Category Archives: Bed Bugs

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.

Model Suffers Extreme Bed Bug Encounter at Hotel and Sues Big

Bitten by Bed Bugs
Bitten by Bed Bugs

Close encounters of the biting kind are something you might expect to see in a vampire movie, but in reality, the biting can be the result of bedbugs. A patron learned this, the itchy and scratchy way, when staying at a hotel.

The Bed Bug Hotel

A NJ pest control technician was sorely needed at a California hotel when a model for Victoria’s Secret found she wasn’t alone in her room. She had unwanted guests for dinner and she was the main course.

Sabrina Jales St. Pierre booked a room at the Palm Desert Embassy Suites while visiting the city in 2016. Little did she know it would become a nightmare.

Ms. St. Pierre experienced severe bites over a good portion of her upper and lower body. The hotel manager denied having any issues with bed bugs and none were found when the hotel room was checked.

As a result of the incident, Ms. St. Pierre filed suit against the hotel property, Hilton Worldwide, Inc., for punitive and monetary damages.

This could result in a costly bill for the hotel brand in both a monetary payout and in the hotel chain’s reputation.

If traveling, find out what you can do for protection against bed bugs. If you have bed bugs in your home, a NJ pest control specialist has the knowledge and treatment plan to eliminate the problem. For information about both issues, contact Stern.

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.

Family of Baby Scarred by Bedbugs Receives $1.6 Million

Family of Baby Scarred by Bedbugs Receives $1.6 Million
Family of Baby Scarred by Bedbugs Receives $1.6 Million

On April 2, 2018, a California family’s life changed for the better when a lawsuit filed in 2012 came through with a $1.6 million payout due to a bed bug infested apartment.

Hard Lesson to Learn

In 2012, the parents of a then three-year-old son and infant daughter became alarmed when both were covered with red itchy bites. Upon searching their apartment, the couple found a large bed bug infestation and reported the problem to the managers of the apartment complex.

The company instructed the family to throw out all of their belongings and then ordered bedbug treatment for the apartment a week later leaving the family to live with minimal conditions, which included sleeping on the floor. During this time, their son suffered from the itchy bites that caused him to continuously scratch resulting in bleeding and ultimately scars.

Days turned into weeks and the fumigated apartment and the bed bugs persisted in their torture. It took three months before the carpet was replaced, which finally eliminated the pests.

The family moved in 2014 and filed suit against the apartment complex citing the condition of their son, his scars, and emotional distress. The verdict yielded the largest amount in the U.S. for a single family.

When you’re in need of bedbug treatment, don’t wait until it’s out of hand. Get professional help immediately from Stern Environmental Group. It’s an investment that pays for itself.