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Self-Inflating Heat Sanitizer to Prevent Bedbug/Lice Infestation    

Self-inflating enclosure for rapid heat sanitation of luggage after travel in order to prevent bedbug/lice infestation.

Overview

The bed bug epidemic constitutes a growing worldwide problem which affects hotels, dormitories, and many other communal settings. Travel which involves a hotel stay currently presents a significant risk of a bed bug encounter (0.6 – 24.4% hotel rooms required treatment for bedbugs according to the survey involving 700 client hotels of the pest-control company Steritech – reference: USA Today “Bedbugs take a bite out of travel comfort” 9/15/2006). Bed bugs occur in any type of hotel from the most economical to the very upscale. Nearly every major well-known hotel chain suffers from widely accessible (Internet search site: Bedbug Registry) reports of mild to severe bed bug encounters by patrons and several of these adverse experiences have resulted in multimillion dollar lawsuits with damaging publicity.

Despite the disgusting and traumatic episodes incurred by bed bug sightings and bed bug bites, the substantially worse outcome remains the common inadvertent transmission of bed bugs back to the traveler’s home since the bed bug eggs and nymphs easily attach to luggage and clothing items. Reliance upon the hotel to ensure the absence of bed bugs or even adequate bed bug prevention constitutes mere unrealizable fantasy in the current era of cost cuts and production pressure. Bed bug transmission to the home quickly results in a maddening infestation problem quite resistant to resolution. Bed bugs are prolific and resilient insects which defy simple insecticide eradication methods – thus, requiring fairly toxic intensive pesticides with commercial professional application. Infestations rapidly spread to beds, carpets, furniture, baseboards, and even interior house walls. Fortunately, bed bugs are quite sensitive to heat extermination with well-known lethal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) for all life stages (eggs/nymphs/adults). Once a bed bug infestation has become established, the homeowner has little choice but to pursue the costly and inconvenient options of partial room heat treatment, whole room heat treatment, whole house heat treatment, intensive localized insecticide treatment, and/ or whole house intensive insecticide treatment. All these options are fraught with huge expense (several or many thousands of dollars depending upon luck and infestation severity). Furthermore, the partial house treatment options never guarantee success since the tiniest survival quotient will cause a relapse of the infestation.

Primary Application of the Technology

Primary application: insect eradication
Primary target market:
1. travel - prevention of bedbug transmission to the home (from hotel or other travel location)
2. pet owners - sanitation of pet beds and equipment from fleas
3. parents - sanitation of backpacks, sleeping bags, stuffed toys, etc from bedbugs/lice

The Problem Solved by the Technology

The heat sanitizer offers convenient and quick heat treatment of luggage upon a traveler's return home. The ease of use ensures compliance with immediate heat treatment in order to prevent bedbug transmission to the traveler's home. The heating efficiency ensures a relatively rapid (approximately 3 hour cycle) and effective (convection heat with core temperature monitoring of luggage) treament. This heat sanitation unit also allows sanitation of backpacks/sleeping bags/stuffed toys/etc against bedbugs/lice fleas. This heat sanitation unit also allows sanitation of pet beds against fleas/ticks.

How the Technology Solves the Problem

High efficiency regenerative convection heating achieves a maximally effective heat treatment within a minimal treatment duration.

Competitive Advantage

The invention offers far superior convection heating than any other available heat sanitizer in the current market - this distinction is achieved through high efficiency regenerative convection heating.

Comments on Deal Structure, Potential Terms and Restrictions

1. Sale of patent

2. Royalty participation

Frequently Asked Questions

Is bedbug prevention really necessary?
Yes. All travel now carries a significant risk of encountering bedbugs and if those bedbug eggs or nymphs are carried home in a traveler's luggage/shoes/clothes, then a maddening bedbug infestation can result in the home and that infestation is quite difficult and expensive to remedy. Prevention of bedbug infestation is far superior to suffering the very difficult eradication of bedbugs.

Additional Information

Prototype available for evaluation by a serious buyer.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 219: Electric Heating

This class includes all those devices commonly known as electric heaters, electric-heating metal working apparatus, electrically-heated tools and instruments. This is the generic class for electric heating devices, per se. Devices and systems equipped with electric heating means in which the electric heating means is combined with or includes specific other art structure whereby the heated material is withdrawn, stored or otherwise utilized will also be classified in the appropriate other art class to which it pertains.

Subclass 200: HEATING DEVICES
Subclass 385: Combined with container, enclosure, or support for material to be heated
Subclass 386: Portable or mobile
Subclass 391: Oven type

Class 165: Heat Exchange

Apparatus or process not provided for in other classes for transferring heat, or apparatus or process not provided for in other classes relating to an auxiliary device particularly adapted to be used with such heat transfer apparatus.

Subclass 46: FLEXIBLE ENVELOPE OR COVER TYPE

Class 43: Fishing, Trapping, And Vermin Destroying

Inventions which deal with the trapping of wild animals, the catching of fish, especially food fish, and the destruction of all animal life obnoxious or pestiferous to man. It does not include catching and restraining devices for use with domestic animals or fowls nor the destruction of insects on such live stock. It does not include bee-moth catchers.

Subclass 132.1: Insect