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  1. AntsInPants

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    Thu Apr 24 2008 14:01:21
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    Open letter to Protect-A-Bed

    To: USA - Philadelphia Head Office

    Subject: Bedbugs in Sofas

    Message:

    A lot of people are throwing away sofas with bedbugs in them, so I was wondering if you might extend the Buglock technology to sofas and office chairs etc.

    Bedbugger.com is a popular website for people dealing with bedbugs

    http://bedbugger.com/

    and this is the forum:

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/

    There have been bedbug outbreaks in Australia, United Kingdom, USA ( especially NYC ) and now Toronto, Canada so this is a global phenomenon.

    Thanks,

    - Andrew Moore

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Apr 24 2008 17:01:07
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    AntsinPants, I can appreciate your ideas and as a PCO/researcher working in the field, couches are one of our bigger obstacles as there are an infinite number of places to hide and surfaces that cannot be treated or steamed/cryonite. That being said, and maybe Protect-A-Bed can shed more light on the subject, encasing couches is an uphill battle that probably can't be overcome (at least not in a as efficient a manner as beds were).

    With beds, 99% of them are 4 sizes with only a few options in each size (twin, full, queen and king with a few different widths). Couches, there are probably 1 million different dimensions, sizes, shapes, depths, widths, etc.... Couches also get a higher level of wear and tear compared with beds and there are many more corners and edges that pose serious threats in terms of ripping and tearing. Also, the legs are a concern although on many you can unscrew them but that may create sharp edges once again.

    Remember that vinyl encasements for beds have been on the market for years prior to bed bug bed encasements but they were never embraced due to their fragility and comfort (nothing like sleeping on a plastic bag). Also, keep in mind that these vinyl encasements can be covered by sheets and they still weren't embraced. Now take a couch, that is the centerpiece of a living room and you have to create something both scientifically effective and probably a little fashionable (I'm not talking floral design here, just not abrasive to sight) that isn't baggy and unsightly.

    You have to remember that a lot of the users on this site are very concerned about bed bugs and proactive about treating them. Unfortunately, that's maybe 50% if not less when dealing with clients. Some people just don't care or don't care enough to look at their couch covered in an encasement and for someone to spend the mass amounts of time to manufacture a questionable product, uphill battle.

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    I guess I was thinking of the encasement from a containment perspective. ie. you have an infestation, it's in the sofas but it's an isolation problem and you still need to use it. I figured that the encasement would just be a cuboid shape ( not necessarily shape-hugging ) and you would take it off x months down the line. I can't imagine someone being thoughtful enough to buy encasements because they are bedbug-ridden and then inviting other people over? Also, it was from the view of someone who does not have access to PCO treatment and/or the treatment is ineffective.

    If you Google "bed bugs in Australia":

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=opera&rls=en&hs=0R9&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=bed+bugs+in+australia&spell=1

    you can see anywhere from a 1000% to 5000% increase in bedbugs depending on sources and timelines ie:

    http://blogs.theage.com.au/lifestyle/renovationnation/archives/2007/02/why_bedbugs_are.html

    "...Last year an Australian study estimated that bedbugs cost the Australian tourism industry $75 million annually...":

    http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/nov2007/sb2007118_006807.htm

    UK and Ireland:

    26,553 visits from 2 Jun 2007 to 8 Apr 2008

    http://www2.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?url=http://bedbugger.com&type=small&category=plus&clusters=no&map=UK

    There's lawsuits galore for the States.

    Canadian bed bug infestations have increased as much as 600 per cent in the past "decade.":

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2003/11/24/bed_bugs031124.html

    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071115/bedbug_spread_071117/20071118?hub=Specials

    My landlord won't even do repairs on this apartment and basically hired a PCO who came over, peeked into the room, said enthusiastically "vacuum" and then left. The building manager says that the PCO won't treat the apartment unless the source of the infestations is removed ( ie. toss the mattresses ). How did the PCO figure out what the source is based on a joke of an inspection? Did he call the amazing Kreskin? Did the building owner call the most dirt-cheap PCO?

    My roommate Tania, who has not spent as much time reading information on the Net happily tossed the mattresses ( unprotected ), which was easy enough since the roommate (Iggy) who broughts the bedbugs from his Dad's place, basically fled.

    Tania has been living in this building for 20 years so the rent is much lower than comparable apartment buildings. Owners of these kind of buildings love to kick the tenants out and jack up the rent, in any way possible, so that's basically what we are looking at.

    The building is basically a shit hole, the water is on and off and the elevators break down and need constant maintenance.

    I've been sleeping in an office chair since the 5th of April and I had to drag this chair, which is like carrying a dead donkey, into the bathtub:

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/i-nuked-my-office-chair-and-gave-it-a-bath-p

    I think that the magic bullet will come in the form of a trap but until then, all I have is DE, Kleen Green and Murphy's Oil, while medievally boiling my chair in water.

    I see this problem as a global, travel, tenement problem and if the figures aren't exagerated and since "the bottom line" is the be all and end all of human existence, I don't see why they would not at least consider it.

    Here's an interesting concept: Protect-A-Bed starts selling entire sofas with BugLock encasements already installed to hotels etc. since this is just waiting to happen:

    http://blogs.usatoday.com/hotelhotsheet/2006/03/20m_bedbug_laws.html

    Anyway, that's logistics for Protect-A-Bed.


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