KnowBedBugs Newsletter Volume 18 (Nov/Dec 2019)

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NOBBEL, Inc.       Newsletter Vol. 18        December 2019  

Bedbug Headlines * Certified Property Spotlight * Educational Resources

Happy Holidays!


The season is upon us, and the Holidays are a very busy time of the year for travelers and hotels alike. Family and friends gather to give thanks, break bread, share memories and make even more. The season is wonderful, but it isn’t without it’s own troubles!

The gathering of people, in any place, presents the potential for bedbug introductions. Even the icy temperatures outside do nothing to stop bedbugs from spreading, as written about in this article from the NY Times. Still, there are steps you can take to avoid bedbugs, as well as steps you can take to deal with that hitchhiker you might have brought home, and we will provide you some resources in this newsletter.

Because of the busy travel season, most hotel properties will see an increase in bedbug issues along with the increase in guests. Loss of consumer confidence AND loss of revenue make bedbugs one of the hardest issues currently facing hoteliers. This is why we started NOBBEL, Inc.

NOBBEL, Inc is the National Organization of Bed Bug Education for Lodging. We offer expert bedbug training and certifications to the lodging industry to help battle online reviews and build consumer confidence. Concerned travelers can book rooms with our certified locations on our website at www.KnowBedBugs.com. 

Hotel owners/managers can Join our growing list of certified properties. 

See what some of our certified partners are saying.
 

NOW ONTO THE HEADLINES!…


 

 
 
  • Although called “bedbugs”, mattresses aren’t the only place to look
  • Do you think the airplane is safe?
  • Issues still reported after 10 day closure
  • Spot-Treatment approach was not working
  • Library heat-treating all returned books
  • Visual Inspections also conducted on each return

Bedbugs Close Nye County Courthouse

  • Bedbugs found in 1 area
  • All offices closed as precaution

High Schools are Increasingly Targets:
3 Stories of Bedbugs in the Classroom
Prevention Tips and some “DIY”
Okay, so bedbugs are really NOT a “DIY” pest when it comes to treatment. They are very good hiders, have shown growing resistance to chemicals, and over-the-counter sprays may kill the bugs you see, but do nothing for the eggs that you don’t! Still, there are some preventative steps you can take to avoid bedbugs, and there are a few methods you can use to keep the bugs at bay. 

First, you need to know what bedbugs are and how they operate. Get familiar with the signs of activity so you can know what to look for! Use this link to educate yourself!

Second: If you DID happen to bring bedbugs home with you after a trip, in your luggage, etc…Don’t Panic! Here are some tips to help keep them under control:
https://www.knowbedbugs.com/i-brought-bed-bugs-home-in-my-luggage-now-what/

For a general, all around education, “DIY” tips, and scientific information, we have found this blog from Calgary.com very helpful. Sleep Tight: A Complete Guide to the Impact, Identification and Treatment of Bedbugs

For Travel, you should always perform your own inspections. Take along our free checklist for bedbugs in hotels, and use it to inspect your hotel room before you even unpack!

For hotels and their employees, education is KEY to getting ahead of this pervasive bedbug epidemic. That is what we do at NOBBEL. Use this link to claim your hotel and start your certification training today!
CERTIFIED PROPERTY SPOTLIGHT
The following hotel properties have achieved their NOBBEL certifications. Any guest would feel better about staying in a bed bug certified property, confident that the staff is well-trained, and that the property has a plan!

Is YOUR property NOBBEL certified? Get more information or claim your property here.

 


Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport
Palm Beach, FL 


 


Residence Inn Blacksburg – University
Blacksburg, VA




Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fayetteville North
Fayetteville, NC




Towneplace Suites Columbia Southeast / Ft. Jackson
Columbia, SC




Courtyard by Marriott Ocean City Oceanfront
Ocean City. MD


Guests can click “BOOK THIS HOTEL” on our site to reserve a room. We offer direct links to our certified properties websites, and do so at 0% commissions! Yet another reason to get your property certified today. Ready to get started? Claim your property here, or email us: info@knowbedbugs.com.

DID YOU KNOW:


Bedbugs produce a pheromone that give off an unpleasant, musky odor? It’s true. If your room smells terrible, these critters might be to blame!
 



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KnowBedBugs Newsletter Volume 17 (Oct 2019) (copy 01)

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NOBBEL, Inc.       Newsletter Vol. 17        October 2019  

Bedbug Headlines * Certified Property Spotlight * Did You Know?

