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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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Debbie Albert
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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 Warner
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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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Debbie Albert
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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
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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 five populations that ranged from susceptible to highly pyrethroid resistant. After exposure to ActiveGuard fabric or untreated fabric for 1 or 10 min, adult virgin female bed bugs were individually observed when offered a blood meal to determine feeding attempts and weight gain. Because bed bug feeding behavior is tightly coupled with its fecundity, all females were then mated, and the number of eggs laid and egg hatch rate were used as fecundity measures.We observed that pyrethroid-resistant and -susceptible bugs were not significantly different for all feeding and fecundity parameters. Bed bugs exposed to ActiveGuard for 10 min were significantly less likely to attempt to feed or successfully feed, and their average blood meal size was significantly smaller compared with individuals in all other groups. Independent of whether or not feeding occurred, females exposed to ActiveGuard for 10 min were significantly more likely to lay no eggs. Only a single female exposed to ActiveGuard for 10 min laid any eggs. Among the other fabric treatment–exposure time groups, there were no observable differences in egg numbers or hatch rates. Brief exposure of 10 min to ActiveGuard fabric appeared to decrease feeding and fecundity of pyrethroid-resistant and susceptible bed bugs, suggesting the potentially important role of sublethal exposure for the control of this ectoparasitic insect.


3/3/2015

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Allergy Technologies - Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 Global Bed Bug Summit Offers Preventive Solution to the Bed Bug Problem

AMBLER, Pa., March 3, 2015 -- Allergy Technologies LLC, makers of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, a revolutionary mattress and box spring cover that kills bed bugs, was the Platinum Sponsor at last month's Global Bed Bug Summit. Approximately 400 of the country's leading pest management professionals, researchers and manufacturers were in attendance at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado from January 7-9, 2015.

This National Pest Management Association event is held annually for both pest professionals and other industries affected by bed bugs. The goal of the event is to provide the latest legal, technical and business information to the industry for this formidable pest. "The tone of the entire meeting appeared to be heavily focused on proactive strategies for bed bug prevention," said Joseph Latino, President, Allergy Technologies. Given that bed bugs have been named the most difficult pest to control according to a 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, it is not surprising that preventive approaches to controlling this pest have also been elusive.

"ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners typically kill bed bugs within 72 hours, and are perfectly positioned based on their mode of action and labeling to become the centerpiece around which a preventive program can be built. We are proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of this important event, which allows us to continue to increase the awareness of our product to the industry and the verticals it services," according to Latino.

Allergy Technologies recently announced the offering of its 'Free Liner Trial Program' enabling pest management professionals (PMPs) to evaluate ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners in real world applications. ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners are 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. Pest management professionals can learn more or request to take part in the ActiveGuard® Free Liner Trial Program by contacting their Allergy Technologies representative or visiting allergytechnologies.com/freetrial.

Contact Person:
Bobby Kossowicz, 908-930-6033

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11/14/2014

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Allergy Technologies Offers Free Liner Trial Program to Pest Management Professionals

November 14, 2014 (Ambler, PA) - Allergy Technologies LLC recently announced the offering of its ‘Free Liner Trial Program’ enabling pest management professionals (PMPs) to evaluate ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners in real world applications. ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners are currently the only EPA-registered bedding product available on the market that is labelled for both prevention and control (killing) of bed bugs for two years.

Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer of Allergy Technologies, said, “We feel so confident about the performance of our product that we are offering PMPs the opportunity to trial the product in real world applications. Many pest professionals have been struggling with re-emergence and re-introduction of bed bugs and finding a superior long-term residual that will address these problems. ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners are the missing puzzle piece that successfully completes a  bed bug treatment strategy and further, enables PMPs to provide a pro-active, preventative bed bug program to their clients.”

