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Responsible control of public health pests is essential during the COVID-19 response

Published in McKnight's Senior Living - July 23, 2020

By Joseph Latino

With stay-at-home orders still in place in many states, and many senior living communities closed to the general public, public health structural pests such as bedbugs, roaches and rodents are proliferating…

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Controlling Public Health Pests Even More Important Now

Published in PCT Magazine Bed Bug Supplement - June, 2020

By Joseph Latino

With stay-at-home orders recently having been in place in most states, public health structural pests like bed bugs, cockroach-es and rodents are proliferating because of increased accessibility to food sources and disruptions to their environment. All of these pests contribute to worsening asthma conditions and related breathing complications, which may lead to more severe cases of COVID-19 for the 25 mil-lion asthmatics in the U.S.

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Bed Bugs Threaten Hotels In The Time Of COVID-19

Published in HOTEL BUSINESS: Expert Insight - MAY 13, 2020

By Joseph Latino

Pest control has been deemed an essential service by Homeland Security and the vast majority of states during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet concerns about social distancing and possible exposure to the coronavirus has significantly slowed, or stopped, treatments for public health-related structural pests, including bed bugs. This is especially worrisome as recent data suggests that bed bugs may contribute to asthma and breathing complications, leading to even more severe cases of COVID-19 for the 25 million asthmatics in the U.S.

Hotels throughout the country are repurposing to become centers for COVID-19 patients and frontline healthcare workers. We applaud these efforts. Unfortunately, the unforeseen consequence of this interim repurposing makes these properties even more vulnerable to bed bug infestations. With any influx of new occupants, there will be an increase in the number of bed bug introductions.

 

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CONTACT: Chris Murray
610-864-9123

Allergy Technologies Stresses the Importance of Responsible Control of Public Health Pests During the COVID-19 Response 

AMBLER, PA. - MAY 06, 2020 - With stay-at-home orders in place in most states, public health structural pests like bedbugs, roaches and rodents are proliferating because of increased accessibility to food sources. All of these contribute to worsening asthma conditions and related breathing complications, which may lead to more severe cases of COVID-19 for the 25 million asthmatics in the U.S.

Although pest control has been deemed an essential service by Homeland Security and the vast majority of states during the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns over maintaining social distancing and possible exposure to the coronavirus has significantly slowed, or stopped, treatments for these internal structural pests.

“The implementation of stay-at-home mandates has created a fertile breeding ground for bedbugs, roaches, and rodents. This is especially true for multi-occupant, assisted living, and hospitality properties,” said Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies. “There is a need to strike the ‘right’ balance between preserving public health through preventive and focused pest control, while not causing undue exposure risk to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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An Open Letter To Hoteliers Re: COVID-19

Published in Hotel Business April 23, 2020

By Joseph Latino

Dear Hotel Owner,

We are writing to make you aware of an important COVID-19 related bedbug issue. Hotels being repurposed to become centers for COVID-19 patients and workers will be facing significant bedbug treatment costs if they don’t adopt preventative measures now. In addition, hotels with reduced census may start seeing bedbug issues spread through the hotel as existing bedbugs move to find blood meals in occupied rooms.

With many states in the U.S. implementing shelter-in-place guidelines, reports of bedbug incidents are rising greatly. People are spending more time in beds and sofas at home, giving bedbugs frequent blood meals that are essential to speeding up reproduction and leading to major infestations. Compounding the problem is that bed-ridden COVID-19 patients are a prime, unmoving food source for bedbugs. With this in mind, the influx of new occupants resulting from your repurposing efforts makes the likelihood of a significant increase in bedbug introductions a certain event. For hotels helping with COVID, prevention can mean the difference between treating a few rooms and expensive, building-wide bedbug treatment.

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CONTACT:   Chris Murray
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First U.S. Bed Bug Prevention Program Launched at Philadelphia Affordable Housing Complex

Allergy Technologies’ ATAHC Program is joined by leading pest control industry companies – Corbett Exterminating, Key K9, Rockwell Labs, Bayer Environmental Science, Target Specialty Products, and MGK -- to address the growing bed bug problem in Philadelphia

AMBLER, Pa. – February 11, 2020 – Allergy Technologies LLC, manufacturer of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, with the support of Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla and local affordable housing management, is spearheading an effort to address the rampant bed bug problem in Philadelphia.

Allergy Technologies, along with other leading researchers, has developed the ATAHC (Allergy Technologies Affordable Housing Control and Prevention) Program for bed bugs - a first of its kind program designed to create an affordable and sustainable model of control and prevention of bed bugs within affordable housing.

ATAHC (pronounced ‘attack’) is distinguished from other approaches by incorporating an initial facility-wide remediation, effectively lowering the bed bug population.  This status is sustained by the installation of long-acting preventive measures property-wide.  Program success relies upon early detection and prompt intervention through an emphasis on engagement by residents and staff through continuing education.

