Fear of the wingless, biting insect, prompted three entrepreneurs to create a novel solution; a disposable sheet that will protect travelers from the
current bedbug outbreak.
BOSSIER CITY, La., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- They're everywhere. The size of only an apple seed, these flat, oval insects that feed on human blood, and live in cracks around beds or furniture have made a comeback. Nearly eradicated since World War II, they're back in droves, infesting homes, hotels, and office buildings in all 50 states. In New York City, reports of bedbug infestations have increased exponentially, and have been reported in the finest hotels, as well as numerous apartment buildings. San Francisco's bedbug infestations have doubled since 2006, with 300 cases reported to the Health Department, primarily in some of the city's best hotels. Aside from the fear, anyone who has been bitten suffers. Not only are the bites painful, in extreme cases, people can have permanent scarring, and experience the psychological stigma of being bitten in the first place.
Joe Orsulak, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, who served for 24 years, primarily in the Strategic Air Command Reconnaissance Program, and was previously president of a general contracting company, believes that "necessity is definitely the mother of invention."
"My friends and family travel a lot for business and pleasure, and with
the recent bedbug outbreak became increasingly concerned that they would be
affected," Orsulak said. "My brother, Richard, who is an executive with a
global manufacturing company, and his colleague, Joe, and I had a
discussion about what we could do to solve the problem. We decided to
design a solution by offering the first disposable sheet that bedbugs can't
penetrate. Travelers could take them along
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