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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.

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.

Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation

Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation
Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation

No matter what the season may be people are traveling hither and yon for business and for pleasure. Whether it’s jetting across the pond to Europe or getting away for the weekend out of town, people are mobile. So are bed bugs.

That’s right. These tiny bloodsuckers are world travelers via luggage, totes, and your clothes, especially during the peak seasons.

Tips for Bed Bug Prevention When Traveling

Secure luggage upon arrival at your accommodations by placing the luggage in the shower or bathtub. The reason; bed bugs won’t be hiding in those two places. They will be hiding in the closet, carpet, furniture, and mattress.

– Pack a flashlight so you can check inside drawers, behind pictures, and around sofa or chair cushions.

– Inspect the bed down to the bare bones. Remove the linens and the mattress cover and check for signs or even bugs.

– If there’s a luggage rack, check around the straps carefully for bed bug activity and/or eggs.

– At home, unpack luggage outside. Take all machine washable clothing items immediately to the washer. Dry on high heat. For items that cannot be machine washed, place them in the dryer on high heat for approximately 20 minutes.

At Stern, our NJ pest control technicians are experts at bed bug detection and treatment. If you’ve brought home some wayward travelers, one of our NJ pest control specialists will come out for an in-depth inspection.

Think You Have Bed Bugs? Don’t Make These Mistakes.

Think You Have Bed Bugs?
Think You Have Bed Bugs?

Coming to the realization that your home has bed bugs is not pleasant but there are things you can do to alleviate and eliminate the problem.

Bed Bug Checklist

First thing on the list to do is not panic. You’re not the first nor the last person to face what is becoming a more frequent situation for people due to the mobility of these pests. To deal with the situation requires clear-thinking.

Next, if you have insect repellent for mosquitoes, do not cover yourself from head to toe. This is great if you have an infestation of mosquitoes but it won’t have any effect on bed bugs.

Other types of insect repellents that are FDA approved for bed bugs may not work in your situation or might be for outdoor use only. This is an area best left to a NJ pest control expert.

Your instincts may be telling you it’s time to move elsewhere but keep in mind if the problem isn’t addressed, the bed bugs in your home will move with you.

To begin the process of removing bed bugs, start with a thorough vacuuming of everything. Empty the canister frequently and secure the garbage bag so the bugs can’t escape.

Before you start tossing out your clothes and furniture, get professional help from a NJ pest control company. At Stern Environmental, we have the treatments to clear up your problem. Call today.