According to Councilman Mark Squilla, “I’m determined to eliminate Philadelphia from all lists of worst bed bug cities.  Bed bugs have significantly impacted the lives of Philadelphia residents, apartment owners and other commercial establishments.  I appreciate the work done on the ATAHC Program by Allergy Technologies – a great Philadelphia area company – and the cooperation of management, staff and residents at the property.”

Current treatment strategies are not working, and bed bug infestations continue to rise across the country, especially in community housing environments. The main sufferers are residents, whose quality of life is being severely impacted.  “The ATAHC Program will make a huge difference for managers, staff and residents of affordable housing,” said Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies.  “The turnkey nature of the Program and the ability to protect residents from bed bugs further highlight this groundbreaking initiative.”

“While core tenets of the ATAHC Program include early detection and intervention, a key component of the program’s success comes from working closely with property management, staff and residents —all of whom have been incredibly supportive,” continued Latino.

Jeffrey Lipman, Esq., whose practice focuses on the legal consequences of bed bugs in multiple occupant housing, often encounters the significant financial and emotional consequences of infestations.  “In addition to the costs of treating the continuous challenges of bed bugs for residents of affordable housing, budget constraints can often contribute to delayed treatments and therefore worsen the problem,” said Lipman.  “I applaud this program’s core preventive objective that will alleviate the burdens placed on residents as a result of this insidious pest.”

Entomologist Dr. Jim Ballard, a principal of Ballard Consulting who has been researching bed bugs for fifteen years and has seen the ineffective results from treatments in absence of long-lasting protection.  “I’m impressed with the proactive approach adopted by the ATAHC Program, which uses select, field-proven strategies to prevent infestations.  The program has also emphasized staff and resident engagement, which typically is overlooked.”  Staff and resident education about effective pest prevention and control as well as the benefits of the Program has already taken place at the initial selected property. 

“The fact that our hometown is ranked as one of the topmost bed bug-infested cities in the country is not acceptable, so we decided to do something about it,” said Gus Carey, Managing Director and founder of Allergy Technologies.  “While this demonstration alone will not immediately solve the overall bed bug problem in Philadelphia, it will ultimately showcase an effective and cost-sustainable strategy for bed bug control and prevention that will improve the quality of life for Philadelphia residents,” Carey continued.  Carey expects the success of the ATAHC Program will lead to its being replicated throughout the City of Brotherly Love and across the country. 

In addition to developing the ATAHC Program, Allergy Technologies has donated more than $100,000 of ActiveGuard liners to the Philadelphia Housing Authority building complex.  Corbett Exterminating, a professional pest control provider with expansive experience in affordable housing, has been chosen to implement the demonstration.  Leading pest control companies including Key K9, Rockwell Labs, Bayer Environmental Science, Target Specialty Products, and MGK have made significant product donations and lent their professional time to support the effort.

ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are field-proven in hotels, apartments and colleges and provide long term prevention of bed bugs in or on mattresses and box springs, working 24/7 for two years. ActiveGuard liners come in four bed sizes and are easily installed by one person.


For more details, please visit the Allergy Technologies website at: www.AllergyTechnologies.com.

About Allergy Technologies LLC

Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The company’s product claims are always the result of scientific truth and rigor. ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are available for purchase by pest control professionals and distributors; hoteliers; colleges and universities; property management; federal, state and local housing; cruise lines; and homeowners.  Allergy Technologies is a subsidiary of A. Carey Co. LLC, which focuses on using philanthropy as a core business strategy for its businesses. Through its PhilanprofitSM strategy, a portion of all ActiveGuard proceeds go to help fund inner-city homeless and women's shelters and asthma clinics.

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Allergy Technologies and Bed Bug Central to Sponsor FREE Webinar “The Key to Recurring Bed Bug Revenue”

Wednesday, May 29 at 11:00 AM EDT

AMBLER, Pa. – (May 23, 2019) – Allergy Technologies LLC, manufacturer of ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, which are proven to prevent and kill bed bugs for two years, and Bed Bug Central, the nation’s leading resource and website available to the public for information on bed bugs, will sponsor a free webinar for Pest Management Professionals (PMP) titled “The Key to Recurring Bed Bug Revenue,” as part of Target Specialty Product’s Business Growth Series. 

The webinar will take place Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT and will feature Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies, and Danny White, National Account Manager for Bed Bug Central. 

Latino will focus his remarks on the benefits of bed bug prevention, including why it is such a unique service offering; untapped market opportunities; financial benefits for the PMP and customer; how prevention increases client confidence and retention; and creating a two-year recurring revenue model that will benefit the PMP’s bottom line.

