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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.

EPA Weighs In on Bed Bugs – Getting Them Out and Keeping Them Out

What the EPA Wants You to Know About Bed Bugs
What the EPA Wants You to Know About Bed Bugs

The bad news; bed bugs are considered a public health pest by the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of Agriculture. The good news; bed bugs are not known as transmitters of disease.

Bed Bug Basics

One reason bed bugs have increased is due to their mobility, which includes being adept at world travel. With thousands of people traveling in and out of cities around the globe, it’s no wonder the bed bug population has increased as the wily bugs stow away in luggage, carry-ons, totes, clothing and anything else that’s handy.

Bed bugs are also masters at hiding as they prefer dark and cozy places. Their small size works to their advantage as they find places to hide and wait for their buffet – served up by humans. They’re focused on finding handy hiding places that range from headboards and desk drawers to storage boxes and under mattresses.

Regular over-the-counter pesticides don’t work; only treatments applied by an experienced NJ pest control service can rid your home of pests so you can avoid red and itchy bites.

Using NJ pest control is the answer when bed bugs invade your home. Once these bloodsucking pests settle in, it takes professional techniques and equipment to get them out and keep them out. For help with eliminating bed bugs and sleeping peacefully again, call Stern Environmental for a free home inspection.

Five Facts About Bed Bugs – What to Know

Bed Bugs: A Homeowner's Nightmare
Five Facts About Bed Bugs – What to Know

With bed bug incidents on the rise, homeowners and business owners should learn more about these pests. Knowing more about bed bugs, including what they look like, can help you identify them on your property. Keep in mind that you should turn to professional NJ pest control experts to get rid of these bugs.

1. Bed bugs are a reddish-brown color and measure about a quarter-inch long. They are also typically flat and rounded, but they have a bloated appearance after they feed.

2. Bed bugs are mainly active during the night while people are sleeping, but they can also come out during the day in order to feed.

3. Bed bugs can feed on any part of the body, although they mostly head to exposed areas of skin. Bites mainly occur on the arms, neck, hands and face.

4. Bed bugs travel around from place to place on items, and it’s very easy for them to hide. These bugs have been found in many places, including luxury hotels, buses and movie theaters.

5. Bed bugs only need about 10 minutes to fill up on blood. After feeding, they can go for days without needing to do so again.

If you are dealing with bed bugs in your home or business, contact Stern Environmental for help. We offer reliable NJ pest control to eliminate bed bugs in residential and commercial properties.

What is Cryonite, and What Makes it So Effective in Bed Bug Extermination?

What is Cryonite, and What Makes it So Effective in Bed Bug Extermination?
What is Cryonite, and What Makes it So Effective in Bed Bug Extermination?

Bed bugs are causing trouble for those who try to use chemical products to get rid of them. These bugs have built up a resistance to some of these products, but our NJ pest control company has a better solution. Learn more about the Cryonite treatment our technicians use in order to deal with bed bug infestations.

Cryonite Freezing

Cryonite is a highly effective way to eliminate bed bugs. This freezing method involves the use of liquid carbon dioxide, which freezes bed bugs and destroys them. Cryonite is designed to work as quickly as possible, so that bed bugs freeze to death shortly after being exposed to it. This freezing method is a successful way to get rid of bed bug infestations, since it is able to destroy these pests during all life stages.

Benefits of Cryonite Treatment

Cryonite offers homeowners and business owners a non-toxic way to treat a bed bug problem. It also provides an alternative solution when bed bugs have become resistant to insecticides. Since Cryonite doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, it’s safe to use in homes, hotels and other places where bed bugs are found. In fact, it’s even safe to use in homes that have small children and pets around.

If your residential or commercial property has bed bugs, contact Stern Environmental for NJ pest control. Our technicians can use Cryonite to effectively eliminate these pests.