The ‘Free Liner Trial Program’ offers one liner free-of-charge for every two liners purchased. This program is limited to one field trial per company. Pest professionals may trial the product in either a pro-active, preventative demonstration where Allergy Technologies strongly recommends that liners be installed on at least 100 beds. When installing the liner as the last step in a treatment strategy for an active infestation, the requisite minimum beds is approximately 50-60 beds. In both scenarios, the number of beds suggested will likely provide the PMP a clear indication of the liner’s efficiency in controlling bed bugs and/or preventing an infestation from establishing.  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 of the study, pest professionals are required to confidentially share with Allergy Technologies the results of the field study.

Pest professionals can learn more or request to take part in the ActiveGuard® Free Liner Trial Program by contacting their Allergy Technologies representative or visiting allergytechnologies.com/freetrial.

 

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

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10/27/2014

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Allergy Technologies Holds 'Make a Fortune' Promotion at PestWorld

Monday October 27, 2014 (ORLANDO, FL) -- Allergy Technologies, manufacturer of ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, held three daily drawings for prizes of $100, $200 and $300, at it’s PestWorld ’14 booth.

The company held three daily drawings for prizes of $100, $200 and $300. A total of nine PestWorld attendees took home cash prizes from the ActiveGuard® Mattress Liner manufacturer.
October 27, 2014

Attendees who stopped by the booth were given a fortune cookie. If their fortune cookie matched the color of the day they entered their business card to the daily drawing the won. Winners and dollar amounts were:

$100
Carter Pest Management – Lennie Carter Sr
Brighter Image – Danielle Engel
David M Hyres Pest Control –David Hyres

$200
Rollins Pest Control, Inc. – Maxie Rollins
Alvin Pest Control – Betty Thornton
Mark Ringlstetter - Truly Nolen

$300
University of Massachusetts Amherst – Kenneth Rodak
David M Hyers Pest Control – Dianna Hyres
Rose Pest Solutions - Bill Hastings

 

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

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1/13/2014

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Allergy Technologies’ 2013 Achievements Position Company for 2014 Success

AMBLER, Pennsylvania (Monday, January 13, 2014) – Allergy Technologies recaps its 2013 regulatory, marketing, research, distribution network and sales force milestone achievements as a springboard for nationwide success in 2014.

Allergy Technologies LLC, home of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, is proud to report on the significant milestone achievements this year by its proprietary ActiveGuard® technology, the cornerstone of its flagship mattress liner product as well as fabric for use in end-product mattress and box spring manufacture. Based on the advances made in research, regulatory labeling, marketing and sales fronts, Allergy Technologies envisions robust inclusion of ActiveGuard® in active and preventative bed bug treatment strategies throughout residential, commercial, University/College and multi-occupancy dwellings nationwide.

After years of concerted research and development, ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners have achieved national recognition as an important tool in the fight against bed bugs. It has been great seeing our vision coming to fruition,” notes Managing Director and CEO Gus Carey. “Universities, the hospitality industry, pest management professionals, property managers and their  residents   have  all  benefitted  from  the  excellent  protection   provided  by  placing ActiveGuard®  on mattresses and box springs and from using these active liners as part of a comprehensive bed bug remediation strategy. We are also proud that we have been able to provide significant financial support and expertise to a number of shelters nationwide as part of our Philanprofit mission.

Highlights of 2013’s achievements:

