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Our startup Totem, from Helsinki, Finland is developing an autonomous bed bug control system. We have just built our product and would like to learn whether it would be useful for Airbnb hosts.
Bed bugs are a growing concern for travelers around the world. The Totem system was designed for hotels to prevent bed bugs and making travel safer, but Airbnb hosts might find this product also helpful. It helps taking care of your home and your guests, and gives assurance and control over a nasty problem.
Totem bed legs attract, trap and detect bed bugs before they cause you any harm, while fitting seamlessly in your interior.
I tried to get to this link but it did not work.
I just got the scary notice below from one of the insurance agents I checked out for my insurance but did not use – informative and scary. It says a bed-bug infestation can last more than a year and cost more than $5,000.
I just contacted my insurance agent to see if I am covered. (Wow, this is a LONG link.
I got an immediate answer from my insurance agent, he said that this item was written by an insurance agent (his competitor) trying to drum up business. Said there was a threat but that this article exaggerates it.
My agent said that there are bed-bug endorsements available, but that they were very expensive and would add 24 to 40 percent more premium to my insurance policy.
He said he has not had any claims for bedbugs and to just make sure to clean well after each guest.
Hmm…if I assumed we had them I’d be having the heat treatment service out and freaking out. I don’t assume we have them. I just clean well and check for them regularly. We actually had bedbugs once in a long term tenant’s unit. It was a very expensive and stressful experience but the tenant let us know (they brought them home from somewhere) so we split the costs (they were actually moving out so we were just thankful they had let us know) and luckily they never got into any other units. Something I’d like to not repeat, that’s for sure.
Heat penetrates into small crevices that cannot be inspected. Lethal temperatures for bed bugs range from 117 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 F. The walls of hot boxes reach a higher temperature than the suggested lethal range in order to permeate belongings placed within, killing all bed bugs in all their stages.
And the heater:
The Elite 8 is a 26,000 BTU bed bug heater that is capable of treating up to 400 square feet with 8′ ceilings. The heater has 8 elements drawing 8 amps per element, for a total of 64 amps at 120 volts. The heater can plug into standard wall outlets, or can be equipped with a 600v PTAC splitter, which will plug into higher-voltage through-the-wall heating and air-conditioning units, and convert into usable power for the heater. The optional splitter will power 4 of the 8 outlets on the heater. The Elite 8 is by far our most popular heater for standard hotel rooms.