KnowBedBugs Newsletter Volume 18 (Nov/Dec 2019)


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 

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

See what some of our certified partners are saying.



  • 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:

For a general, all around education, “DIY” tips, and scientific information, we have found this blog from 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!
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:


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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