When it comes to bed bug products, pest professionals want more than just a product, they want a highly-effective tool for their arsenal that is backed by proven science.
In 2011 BedBug Central’s Director of Innovation and Technical Content, Jeffrey White, noticed a deficiency with the bed bug monitors currently on the market. At that time he decided to use bed bug biology, behavior and research to create a new device that would overcome the shortcomings he saw with other products, thus the BlackOut bed bug detector was created.
“I’ve always believed in interception devices and the benefits they bring to bed bug services,” White stated, “but I saw some shortcomings in the interception devices that were available at the time. So, I wanted to create a product that addressed those deficiencies, such as breakage and maintenance, which is why I created the BlackOut.”
In 2012 the BlackOut Bed Bug Detector was brought to market and has continued to be a favored interception device by pest control professionals across the country. Although BlackOut’s intellectual property rights were sold in 2013, Jeff White and the senior leadership at BedBug Central decided to exercise their rights to reacquire it in March of 2017.
During its transition to the new owner, the product was renamed and changes were made to manufacturing. Upon reacquisition, White knew he needed to bring the product back to its original design, which meant returning to its Pennsylvania manufacturer.
“We were excited to use our original mold and original manufacturer, to be consistent with our ‘made in the USA’ values that encompass the entire SenSci line,” said BedBug Central CEO Phillip Cooper. “Having production in the United States is a core value that we maintain at BedBug Central and SenSci.”
When BlackOut returned home to its originator, the team at BedBug Central and SenSci decided that the device complemented the SenSci product line and worked seamlessly together with the SenSci Volcano to create a complete bed bug monitoring system.
Even though White was satisfied with the original BlackOut interceptor that he designed, he wanted to address concerns that arose while it was being manufactured overseas.
“When I designed the BlackOut in 2011, I had a few very important design aspects in mind, one of which was the texture on the exterior of the device,” White said. “We know from all of the research that has been done that bed bugs are very specific in regards to the texture that they like to walk on. So I wanted to make sure the outside and inside of the device was extremely textured that way bugs would readily walk up it. It was a very important aspect to the design when I developed it but when it was manufactured overseas, that significant texture on the outside was reduced.”
White explained that when they brought production of BlackOut back to the Rodon Group for the SenSci product line, he wanted to ensure that the exterior was even coarser than his original mold.
“We made sure that the walls were extremely textured, both on the outside and inside to allow bed bugs to climb up it and increase the chances they commit to the device,” he said. “We also wanted to ensure that the durability of the plastics would stand up to the even the heaviest of furniture pieces.”
White explained that being close to the manufacturer allows him to make simple changes to the device and have the changes take effect immediately for production.
“By having the SenSci BlackOut produced in the US, it allows us the opportunity to quickly go out and make changes to the device if need be,” White said. “For instance, if a researcher calls me and says the texture isn’t coarse enough, the durability has changed, or there’s a design issue, because it is manufactured domestically, we can actually go out and very quickly make changes to the device.”
Not only has the BlackOut seen a “facelift” in regards to its original design from 2011, it continues to prove just how effective it is as a bed bug interception device and why so many pest professionals prefer it.
“Our research, as well as outside university research, has shown that upon installation BlackOut can detect up to 95% of all bed bug infestations in as little as two weeks,” White said. “BlackOut has proven itself over and over, and we will continue to provide the best possible product for pest management professionals for years to come.”
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