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Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency

Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency
Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency

If you are concerned there may be bed bugs in your home or perhaps you already have an infestation, there are two things to do. First, learn how to find them so you know what you’re up against, and second, contact professional NJ bed bug specialists to treat and eliminate the problem.

Tips for Tracking Down Bed Bugs

Finding these tiny pests is like being on a case with Sherlock Holmes. There are plenty of clues the bugs are on the prowl, you just need to put them all together to create a case.

The Environmental Protection Agency is also a super sleuth and has a few tips to point you in the right direction. Signs to look for include reddish colored stains on mattresses, mattress covers, and sheets. Small dark dot-like spots are excrement. If you find small pale yellow skins, eggs, or eggshells, those are from the nymphs. Multiple bites are a sign, and there’s always the chance you’ll find live bed bugs.

Where you’ll find them is like hide-and-seek because bed bugs accumulate in more than one place. You may find them in-between mattress and box spring seams, cracks and crevices on the headboard, inside electrical receptacles, folds of curtains, seams of chairs, between sofa cushions, and more.

The sooner bed bugs are eliminated, the better. For help from NJ bed bug specialists, contact Stern Environmental for a free inspection and consultation.

Bed Bugs: What You Really Need to Know Part Two

Bed Bugs: What You Really Need to Know
Bed Bugs: What You Really Need to Know

Identifying bed bugs can be a challenge as their life cycle is in multiple stages. A female can lay anywhere from 200 to 500 eggs during her lifetime, which averages 1 to 5 eggs each day. Her tiny eggs are white and about 1/20 of an inch long.

Once hatched, the babies, known as nymphs, will progress through five stages. Each stage requires the nymph to feed on a host’s blood in order to move to the next stage of development.

How long it takes a nymph to reach adulthood depends on two basic requirements: food sources (blood) and moderate temperatures ranging from 70 degrees to 82 degrees. The presence of these two conditions determines each bug’s progression, which can range from five weeks to four months.

As the nymphs transition into adults, the cycle continuously repeats itself creating more bed bugs to hide in your home and feed during the day or at night while you’re asleep.

When an infestation occurs, there are options to consider to rid your home of an infestation. One sure fire way is to use our bed bug freeze treatment to stop the problem in its tracks.

Give us a call at Stern Environmental Group to schedule an appointment for one of our professional bed bug specialists to inspect your home and discuss the bed bug freeze treatment as an option to eliminate your pests.

Woman Dies During Bed Bug Extermination Treatment

Woman Dies During Bed Bug Extermination Treatment
Woman Dies During Bed Bug Extermination Treatment

Handling bed bug infestations promptly is highly important, but it also needs to be done safely to prevent harm to homeowners or building occupants. Bed bug control that involved the use of heat led to the death of one Houston woman.

Dangerous Conditions

A Houston couple returned to their home in Laure Point Senior Apartments after it had been treated for bed bugs. Shortly after entering their home, the couple had to be taken to the hospital for emergency care. The treatment that was used to kill bed bugs raised the temperature inside the home to 139 degrees. The wife, 82-year-old Elizabeth Ashbaugh, ended up passing away at the hospital. Her family is suing the landlord and pest control company for failing to let the couple know when it would be safe to return home.

Safe Bed Bug Control

This unfortunate story illustrates the need to ensure that bed bug infestations are dealt with as safely as possible. At Stern, we use freezing technology to get rid of these pests. This helps prevent the kinds of health risks that are associated with the use of heat or chemicals to eliminate bed bugs from homes and businesses.

If your home or business has bed bugs, make sure it’s handled safely and properly. At Stern Environmental Group, we offer safe and dependable bed bug control to eliminate infestations without endangering you and your family or tenants.

Bed Bug Invasion? Why Now?

Why Bed Bugs in 2018?
Why Bed Bugs in 2018?

While it’s no secret that NJ bed bug specialists have been busier in recent years, how big of a threat are bed bugs? Is the media adding to the hype, or are there real reasons to worry about bed bug problems being on the rise? Find out more about bed bug invasions over the past few years.

Sincere Threat or Sensationalism?

Bed bug infestations have been reported in increasing numbers, especially within the past five years. While this has raised fears among people that bed bugs are everywhere, it’s important to consider the facts. Although bed bug infestations have been higher, some reported cases have been false. For example, several cases have actually been fleas, carpet beetles and other pests rather than bed bugs.

What Caused the Rise in Infestations?

Bed bugs have been around in higher numbers most likely due to several different factors. One of the most prominent is the banning of DDT, which used to keep bed bug numbers at bay. Bed bugs have been building up a resistance to other pesticides, which is making it more difficult to control them. Fortunately, our bed bug experts at Stern know how to eradicate them with freezing techniques.

If you have an infestation and need help from NJ bed bug specialists, contact Stern Environmental Group. Our experts can eliminate these pests and reduce the risk of them coming back into your home or business.

Tips for Keeping Bed Bugs Away – A Focus on Dirty Laundry

Bed Bugs - a Focus on Dirty Laundry
Bed Bugs – a Focus on Dirty Laundry

It’s bad enough that bed bugs are traveling on planes and trains, enjoying the views from hotels and motels around the globe, and setting up housekeeping in our homes, but getting into your dirty laundry has got to be the last straw.

Bed Bug Experiments

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have concluded that bed bugs are attracted to dirty laundry. Their research showed dirty clothes left exposed around sleeping areas was a green light for bed bugs to infiltrate the area.

Two experiments were conducted to determine the effects soiled clothing had on the pests. Two rooms were set up, each had four bags of laundry; two clean and two dirty. One room also had carbon dioxide added to simulate a breathing human.

The experiments showed dirty laundry saw an influx of bed bug activity. It also concluded the room with the added carbon dioxide saw an increase in bed bugs prowling for a human host.

To prevent bringing bed bugs home while traveling, keep dirty clothing in a sealed plastic bag. At home, place it in the hamper.

When bed bugs invade your home, you need help fast from an NJ bed bug exterminator. Trying to remove them on your own without the proper equipment or treatments won’t get the job done. For professional NJ bed bug exterminator services, let Stern take care of the problem. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.