It’s October, and that means Halloween is near! This time of the year is both fun, and yes, even scary for some. With frequent mentions of ghosts and ghouls, zombies and monsters, our imaginations run wild with creepy thoughts and horrific costume ideas. We think this costume, for instance, is about the scariest we have seen!

Why is this so scary? Just ask anyone who has battled bedbugs. Their diet consists of human blood, they are VERY hard to get rid of, and they can be expensive to get rid of, too! For this reason, it is important to become familiar with bedbugs, and the signs of bedbug activity. Our site has all of the information you need. Trust us, you don’t want this hitchhiker coming home with you!

Bedbugs are even MORE frightening to our friends in the hospitality industry. One negative review about bedbugs can cost a loss of consumer confidence. This equals a loss of money, aside from treatment costs, and make bedbugs one of the hardest issues currently facing hoteliers. This is why we started NOBBEL, Inc.

NOBBEL, Inc is the National Organization of Bed Bug Education for Lodging. We offer bedbug training, testing and certifications to the lodging industry to help battle online reviews and build consumer confidence. Concerned travelers can book rooms with our certified locations on our website at www.KnowBedBugs.com. Join our growing list of certified properties. See what some of our certified partners are saying.

In this harrowing issue:

  • Headlines: The latest SPOOKY bed bug news from across the country
  • Certified Property Spotlight: These properties won’t give you the chills!
  • Did You Know?: A little fact about bedbugs for that new wrinkle in your brain

Want to increase direct bookings? Increase profits? Concerned travelers can book rooms via direct links to our certified properties, commission-free! Join our growing list of certified properties.
 

11 BEDBUG HORROR STORIES
 
  • Submitted by REDDIT users who have battled bedbugs
  • Warning: These stories might make your skin crawl!
  • Even the Pest Control Professionals were shocked
  • The residents STILL slept on this mattress
  • How to handle an unresponsive landlord
  • Help alleviating the pesky critters
  • Baltimore hold down the Top Spot
  • East Coast occupies MANY of the Top Cities
  • Treatments are becoming more expensive as the bugs take hold
  • Is competition good for pricing? 
WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE, THERE CAN BE BEDBUGS
Yes, hotels are a hotbed (no pun intended) for bedbugs to spread from one unsuspecting guest to another. But PEOPLE bring them into hotels. Hotels Are NOT to blame, and not the only place you find bedbugs!

Here are some other places bedbugs can be found:


Hospitals
Hospital restricts access to Cancer Center’s outpatient area due to bedbugs
Glens Falls, NY

School:
Call center employees told to work through bedbug inspection
Toronto, ON CANADA

The MVA or DMV:
Employees want answers after bedbug issues hit MVA branch
Parkville, MD

Entire School DISTRICT!:
Bedbugs force Western PA School district to close
Munhall, PA
CERTIFIED PROPERTY SPOTLIGHT
The following hotel properties have achieved their NOBBEL certifications. Any guest would feel better about staying in a bed bug certified property, confident that the staff is well-trained, and that the property has a plan!

Is YOUR property NOBBEL certified? Get more information or claim your property here.

 


Holiday Inn Columbia-East Jessup
Columbia MD 


 


Hyde Beach Resort & Residences
Hollywood FL




Sleep Inn & Suites Marion – Military Institute
Marion, AL




Showboat Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ




Beach View Hotel
Rehoboth Beach DE


Guests can click “BOOK THIS HOTEL” on our site to reserve a room. We offer direct links to our certified properties websites, and do so at 0% commissions! Yet another reason to get your property certified today. Ready to get started? Claim your property here, or email us: info@knowbedbugs.com.

DID YOU KNOW:
Bedbugs ARE visible to the naked eye, even the eggs. Still, for inspections, be sure to use a flashlight and magnifying glass to help you find signs of their activity.
 
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Bedbugs in the Headlines – Volume 16

NOBBEL, Inc.       Newsletter Vol. 16        February 2019  

Bedbug Headlines * Certified Property Spotlight * Did You Know?

Spring is nearly here, and for many people that means Spring Cleaning is here, too. The same is true in the hospitality industry, especially for seasonal hotels. Hotel managers are starting to get ready for the start of the Summer season, and this often means minor repairs/renovations, new mattresses and even increased staff. Training new staff on property procedures and company policy is a priority. Bedbug training needs to be included. Don’t you want your staff to be as educated about this epidemic as possible?

2018 Top Stories: Bedbugs in the Headlines

 
 

NOBBEL, Inc.       Newsletter Vol. 15        December 2018  

2018 Top 10 Headlines * Certified Property Spotlight * Did You Know?

 

Welcome to our December “Year in Review” Newsletter!