White will discuss the use of bed bug interceptors to monitor for bed bugs, including their role in a proactive program; leveraging monitoring programs for recurring revenue; monitoring in public settings; and how this technology can be profitable in affordable housing.

Both presentations will be followed by a Q&A. 

To register, PMPs should visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2910735332156356620

About Allergy Technologies LLC
Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The company’s product claims are always the result of scientific truth and rigor. ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are available for purchase by pest control professionals and distributors; hoteliers; colleges and universities; property management; federal, state and local housing; cruise lines; and homeowners.  Allergy Technologies is a subsidiary of A. Carey Co. LLC, which focuses on using philanthropy as a core business strategy for its businesses. Through its Philanprofit (SM) strategy, a portion of all ActiveGuard proceeds go to help fund inner-city homeless and women's shelters and asthma clinics.

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Pest Management Professional Magazine
May 2019 Issue

Product Insights - Bed Bugs

by Joseph Latino

RECENT INNOVATION: Allergy Technologies is the manufacturer of ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, which kill bed bugs. Easily installed on mattresses or box springs, these liners offer two-year continual prevention and control against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs. ActiveGuard is registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for sale nationwide, and has no cautionary signal words or use restrictions on its label.

After short exposure to ActiveGuard of only 10 minutes, bed bugs — regardless of resistance level — begin to show significant reductions in feeding (biting) and a dramatic inability to lay eggs. This results in discontinuation of population growth, thereby halting progression of an incident to an infestation.

PREDICTIONS: Prevention! Prevention! Prevention! While the introduction of a few bed bugs cannot be averted, prevention of infestations can be achieved.

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College Planning & Management News
April 2019 Issue

Preventing and Treating Bed Bug Infestations in Residence Halls

by Joseph Latino

College dorms are among the top 10 hiding places for bed bugs. Prevention is preferable to treatment when dealing with this pest.

The 2018 “Bugs Without Borders” survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association found that college dormitories are the seventh most common place pest management professionals (PMPs) found bed bugs. (Single-family homes are the most common, followed by apartments/condominiums and hotels/motels). Forty-five percent of PMPs reported treating for bed bugs in college dorms. And, three of four PMPs say that bed bugs are the #1 most difficult pest to control.

College dormitories experience significant human traffic, and contain personal belongings, equipment, furnishings and décor that provide harborage near potential hosts (humans). Often the student’s bed is the center of activity—used for studying, relaxing, and eating, in addition to sleeping. Plus, dorm rooms are typically small—and cluttered, giving the bugs more places to hide and making it harder to get rid of them. This combination puts dorms in the “high risk” category for bed bug infestations.

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Allergy Technologies, Manufacturer of ActiveGuard, Named a Supply Partner by Hilton Supply Management

ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are the ONLY EPA-registered Product Labeled for Two-Year Prevention of Bed Bug Infestations

AMBLER, Pa. – January 3, 2019 – Allergy Technologies LLC, a leading science-based manufacturer of innovative, effective, consumer-friendly pest control products, has been named a supply partner by Hilton Supply Management, the global supply chain partner for more than 6,000 properties, including Hilton and non-Hilton-branded hotels. Allergy Technologies is the manufacturer of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, the only EPA-registered, proactive product labeled to prevent bed bug infestations for two years. They are the first mattress liners to work against bed bugs – even new, more resistant strains. In hotel use for years, ActiveGuard-based preventive programs have proven to reduce infestations as much as 90 percent or more.

ActiveGuard liners kill bed bugs in or on mattresses and box springs and are effective in both active and preventive bed bug control strategies. Maintenance-free and non-disruptive to hotel operating efficiencies, the liners work 24/7 for two years protecting both guests and bedding from bed bugs. ActiveGuard comes in four bed sizes and are easily installed by one person.

Extensively evaluated in field studies, ActiveGuard’s ability to save hoteliers hundreds of thousands of dollars in operational expense while preserving brand reputation is well documented in “Do Not Disturb,” an editorial by Jeff Fenner in the June 15, 2016 PCT Magazine Bed Bug Supplement. In a large convention hotel that is part of a major brand hotel chain, ActiveGuard installed on box springs facility-wide (1,600 rooms) was successful in preventing infestations over a two-year period while providing protection against potential bed bug related litigation.

“Bed bugs are a pest that notoriously plague properties with high client turnover, which makes proactively addressing the bed bug resurgence even more critical for hotels,” added Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies.  “The financial benefits of preventing bed bugs are clear: reducing operational expenses, increasing hotel revenues, preserving the hotel’s reputation, enhancing guest confidence and reducing legal liability.”