  • EPA-registered labeling changes highlighted ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners’ and Fabric’s ability to control and prevent bed bug infestations before they establish when used as part of an IPM control program. Further, these products no longer bear any cautionary signal words or require any hazard to humans and domestic animals statements, consistent with a Category IV product by all routes of exposure.
  • ActiveGuard® and ActiveGuard Inside® are now both registered marks in the US and selected regions throughout the world.
  • Dr. Susan Jones et al. (The Ohio State University) published in Insects (June 2013): Behavioral Responses of the Bed Bug to Permethrin-Impregnated ActiveGuard® Fabric demonstrating that ActiveGuard® adversely affected bed bugs from diverse populations and degrees of resistance; the fabric was deemed to be non-repellent to bed bugs; and, with a limited thirty minute exposure to ActiveGuard®, bed bugs from every strain studied demonstrated impairment in their ability to feed to repletion. This research is the result of Allergy Technologies continued grant support of Dr. Jones and her team of urban entomologists to develop best management practices in bed bug control and prevention.
  • Refinement of the Company’s marketing position with a focus on clear sector-specific messaging was spearheaded through the engagement of Mr. Michael McDermott, most recently, Global Business Leader (Professional Products) for DuPont, as a strategic corporate development consultant. In addition, Mr. McDermott was instrumental in the establishment of our newly established nationwide distribution network and assisted Management in the recruitment of regionally-based seasoned sales force providing awareness, education and distributor pull- through sales assistance. Allergy Technologies’ six person strong sales team is headed by Mr. David Buzzelli, who has over thirty years of experience leading sales teams in the launch, expansion and market share control of pesticide-related products.
  • Non-disruptive, knowledge-rich, and user-friendly were key precepts that drove the launch of the Company’s  new  website;  www.allergytechnologies.com. Pest Management professionals, researchers, and end users can find a wealth of information on ActiveGuard® including published field data on the liner’s ability to assist in the control and prevention of infestations in hotels and other  transient  facilities.    Continuing on  a  monthly basis  is  the  release of  ‘The  Bed  Bug Authority,’ a clearinghouse-type newsletter that provides an objective review of important developments related to bed bugs to approximately 10,000 recipients each month.
  • Throughout this past December’s Global Bed Bug Summit, a unifying theme amongst leaders in the field of bed bug research and treatment was the need for pro-active preventative strategies to heighten early detection and intervention before an infestation establishes. Given ActiveGuard®’s unique preventative and control abilities, the Company launched a robust educational platform (www.allergytechnologies.com/revenue-booster)   for   PMPs   to   develop   tailored   customer-specific preventative strategies that are field-proven efficacious, cost-effective and sustainable.

“Operationally, Allergy Technologies has situated ActiveGuard® as the perfect synergistic tool for each and every bed bug treatment program, including conventional chemical, thermal and combinational approaches,” according to Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer. “The Company continues to research the full capabilities and applications of this technology through collaboration with researchers with focused effort to assist in the remediation of this pest in those environments where prohibitive treatment costs have led to rampant infestations.”

About ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners
ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners are a revolutionary mattress and box spring product that kill bed bugs and dust mites generally within 72 hours. Used as a complement to any present treatment program and as the centerpiece of a preventative program, ActiveGuard® is the only pro-active tool labeled to provide control and prevention for up to two years. Fashioned and installed simply and as quickly as a fitted sheet, ActiveGuard® has no cautionary signal words or use restrictions on its label. Only four sizes (Single/Twin, Double/Full, Queen and King) fit almost every available mattress or box spring, and accommodate up to XL in length and 17" in depth. ActiveGuard® will continue to work 24/7 even if ripped or torn; a decided advantage especially when installed on a box spring. ActiveGuard®…Sleep with Confidence!

About ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners
ActiveGuard® is the only pro-active strategy for preventing a potential bed bug infestation.  The liners actually kill bed bugs within 72 hours; even those resistant strains studied! These thin and breathable liners are easily installed onto mattresses and box springs and kill bed bugs and dust mites continuously for up to two years.

Extensively lab and field tested, ActiveGuard’s ability to keep on killing bed bugs provides continual protection against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs that may be introduced into a room.


About Allergy Technologies
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 strategy, a portion of all ActiveGuard®proceeds go to help fund inner-city homeless and women’s shelters and asthma clinics.

For additional information, call (866) 978-6288 or visit www.allergytechnologies.com. Also, “like” the ActiveGuard® Facebook Page and follow Allergy Technologies on Twitter. In addition, sign-up to receive the Allergy Technologies’ monthly eNewsletter.

