Allergy Technologies, headquartered near Philadelphia, Pa., has developed the Allergy Technologies Affordable Housing Control (ATAHC) and Prevention Program for bed bugs.
Allergy Technologies is spearheading these efforts to address Philadelphia’s bed bug problem.
Other companies involved in the program include MGK, Rockwell Labs, Bayer Environmental Science, Target Specialty Products, Corbett Exterminating and Key K9.
The ATAHC program (pronounced “attack”) is different from other approaches by incorporating an initial facility-wide remediation, which lowers the bed bug population. This status is sustained by the installation of long-acting preventive measures property-wide. Early detection and prompt intervention determine the program’s success. There is also an emphasis on continuing education for both staff and residents.
“The ATAHC program will make a huge difference for managers, staff and residents of affordable housing,” said Joseph Latino, president of Allergy Technologies. “The turnkey nature of the program and the ability to protect residents from bed bugs further highlight this groundbreaking initiative.”
In addition to developing the ATAHC program, Allergy Technologies, which manufactures ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, has donated more than $100,000 in liners to the Philadelphia Housing Authority building complex. The ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are designed to provide long-term prevention of bed bugs in or on mattresses and box springs, working 24/7 for two years.
Corbett Exterminating, a professional pest control provider with experience in affordable housing, will help implement the program. The other companies involved have also made product donations and lent their professional time to support the effort.
“The fact that our hometown is ranked as one of the topmost bed bug-infested cities in the country is not acceptable, so we decided to do something about it,” said Gus Carey, founder and managing director of Allergy Technologies. “While this demonstration alone will not immediately solve the overall bed bug problem in Philadelphia, it will ultimately showcase an effective and cost-sustainable strategy for bed bug control and prevention that will improve the quality of life for Philadelphia residents.”
Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla has shown his support for Allergy Technologies and the new initiative.
“I’m determined to eliminate Philadelphia from all lists of worst bed bug cities,” Squilla said. “Bed bugs have significantly impacted the lives of Philadelphia residents, apartment owners and other commercial establishments. I appreciate the work done on the ATAHC Program by Allergy Technologies — a great Philadelphia area company — and the cooperation of management, staff and residents at the property.”