Protect-A-Bed mattress encasement and set of pillow protectors.
Mattress encasements and pillow protectors are one of many bed bug management tools Cooper and White will likely address in their responses during the Q&A session on Twitter. Even before the issue held as prominent a spot as it does now at the national level, the experts have been immersed in the subject matter and have seen the drastic effects the pests can have on both private homes and public establishments all across the country.
“Getting rid of bed bugs is no easy task, but what so many people don’t realize is how easy it is to prevent an infestation in the first place,” said Cooper, co-author of Bed Bug Handbook- The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control, which is the only comprehensive text about bed bugs and their control. “We’re hoping Protect-A-Bed’s Q&A will prompt some questions and conversations that get people thinking about ways they can prevent the onset of bed bugs, or at least identify an infestation before it gets out of hand. Jeff and I have a wealth of knowledge to share on this topic and we are excited to give people the opportunity to interact with us one-on-one in a space as popular as Twitter.”
Although we’re happy to say that people regularly get advice from excellent entomologists and bed bug professionals (as well as fellow bedbuggers) every day in our Bedbugger Forums, this seems like a nice opportunity to ask a quick question and get a quick answer.
And I stress quick: if you’re not familiar with Twitter, you have 140 characters per tweet. That’s it!
If you’ve never used Twitter, don’t let this put you off of participating. Just go to Twitter.com and sign up. It’s free and easy. You might want to join up before Tuesday at 2 pm, so you know you’ll be good to go then.
Once you sign on, you can “follow” people. You can keep up with their tweets at the Twitter website, or get a Twitter client for your phone or other device.
You might want to follow Bedbugger!
And if you do join Twitter, please give us a shoutout by posting a tweet directed @bedbugger, so I know you’re out there.