News To Make Your Skin Crawl: Vol 4

KnowBedBugs Newsletter Vol. 4     3/14/2017               

Your center for bed bug news, updates, blog posts, travel tips, helpful links and more!

Hi Kurt,

Welcome to the 4th newsletter installment from KnowBedBugs. Our aim is to start the conversation about bed bugs between the lodging industry and their guests through information and education. Here you will read about the latest news, updates and discoveries as they pertain to bed bugs and the travel and lodging industries. 

Failure to communicate about a bed bug issue helps spread the disease. Yes, we call it a disease. Bed bugs are communicable, they spread like a virus from person to person. Knowledge and conversation are the enemy of the bed bug. In our updates this week, a 90-year old woman DIES due to complications from bed bugs. This did NOT have to happen! We need to start the conversation.

OK… let’s start off with a quick poll: Please click the link below to answer 2 quick questions!


There have been bed bugs for thousands of years, and at least as long as people have been sleeping. However, the use of DDT nearly wiped out the now-common pest in the 40s, 50s and 60s. But DDT use was banned here in the United States in 1972, and the resurgence of bed bugs began. Within the last 10 years in specific, bed bugs have made a dramatic comeback.  According to a 2015 Bugs Without Borders Survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, homes are still overwhelmingly the #1 place where pest control professionals battle the bugs. In second place, nearly 3/4 (74%) of pest control professionals have also battled infestations in hotels, motels and resorts. This explains the rise of consumer concern around bed bugs (a good thing) as well the the proliferation of websites like the Bed Bug Registry (not a good thing!) Hotels, motels and resorts are on the front lines of this battle, and need to be proactive. Having a well trained housekeeping staff is the best place to start!

News To Make Your Skin Crawl: Vol 3

Weekly Newsletter  2/24/2017

Your weekly gathering of bed bug news, updates, blog posts, travel tips and more!

Hi Kurt,

It is hard to believe it’s the end of February already. Already in the first 2 months of 2017, our new President has been inaugurated, the West Coast has seen flash floods from the most rain in a decade, and the Travel Ban has been a constant headline…(undoubtedly the Lodging Industry has been paying some attention to the latter)

As this newsletter takes shape, we are experiencing 70+ degree temperatures here in the Mid-Atlantic region, and our thoughts are already on the coming vacation season. As traveler’s start planning for their excursions, certain factors always play a part in their decision making. Perhaps the TOP of this list is cleanliness. In our most recent video, our “man on the street” asked guests what factors they consider. Hoteliers take note: your guests ARE aware of the bed bug issue. See what they have to say: 


If you were paying attention over the last couple of weeks, you probably noticed that bed bugs are still a hot topic for news headlines across the country. Thankfully for the hotel industry AND it’s guests, the focus has shifted from the lodging industry and headlines are now discussing the growing bed bug problem in our nation’s schools. Even in the nation’s capital, a school had to be closed for bed bug and rodent issues.

At the same time, as Spring approaches and we start to make plans for our Summer vacations, focus will undoubtedly shift back to bed bugs in hotels, motels and resorts. They may already be a factor in your travel decisions. The concerned traveler may be familiar with Orkin’s annual list of the ‘Top 50 Bed Bug Cities‘, and may try to avoid destinations on the list. The pest control company based the ranking on treatment data collected from the areas it performed the most bed bug treatments between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016. Before you go changing travel plans, however, remember that this list includes residential as well as commercial treatments. You might want to ask yourself this question instead: Where do the people who live in the cities on this list travel? Where do they take their vacations? Are they taking bed bugs with them?

Bed Bugs in our Schools: Educate Yourself

Weekly Newsletter:  2/9/17

Hi Kurt,

It has been a VERY active week in Bed Bug news this week, particularly with our SCHOOLS!

Yes, schools are now on the front lines of the bed bug battle. This can be a traumatic experience for the children involved. Imagine the ridicule a child receives (although unjustly) for having brought bed bugs into the classroom. It can’t help but remind me of the lice checks we all went through in school, and of those unfortunate children who were singled out once lice was discovered on them. And while we are sympathetic to all schoold and children invloved, this new battleground does add credence to our overall viewpoint about this plague. 


Whether you are a concerned traveler, a hotel owner, or a property manager, certainly you are aware of the growing bed bug epidemic. In fact, 1 out of 5 Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel according to a 2011 study. More than likely, those numbers have increased in the 5 years since. Yet as our previous blog stated, this epidemic does NOT rest firmly on the shoulders of the lodging industry. Hotels did not invent bed bugs. Bed bugs are in hotels because guests bring them in, plain and simple. Responsibility lies on the guests AND the lodging industry to help halt the growth of the epidemic.

News to Make Your Skin Crawl!

Weekly Newsletter:  2/1/17

Hi Kurt,

Welcome to the first weekly newsletter from KnowBedBugs. Our aim is to start the conversation between the lodging industry and their guests through information and education. Here you will read about the latest news, updates and discoveries as they pertain to bed bugs and the travel and lodging industries. Some topics we plan to cover weekly include:

  • News Headlines
  • Certified Hotel Listings
  • The Latest in the Battle with Bed Bugs
  • Tips for the Concerned Traveler

We apologize, in advance, if any of the information in our newsletters makes your skin crawl! 




We have all heard horror stories about dirty hotels, complete with filthy sheets, broken appliances and front desk staffs that didn’t seem to care. As we mentioned in our 1st blog, bed bugs are steadily becoming a mainstay in these stories. For many guests, bed bugs are a cleanliness issue, with the perception being that a clean, upscale hotel would not have bed bugs. After all, THOSE types of problems are much more characteristic of smaller motels, and cheaper roadside inns. Although that perception IS starting to change, the process is slow. In the meantime, hotels with reported bed bug issues, such as those listed on the Bed Bug Registry, are fighting to save their reputation, and in some cases, their businesses. Even our President Trump’s OWN Doral Hotel is being sued by a guest over bed bug bites. The decision was expected by inauguration. The Miami Herald published photos of the guest’s bites:

Bed Bug Training Can Help Hotels Battle a Bed Bug Registry Listing.

As you well know, there has been  a rise in bed bug infestations in the United States. Hotels and the lodging industry as a whole are on the front lines in the battle against this determined pest. In fact,  according to the 2015 “Bugs Without Borders” survey conducted by the University of Kentucky and the National Pest Management Association, 64% of pest control professionals report that bed bug infestations continue to be on the rise, and 74% encountered infestations specifically in hotels and motels. Several sites now act as a bed bug registry, listing consumer’s reports of bed bug encounters at hotels throughout the country. Often, these sites offer little or no recourse for the hotels. The posts stay on these sites indefinitely, causing damage (sometimes irreperably) to the hotel’s reputation. Concerned consumers stear clear of hotels on a bed bug registry, even when the problem may have been remedied. Now, those same consumers will have a new site to help alleviate the growing concerns of encountering bed bugs during their travels. And finally, the hotels listed on a bed bug registry will have some recourse.