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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.

NYC Mice Found to Carry Dangerous Drug Resistant Diseases

Mouse Control
Don’t Let Disease Carrying Mice Take Over Your Establishment!

Research undertaken in New York City by microbiologists focused on collecting the furry creatures and analyzing the bacteria and potential diseases they carry. Several of the city’s boroughs were the target for collection of the specimens, which were gathered from residential and commercial buildings.

The Findings

It’s a known fact that mice carry a variety of diseases such as Leptospira, Shigella, Clostridium difficile, E. coli, and salmonella.

During the research project, a total of 36 viruses were found. Among these, six were new. Although the six new viruses did not pose a threat to humans, other bacteria in the mice could be spread to humans.

The Idea

Drug-resistant disease-causing bacteria is a concern and the research brought to light the extent that this antibiotic resistance may be.

Because New York is one of the most visited cities in the U.S., it is important that research continue to be developed to explore and understand these diseases and their potential effect on humans.

Whether you live in a house, apartment, or condominium, or your job brings you to the city, having a NJ Pest Control inspect and treat your space is a smart step to take to promote good health.

If you’re concerned about mice inside or outside your home or business, get some peace of mind with a NJ pest control specialist from Stern Environmental who will inspect your property. Call today to schedule an appointment.

The Eastern Gray Squirrel – What to Know About Their Breeding and Habits

What to Know About Squirrels
What to Know About Squirrels

The gray squirrel has a large home base as it enjoys the many forests in the eastern portion of North America and those located in southern Canada. They prefer old-growth hardwoods where they build their nests, which are usually constructed with a combination of twigs, bark, twigs, and leaves. They also make their nests inside tree cavities.

Breeding Habits

The breeding habits of the gray squirrel are in many ways the same as those of a red squirrel. This means you’ll see close to a dozen male squirrels engaging in what is referred to as the “mating chase.”

The mating season takes place twice a year, once in the latter part of the winter season and again during the mid-summer season. Females ages two years or older are likely to have more than one litter. Younger females usually have just one litter.

Females average 2-3 babies per litter where they remain in the nest or den for around 49 days before attempting to leave the nest, and around 70 days before they’re weaned.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels may get in the attic where they can do damage to electrical wiring due to their propensity for chewing. A NJ pest control expert will need to be called to remove the squirrel(s) safely. This could include her babies.

If squirrels are wreaking havoc in your attic, Stern Environmental is your go-to NJ pest control specialist. Call us today.

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.