Allergy Technologies offers the only performance guarantee against bed bugs when using ActiveGuard to prevent infestations. For a period no longer than two years from the time of purchase, if one or more bed bugs are found in contact with an ActiveGuard Mattress Liner and continue to be alive after seventy-two hours of contact, Allergy Technologies will either replace the liner at no cost to the property or reimburse the property for their purchase price of the liner. For more details about the guarantee, please visit the Allergy Technologies website at www.AllergyTechnologies.com.

About Allergy Technologies LLC
Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The company’s product claims are always the result of scientific truth and rigor. ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are available for purchase by pest control professionals and distributors; hoteliers; colleges and universities; property management; federal, state and local housing; cruise lines; and homeowners.  Allergy Technologies is a subsidiary of A. Carey Co. LLC, which focuses on using philanthropy as a core business strategy for its businesses. Through its PhilanprofitSM strategy, a portion of all ActiveGuard proceeds go to help fund inner-city homeless and women's shelters and asthma clinics.

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Contact: Bobby Kossowicz
Phone: 908-930-6033
Email: bobby.kossowicz@allergytechnologies.com

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Allergy Technologies Announces Third ProActive Prevention Bed Bug Symposium to Be Held in Texas in May


March 7, 2018 (Ambler, PA) - Allergy Technologies, makers of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, announced Irving, TX as the location of their third Proactive Prevention Bed Bug Symposium to be held on May 10, 2018. This symposium follows two prior and successful symposia previously held in Florida and California. The events brought together hundreds of hospitality, property management, and pest management professionals to learn from leading experts and renowned industry speakers on the mind shift from reactive to proactive bed bug strategies. 

The Symposium’s goal is to increase the awareness, education and cost-effective viability of bed bug preventive programs targeting commercial sales and pest professionals who provide service programs. Ultimately the benefit of prevention is to protect their clients, beds, guests/residents, and reputation from the ever-increasing challenge of bed bugs.

Gail Getty, a Retired Entomologist from the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on the latest bed bug behavior and treatment methods specific to hospitality and high transient accounts; Jeffrey Lipman, Attorney-At-Law, Polk County Magistrate Judge and Class Action Bed Bug Litigator, will share insight into the legal consequences and liabilities surrounding bed bugs in hospitality and other commercial accounts; and, Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies, will offer unique strategies for establishing bed bug prevention and controlling re-infestation in commercial accounts as well the financial benefits of these proactive approaches. 
The Symposium targets those in the pest management industry that offer service programs to commercial accounts such as: hotels/motels, colleges/universities, nursing homes, multi-occupant dwellings or any other accounts that involve sleeping areas. 

For more information on the Texas Symposium or to register to attend, visit the event website at: http://activeguard.allergytechnologies.com/TXsymposium. An RSVP is required and seating is limited. There is no charge to attendees. 

About Allergy Technologies
Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The managers and employees of Allergy Technologies are stewards of the community and environment, making meaningful contributions to impactful philanthropic causes. Consistent with the Philanprofit spirit of its founder, a portion of all Allergy Technologies profits are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

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Re: Amazon and eBay ActiveGuard Buyer Warning

March 2018 (Ambler, PA) -  Allergy Technologies takes customer satisfaction seriously and, upon investigation of several recent customer complaints about product performance, has determined that there are noncertified resellers selling our ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners on Amazon and Ebay.Unfortunately, due to the activities of these sellers, Allergy Technologies can no longer honor our ActiveGuard warranty for purchases made through Amazon and Ebay or product that does not match the language currently approved for our registered product. Allergy Technologies is working with internet marketplace platforms to ensure that future sales of ActiveGuard are ONLY sold by ‘Manufacturer-Certified Resellers’ that adhere to the Company’s quality standards for sale. The ActiveGuard warranty continues to be fully supported for any product sold online through our Allergy Technologies website or directly from an authorized distributor. We appreciate your business and look forward to servicing you in the future.

Yours faithfully,
Allergy Technologies LLC

About Allergy Technologies
Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The managers and employees of Allergy Technologies are stewards of the community and environment, making meaningful contributions to impactful philanthropic causes. Consistent with the Philanprofit spirit of its founder, a portion of all Allergy Technologies profits are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

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Contact: Bobby Kossowicz
Phone: 908-930-6033
Email: bobby.kossowicz@allergytechnologies.com

Public Health CEU’s Approved for ProActive Prevention Bed Bug Symposium – Florida Series - Dr. Phil Koehler Featured Keynote Speaker

May 1, 2017 (Ambler, PA) - Allergy Technologies LLC, makers of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners announced that two (2) Public Health CEU credits have been approved for their upcoming “Proactive Prevention Bed Bug Symposium” series. The symposia being conducted are free of charge to attendees and will be held at three (3) Florida locations: June 6th at the Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center; June 7th at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando; and, June 8th at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The Symposia’s goal is to increase the awareness, education and cost-effective viability of bed bug preventive programs targeting management professionals in the nursing home and assisted living fields. Ultimately the benefit of prevention is to protect their clients, beds, guests/residents, and reputation from the ever-increasing challenge of bed bugs.
Dr. Phil Koehler, Endowed Professor, Urban Entomology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, will discuss the latest research findings on bed bugs. Highlights of Dr. Koehler’s presentation will include information on the recently uncovered tropical strain and most effective control strategies.

Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies will discuss unique approaches for establishing bed bug prevention in nursing homes and assisted living facilities; address how to ‘finally’ stop bed bug re-infestations and re-emergence once and for all; and uncover the financial benefits of a proactive preventive approach to bed bugs versus a reactive one. These Symposia are for everyone responsible in the care of the expanding senior resident populations in both nursing home and assisted living environments.

“We are extremely excited to sponsor this Symposia series tailored toward learning and understanding how to begin a proactive bed bug prevention program in an assisted living environment,” said Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies. “Bed bug prevention, until now, has been an overlooked strategy. A simple turnkey solution to the bed bug scourge affecting our senior living environments is available that can significantly reduce the degree of bed bug infestations in an otherwise highly challenged setting.”

For more information on the Symposia or to register to attend any of the three locations, visit the event website at: http://activeguard.allergytechnologies.com/symposium. An RSVP is
required and seating is limited. There is no charge to attendees.

About Allergy Technologies
Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The managers and employees of Allergy Technologies are stewards of the community and environment, making meaningful contributions to impactful philanthropic causes. Consistent with the Philanprofit spirit of its founder, a portion of all Allergy
Technologies profits are dedicated to improving the lives of others.


 

10/30/15

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Bed Bugs Suck: 8 Simple Prevention Tips for Hoteliers 

October 30, 2015 (Ambler, PA) – It may seem crass to say it. Bed bugs suck not only your guests, but your bottom line and your reputation, too. These insidious pests can hitchhike into one of your hotel rooms with anyone who walks through the door -- from guests to service staff, or even in deliveries.

A recent study conducted by the University of Kentucky revealed that the value of a guest room can drop an average of $30 per night with even a single mention of bed bugs on social media and travel websites.

From motels and bed-and-breakfasts to lodges and the finest hotels, there are several steps hospitality professionals can take to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place.

Allergy Technologies, a leader in bed bug prevention and control, offers the following suggestions for managers to consider when designing and outfitting rooms:

1. Luggage Racks – Take racks out of the closet and place them in a prominent spot in the room where they’re openly available and easy to inspect. Guests dropping suitcases on beds offer the most likely introduction of bed bugs. No racks? Make sure there is a hard surface piece of furniture nearby, such as a low dresser.  When in doubt, use the bathtub.  Bed bug are not prone to situate on cold ceramic or tiled surfaces.

2. Headboards -- Up to 85 percent of bed bugs are found within a five-foot radius of the bed, with headboards being notorious hiding places. Instead of upholstery with tufting and other crevices for bed bugs to hide, choose metal, wood or wood composite designs with little to no textured areas. Simple is better. Pay attention to the back side of the headboard and how it’s attached to the wall to reduce hot spots for bed bug activity.

3. Dust Ruffles that cascade to the floor, especially highly ruffled and pleated ones, are an easy entrance ramp. A better choice? Decorative fabric covers that fit snuggly around the box spring.

4. Box Spring Platforms -- Typical railed box spring frames, full of nooks and crannies, are common hiding places for bed bugs. Instead, use metal spring platforms that have minimal crevices.

5. Active Mattress Liners -- Unlike an encasement that simply wraps around the bed and traps the bed bugs inside, an active liner protects the guest. As easy to install as a fitted sheet, ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners stop bed bugs from biting within 10 minutes of contact, and work to kill bed bugs continuously up to two years. It’s the only effective and proven way to prevent an infestation, saving both your reputation and bottom line.

6. Window Treatments -- Draperies and, most specifically, valances are common hiding sites for bed bugs. Consider using window treatments with the least tufting and pleating. Alternatively, wooden or other non-upholstered valances further reduce the likelihood of infestation in these otherwise high-risk areas.

7. Seating -- Upholstered couches and chairs pose risks. If upholstered seating is chosen, those with fixed seating and backrests, as compared to loose pillow designs, are recommended.

8. Pictures hung with hardware that punctures the wall are common bed bug harbor sites. While it is probably not reasonable to eliminate pictures from hotel room walls, Allergy Technologies recommends not placing them on the wall on which the bed and headboard rests.

