Category Archives: Bed Bugs

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.

Even Disney World is Not Exempt from Bed Bug Infestations and Complaints

Even Disney World is Not Exempt from Bed Bug Infestations and Complaints
Even Disney World is Not Exempt from Bed Bug Infestations and Complaints

Even Mickey Mouse isn’t immune to bed bugs as a New York couple staying at the Disney Vero Beach Resort can attest to. According to Kevin Hamedi and Allyson Masciotti-Hamedi, their room was infested with the bloodsucking pests.

Bed bugs are notorious travelers and with more people crisscrossing the globe, there has been an increase in bed bug activity infiltrating modes of transportation, dining venues, and hotels and resorts.

This couple filed suit against the Disney Company stating that they had failed in their obligations to provide precautions.

Bed Bug Facts

While bed bugs are a nuisance, there is no evidence these pests carry disease. They hide in dark warm places and venture out of their hiding places in search of warm-blooded food, which is you and your sleeping family.

Bed bugs do not discriminate and will make their home in a 5-star resort as easily as a budget-friendly motel.

Their bites can create red itchy welts and for some the bite can cause an allergic reaction.

For the most part, over-the-counter products won’t take the bite out of bed bugs. When they create an infestation, NYC bed bug specialists are needed to eliminate them quickly and efficiently with the right tools and treatments.

Need professional NYC bed bug specialists to take care of your infestation? Contact Stern Environmental Group to schedule an inspection and the best course of action to send bed bugs packing.

The History of Bedbugs Part Two

The History of Bed Bugs
The History of Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs have been part of the environment for thousands of years, during the 1940s and 50s, infestations in the U.S. were minimal. This was due in part to an increased usage of vacuums and washing machines along with available products designed to eliminate the thirsty bloodsuckers.

Increase in the Bed Bug Population

During the 1990s, international travel became more common, which led to bed bugs hiding away in luggage and being transported back into the U.S. to homes and hotels. Anywhere people who had picked them up abroad and then traveled in the U.S. could become a target for bed bugs. This included airplanes, trains, cruise ships, subways, vehicles, and public buses.

Facts and Stats

A survey conducted in 2015 showed 99.6 percent of pest control professionals, including your NJ bed bug specialist, had been contacted to treat bed bug infestations. The percentage was the same for 2013 but was higher than the previous 5-15-year range.

According to experts, the three areas with the highest population of bed bugs include hotels and motels, apartments and condominiums, and single-family homes.

Summer seems to be the season with the most bed bug activity, which means it would be a good time to schedule an inspection with an NJ specialist.

When you’re in need of a professional pest expert, contact Stern Environmental. We have the experienced staff and products to make your space bed bug free.

The History of Bedbugs Part One

Did you Know?
Did you Know?

In the history of naming bugs, it only stands to reason bed bugs most likely got their name due to their standard operating procedure of dining on humans while tucked away snug and cozy for what should be a restful night’s sleep.

History of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs, also referred to as “wall lice,” “red coates,” and “mahogany flats,” have been an issue as far back as the Pyramids, which means these bloodsucking pests have been enjoying human buffets for over 3,000 years.

As explorers began traveling the high seas in search of new continents, and colonists began moving from Europe to the United States, the pests moved along with them.

A Bed Bug Myth

The thought that bed bugs only inhabit unclean places is a myth as any NYC bed bug specialist will tell you five-star resorts and multi-million-dollar homes are no exception. Bed bugs are avid travelers taking any opportunity to find a mode of transportation to new locations where they set up household and start planning nightly menus.

Bed Bug Hiding Places

If you ask an NYC bed bug specialist where bed bugs may be found in your home, you’ll get a list of places that include mattresses, headboards, behind walls, in drawers, suitcases, backpacks, computer cases, or on a person’s clothes.

If you have a concern about bed bug infestations, contact Stern to schedule an appointment with an experienced NYC specialist.

Cryonite the -110 Degree Fahrenheit Bedbug Freezing Treatment is Best

Cryonite is Very Effective in Killing All Phases of Bedbugs Including Eggs
Cryonite is Very Effective in Killing All Phases of Bedbugs Including Eggs

Many people envision bedbugs being snug and warm in their home cuddled up in the blankets just waiting for someone to slip between the sheets and become their late night buffet.

While this scenario is true, bedbugs aren’t limited to just mattresses. These bloodsucking pests are extremely mobile and will infiltrate a variety of items from luggage and backpacks to packed up boxes and your clothing.

Getting Rid of Bedbugs

While there are numerous over-the-counter bedbug sprays available, none are truly effective on exterminating bedbugs. And with limitations in the types of sprays that pest control services can use, bed bugs are on the march in building their population.

One way bedbugs can be eliminated is by freezing them. This procedure requires a specialized product know as Cryonite®. The bedbug freeze treatment takes the temperature down to very cold levels for rapid freezing.

About Cyronite®

This non-toxic method uses CO2 (carbon dioxide) that is transformed into dry ice-like snow. The snow is dispersed into the area using a machine. The bedbug freeze treatment is not poisonous and doesn’t contaminate the area. It works quickly by freezing the bugs and quickly killing them.

If you’re experiencing a bedbug infestation or concerned that bedbugs may be in your home, contact the professionals at Stern Environmental Group. Our knowledgeable and experienced service technicians will inspect your property and apply the treatment.