Laboratory Investigations of the BB Secure Ring
Department of Medical Entomology 20
Other than the use of the sticky gel in the development of the model in the first trial,
no problems were experienced during the course of the experiment and none with
the BB Secure Ring. However, in fitting an 85mm diameter BB Secure Ring between
the caster and the base of a miniature bed, the bed base had insufficient backing in
order to keep the Ring flat. As a result it warped, appeared unsightly and could
provide an additional harbourage to bed bugs. Perhaps the miniature bed is not
representative of those normally used by the hospitality industry, but investigations
and/or market surveys should be undertaken to ensure this warping would not be a
problem with current bed designs. A solution to warping rings could be to either
make them thicker or provide a more solid backing ring of cheaper material.
Investigations should be undertaken to establish the durability and integrity of the
BB Secure Ring when placed
within a hotel room. It is envisaged that the
largely hidden positioning of the ring would provide a degree of protection; however,
vacuuming and constant use of the room may lead to scratching and marking of the
PTFE surface. BB Secure Rings should be placed into rooms, removed over time and
then tested as per the experiments described herein to test product durability and to
provide recommendations on replacement times.
As noted within the trials, a degree of overhang is required for the BB Secure Ring to
maintain effectiveness. It is not known if there is sufficient room for placement of
the appropriately sized BB Secure Ring with typical beds used in hotels. This needs
to be ascertained by surveying and working in collaboration with bed manufacturers.
Presumably, however, only minor modifications would be required if necessary.
Further evaluations will be required of the BB Secure Ring in the hotel situation to
determine any limitations of the product on an ‘as-used’ basis. As the BB Secure Ring
is only being placed on the legs, this will not stop bed bugs accessing the bed (and
potentially guests) via crawling up the wall. Thus, other solutions will be required to
counter this possible movement of insects. One possibility is to paint the wall behind
the bed with a paint that has high slip properties; whether such paint exists and is
effective at stopping bed bugs is not known. Another possible solution is provided on
the BB Secure Ring web site (www.bbsafe.com.au) and this consists of a spacer with
an inbuilt PTFE ring situated in the middle of the spacer. This product is designed to
keep the bed from touching the wall and the Ring prevents bed bugs breaching the
spacer. As a gap is produced behind the bed, this may cause issues with pillows
falling down behind the bed (and the pillows would provide a bridge for bed bugs). A
bed head may further allay this problem, but would increase costs to the hotelier
and provide another harbourage site for bed bugs. Further developments and
investigations are warranted to solve this technical issue.
The BB Secure Ring would also be rendered less effective if blankets or valances
touch the floor. Such limitations would need to be explained to clients in instruction
manuals to ensure that the product is most effectively employed.
It would be expected that the BB Secure Ring will not stop all primary infestations,
particularly in the situation where bed bugs have been brought in via luggage, which
had been placed onto the bed. However, once in a hotel or multiple occupancy