Category Archives: Bed Bugs

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.

Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists - Stern Environmental Group!
When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

Many people grew up hearing the rhyme ‘Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ and most likely didn’t give much thought to its origins. Parents and children probably didn’t think about the real possibility of biting bed bugs, either, since the use of pesticides and DDT in the 20th century nearly eradicated the pests from existence.

Today, with the influx of travelers making their way to destinations across the globe, bed bugs have resurfaced with a vengeance. So, before sharing the rhyme with friends or family, you might want to think twice as some may have real life experience of not sleeping tight while the bed bugs took bite after bite.

Rhyme History

There are numerous theories about the origins of the rhyme but historians aren’t convinced the suggested reasons for the rhyme are anything more than guesswork.

The Oxford English Dictionary explains that “sleep tight” means to sleep soundly and doesn’t mention bed bugs.

Although the earliest the bed bug phrase was cited was in the late 19th century, earlier citations don’t mention the word “bug”. Other words used include fleas, buggers, and mosquitoes.

At Stern we have everything needed to guarantee a bed bug free home including expert NJ bed bug exterminators. When you have a pest problem, contact us to schedule an inspection with one of our NJ bed bug exterminator professionals so you can sleep tight every night.

Why Are Bed Bugs a Growing Problem in 2018?

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

Beg bugs have plagued mankind for millennia. Though we believed we had the upper-hand back in the 1950s, as years passed, bed bugs have returned – in mass quantity. Why are NJ bedbug exterminators seeing an increase in the prominence of these pests?

Pesticide Resistance
Over the years, and despite a number of variations, bed bugs have developed a resistance to the pesticides used to battle them, rapidly rebuilding populations to reconquer territory.

Biology
Bed bugs can detect prey in total darkness, locate other bed bugs by smell, go 3-months (or more) without food, are highly-mobile, and highly-reproductive: A single female can lay up to 500 eggs. Offspring are easily transported to new hosts on clothing, furniture, luggage/purses and more.

Adaptability
An age-old human parasite, bed bugs are some of the most widely-distributed pests worldwide, living everywhere from mountains to valleys, polar latitudes to deserts, the tropics, and everything in between.

Travel Tendencies
Our increased capacity to travel, more frequently and farther, has also fueled the fire.

Embarrassment
Pride has also allowed bed bugs to get the better of us, from hotel-owners to homeowners, leaving the beleaguered to ban the ubiquitous ‘bed bug van’ from being seen at their front door until the last possible minute.

Suspect an infestation? NJ bed bug exterminators know that rapid attention and careful care is key to triumph. Defeat these devious bugs with the help of Stern Environmental today.

Cold and the Impact on Local New Jersey Pests

Winter Does Not Kill All Pests, Unfortunately.
Winter Does Not Kill All Pests, Unfortunately.

It’s tempting to breathe a sigh of relief when the cold weather comes. You think, “Finally! I get a break from dealing with pests.” The problem is that while it’s cold outside, it’s nice and warm inside. Your NJ pest control experts understand that the worst pests in the world know how to weather the cold. You might not see them, but they’re there.

Top Pests That Manage Cold Weather Well

We know that this news might be shaking you to the core. We understand! Still, it’s important for you to know which pests you should be worried about. Here they are:

– Bed bugs – The cold weather isn’t really a problem for bed bugs. They’re used to finding places to hide, and your home is filled with them. It doesn’t help that they can go a year or longer without feeding. They’ll just wait until it warms up again to come out.

– Cockroaches – These are probably the most resilient bugs on the planet. The cold isn’t a match for them at all.

– Stink bugs – These bugs don’t do well in the chilly temperatures outside. However, your home provides them with a safe haven of warmth.

You Can Depend on NJ Pest Control

No matter what time of year it is, your NJ pest control specialists are on the job. Contact us if you see any of the above pests in your home this winter.