Bed Bugs Limited started as a public education site hoping to help “spread the word and not the bedbugs”.
As such we are regularly contacted by the media to give comment or input into bedbug stories which we are always willing to do as long as its fact-based rather than alarmist and sensational.
If you are working in the media and need assistance with a feature please contact us we have stock footage and images to help you get the important messages out there.
One of our first appearances on national TV was in 2007 when the BBC asked me to come into the study to comment about a bedbug case in London where a Hotel guest was exposed an inadvertently took the problem back to their NY home where the problem took months to resolve.
I have been a guest on the breakfast couch a number of times and although its hardly the subject people want to hear while sitting up in bed with their morning coffee and toast bedbug awareness is an essential part of the companies philosophy and something that makes us truly unique.
Later in 2007 data started to become available to show the increase in calls about bedbugs made to pest controllers. In 2008 we extended the freedom of information request survey to most of the UK in order to establish an infestation map showing all the major cities.
The associated costing the earth radio 4 program was the first UK mention of bedbugs on public transport which is now widely acknowledged around the world as a potential issue in how people get bedbugs.
Based on an interview for BBC radio Derby we were able to put together this annotated clip which shows you the key signs to look for in your home as well as when you travel.
There was no rehearsal or preparation for this interview which we feel turned out very well in terms of providing this educational resource.
In 2010 we were asked to be the experts for a Rogue Traders expose for a company treating for bed bugs. While the sums of money involved were not massive the main concern was for the health and safety of how they were working. As you can see from the video they were right to be concerned.
Shortly after the show aired the pest control company changed their name and carried on as usual.
Please be careful when it comes to your health and your families. Always make sure you fully understand the health and safety of what is be done in your home and check online with companies house to make sure the company you are calling are a real one.
Public Education Material
We have always said that education plans a critical role in helping to manage the global nature of the bedbug problem.
This is a simple and yet extremely effective procedure for helping you avoid exposure to bedbugs when you travel and is what i do whenever I stay away from home. The reality is that any infestation in a room that is severe enough that it represents a real risk of you taking it home is actually easy to detect within a few minutes.
Because of our scientific interest in bedbugs we are often asked to take specific footage or images. In the case of this feeding footage we felt it would make a great educational clip to show people how the appearance of bedbugs can change as they feed.
We had hoped that the humour and important message would help this clip go viral but it appears most people don’t love bedbugs as much as we do.
Newspapers & Magazine Articles
Bristol healthcare professionals take on challenge of infection prevention – announcement of the ICP 2014 in Bristol, copies of the presentation are available to medical professionals who contact us.
Brace yourself for a bedbug invasion! Travellers and mild winter set to drive up numbers of blood-sucking creatures – Daily Mail online 22nd Sept 2014
Review of the 2013 Global Bedbug Summit – Pest Magazine issue 31 pages 22-24 Jan / Feb 2014
The Shared Experience – Pest controllers – BBC Radio 4 round table discussion on pest control featuring David Cain – December 31st 2013
Pest Magazine Coverage of above article by Frances McKim – December 31st 2013
Eggs Live – Jimmy meets the bedbugs – Channel 4 Easter weekend 2013
Pest Magazine coverage of Eggs Live – March 2013
Bed Bug Infestations – a clinical review from the British Medical Journal
Sunday Express 3rd February 2013 – A Bug’s Life – Magazine Health section –
Chat magazine article on bedbugs and the member of our team who is paid to sleep with them March 2013
Sunday Times Magazine – Tales from the bug apple by Ariel Leve December 18 2010
BBC News online magazine Sept 2007 feature on Bed Bugs.
BBC London regional program InsideOut aired 29th Feb 2008.
BBC Radio 4 Science program -Costing the earth feature on Bed Bugs Sept 2007
BBC Radio 5 Breakfast – Bed Bug infestations “increasing” Sept 2009
Sunday Times article on insect bites and stings.
Bed Bugs thrive thanks to our busy lifestyles
Guardian Online article—watch out millions of bedbugs are about by Emine Saner Oct 2007
PodCast of Interview between David Cain and New York Bed Bug activist Renee Corea 27th December 2008
Bed bugs are biting back, newspaper article by Esther Bintliff 9th March 2008.
Being Devoured by Bed Bugs, newspaper article by Esther Bintliff 5th March 2008.
CBBC Newsround article on Bed Bugs Oct 2007
ITV This morning program feature on BedBugs Oct 2007
http://www.itv.com/Lifestyle/ThisMorning/features/Bedbuginvasion/default.html link currently broken
BBC News 24 what the paper say Oct 2007
CNN feature on Bed Bugs and urban pests April 2010
BBC Rogue Traders feature on bedbug control – the pest controllers bugging people
DailyMail Online – Don’t let the bed bugs bite (even if they’re back with a vengeance!) by Abigail Butcher
BBC Breakfast News – I sleep with bedbugs for a living October 2010
Guardian Online – Don’t let the bedbugs bite by Michael Hann Feb 2009
Croydon Guardian – London bed bugs rise by up to 1,500pc
Blogs and Social Media
www.BedBugBeware.com – Our public information portal on bedbugs and how to avoid them
www.BedBugger.com – The original and still the best bedbug related blog
www.BedBugger.com/forum– A useful forum that helps people confirm and resolve bedbug infestations
Money Saving Expert – legal issues surrounding adjoining infestations from 2009
Holiday rental owners forum – post about bed bugs
HubPages stub on bed bugs and their myths
Professional Pilots Rumor Network – post about bed bugs and busting myths