The end of 2018 can only mean one thing…it’s resolution-making time! We all want to start out the year “on a good note”, “put our best foot forward”, “make a change for the better”, and various other cliches – all well intended. The same is true in the hospitality industry, as hotel management looks to increase their margins, secure more direct online bookings, and decrease staff turnover, to name a few. Staff training should also make that list, bedbug training in specific.

November 2018 Newsletter Volume 14


 

NOBBEL, Inc.       Newsletter Vol. 14        November 2018  

Headlines * Updates * Blogs * Helpful Hints * Certified Properties

 

Welcome to our November Newsletter Wrap-up!

Winter is upon us, and the Holidays are just about here. This time of the year is huge for travel, as family and friends come from near and far to gather, give thanks, share memories and make even more. 

For our friends in the hospitality industry, this time of the year can bring a much needed boost to sales after the annual fall cool-down. But greater traffic isn’t without it’s own troubles, and most properties will see an increase in bedbug issues along with the increase in guests. Loss of consumer confidence AND loss of $$ make bedbugs one of the hardest issues currently facing hoteliers. This is why we started NOBBEL, Inc.

The Horror of Bed Bugs: NOBBEL’s October 2018 Newsletter

 
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NOBBEL, Inc.       Newsletter Vol. 13        October 2018  

Headlines * Updates * Blogs * Helpful Hints * Certified Properties

Halloween brings out the ghouls, goblins and ghosts. Scary, yes, but reality can be even scarier. Just ask anyone who has battled bedbugs. Their diet consists of human blood…talk about your vampire nightmares! For this reason, it is important to become familiar with bedbugs, and the signs of bedbug activity. Our site has all of the information you need. Trust us, you don’t want this hitchhiker coming home with you!

For our friends in the hospitality industry, bed bugs are even more frightening. Loss of consumer confidence AND loss of $$ make bedbugs one of the hardest issues currently facing hoteliers. This is why we started NOBBEL, Inc.

Summertime Bed Bug Blues: NOBBEL’s July 2018 Newsletter

 

NOBBEL, Inc.       Newsletter Vol. 11       July 2018  

Headlines * Updates * Blogs * Helpful Hints * Certified Properties

NOBBEL, Inc is the National Organization of Bed Bug Education for Lodging. We offer bed bug training, testing and certifications to the lodging industry to help battle online reviews and build consumer confidence. Concerned travelers can book rooms with our certified locations on our website at www.KnowBedBugs.com.

Video Training is LIVE! Now it is even easier to train and certify your staff and hotel property, all online! Become our newest Platinum Certified property!

Also this month:

  • All New Property/Staff Pricing
  • Bundled Staff Packages…Get the Whole Team Trained!
  • Easier staff and property management tools for GMs

Interested in finding out more? We have all the information you need right here!

March Madness: KnowBedBugs March 2018

 
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NOBBEL, Inc.       Newsletter Vol. 9       March 2018  

Headlines * Updates * Blogs * Helpful Hints * Certified Locations

NOBBEL, Inc is the National Organization of Bed Bug Education for Lodging. We offer bed bug training, testing and certifications to the lodging industry to help battle online reviews and build consumer confidence. Concerned travelers can book rooms with our certified locations on our website at www.KnowBedBugs.com.

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Headlines:

Aprehend team
Is this a game changer for bed bug extermination?

New Biopesticide from Penn State team Gaining Momentum with Pest Control Professionals

    • Fungal spore effectively kills bed bugs
    • Tests have not shown any adverse effects on people or pets.

I Brought Bed Bugs Home in My Luggage: Now What?

Just return from a trip to find that bed bugs hitched a ride with you? If so, it can be quite unsettling. Bed bugs are notorious for being a difficult pest to control. And once a population “sets up shop” in your home and starts breeding, bed bugs can also be an expensive pest to eradicate. Complete evacuation of bed bugs can often mean a price tag in the thousands. But don’t panic! A few hitchhikers does NOT have to turn into a full-blown infestation. By using the following tips, you can increase your odds of avoiding a multi-generational bed bug infestation.

HEAT vs PESTICIDES: The Best Bed Bug Treatment for Hotels & Homes

If you have been unfortunate enough to have battled bed bugs, then you completely understand how difficult treatment can be. A quick search on the web for bed bug treatments can leave you dizzy with suggestions, choices and opinions.  Many websites tout home-based remedies such as diatomaceous earth, steam cleaning, vacuum cleaning, etc. There are also many over-the-counter products (too many to name in fact) that promise to “kill bed bugs overnight” or offer a “1-time bed bug treatment”. So who and what information do you trust?