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Five Facts About Bed Bugs – What to Know

Bed Bugs: A Homeowner's Nightmare
Five Facts About Bed Bugs – What to Know

With bed bug incidents on the rise, homeowners and business owners should learn more about these pests. Knowing more about bed bugs, including what they look like, can help you identify them on your property. Keep in mind that you should turn to professional NJ pest control experts to get rid of these bugs.

1. Bed bugs are a reddish-brown color and measure about a quarter-inch long. They are also typically flat and rounded, but they have a bloated appearance after they feed.

2. Bed bugs are mainly active during the night while people are sleeping, but they can also come out during the day in order to feed.

3. Bed bugs can feed on any part of the body, although they mostly head to exposed areas of skin. Bites mainly occur on the arms, neck, hands and face.

4. Bed bugs travel around from place to place on items, and it’s very easy for them to hide. These bugs have been found in many places, including luxury hotels, buses and movie theaters.

5. Bed bugs only need about 10 minutes to fill up on blood. After feeding, they can go for days without needing to do so again.

If you are dealing with bed bugs in your home or business, contact Stern Environmental for help. We offer reliable NJ pest control to eliminate bed bugs in residential and commercial properties.

Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware

Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware
Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware

Bug Beware

Do you know any blood-sucking pests? How can you oust them out of your life? We are talking bed bugs of course! Our Stern Environmental team of NJ Pest Control experts keeps the bugs out of your life and your focus on point! We help you experience life bug-free so you can catch some quality zzz’s.

Taking Notes

Whip out your notebook and make some observations. Below is a quick checklist of what you’ll find when bedbugs are invading your dorm:

1. Look in every nook and cranny. In other words, scan seams and welts for signs of bugs. You may find fecal or blood stains in various areas.

2. Check outlets behind furniture and along plaster cracks. Small pea sized pearl-like egg deposits will hide here.

3. Watch out for the baseboards. Old bug skeletons lurk there!

Stop the Madness

Before you call in sick for a class to toss out your bed, here are some simpler ways to address a bed bug problem:

1. Toss clothing and linens straight from your bag into the wash.

2. Give yourself and your clothes a good rinse in extremely hot water.

3. If you have unwashable items, get them to a heated temp of 120 degrees for 2 hours in a sealed bag.

Our Stern Environmental NJ Pest Control will finish the job! Contact us today, so you can finally get some worry-free sleep!

EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center

EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center
EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center

Bed bugs continue to make an impact on homes and businesses around the world. While some people are well-versed on these tiny bloodsucking pests, others have never come in contact with the bugs.

As more people travel and are, overall, more mobile whether they’re accessing public transportation in their hometown or taking an international flight to distant destinations, bed bug information is vital.

Environmental Protection Agency

In an effort to keep the public and private sectors up-to-date with bed bug information, their website is loaded with everything you need to know to be well-versed in bed bug characteristics, activity, where to find them, and how to prevent infestations.

In our part of the world, NJ bed bug specialists are the go-to professionals to seek out and destroy bed bugs who’ve infiltrated a home or business.

With specialized treatments and an assortment of techniques and products, bed bugs can be eliminated in a safe way for homeowners. For businesses and companies, especially those in the fields of hospitality, apartment rentals, and nursing homes, integrated pest management is explained on the website.

From bed bug myths to questions and answers about bed bugs, take a moment to visit the EPA website.

When you’re ready to have your home inspected for bed bugs or treated for an infestation, contact Stern Environmental. We’ll schedule our NJ bed bug specialists to visit your home and suggest a plan of action.

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.

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.