Category Archives: Bed Bug Information

Winter Bed Bug 101 Tips – What to Know to Stay Safe from Infestations

Catch The Bedbugs
Catch The Bedbugs

Bed bugs aren’t like flies and other bugs that disappear during the winter months. These pests stay active throughout the year, especially when they have a steady supply of blood to feed on. You can take steps to keep these pests at bay this winter, so that you won’t have to worry about needing professional NJ pest control to deal with a bed bug problem.

Cover Your Mattress

Bed bugs tend to hide in the seams of mattresses, which can make them difficult to find. Putting a protective covering or encasement over your mattress and box spring can keep these bugs from entering these hiding places. Just make sure that you check the covering for tears or other areas where bed bugs could squeeze through.

Get Rid of Clutter

You can spend the long winter months going through your belongings and eliminating clutter. Having clutter around provides many hiding spots for bed bugs, which can lead to a big infestation. Clearing out clutter means you’re less likely to need NJ pest control.

Vacuum Frequently

Pull out your vacuum cleaner at least once a week during winter. Vacuum carpeting, furniture and even curtains and drapes. Bed bugs like to hide in these places, but vacuuming can help remove them.

If you find bed bugs in your home this winter, contact Stern Environmental to schedule NJ pest control service. Our technicians can find and eliminate these pests.

Global Bed Bug Summit on November 27 to 29 in Denver, Colorado

Come Hear All the Recent Facts and Ways to Fight Bed Bugs at the November 27th Summit!
Come Hear All the Recent Facts and Ways to Fight Bed Bugs at the November 27th Summit!

NJ pest control professionals who want to learn more about bed bugs can do so at the upcoming Global Bed Bug Summit. The event takes place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Colorado November 27-29, 2018.

Summit Program

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is hosting the Summit and has plenty of activities scheduled. There will be industry experts discussing and showing some of the latest innovative information relating to bed bug research.

The Summit will also have a variety of exhibits where you will have access to pest management professionals displaying new techniques and products relating to handling the threat of bed bugs.

On Tuesday, November 27th, The Colorado Pest Control Association will be in town for the Fall Conference held annually. Attendees of the Global Bed Bug Summit are invited to attend and take advantage of gaining more knowledge as well as listening to keynote speaker, Ryan Avery.

Hotel Accommodations

The Sheraton Denver Downtown is conveniently located near dining, shopping, and entertainment. From the NPMA website, you can make reservations at the hotel. Reservations made by November 2, 2018, pay $149 per night with the group rate.

At Stern Environmental, our NJ pest control specialists are up-to-date on bed bug news and technology. Whether you have a few bed bugs or a serious infestation, our staff is knowledgeable and has the experience and sophisticated equipment to rid your home of pests. Call today.

Can You Smell a Bedbug Infestation?

When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists - Stern Environmental Group!
When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

What is that smell? You get a whiff of what smells like wet moldy towels left fermenting in the bathroom. It isn’t pleasant and inquiring minds want to know what, why, and where it’s coming from. You may need the help of a NJ pest control company to help you ferret out the cause.

Bed Bugs and Odor

If you’ve determined you don’t have a water leak that causes mold, the next thing to consider is a bed bug infestation. These bloodsuckers are already unwanted visitors to the home with their penchant for dining on humans and pets while you’re getting what should be a good night’s rest.

Bed bugs have a distinctive odor that can’t be missed. It’s been described as smelling “musty”, “moldy”, and like “spoiled fruit”, “almonds”, or “coriander.” Regardless of the odoriferous descriptions, you don’t want them smelling up your house.

Cause of Odor

The most common thought of where the smell originates from is from the droppings the bugs leave behind. While a handful of bed bugs most likely won’t create a distinctive odor, a large infestation most certainly will. If you step on a bed bug, that also creates a strong smell.

To eliminate odors, have your home inspected by a NJ pest control professional. For help and information on bed bug extermination, contact Stern Environmental. We have the latest technology to remove these pests from your home.

Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware

Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware
Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware

Bug Beware

Do you know any blood-sucking pests? How can you oust them out of your life? We are talking bed bugs of course! Our Stern Environmental team of NJ Pest Control experts keeps the bugs out of your life and your focus on point! We help you experience life bug-free so you can catch some quality zzz’s.

Taking Notes

Whip out your notebook and make some observations. Below is a quick checklist of what you’ll find when bedbugs are invading your dorm:

1. Look in every nook and cranny. In other words, scan seams and welts for signs of bugs. You may find fecal or blood stains in various areas.

2. Check outlets behind furniture and along plaster cracks. Small pea sized pearl-like egg deposits will hide here.

3. Watch out for the baseboards. Old bug skeletons lurk there!

Stop the Madness

Before you call in sick for a class to toss out your bed, here are some simpler ways to address a bed bug problem:

1. Toss clothing and linens straight from your bag into the wash.

2. Give yourself and your clothes a good rinse in extremely hot water.

3. If you have unwashable items, get them to a heated temp of 120 degrees for 2 hours in a sealed bag.

Our Stern Environmental NJ Pest Control will finish the job! Contact us today, so you can finally get some worry-free sleep!

Heat Treatment to Kill Bed Bugs Causes Death of Resident

Heat Treatment to Kill Bed Bugs Causes Death of Resident
Heat Treatment to Kill Bed Bugs Causes Death of Resident

A sad and tragic situation occurred in 2017 involving heat treatment to eliminate bed bugs that resulted in the death of an 82-year-old woman.

Heat Treatments and Safety

According to a lawsuit filed by the family of Elizabeth Ashbaugh, the residence she and her husband shared at a senior living community had undergone bed bug treatment.

The home had been processed using a heat treatment that raised the temperature inside the home to 139 degrees. The treatment used a heat application only; no chemicals were involved. Upon returning home, the Ashbaughs entered and were immediately affected by the high heat and began experiencing a loss of consciousness. Both were rushed to the hospital where Mrs. Ashbaugh passed away due to hypothermia.

The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming both the Certified Termite and Pest Control company and the Laure Point Senior Apartments for negligence. It was also noted that neither Mr. or Mrs. Ashbaugh had received safety instructions from anyone letting them know under what conditions it would safe to return to their apartment.

A NJ bed bug control specialist is just a call away at Stern Environmental. Our experienced NJ bed bug control technicians are experts in the proper handling of heat control processes, as well as chemical treatments, and the applicable safety measures. For a free inspection, contact Stern to find out what tiny insects might be lurking in your home.