Category Archives: Bed Bug Information

NJ Department of Human Services Offers Bed Bug Tips

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

Sleeping should be a relaxing, worry-free necessity, and if it’s not, why is that? There could be a long list of reasons why you are having trouble sleeping peacefully. If you are a New Jersey local the main reason could be because of unwelcome guests.

According to the NJ Department of Human Services, bed bugs are infiltrating a number of households, dormitories, hotels, and other popular establishments.

Is it time to hire experts in NJ pest control? What can you do to stop those creepy bed bugs from spoiling your sleep? Below are a few tips offered by informed human services authorities:

Covering Your Tracks

Like most unwelcome guests, bed bugs tend to leave a path of evidence in their wake. Look out for bug bites, blood trails, brown stains on bedding, and even their shed skins. Here’s what you can do to stop bed bugs from striking again:

– Hire someone who is a currently licensed NJ pest control exterminator.

– Find out if the company you’re considering uses chemicals that are considered dangerous to your health.

– Bag any infested articles of clothing or bedding and either dispose of them or wash them in water 120 degrees or hotter.

Contact Stern Environmental for an appointment today! Our NJ pest control experts are knowledgeable and willing to help you rediscover your sound sleep! We eradicate bed bugs with methods that keep you and your loved ones safe!

More Research Proof on Bed Bug Transmission of Chagas Disease to Humans

Research Shows that Bed Bugs Can now Transmit Diseases Like Chagas Disease.
Research Shows that Bed Bugs Can now Transmit Diseases Like Chagas Disease.

Bed bugs are a nuisance. Not only do they travel and infiltrate multiple environments to feed on human blood, they are also a harbor for human disease-causing pathogens. How these pathogens have been passed to humans has been a cause for study with recent results showing evidence that bed bug feces is a possible way diseases are transmitted.

Chagas Disease

A report published in the Journal of Medical Entomology by researchers from New Mexico State University detailed their findings concerning disease transmission. Their investigation focused on the ability of bed bugs to carry Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease.

They conducted experiments that involved feeding bed bugs blood infected with T. cruzi. Results showed the disease pathogen settled in the bugs gut and survived in nymphs even after the bugs molted. Along with nymphs being hosts to the pathogen, it was also determined adult males that were fed infected blood could host the pathogen for up to 97 days.

Additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine showed that bed bugs were capable of transmitting the infection to mice.

NJ pest control services available through Stern Environmental include an inspection of your home for bed bugs. With a plan in place, NJ pest control technicians use the latest techniques and innovations to eliminate these bugs. Call our office today to set up an appointment for a bed bug free home environment.

Are You Checking These Unusual Spots for Bed Bugs? You Should!

Could You Have Bed Bugs?
Are You Checking These Unusual Spots for Bed Bugs? You Should!

Bed bugs are making their presence known more and more around the world. These wily pests are travel savvy and know how to get around, which means more places are prone to an infestation.

Hide and Seek

As noted, bed bugs are known travelers whether it’s on a plane, train, city bus, subway, taxi, or school bus. They hide in many places while in travel mode such as suitcases, totes, computer cases, socks, jackets, etc. If there’s a place to snuggle down in a dark cozy place to hide, bed bugs will find it.

Some of the favorite bed bug hiding places include the following:

• Sofas and chair seams

• Curtain folds

• Furniture joints such as seams in drawers

• Holes in electrical sockets

• Libraries

• Hotel rooms

• Movie theaters

• Schools

• Day Care Centers

• Offices

• Retail stores

• Medical facilities

Help reduce the possibility of bed bugs in your home by sealing cracks and crevices, eliminating clutter, vacuuming often, and using protective mattress covers.

Professional NJ pest control services have got your back when it comes to a bed bug infestation. With the latest equipment and treatment options, bed bugs don’t stand a chance.

To schedule a free inspection with a NJ pest control specialist, contact Stern Environmental. We believe you should “get Stern” when it comes to getting bed bugs under control. Call us today.

Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs

Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs
Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become the scourge of the pest population due to their dining habits, which include human blood. At one time, bed bugs were a more dormant species but in recent years, this mobile bug has become more problematic for cities around the world. This is due, in part, to more people traveling and the bed bugs stowing away in their luggage.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

If you ask any NJ pest control professional what the easiest way is to get rid of bed bugs using over-the-counter sprays, they’ll tell you there isn’t a bug spray that’s going to eliminate the bloodsuckers.

Recently, researchers at North Carolina State University conducted tests involving boric acid. The tests were by ingestion and by an external covering of boric acid dust.

The results concluded that when boric acid was ingested by the bed bugs, they expired quickly while the bed bugs that were subjected to a high dose of boric acid externally were minimally affected.

Their goal was to find a way to design an easy-to-use bait system based on boric acid to attract and eliminate bed bugs. In the meantime, if you’re seeing signs of bed bugs, such as stains on bedding as well as red itchy welts on your body, or if you just want to have your home checked, contact Stern Environmental for an inspection by an experienced NJ pest control specialist.

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot
Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio has earned the dubious reputation of becoming a hot spot for bloodsucking bed bugs. That’s not the type of reputation any state wants as it negatively impacts business owners, residents, and travelers.

Ohio is on the Hot Seat

The word “epidemic” is being used frequently to describe the current situation in Ohio. While bed bug infestations occur around the United States, some of the northeastern cities in Ohio have taken on epic proportions of these wily and secretive pests.

Dayton, Columbus, Canton, and Akron are a few of the hardest hit cities and nowhere is immune. Bed bugs have been spotted in schools, doctor offices, and retail stores, just to name a few.

Bed bugs are adept at moving from location to location. Signs of bed bugs, besides the itchy bites, include the yellow skins these pests have shed, and dark stains on sheets, comforters, and mattresses. They hide in dark secure places such as between couch cushions, inside crevices along baseboards, stored boxes, backpacks, and even loose wallpaper.

If you want to avoid being known as the “hottest ticket in town” for bed bugs, get NJ pest control professionals involved. Their expert knowledge and bed bug savvy techniques can ensure a bed-bug-free environment. For an inspection and plan of action, contact Stern Environmental to schedule one of our NJ pest control technicians to give your home the once-over for finding potential pesky problems.