Category Archives: Bed Bug Information

University of MN Provides Tips on Inspecting Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

Travelers are Prime Targets for Bed Bugs, Always Check Your Hotel Room Before Settling in!
Travelers are Prime Targets for Bed Bugs, Always Check Your Hotel Room Before Settling in!

Hotel stay while you’re away? University of Minnesota and NJ pest control experts advise you leave your luggage unpacked until you determine that there are no bed bugs in your room. Using your bed bug traveler card, place your suitcase by the entryway door or in the bathroom, away from the bed, and perform a bed bug inspection.

Inspect the Mattress

The most common area for bed bugs, check the four corners of both the mattress and box spring, looking for bug evidence in cracks and crevices. Mattress and box spring edging and seams may also host activity, as well as the area between the headboard and the wall, which is best checked with a small flashlight.

Check the Luggage Rack & Furnishings

A common infestation zone for hitchhikers in traveler luggage, the luggage rack, night stand, and dressers may host a bed bug infestation. Look carefully in cracks, crevices, joints, and screw holes with your flashlight. Also check upholstered chairs, paying special attention to seams. Even picture frames may hide bed bugs.

If You Notice Bugs

Remove yourself and luggage to the front desk, notifying the hotel immediately. Do not accept a replacement room immediately next door to one with bed bugs.

Sleep tight while you’re away a night with the help of these and other tips from the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental. Bring bed bugs home? Contact us for fast eradication today.

College Provides Tips for Students on Bed Bugs in On and Off Campus Housing

College Provides Tips for Students on Bed Bugs in On and Off Campus Housing
College Provides Tips for Students on Bed Bugs in On and Off Campus Housing

To fight the spread of bed bugs on and off campus, Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts is informing its students on the matters of bed bugs, urging them to seek medical attention for suspected bites and to report suspected infestations to the college’s housing office.

An Ounce of Prevention

Like NJ pest control specialists, the college’s primary mission is to prevent the spread of the pests. It has warned students not to dispose of bedding, furniture, or other potentially infested items from housing. When infested items are left out on the street by well-meaning students attempting to address the problem, they are commonly picked up for use by other unsuspecting students for use, spreading the problem through campus housing.

Careful Treatment

Hampshire College has also urged students not to try and treat the problem without first reporting it to the housing office, which can provide the students with proper bed bug control measures. For those with suspected infestations, the college is conducting room inspections and furnishing students with bed bug monitors.

If an infestation is confirmed, the college will relocate students prior to treatment by a licensed bed bug specialist. Any items moved with the student must then be carefully inspected prior to its relocation to avoid spreading these pests.

Don’t let bed bugs party in your dorms. Safeguard student housing with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Common Sense Tips for Dealing with a Potential Bed Bug Infestation

Common Sense Tips for Dealing with Bed Bugs
Common Sense Tips for Dealing with Bed Bugs

NJ pest control experts know bed bugs are a pain. The biting, itching, and overall grossness of an infestation inspires people to do some crazy things. Worse, it’s not uncommon for the general public to overreact when bed bugs are reported in the vicinity, assuming every itchy bump on their body a bed bug bite. How bad is your bed bug problem – and do you really have one at all?

Common Sense Tips for Potential Infestations:

Don’t assume

Just because you have a few itchy bumps or bites doesn’t mean you have bed bugs. Misidentifying pests won’t resolve your pest/bite problems, so until you’ve determined the issue keep your home clean.

Bed bugs like to hide in cracks and crevices. Steam-clean regularly and empty vacuum cleaners frequently.   

Gather evidence.

If you don’t see traces of bed bugs inside the box spring or under the mattress, bed bug traps and monitors can help identify hidden pests. 

Be wary of DIY solutions.

Pesticides labeled for bed bug eradication available at local hardware stores are frequently misused. Worse, many bed bugs have developed a resistance to these chemicals, to which you may be uselessly exposing your family.

Rent? Property owners are legally responsible for resolving bed bug issues. State health inspectors can offer help or mandate remediation.

Are those bed bugs bites?

Resolve your fears with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Bed Bug Feces – It Sickens Residents Long After the Bed Bugs Are Gone

What to Know After Bed Bugs are Gone
What to Know After Bed Bugs are Gone

As if bed bugs bites weren’t bad enough, new research suggests these pests could continue to take a toll even after they’re eliminated. And we’re not talking about the psychological effects of a bed bug infestation. Your local NJ bed bug exterminator may soon be offering cleaning services in addition to bed bug treatment.

Bed Bug Poop Makes People Sick Even After Pest Eradication

A recent North Carolina State University study revealed the danger from bed bugs remains even after successful extermination in the form of their droppings. Poop from the pests was found to contain large amounts of histamine. In their study, the histamine was discovered in the dust of treated homes, where it was detected both before and after the bugs were banished. Histamine levels in infested homes were a whopping 20 times higher than those in homes with no bed bugs.

A Potential New Indoor Contaminant

Break out the mattress encasements. Your body’s histamines help the immune system repair injuries and combat germs, but they can also have damaging effects, resulting in rashes after physical contact and respiratory issues after inhalation of histamine particles. Even 3 months after extermination, histamine levels failed to decline, meaning rigorous cleaning may soon become an important part of bed bug treatment.

Beg bugs left you hot under the collar? Put them on ice with the help of a NJ bed bug exterminator at Stern Environmental today.

New Jersey Department of Health on Bed Bugs – What to Know

Questions on Bed Bugs?
Questions on Bed Bugs?

The resurgence in bed bugs over the last decade shows no signs of abating. In fact, more than 6.7 million online searches over the past year focused on these nocturnal pests. Our NJ bed bug specialists offer this important information about these annoying insects from the New Jersey Department of Health.

Physical Characteristics

Bed bugs are roughly the size of an apple seed, small enough to fit into narrow crevices but large enough to be seen with the naked eye. They’re oval-shaped with a flat, wingless, rust-colored body and antennae.

Health Risk

While bed bugs are a nuisance, they don’t transmit diseases. Bed bug bites are generally painless but they can develop into an itchy rash, especially if the affected person has allergic sensitivities to the insect’s saliva.

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Red bites and welts are often the first signs of bed bugs. In addition, you may find tiny dark spots from crushed bed bugs or bed bug droppings on sheets and mattresses.

How Do Bed Bugs Enter a Home?

Contrary to popular belief, a bed bug infestation doesn’t mean a dirty home. Bed bugs are opportunistic pests that attach themselves to clothing, furniture and other items brought into buildings.

Trust Our Experienced NJ Bed Bug Specialists

Bed bug removal is not a DIY job. Contact Stern Environmental Group for quick and effective pest control services at your home or business.