About Allergy Technologies
Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The managers and employees of Allergy Technologies are stewards of the community and environment, making meaningful contributions to impactful philanthropic causes. Consistent with the Philanprofit spirit of its founder, a portion of all Allergy Technologies profits are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

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9/8/15

 

8/30/15

Bedliner may help prevent guests from bedbug pests

by Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer

August 30th, 2015 - 'A hotelier's nightmare" - that's what the general manager of the Statler Hotel at Cornell University calls bedbugs.

A University of Kentucky entomology professor puts it this way: "Bedbugs are kind of like Ebola with six legs - it causes a really strong emotional reaction with people."

In Philadelphia, their presence precipitated the formation this year of the Bed Bug Task Force, said member Marty Overline, a professional bug battler for 37 years. Chances are that bedbug infestation could get worse next month, when a million-plus people from around the world are expected to descend on Center City for the pope's visit, filling hotels, inns, even private homes offering rooms for rent.

Besides luggage, some visitors likely will be toting the blood-loving pests, which thrive under the covers and can kill hotel occupancy with a mention on the breeding ground known as social media.

No Secret Service perimeter will keep them out. But a mild-mannered Montgomery County businessman with degrees from Amherst, Oxford and Harvard says he has a line of defense.

"This should be on everybody's bed who's putting somebody up," said Allergy Technologies founder H. Augustus "Gus" Carey.

He was referring to his company's ActiveGuard, believed to be the only insecticide-impregnated mattress liners that can prevent and control bedbugs for up to two years. No sprays. No insect-detection canines. No encasements that trap bedbugs on mattresses and box springs while you sleep - until they rip.

"We're looking to change the landscape of bedbug treatment for hotels, colleges, senior assisted living, for shelters, and we think we do," Carey said. "That's what people tell us."

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8/13/15

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Who's been sleeping in your (Dorm) bed? Even the most prepared students should protect against bed bugs

August 13, 2015 (Ambler, PA) – Few things are more exciting than moving in to college that first day. It’s a new world about to be filled with new friends, new classes, a new city, and, whether you like it or not, it might also be filled with bed bugs. Think about it. Who slept in that bed last year? Over the summer? Throughout the orientation sessions? Bed bugs are world-class hitchhikers, and they don’t distinguish between Ivy League and public universities. They can be – and often are – everywhere.

“You can’t open a newspaper these days without reading a story about a facility with bed bugs or bed bug complaints, and colleges and universities are no different,” said Joseph Latino, President, Allergy Technologies, LLC, the company that manufactures ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners for use against bed bugs and dust mites. “If one bed bug enters a dorm on move-in day, transition to a full-blown infestation can be swift. Prevention is the only way to properly combat this global problem.”

Bed bugs travel on clothes, in luggage, or on bedding or other fabric items brought from outside the dorm. If you have bed bugs, it has nothing to do with cleanliness or the age of your dorm. It can simply be the result of numerous people sleeping on that same mattress year in and year out. “Clutter is the number one culprit offering a favorable harbor for bed bugs,” said Latino. “And we all know what our children’s’ room look like when they are home.” Many large universities across the U.S. have already recognized the benefits of purchasing ActiveGuard® to prevent bed bug problems from occurring. Ask your housing administrator. If your school doesn’t supply ActiveGuard®, they may be purchased directly on the Allergy Technologies website.

Unlike hard-to-install and uncomfortable mattress encasements, ActiveGuard® liners stop the night-time biting associated with bed bugs within 10 minutes of contact, killing them generally within 72 hours. ActiveGuard® provides this level of prevention and control against bed bugs continuously for two years, and are as easy to install as a fitted sheet, fitting any standard dorm bed. All you need to do is add it under your mattress cover. Don’t worry; mom will help!

About Allergy Technologies

Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The managers and employees of Allergy Technologies are stewards of the community and environment, making meaningful contributions to impactful philanthropic causes. Consistent with the PhilanprofitSM spirit of its founder, a portion of all Allergy Technologies profits are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

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Doug@AlbertCommunications.com

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8/6/15

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Allergy Technologies Appoints New West Coast Sales Specialist

Ambler, PA – Allergy Technologies, makers of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, announced this week that Tom Nishimura has joined the firm as its West Coast Sales Specialist. Tom will be working to further develop their growing portfolio of users on the west coast of the United States. Tom Nishimura ‘Nish’ comes with a wealth of experience within the pest control industry, having spent twenty-nine years at BASF, most recently in Market Development, holding the title of Global Technical Training Manager.

Nishimura is well-known for working in highly scientific environments while having the ability to present findings in an innovative, clear and easily understood way to end-users. He is well respected in the industry for both his lab and field research including seven years working for DuPont in Field Research and Product Development.

Tom comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge within Allergy Technologies and look forward to working with this talented team. Bed bugs are a pest that has intrigued me over the years. ActiveGuard® has a unique fit in perfecting both active remediation and preventive strategies and I really look forward to working in the field alongside pest professionals to watch this product perform.”

