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Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

When it comes to bed bug infestations, it’s important to handle them the right way and as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could end up having a highly expensive problem that you’ll need professional NJ pest control experts to deal with. A public library in the Midwest found this out the hard way.

Costly Bed Bugs

The Des Plaines Public Library in Illinois had a bed bug problem that cost them more than $22,000 to fix. These pests were found in several locations in the building and required extensive treatment to eliminate. Even with this treatment, library officials admit that it’s hard to completely get rid of these pests. The library staff now has pest control professionals come by to do inspections on a regular basis.

Libraries and Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been found in other libraries in the U.S. over the past several years. These pests can easily travel from someone’s home to the local library by hiding inside library books. This is a good reminder to check library books and any other used or secondhand items you bring into your home to make sure that bed bugs and other pests aren’t lurking inside.

If your home or business has bed bugs, contact Stern Environmental as soon as possible for help. We offer effective and dependable NJ pest control services for bed bugs and other pests.

Bed Bugs Released in a Pennsylvania Walmart Causes Panic

Next Time You Go Shopping, Make Sure to Check for Bed Bugs!
Next Time You Go Shopping, Make Sure to Check for Bed Bugs!

A recent incident at a Walmart in Pennsylvania is a good reminder that bed bugs can show up anywhere. Whether you’re a homeowner or a commercial property owner, it’s important to keep an eye out for these pests in case you end up needing NJ pest control to eliminate them.

Walmart Bed Bugs

Someone at a Walmart store in Edinboro, PA set bed bugs loose in a men’s dressing room. Rather than accidentally bringing them into the store from home, authorities determined that this was done deliberately. Pill bottles containing bed bugs were found in the store, including in the pocket of a clothing item that was for sale.

While the authorities are focusing on finding out who did this, the store has had pest control done to ensure that there are no more of these pests lurking around.

Bed Bug Control

Having someone release bed bugs in a building on purpose isn’t common, but it’s still a good idea to watch for signs of these pests. Getting prompt pest control done is crucial if you do spot any signs of bed bugs. Keep in mind that these bugs can easily travel from building to building or to different units in an apartment building.

If you need dependable NJ pest control, contact Stern Environmental Group. Whether you have bed bugs or other pests in your building or home, our experts can help.

Trying To Identify And Avoid Bed Bugs? There’s An App For That!

Trying To Identify And Avoid Bed Bugs? There's An App For That!
Trying To Identify And Avoid Bed Bugs? There’s An App For That!

With bed bugs being found more often, especially in the NYC area, it’s important to have as much information as possible about these pests. An app created earlier this year provides information on identifying bed bugs, treating infestations, and much more. Here’s what you can learn about New York City bed bug control with this app.

Bed Bug Identification

Do you really have bed bugs in your home? The Bed Bug Field Guide app, which is free, helps you determine if the pests you’re dealing with are bed bugs or another insect. You can find out what bed bugs and their bites look like, so you can identify them and get the help you need.

Bed Bug Elimination

What should you do about bed bugs? The app walks you through how to handle a bed bug infestation with help from professionals and how to save your belongings instead of destroying them. You can also learn how to eliminate bed bugs from public places.

Bed Bug Prevention

The Bed Bug Field Guide app also provides information on how to protect yourself from these pests. You can keep these prevention tips in mind at home and when you’re out in public or traveling.

At Stern Environmental Group, we provide reliable New York City bed bug control services. Please contact us for more information on these services for your home or business.

Bed Bug Hot Spots: Bed Bugs’ Favorite New York City Neighborhoods

Cities Host a Large Human Population - and Now Bed Bugs, As it Turns Out!
Cities Host a Large Human Population – and Now Bed Bugs, As it Turns Out!

From property managers to tenants, no one wants to advertise a bed bug infestation. Because NYC residents remain discreet about bed bug issues, this can make it hard to understand the true extent of problem areas. The New York City bed bug control experts at Stern get lots of calls from this region, and can corroborate the data from areas with the worst violations.

Which New York City Boroughs Are Hiding the Biggest Burden of Bed Bugs?

Data analyzed from Localize.city, a new website created to provide renters and buyers with a fuller picture of NYC neighborhoods, uncovered areas of the city with the most bed bug violations. (Violations are issued by the city when landlords fail to properly address bed bug infestations.) 

Watch Out for Hitchhikers Here

Localize data included the most recent 5 years of bed bug violations reported through August 2018 within the 5 boroughs. The top three boroughs with the highest incidence of bed bug violations include the Bronx, with the most violations per rental household, followed by Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Though Violations Decline, Bed Bugs Remain a Menace

Because new laws have pressed landlords to take infestations more seriously and to seek prompt treatment, violations are on the decline. Despite this, however, the bed bug population continues to surge.

Have bed bugs hitchhiked their way into your home? Don’t suffer in silence. Contact the New York City bed bug control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Why Are Bed Bugs Infestations So Frequent in New York City? Experts Propose Some Answers

Why Are Bed Bugs Infestations So Frequent in New York City? Experts Propose Some Answers
Why Are Bed Bugs Infestations So Frequent in New York City? Experts Propose Some Answers

Why do bed bugs seem to afflict NYC more than other regions of the country? Bed bugs are everywhere in the city, from plush condos and well-known businesses, to theaters and buses. Why does NYC appear at the epicenter of the bed bug invasion? New York City bed bug control experts have a few thoughts on the matter:

Reason 1: Ignorance

Because people, as a general rule, remain blissfully ignorant of the warning signs of a bed bug invasion until they’re literally crawling with them, bed bugs easily take up residence and spread. 

Reason 2: Wrongful Assumptions

Bed bugs are often assumed to be a plague on the poor. On the contrary, the bed bug invasion began with the wealthy and middle class, whose international work and leisure travels resulted in the spread of these pests. Only in recent years has the burdensome bug come to take a toll on the poorest in NYC, who cannot afford the costs of extermination, further perpetuating their spread.

Reason 3: Plausible Deniability

Because of the stigma of bed bugs, those with infestations suffer in silence, failing to alert neighbors, coworkers, and friends of the issue. Thus, these bloodsucking bugs advance steadily across the city, extending their reign of terror unchecked.

Don’t let the bed bugs march on. Stop the insanity with the help of our New York City bed bug control experts at Stern Environmental today.