Packtite recall: more information and a photo

December 14, 2013

I have updated Thursday’s post about the recall affecting two of the Packtite Original models, to add additional helpful videos about the recall process, links to FAQs, and a photo submitted by a site user: As I noted in the update, I do not have any information confirming this but I suspect Packtite users getting […]

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Packtite recall affects some original Packtite models

December 12, 2013

Two models of the original Packtite heating system are part of a voluntary recall initiated by the manufacturer, after three consumer complaints (of incidents where heaters overheated, malfunctioned, and in one case, singed some items being treated). Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. It’s essential that if you currently have a black Packtite original, that […]

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Thermaspot: easily confirm heat treated items reach 120F

July 20, 2012

David James (inventor of the Packtite, Packtite Closet, Bed Bug Beacon, and Bed Bug Blue) has another new product which may improve the way many of us deal with bed bugs: the Thermaspot (TM) Temperature Sensor. Thermaspot is a small piece of adhesive paper (which can be kept attached to its backing or attached to […]

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Bed Bug Blue Fecal Spot Detection consumer kit now available!

May 18, 2012

A few weeks back, we told you about Bed Bug Blue, the new detection kit for identifying fecal stains left by bed bugs. It comes from David James (inventor of the Packtite and Bed Bug Beacon) and has been tested and cheered by a number of well-known experts on bed bugs (per our earlier post). […]

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“Is it bed bug poo?” Introducing Bed Bug Blue

February 29, 2012

“Is it bed bug poo?” Good news: it is now going to get a bit easier to answer that question. A new product from David James (inventor of the Packtite, Packtite Closet, and the Bed Bug Beacon) is being launched this week, to be manufactured by Cold Pine LLC and distributed by Packtite. Bed Bug Blue (TM) is designed […]

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FAQ: Videos demonstrating Packtite use for books, clothing, stuffed animals, etc.

January 24, 2012

The product manufacturer produced the following videos to demonstrate use of the original Packtite™ to kill bed bugs and eggs in various items including linens, shoes, stuffed animals, and books. There are also videos below demonstrating Packtite set-up and effectiveness.  Thanks to David James and the Packtite crew for providing these helpful videos.

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Libraries with bed bugs (Pace University is the latest)

October 11, 2011

Gothamist says it received a tip that the Pace University Library in lower Manhattan was closed yesterday for bed bug treatment. In Bedbugs Shut Down Pace University Library, Gothamist’s John Del Signore writes: A student who works in the Henry Birnbaum Library at Pace University tells us the library has been shut down so that it […]

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Now available in Canada (and the US): the Packtite Closet

August 18, 2011

There are not a lot of reliable ways to kill bed bugs and eggs in your belongings. Heat is one of the best. And the launch of the Packtite back in 2008 was nothing less than revolutionary for a lot of bed bug sufferers, allowing them to reliably treat small items themselves. Old timers around […]

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County libraries battling bed bugs

August 20, 2010

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cincinnati and Hamilton County libraries are trying to keep their premises and books bed bug-free. Bed bugs have turned up in the Norwood branch library, and the “hardest hit” department of the library system has been Outreach Services, which brings books to senior citizens and schools. So how are local […]

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Bed bugs teach unwanted lesson at 4-H science camp

August 4, 2010

It’s summer camp season, and parents should be aware that bed bugs may come home from camp, along with the macrame plant hangers and duffel bags of dirty socks and shorts. NBC reports today that a 4-H science camp ended when bed bugs when bed bugs were discovered in some of the camper’s dorm rooms: […]

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Bed bug tax credit bill under consideration in New York State Assembly

May 11, 2010

There is a bill under consideration to give a tax credit to residents of New York State who lose property due to bed bugs in their homes. New York State Assembly Bill A10081, sponsored by Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF), is summarized as follows: SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill will amend section 606 of the […]

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Bed bugs or not? Introducing the Bed Bug Beacon

March 12, 2010

Got bed bugs?  Sometimes it can be hard to tell, but determining whether you have them may be getting easier. The Bed Bug Beacon is an inexpensive active bed bug monitor for at-home use. It looks like David James, creator of the Packtite, has come up with another winner.  Like the DIY dry ice monitor […]

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