Dave Buzzelli, Allergy Technologies Director of Sales said, “Tom’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge have already made him a key addition to the Allergy Technologies family. Interest in our product and the increasing demand from pest professionals on the west coast led us to expand our sale force footprint. We are very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Tom’s caliber to fulfill this role. I’m confident that Tom will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.”

Tom Nishimura joins the remainder of the Allergy Technologies sales team comprised of Eve Pappas, Northeast Sales Specialist; Don Wilson, Mid-Atlantic Sales Specialist; and Mike Toce, Midwest Sales Specialist.
To learn more about ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners or about Allergy Technologies visit www.allergytechnologies.com, or call (866) 978-6288.

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7/16/15

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Sleep Tight and, Well, You Know the Rest: Travel Tips to Keep the Bed Bugs from Biting

July 16, 2015 (Ambler, PA) – When you and your family travel this summer, make sure you don’t bring home any unwanted souvenirs, namely bed bugs.

Bed bugs are an ongoing and enormous problem for the travel industry – from airlines and cruise ships to hotels, motels, and every place in between.

Just Google it. Every day there are news reports of hotels, lodges, cruise ships, and other guest accommodations battling the pests, as well as reports of families whose vacations were ruined because of them. Whether the room is budget-friendly or high-end luxury, bed bugs don’t discriminate based on cleanliness or income.

“Bed bugs are world-class hitch-hikers,” according to Joseph Latino, President, Allergy Technologies, a company that manufactures innovative pest control and health management products for hotels, cruise ships, senior living facilities, and private homes. “Once a bed bug gets into your home, infestation is swift. Prevention is the key.”

Today, statistics show nine out of 10 pest control professionals have battled bed bugs in apartments, condos and single-family homes, where people are most vulnerable. But even more alarming for those on vacation is that 75 percent of pest control professionals have also treated bed bugs in the hotels and motels they service. 

“Treatment can be very costly,” said Latino.  “And there’s no guarantee against future infestation unless you take proactive preventive action. What takes an even bigger toll is the lost revenue due to reputational damage, especially since every customer review lives online forever.”

A recent study done by researchers in the U.K. found that a single report of bed bugs in recent traveler reviews lowers the value of a hotel room by $38 a night for business travelers and $23 for leisure travelers.

“For a 300-room hotel, this could mean a loss of over $2 million a year,” said Latino. “Preventive measures make good economic sense, and help hotel guests rest easier.”

Allergy Technologies offers a few simple travel tips to help keep bed bugs at bay. 

1. Never put luggage on the carpet or bed. When you arrive in your room, put luggage, coats, purses, and backpacks on a hard, non-fabric-covered surface, like a dresser, luggage rack, the bathroom’s tiled floor, or even in the shower or bathtub. 

2. Do a thorough inspection of the room. Slide a credit card between the headboard and the wall. Live bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown in color, and about the size of an apple seed. They typically hide during daylight hours and can be difficult to detect. Use a flashlight if you have one. Inspect all areas on, under, and around the bed. Look for dark brown or rusty blood stains along mattress seams, box spring edges and corners. Dried bed bug shells (they shed or molt) are often found on the bed or floor.

3. Store clothing in sealed plastic bags. When you return home, take the bags straight to the laundry. Wash and dry all clothing on the hottest temperature the fabric will allow for 30 minutes.

4. Properly store luggage at home. Never store suitcases under your bed or in or around sleeping areas. Basements, garages, or attics are better choices.

5. Sleep tight. Protect beds at home with ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, or pack one in your luggage when you travel. They are as simple to use as a fitted sheet, and have been proven to stop bed bugs from biting within 10 minutes of contact, and kill them within 72 hours. When used as directed, the liners keep on working for up to two years.

6. Book smart. The next time you make a travel reservation, ask the hotel if they have a bed bug prevention program in place, such as the use of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners.

For more information about bed bugs and how to prevent them, visit www.allergytechnologies.com.

About Allergy Technologies
Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The managers and employees of Allergy Technologies are stewards of the community and environment, making meaningful contributions to impactful philanthropic causes. Consistent with the PhilanprofitSM spirit of its founder, a portion of all Allergy Technologies profits are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

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4/15/15

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Study: Bed Bug Reproduction and Feeding are Drastically Reduced by Exposure to ActiveGuard Fabric Sublethal Effects Found After Very Short Periods of Contact


April 15, 2015 (Ambler, PA) -  Bed bug reproduction and feeding are significantly reduced by ActiveGuard® fabric, according to a study published by Susan Jones, Ph.D. and her team of urban entomologists at The Ohio State University. “Sublethal Effects of ActiveGuard Exposure on Feeding Behavior and Fecundity of the Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae)” demonstrated that even highly resistant bed bugs lay markedly fewer eggs when exposed to ActiveGuard for as little as ten minutes, and that almost all female bed bugs lost the ability to deposit eggs. The study appears in the April 1, 2015 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Entomology; the research was supported by a grant from Allergy Technologies LLC.

