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RID Your Home of Bed Bugs


Here is yet another solution to bed bug infestation. I love that the video starts off with the advice, "don't freak out." Sorry, but if I spot bed bugs, I'm in full freak out mode. Aren't they, like, impossible to get rid of?

According to Bayer, all you need is a can (or twenty) of RID Home Lice, Bed Bug & Dust Mite Spray. As the video suggests, spray the product where you see evidence of bed bugs or where they are likely to be found (mattresses, edge of carpet, under the bed, in the closet…Oh wait, no. Those last two are where you'll find the Bogey Man).

I don't know about anyone else, but there's something discomforting about spraying anything on the mattresses where I spend 8 hours a day. Do I want to be inhaling this stuff at night?

Then again, a can or two of the spray is cheaper than hot-boxing your home, which is the other--and quite costlier--option.

I say try the spray. See if it works. If it doesn't, get ready to break that piggy bank.

Dreaming of a mattress that better fits your oddly-shaped room? Go custom!

Custom Mattresses

Now here's an interesting notion: custom mattresses. I came across a short blurb on California-based McRoskey Mattress Company a bit ago and was intrigued by their business model. They make custom mattresses for people who own old and/or antique bed frames, many of which were built to custom specifications and can not "receive" any of the current standard mattress sizes (twin, full, queen and king).

This interests me because I recently inherited a very old bed frame made by my great-great grandfather, who was a woodworker. I have yet to assemble the frame in my new place so I don't know yet if it will need a custom-made mattress. I'm hoping it doesn't, but it's nice to know that the option is out there.

Cost, however, is another matter. Mattresses themselves are not cheap. I can't imagine that a custom-made version adds any less than $300 onto that price tag. That's a guess, of course.

I'll keep everyone posted on whether or not I need to go this route. And if you do, now you know one of your options!

Get some!

Bite the Bed Bugs Right Back

For those who can't get enough of killing bed bugs -- or for those who have never done so and think they would like the experience -- Protect-A-Bed has released its new interactive iPhone game called Bed Bug Plague.

The game is just an addition to the company's free Bed Bugs 101 iPhone app, which acts as a guide on bed bugs, including how to recognize the pests and identifying symptoms.

The Bed Bugs 101 app -- which includes the game -- is free. Additionally, the company is offering a chance to win Apple gift cards by registering on the Bed Bug Plague website. Each week until August 31, one randomly drawn registrant will win a $500 Apple gift card.

So I downloaded the app. The game is actually fun, if you can get past the really annoying music, which sounds something like a cross between the Seven Dwarves and the Chipmunks. I'll admit there is something very satisfying about destroying hordes of bedbugs with lasers and catapults, however.

Check it out and be sure to register for a chance to win a $500 gift card!

Watch the new crib safety video on the Newborn Channel.

Crib Safety Video Debuts

A new crib safety video created by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Keeping Babies Safe (KBS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics is being shown on the Newborn Channel, part of the Wellness Network family.

All new parents would do well to check out the video and get up to speed on the best practices for safe cribbing of newborns.

The video is hosted by Joan Lunden, of Good Morning America fame, and features CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, KBS President Joyce Davis and American Academy of Pediatrics President Dr. Marion Burton.

It's good to see crib safety taking center stage, particularly after all the drop crib recalls over the past couple of years. It takes an act of faith for a parent to leave a child unattended in a crib and it's nice to know that all the safety steps have been taken before turning off the light and shutting the door.

The CPSC is fighting to keep cribs and toddler beds safe for our kids.

New Standards for Toddler Beds

Given the 122 known incidents of malfunctions in toddler beds between 2005 and 2010 -- including 43 injuries and four deaths -- it is small wonder the CPSC pressured the industry to make changes.

Yesterday the CPSC announced a unanimous approval of a new safety standard to toddler beds in an effort to prevent injuries to children.

Those new standards require the following:

  • The upper edge of the guardrail must be at least five inches above the toddler's bed matteress.

  • Spindle/slat strength testing for toddler beds must be consistent with the testing required for crib spindles/slats.

  • Separate warning labels to address entrapment and strangulation hazards must appear on toddler beds.

  • These standards go into effect six months after publication in the Federal Register.

    Consumers should be sure they are purchasing a toddler bed that adheres to these new standards. Let's keep our infants and toddlers safe!

    Arms Reach Bed-Side Sleeper recalled due to suffocation hazard.

    Infant Bed-Side Sleepers Recalled Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazard

    76,000 Infant Bed-Side Sleepers by Arm's Reach Concepts, Inc., have been recalled due to entrapment, suffocation and fall hazards.

    The CPSC recall page on this product states that when the fabric liner of the product is not used or securely attached, infants can fall from the mattress into the loose fabric and also can become entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side of the sleeper, posing a suffocation hazard.

    At least 10 reports of falling infants have been recorded. So far no major injuries have been reported.

    Consumers who own the Arm's Reach Concepts Infant Bed-Side Sleeper should contact the company at www.armsreach.com to download assembly instructions to make sure that the product is being used properly.

    Be sure to check up on all the other reported crib recalls to make sure you don't own a recalled baby product. There have been many recalls over the past couple years.

    Recall of Solar Powered Umbrella and Bunk Beds

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission just issued two new recalls of products for the home.

    Bed Bath & Beyond's "Solar Lighted Cantilevered Umbrellas" have been recalled due to the risk of a plastic connector breaking, which causes the umbrella to collapse on the user. Find out all the details on the recall page.

    Pottery Barn's "Madeline Bunk Beds" were also recalled because of an entrapment hazard. The end structure of the bed was designed in such a way that children can get their neck caught in the opening between the post and decorative molding. See the full details here.

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