Category Archives: Bed Bug Monitors

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.

Bitten by Bedbugs? How to Know and What to Do First

Image of Bed Bug Bites
Image of Bed Bug Bites

Waking up in the morning with a series of red itchy bites all over your body isn’t a great way to start the day. When bed bugs have invaded your home, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Bed Bug Bites

In most cases, bed bug bites will be very itchy and can be anywhere on your body from head to toe. While bed bugs are not disease carriers, they can cause an allergic reaction in some people. If in doubt about the severity and/or reaction to the bites, consult with your family doctor.

What you’ll see may look similar to a flea or mosquito bite. A telling difference is bed bug bites are grouped together whereas a flea or mosquito bite is random and can be scattered in several places.

Signs to Look For

You’ll want to do a search of your bed linens, mattress, even around the headboard. Look for tiny eggs and dark spots, which is fecal matter, on the sheets.

If you find evidence, vacuum thoroughly and dispose of canister contents in a sealed bag. Next, get help from NJ pest control professionals.

When you’re in need of a NJ pest control specialist, look no further than Stern Environmental. With years of experience and tried and true treatments, we’ll have your bed bugs under control and out the door for good. Call today for fast and efficient service.

Could You Have Bed Bugs? What to Look For in Your Furniture Inspection

Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home
Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home

Many people enjoy a relaxing evening lounging in their favorite chair or stretched out on the sofa. When it’s time for bed, snuggling up under the covers for a good night’s sleep is the plan. While all of these relaxing activities sound enticing, if bed bugs are lurking in your furniture you could be facing an itchy nightmare.

Bed Bugs: The Facts

If you’ve never encountered bed bugs, be glad. They feed on the blood of humans and animals. Although they’re not disease carriers, they can cause problems for those prone to allergic reactions to bites.

They are savvy pests that stay hidden throughout the day and emerge at night heading to areas where food sources are available: bed, sofa, chairs.

Bed Bugs: The Signs

Since bed bugs are so clever at hiding, there are certain signs you or an NJ pest control specialist will look for. These include checking around bedding, mattresses, the entire bed frame, drawers in desks, chair, and sofa cushions, and behind framed pictures.

Other areas that may be potential hiding places include behind wallpaper, cracks in laminate or wood flooring, carpet seams or edges, and any cracks or crevices around windows or doors.

To keep your home bed bug free requires more than over-the-counter products. With the help of one of our NJ pest control professionals at Stern Environmental, we will inspect, treat, and eliminate an infestation. Call us today.

How to Protect Yourself from Bed Bugs in the Workplace

Tips on Protecting Yourself from Bed Bugs in the Workplace
Tips on Protecting Yourself from Bed Bugs in the Workplace

Bed bugs don’t play favorites. They’ll hitch a ride whenever and wherever there’s an opportunity. This means the tiny pests can be just about anywhere you find humans and that includes the workplace.

All Work and No Play

When you’re at work, you have no control over other people’s travels. People without bed bugs can inadvertently bring them home via a yard sale purchase such as a piece of used furniture.

Several steps you can take while at work can give you a heads up on outsmarting these pests. If you have a place where everyone hangs their jackets, keep yours stowed separately. This may involve placing your sweater, coat, jacket, even scarves in a plastic bag. Better safe than sorry is a good way to look at this situation.

Keep your work area free of clutter and keep your eyes peeled in areas where your coworkers gather such as the breakroom or employee lounges. Pay attention to furniture where bed bugs can hide especially in crevices on sofas and chairs.

If bed bugs are found, call in the NJ pest control professionals to eliminate the problem.

Stern Environmental is your NJ pest control point of contact. With expert staff and a variety of bed bug treatment options, these pests will become a thing of the past. Contact us for more information about what you can do and to schedule a free bed bug inspection.

Technology Advances Into the Bed Bug Monitoring Arena

Understanding Bed Bug Life Cycles are Important.
Understanding Bed Bug Life Cycles are Important.

NJ bed bug specialists are busier than ever with the increasing influx of bed bugs expanding their populations around the world.

While international traveling is still a top activity, the downside is the exposure guests are experiencing with bed bugs who’ve made hotels their stomping/chomping ground.

New Technology

In Helsinki, Finland, a new product for bed bug detection has been developed by Valpas. The automated safety system is the first of its kind and works on a simple premise. The product is attached to bed legs in hotel rooms to capture the tiny pests that haven’t checked out.

Once they’re caught, hotel staff is alerted by the “smart” leg technology who can then take steps to address the issue before the bloodsucking bed bugs set up permanent residence.

By making this smart technology available to hotels, guests are less stressed when checking in busy hotels that have repeat guests who know the hotel has active bed bug detection.

It’s a win-win situation for both hotels and guests. Hotels can expect more guest traffic due to safety measures and guests get to enjoy a better bug-free experience.

On the home front, if you find signs of bed bugs in your home, you need the help of NJ bed bug specialists from Stern. Our technicians will do a full inspection, then plan an action of attack. When bed bugs arrive, Stern is on your side. Call today.