Dr. Jones also demonstrated that after contact with ActiveGuard fabric, bed bugs were significantly less likely to attempt to feed. “Feeding in bed bugs and fecundity are very tightly coupled,” Jones said. “If a female bed bug doesn’t feed, then she is unlikely to lay eggs, and if she doesn’t lay eggs, then the life cycle is interrupted.”

Sublethal effects are defined as behavioral changes observed after exposure to ActiveGuard but prior to the bugs' death. They begin to develop after only one minute of contact with ActiveGuard. Dr. Jones’ research approach merits a new look at how pesticides may affect bed bugs well before the classic endpoint of death.

The results of this study have practical applications for long-term prevention and control of bed bugs. “When a bed bug cannot feed, the results are fewer bites; a loss in the ability of nymphs to mature; and the inability of adults to reproduce. This translates to profound long-term effects on the reduction of bed bug populations," said Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies, maker of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners. 

This study may also provide insight and an important bridge to previously published field research showing significant reductions in bed bug incidents in hotels and shelters when using ActiveGuard as a long term preventative solution.

ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are made from special polyester fabric that offers sustained availability of permethrin uniformly over time. ActiveGuard is used by hotels, cruise lines, medical facilities, colleges, in private homes, and by pest management professionals.

For more on this paper visit http://www.allergytechnologies.com/blog.

About Allergy Technologies
Allergy Technologies LLC is committed to the creation and manufacture of innovative, effective and consumer-friendly products addressing major issues in both pest control and healthcare. The managers and employees of Allergy Technologies are stewards of the community and environment, making meaningful contributions to impactful philanthropic causes. Consistent with the Philanprofit spirit of its founder, a portion of all Allergy Technologies profits are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

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4/2/2015

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Allergy Technologies Offers Free Liner Trial Program for Hotels to Prevent & Control Bed Bugs for 2 Years

April 2, 2015 (Ambler, PA) - Allergy Technologies LLC invites hotels, motels, cruise lines and others in the hospitality industry to try ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners through their ‘Hotel Free Liner Trial Program’. The program is specifically designed to allow hoteliers the opportunity to confirm the proactive preventive feature of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners in their own facility. ActiveGuard® is currently the only EPA-registered bedding product available on the market that is labeled for both prevention and control (killing) of bed bugs for two years.

Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies, said, “While it is impossible to avoid the introduction of bed bugs into a hotel you can take a pro-active, preventive approach to protect your guests, hotel reputation and bottom line from bed bugs. We feel so confident about the performance of our active mattress liners that we are offering hotels a partnership opportunity to trial the product. ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners go on like a fitted sheet and work for two years to prevent and control bed bugs. They protect not only the bedding but the guest sleeping in the bed from bites as well.”

The ‘Hotel Free Liner Trial Program’ provides hotel management with a financially incentivized program.  The goal is for the hotel to generate sufficient personalized data to conclude that ActiveGuard® is the perfect centerpiece of a preventive strategy to combat the bed bug challenge constantly faced. This program compliments any of the hotel’s present pest control program(s) and extends prevention and control against bed bugs for two years. 

Program participants will receive one liner free-of-charge for every two liners purchased.  For a pro-active, preventive demonstration, it is recommended that liners be installed on at least 100 beds or half the number of beds in the hotel, whichever is less. As additional value added, Allergy Technologies will assist in providing support in tailoring a program specific to each participating facility.  Liners may be placed directly on the mattress, inverted on the opposite side of the mattress or on the box spring, a known harborage area for bed bugs. Upon completion, hoteliers are required to confidentially share the results of the study.

To learn more about the program or begin your free trial, please visit us at www.allergytechnologies.com/hotelfreetrial.

Media Contact:   Bobby Kossowicz
Phone: 908-930-6033
Email: Bobby.Kossowicz@allergytechnologies.com

 

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4/1/2015

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Sublethal Effects of ActiveGuard® Exposure on Feeding Behavior and Fecundity of the Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae)

Journal of Medical Entomology Advance Access published April 1, 2015

SUSAN C. JONES,1 JOSHUA L. BRYANT, AND FRANCES S. SIVAKOFF
Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University, Rothenbuhler Research Lab, 2501 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1065.

ABSTRACT Sublethal exposure to pesticides can alter insect behavior with potential for population level consequences.We investigated sublethal effects of ActiveGuard, a permethrin-impregnated fabric, on feeding behavior and fecundity of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) from fiv