Can You Sniff Out a Bed Bug Infestation? Its Complicated

Do You Know What's Biting You?
Do You Know What’s Biting You?

When it comes to sniffing out bed bugs, does the nose know? Here’s a look at ways to identify a bed bug infestation and why the sense of smell can be a valuable weapon in NJ pest control.

Do Bed Bugs Have a Scent?

Bed bug infestations often generate a smell that’s been likened to the sweet, slightly musty scent of ripe coriander seeds. At one time, bed bugs were sometimes referred to as coriander bugs.

If you detect a citrusy smell that transitions to a soapy scent, there’s a good chance it’s from bed bugs. The smell comes from pheromones emitted by the pests when they’re disturbed as well as from their fecal matter.

The “Eyes” Have It

Scents are often subjective, so if you can’t be certain about smells, turn to your sense of sight.

• Unexplained bites on your arms, legs and other exposed areas are often a sign of bed bugs. The bites are usually concentrated in a particular area and may be in a straight or zig-zag line.

• Reddish-brown spots on bedding or furniture could be from bed bug feces or the remains of bed bugs you may have unconsciously crushed in your sleep.

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Distinct Signs That You’ve Been Bitten by Bed Bugs

EEK! How Long Have I Had Bed Bugs?
EEK! How Long Have I Had Bed Bugs?

Ants, mosquitoes, fleas and spiders are among the many types of insects that bite humans. How can you differentiate bed bug bites from these others? Our NJ pest control experts share the tell-tale characteristics indicating bites from a bed bug.

Anatomy of a Bed Bug Bite

Since you’re most likely asleep when a bed bug bites, you won’t usually realize it’s happening at the time. Their bite introduces a blood thinner along with an anesthetic, making it easier for the bed bug to feed and less detectable to you.

Bites will usually be found on parts of your body such as arms, hands and legs that aren’t covered while you sleep. In addition, their bites tend to be clustered together in a particular area, sometimes forming a zig-zag line.

Side Effects and Treatment

Itching is a common reaction to bed bug bites. Avoid excess scratching, which could result in an infection. Apply a generous amount of calamine lotion to relieve itching and burning.

People who have been bitten several times may build up a tolerance which makes the bites less intense, but others with sensitivities often experience pain. Take an antihistamine to prevent a possible allergic reaction.

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When do Squirrels Have Babies in New Jersey?

When do Squirrels Have Babies?
When do Squirrels Have Babies?

Grey squirrels are cute and their babies are even cuter. That doesn’t mean you want them as house guests. Here are some helpful facts about the breeding habits and behavior of grey squirrels, a frequent target of NJ pest control.

When Do Squirrels Breed?

You may sometimes hear grey squirrels referred to as cat or migratory squirrels. This species, commonly found in New Jersey and the eastern United States, usually lives in forests and other natural outdoor areas. Since grey squirrels have little fear of humans, it’s not unusual to see them in urban areas as well.

Grey squirrels breed from December to February and again from May to June. While female squirrels can’t breed until they’re at least a year old, males are extremely active during these periods. Breeding squirrels may even engage in mating dances.

Birth and Lifespan

During the 44-day gestation period, pregnant squirrels may become more aggressive.  Litters generally produce two to six squirrels, although there can be as many as eight babies. According to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, grey squirrels have an average lifespan of 1 to 2 years, but wild grey squirrels can live up to 10 years.

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Termites Cause $1.5 Billion In Damage Annually- How To Protect Your Commercial Building

Termites Cause $1.5 Billion In Damage Annually- How To Protect Your Commercial Building
Termites Cause $1.5 Billion In Damage Annually- How To Protect Your Commercial Building

Termites are known to cause extensive damage to homes and commercial buildings, but are they something you need to worry about in NJ? These pests can cause major problems for you as a commercial property owner, so it’s important to learn more about termites and when to get professional NJ pest control.

Termite Problems

Just how much of a problem are termites? These pests cost homeowners over $1.5 billion each year, making them an expensive pest to have in homes and buildings. These bugs are able to do a lot of damage in buildings before property owners become aware of their presence.

Termites mainly stay out of sight, but they’re busy eating up the wood inside walls and other areas. This results in structural damage over time, which can range from minor to severe. Waiting to have a termite problem treated means you’re risking the safety of your building and looking at a higher pest control cost.

Signs of Termites

How do you know if you need pest control for termites? You can have a professional inspection done to determine if these pests are around. You should also watch for signs of them, such as wood that feels soft or hollow in places. Some termites also build mud tubes that go from the foundation of a building to the ground.

If your commercial building needs NJ pest control for termites, please contact Stern Environmental today.

How Do You Know If Your NJ Property Has Termites?

How Do You Know If Your NJ Property Has Termites?
How Do You Know If Your NJ Property Has Termites?

When it comes to termites, having your property treated as soon as possible is crucial. These pests can cause widespread and severe damage if they’re left unchecked. If you have any of the following signs of a termite infestation, it’s time to get NJ pest control services for your property.

Subterranean Termite Signs

What signs of termite infestations should you be checking for in your property? Keep in mind that you’re unlikely to see termites wandering around your building or home. These pests tend to stay out of sight while causing damage.

If you have subterranean termites, you might have physical signs of damage, such as wood walls or floors that sound hollow or wood that is buckling. You might also notice a mildew odor from these pests. Subterranean termites also form mud tubes that they attach to building foundations, so they can easily go from buildings to their underground nests.

Drywood Termite Signs

Drywood termites can get into your home in infested pieces of wood, such as furniture. You can tell you have these pests if you see tunnels or cracks in wood items in your home or building. These termites live in wood and feed on it rather than living underground and feeding on wood as subterranean termites do.

If you think you might have termites, contact Stern Environmental right away for an inspection and NJ pest control services.

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