Media Contact:

Ed DeMask / DeMask Marketing

630-768-1404, cell / 630-389-0572, office

ed@demaskmarketing.com

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11/11/2013

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Allergy Technologies Launches Redesigned Website to Serve as Pest Management’s Most Comprehensive Bed Bug Informational Resource

AMBLER, Pennsylvania (Monday, November 11, 2013)

Allergy Technologies is pleased to announce that it has re-launched www.allergytechnologies.com, offering the pest management community the industry’s most comprehensive online resource about bed bugs and related businesses.

The manufacturer of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, Allergy Technologies LLC, developed the site to include a wealth of information relating to bed bugs. Highlighted sections include strategies for PMPs to increase and retain revenues, bed bug treatment protocols, marketing programs, lab and field testing data, video demonstrations, testimonials, white papers and peer-reviewed research.

In addition, the site was developed with the end-user in mind featuring clean navigation, downloadable files to assist PMPs in reselling the product and a variety of information detailed to the markets they serve, including pest control, hospitality, college, cruise, multi-occupant dwellings, private residential and more.

The new site, launched days before PestWorld 2013, has been an immediate hit with Pest Management Professionals (PMPs), distributors and researchers that will use the site as a resource for bed bug information.

“We’ve really had an immediate return on our investment with our website from the kudos we’ve received – even those just while we were in Phoenix at PestWorld,” said Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Allergy Technologies.

“Having major distributors, top 100 PMPs, as well as those simply interested in bed bugs focus on our site and point it out as a new, unheralded resource that is bolstered by the work of renowned researchers is gratifying. Frankly, it’s an honor to be looked at in such high regard by our colleagues and peers in the industry.”


A unique aspect of the site is the Company’s online calculator, initially designed for the hospitality customer. Soon to be customized for each major vertical market, these calculators demonstrate how ActiveGuard® can save hotels, colleges and other users money by utilizing the liners as part of a comprehensive program by simply inputting as few as four data points.

In addition, www.allergytechnologies.com will house the archive of previous issues of Allergy Technologies’ e-newsletter, ‘The Bed Bug Authority,’ which is distributed to thousands of PMPs, researchers and customers on a monthly basis.

Designed by Environmental Marketing Solutions, the new site also serves as home to the site’s many social media platforms and showcases regularly updated blog articles on subjects pertinent to the Pest Management Professional. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn for a variety of information useful in the development of the business of pest management.

About ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners

ActiveGuard® is the only pro-active strategy for preventing a potential bed bug infestation.  The liners actually kill bed bugs within 72 hours; even those resistant strains studied! These thin and breathable liners are easily installed onto mattresses and box springs and kill bed bugs and dust mites continuously for up to two years.

Extensively lab and field tested, ActiveGuard’s ability to keep on killing bed bugs provides continual protection against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs that may be introduced into a room.


About Allergy Technologies

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 strategy, a portion of all ActiveGuard®proceeds go to help fund inner-city homeless and women’s shelters and asthma clinics.

For additional information, call (866) 978-6288 or visitwww.allergytechnologies.com. Also, “like” the ActiveGuard® Facebook Page and follow Allergy Technologies on Twitter. In addition, sign-up to receive the Allergy Technologies’ monthly eNewsletter.

Media Contact:

Ed DeMask / DeMask Marketing

630-768-1404, cell / 630-389-0572, office

ed@demaskmarketing.com

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7/1/2013

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Allergy Technologies Expands Florida Distribution of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners Through Southern Chemical & Equipment

AMBLER, Pennsylvania (Monday, July 1 2013) – Allergy Technologies announces that it has expanded the availability of its ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners in Florida through distribution by Southern Chemical & Equipment.

Southern Chemical & Equipment, known for its “no fine print” guarantee, now distributes ActiveGuard® to its Pest Management Professional (PMP) customer base. Located in Sarasota, Florida and servicing PMPs typically within a 50-mile radius of its base location, ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners are an ideal addition to their portfolio of products, according to Steve LaCroix, the Company’s owner and operations manager.

“We’re proud to be carrying Allergy Technologies’ ActiveGuard® because it’s a product that’s proven, tested and provides long-term performance,” said LaCroix. “My business focuses on serving small and mid-sized PMPs and they work with us because of our customer service and reputation, so delivering products that perform is a necessity. We envision a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Allergy Technologies.”

Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Allergy Technologies, says the partnership with Southern Chemical & Equipment expands ActiveGuard’s presence in Florida.

“This new distribution agreement provides us with greater presence in Florida, which we have recognized as an area of the country that has become an expanding epicenter for bed bug infestations,” said Latino. “Being able to broaden the availability of ActiveGuard® to reach PMPs of various sized companies is essential for the product’s growth, especially in this key southern market.”

About ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners

ActiveGuard® is the only pro-active strategy for preventing a potential bed bug infestation.  The liners actually kill bed bugs within 72 hours; even those resistant strains studied! These thin and breathable liners are easily installed onto mattresses and box springs and kill bed bugs and dust mites continuously for up to two years.

Extensively lab and field tested, ActiveGuard’s ability to keep on killing bed bugs provides continual protection against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs that may be introduced into a room.


About Allergy Technologies

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 strategy, a portion of all ActiveGuard®proceeds go to help fund inner-city homeless and women’s shelters and asthma clinics.

For additional information, call (866) 978-6288 or visitwww.allergytechnologies.com. Also, “like” the ActiveGuard® Facebook Page and follow Allergy Technologies on Twitter. In addition, sign-up to receive the Allergy Technologies’ monthly eNewsletter.

Media Contact:

Ed DeMask / DeMask Marketing

630-768-1404, cell / 630-389-0572, office

ed@demaskmarketing.com

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6/19/2013

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‘Pest Control Supplies’ Now Distributes ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners

AMBLER, Pennsylvania (Wednesday, June 19, 2013) – Allergy Technologies LLC announces Pest Control Supplies has joined its nationwide network to distribute ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners.

Located in Riverside, Missouri, just north of Kansas City, Pest Control Supplies has been a distributor of commercial, residential and agricultural pest control supplies for more than 100 years. Distribution of ActiveGuard®Mattress Liners enhances the Company’s portfolio of products trusted by Pest Management Professionals (PMPs), according to John Chaney, Vice President of PCS.

ActiveGuard® is a product that delivers value, performance and brand recognition to our customers,” said Chaney. “PMPs that use ActiveGuard® depend on it for fast and long-lasting results and we’re proud to be able to deliver it to through our distribution center.”

Distribution through Pest Control Supplies helps Allergy Technologies continue to reach new growth milestones by providing enhanced availability of ActiveGuard® to their PMP customer base, said Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Allergy Technologies.

“As the incidence of bed bug infestations continues to widen throughout the country, it’s essential that PMPs have access to products that are well-studied and characterized as being able to provide superior control and prevention,” said Latino. “ActiveGuard® is an industry leading product and represents the premier active mattress liner on the market – PMPs who try it once come to depend on it for its performance and integrate it as an essential tool within their IPM treatment and control programs. We’re proud to partner with the Pest Control Supplies’ team and welcome their distribution of ActiveGuard.”

About ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners

ActiveGuard® is the only pro-active strategy for preventing a potential bed bug infestation.  The liners actually kill bed bugs within 72 hours; even those resistant strains studied! These thin and breathable liners are easily installed onto mattresses and box springs and kill bed bugs and dust mites continuously for up to two years.

Extensively lab and field tested, ActiveGuard’s ability to keep on killing bed bugs provides continual protection against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs that may be introduced into a room.

About Pest Control Supplies
Pest Control Supplies can be reached by phone at 800-821-5689 or online at www.pcsheat.com or www.pcspest.com.

About Allergy Technologies

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 strategy, a portion of all ActiveGuard® proceeds go to help fund inner-city homeless and women’s shelters and asthma clinics.

For additional information, call (866) 978-6288 or visitwww.allergytechnologies.com. Also, “like” the ActiveGuard® Facebook Page and follow Allergy Technologies on Twitter. In addition, sign-up to receive the Allergy Technologies’ monthly eNewsletter.

