The latest bed bug news round-up, for your perusal:
The New York Times continues its bed bug frenzy today with the Social Q’s answering this bed bug etiquette question from a reader:
My husband and I have a friend who discovered bedbugs in his apartment. After repeated treatments, he still has live bugs — and keeps asking us over to help him clean the apartment. We want to be good friends, but even after explaining the risks of bringing bugs back to our place, he doesn’t seem to get it. We know we can catch bedbugs anywhere, and don’t want to make him feel like a leper, but we don’t want to risk infestation, either. What should we do? Anonymous
Etiquette writer Philip Galanes lets “Anonymous” off the hook: there is no social duty to aid the bed bug-infested as they debug their homes.
If you’re a good friend who does choose to help out, make sure you educate yourself about not bringing bed bugs home from the infested space. (The travel FAQs suggest ways to avoid bringing an infestation home, and may help.)
Next: the latest bed bug lawsuit. JAB, maker of Protect-a-Bed encasements, is suing Martha Stewart Living for infringing on its patent for the BugLock zipper. (More on Protect-a-Bed encasements here; as our Disclosure Policy notes, we do advertise Protect-a-Bed encasements on this site.)
According to Business Week, the case is JAB Distributors LLC v. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., 10cv5716, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), and concerns Martha Stewart Living’s Allergy Wise Mattress Protector.
Also interesting this weekend: The Street picks bed bug-related stocks (thanks to Cilecto for the tip!) Oddly enough, Proctor and Gamble and Clorox are among the stocks The Street thinks will benefit most from the bed bug epidemic. Laundry and garbage bags are the tip of the iceberg, however, and the article also covers more obvious pest control-related businesses such as Rollins, Monsanto, EcoLab, DuPont, and Bayer AG.
The Street also explores the trending of “bed bugs” in Twitter, blogs and online forums.
Note: The Street may offer wisdom to market enthusiasts, but don’t get your bed bug information from financial experts. Case in point:
IBISWorld also noted that “the problem with bed bugs is that if you have them, you need to ‘bomb’ your house to kill the eggs and leftover bugs and also get yourself a new bed.”
You most certainly do not want to “bomb” your home, and in most cases, experts tell us, you do not need a new bed.
Like the bed bug etiquette question, the bed bug-related stocks story is a sign of the increased exposure this problem has been getting lately.