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What Hoteliers Should Know About Bed Bugs and Their Prevention

Don't Settle into Your Hotel Room Just Yet, Always Do a Bed Bug Check!
Don’t Settle into Your Hotel Room Just Yet, Always Do a Bed Bug Check!

Concerned about the potential for a bed bug infestation in your establishment? The NJ pest control experts at Stern want you to know that although you can’t keep bed bugs out of your rooms, there are actions you can take to protect the reputation of your hotel and ensure rapid eradication.

Bed Bug Mug Shot

Everyone on staff should know how to ID these pests. Study bug characteristics in all stages, including eggs, colorless or red nymphs, adult bugs which look similar to wood ticks, and the shape and color of bugs pre/post feeding. Regularly review photos of bed bugs and the casings they shed as they grow, as well as evidence of feces (black spots like grains of pepper) and small blood stains on mattresses and linens where they feed.

Be on the Lookout

Train ALL hotel staff to watch for bed bugs, from those who handle luggage to those who launder linens. They can help you identify an infestation in its infancy. Train housekeeping staff to examine beds, bedding, luggage stands and baseboards for signs each time they service a room.

Take Precautions

Store dirty and clean linens separately. Always have staff store belongings away from cleaning/laundering areas. Periodically remove and inspect behind headboards.

Guest report a bed bug infestation? Trap the suspected pest on a piece of tape or place in a jar/bag. Then contact the trusted NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environmental.

Incredible? Class Action Lawsuit Proceeds After Judge Sees Mice Lounging on Pest Control Device in Question

You Know a Pest Repellent Doesn't Work When Said Pest is Lounging on it.
You Know a Pest Repellent Doesn’t Work When Said Pest is Lounging on it.

Do you think NJ pest control in your home or office is something that you can handle on your own? A class action lawsuit against the makers of an over-the-counter anti-rodent device may change your mind.

“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”

In 2015, several women in Palm Desert, CA and Woodville, TX filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against BHH, LLC. Plaintiffs claimed they bought the company’s Ultrasonic Pest Repellers, sold under the brand name Bell+Howell, based on promotional claims that the product was “fast and effective” in repelling mice and other pests.

Lawyers for BHH asked to have the lawsuit dismissed, but U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III allowed the suit to proceed after viewing pictures of mice lounging on and around the device. Pauley noted that the packaging included disclaimers about possible interference with the ultrasonic signals, but stated it was up to a jury to decide if the devices were falsely marketed.

The lawsuit also seeks to represent other consumers who purchased more than 2.4 million of the devices. Plaintiffs cited numerous studies published prior to 2011 indicating that the pest repellers are ineffective.

Stern Environmental Group: NJ Pest Control Experts

When it comes to mice, rats and other pests, don’t take chances. Our innovative extermination services are safe, effective and affordable. Contact us to schedule an appointment and enjoy peace of mind.

Incredible? Pest Tech Finds Rifle Loaded Clip and Extra Bullets Inside Rodent Trap in Florida

Crazy Rodent Pest Control Story
Crazy Rodent Pest Control Story

Our NJ pest control experts are used to dealing with a wide range of insects and wildlife. A pair of technicians in Florida recently made an unexpected “catch” when they discovered one of their traps containing live ammunition.

An Unusual Form of “Bait”

Last September the technicians were making the rounds of rodent traps they had set in the San Messina neighborhood of Weston, FL. They were surprised to find a loaded rifle clip and spare bullets inside a trap located in a relatively quiet area.

Traps are rebaited once a month, so the ammo had likely been there for less than four weeks. But since the items were rusty, police believe ammo had been in the trap for at least several days.

Who’s Behind It?

For safety purposes, the traps are locked, but the ammo appeared to have been placed inside via the pest portal. Police took possession of the items and they’re concerned that someone, possibly even a child, was attempting to hide the ammo.

William Black, one of the technicians, expressed concern about their find. He termed it “creepy,” particularly in light of the violent acts that have been in the news over recent years.

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Our state-of-the-art NJ pest control services are safe and effective for all environments. Contact Stern Environmental Group to schedule an inspection by our friendly and experienced technicians.

What Property Managers Need to Know About German Yellow Jackets

What to Know About Yellow Jacket Wasps
What to Know About Yellow Jacket Wasps

Property managers have numerous responsibilities. If you’re a property manager, chances are you have a wide variety of tasks to complete on a daily basis. Unfortunately, German Yellow Jackets have no sympathy for your schedule and interrupt without the slightest provocation.

Rather than adding another burden to your overloaded shoulders, our Stern Environmental NJ Pest Control team helps you stay on task and takes German Yellow Jackets off your uninvited guest list!

Why Yellow Jackets Make Lousy House Guests

First of all, German Yellow Jackets don’t allow blocked entrances or closed doors to stop them from getting to a hive. They’ll eat through interior walls and invade other rooms to achieve their purpose. Blocked entries only encourage their resourcefulness. Likewise, sprayed insecticides are no deterrent because they will then seek another route.

Also, like guests that tend to overstay their welcome these uninvited pests don’t respond well to criticism. They’ll pursue their confronters for long distances when they feel their hive has been threatened.

Yellow jackets love to occupy homes that have been “lived-in” before. Previous nesting places for hives are open invitations for German Yellow Jackets. They like reinhabiting so they can focus more on colonizing – often in the thousands!

Stern Environmental’s NJ Pest Control Gets Pests to Buzz Off

Finally, you’ll be able to tackle your normal “to-do” list by enlisting Stern’s NJ Pest Control experts! Click here and find out more!

Common Sense Tips for Dealing with a Potential Bed Bug Infestation

Common Sense Tips for Dealing with Bed Bugs
Common Sense Tips for Dealing with Bed Bugs

NJ pest control experts know bed bugs are a pain. The biting, itching, and overall grossness of an infestation inspires people to do some crazy things. Worse, it’s not uncommon for the general public to overreact when bed bugs are reported in the vicinity, assuming every itchy bump on their body a bed bug bite. How bad is your bed bug problem – and do you really have one at all?

Common Sense Tips for Potential Infestations:

Don’t assume

Just because you have a few itchy bumps or bites doesn’t mean you have bed bugs. Misidentifying pests won’t resolve your pest/bite problems, so until you’ve determined the issue keep your home clean.

Bed bugs like to hide in cracks and crevices. Steam-clean regularly and empty vacuum cleaners frequently.   

Gather evidence.

If you don’t see traces of bed bugs inside the box spring or under the mattress, bed bug traps and monitors can help identify hidden pests. 

Be wary of DIY solutions.

Pesticides labeled for bed bug eradication available at local hardware stores are frequently misused. Worse, many bed bugs have developed a resistance to these chemicals, to which you may be uselessly exposing your family.

Rent? Property owners are legally responsible for resolving bed bug issues. State health inspectors can offer help or mandate remediation.

Are those bed bugs bites?

Resolve your fears with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.