Media Contact:

Ed DeMask / DeMask Marketing

630-768-1404, cell / 630-389-0572, office

ed@demaskmarketing.com

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5/6/2013

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Allergy Technologies Expands Midwest Distribution with Pest Management Supply Now Carrying ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners

AMBLER, Pennsylvania (Monday, May 6, 2013) – Allergy Technologies announces that it has expanded the availability of its ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners in the midwest through a distribution deal with Pest Management Supply.

With distribution centers in Chicago and Kansas City, Missouri, Pest Management Supply will be supplying ActiveGuard® to Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) between Ohio to Colorado.

Pest Management Supply is a privately owned and operated distribution company that has provided pest management professionals with quality products, supplies and services for more than 25 years.

According to Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Allergy Technologies, Pest Management Supply further expands the availability of ActiveGuard® throughout the central United States.

“This agreement with Pest Management Supply signifies a new step for Allergy Technologies as PMPs are able to secure ActiveGuard® with ease through another quality distributor,” said Latino. “We are fortunate to be able to partner with such a knowledgeable and service-oriented firm and are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship together.”

About ActiveGuard®Mattress Liners

ActiveGuard® is the only pro-active strategy for preventing a potential bed bug infestation.  The liners actually kill bed bugs within 72 hours; even those resistant strains studied! These thin and breathable liners are easily installed onto mattresses and box springs and kill bed bugs and dust mites continuously for up to two years.

Extensively lab and field tested, ActiveGuard’s ability to keep on killing bed bugs provides continual protection against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs that may be introduced into a room.

About Allergy Technologies

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 strategy, a portion of all ActiveGuard® proceeds go to help fund inner-city homeless and women’s shelters and asthma clinics.

For additional information, call (866) 978-6288 or visit www.allergytechnologies.com. Also, “like” the ActiveGuard® Facebook Page and follow Allergy Technologies on Twitter. In addition, sign-up to receive the Allergy Technologies’ monthly eNewsletter.

Media Contact:

Ed DeMask / DeMask Marketing

630-768-1404, cell / 630-389-0572, office

ed@demaskmarketing.com

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4/24/2013

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Allergy Technologies Expands Distribution “Coast-to-Coast” with Target® Specialty Products Carrying ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners

AMBLER, Pennsylvania (Wednesday, April 24, 2013) – Allergy Technologies announces that it has expanded the availability of its ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners within Target Specialty.

As a result of Target Specialty Products combining its business with Ehrlich Distribution, ActiveGuard® has now significantly broadened its availability to Pest Management Professionals.  Target Specialty, a major distributor of products and equipment to the professional pest control market throughout the western and central United States, now coupled with Ehrlich allows ActiveGuard® to have a nationwide footprint.  All Ehrlich and Target distribution centers will be operating under the name Target® Specialty Products.

“We are pleased to be able to give Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) a greater opportunity to utilize ActiveGuard® through our distribution agreement with Target Specialty Products,” said Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Allergy Technologies. “This expands the product’s visibility to a new group of PMPs and lays additional groundwork for Allergy Technologies’ steady growth in the pest control industry for 2013.  We look forward to having a long and prosperous relationship with Target Specialty.”

About ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners

ActiveGuard® is the only pro-active strategy for preventing a potential bed bug infestation.  The liners actually kill bed bugs within 72 hours; even those resistant strains studied! These thin and breathable liners are easily installed onto mattresses and box springs and kill bed bugs and dust mites continuously for up to two years.  Extensively lab and field tested, ActiveGuard’s ability to keep on killing bed bugs provides continual protection against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs that may be introduced into a room.

The Company’s field and observational research clearly demonstrates: use of ActiveGuard® results in reduced technician call backs; installation at initial service as only four sizes fit almost every mattress and box spring; quick and easy installation by one technician; no added replacement expense if ripped or torn as the liner continues to work; and, increased customer confidence.  All of these factors lead to increased revenue for the PMP on each bed bug job ActiveGuard® is used!

About Allergy Technologies

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 strateg