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Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot
Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio has earned the dubious reputation of becoming a hot spot for bloodsucking bed bugs. That’s not the type of reputation any state wants as it negatively impacts business owners, residents, and travelers.

Ohio is on the Hot Seat

The word “epidemic” is being used frequently to describe the current situation in Ohio. While bed bug infestations occur around the United States, some of the northeastern cities in Ohio have taken on epic proportions of these wily and secretive pests.

Dayton, Columbus, Canton, and Akron are a few of the hardest hit cities and nowhere is immune. Bed bugs have been spotted in schools, doctor offices, and retail stores, just to name a few.

Bed bugs are adept at moving from location to location. Signs of bed bugs, besides the itchy bites, include the yellow skins these pests have shed, and dark stains on sheets, comforters, and mattresses. They hide in dark secure places such as between couch cushions, inside crevices along baseboards, stored boxes, backpacks, and even loose wallpaper.

If you want to avoid being known as the “hottest ticket in town” for bed bugs, get NJ pest control professionals involved. Their expert knowledge and bed bug savvy techniques can ensure a bed-bug-free environment. For an inspection and plan of action, contact Stern Environmental to schedule one of our NJ pest control technicians to give your home the once-over for finding potential pesky problems.

Winter Bed Bug 101 Tips – What to Know to Stay Safe from Infestations

Catch The Bedbugs
Catch The Bedbugs

Bed bugs aren’t like flies and other bugs that disappear during the winter months. These pests stay active throughout the year, especially when they have a steady supply of blood to feed on. You can take steps to keep these pests at bay this winter, so that you won’t have to worry about needing professional NJ pest control to deal with a bed bug problem.

Cover Your Mattress

Bed bugs tend to hide in the seams of mattresses, which can make them difficult to find. Putting a protective covering or encasement over your mattress and box spring can keep these bugs from entering these hiding places. Just make sure that you check the covering for tears or other areas where bed bugs could squeeze through.

Get Rid of Clutter

You can spend the long winter months going through your belongings and eliminating clutter. Having clutter around provides many hiding spots for bed bugs, which can lead to a big infestation. Clearing out clutter means you’re less likely to need NJ pest control.

Vacuum Frequently

Pull out your vacuum cleaner at least once a week during winter. Vacuum carpeting, furniture and even curtains and drapes. Bed bugs like to hide in these places, but vacuuming can help remove them.

If you find bed bugs in your home this winter, contact Stern Environmental to schedule NJ pest control service. Our technicians can find and eliminate these pests.

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!

Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation

Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation
Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation

No matter what the season may be people are traveling hither and yon for business and for pleasure. Whether it’s jetting across the pond to Europe or getting away for the weekend out of town, people are mobile. So are bed bugs.

That’s right. These tiny bloodsuckers are world travelers via luggage, totes, and your clothes, especially during the peak seasons.

Tips for Bed Bug Prevention When Traveling

Secure luggage upon arrival at your accommodations by placing the luggage in the shower or bathtub. The reason; bed bugs won’t be hiding in those two places. They will be hiding in the closet, carpet, furniture, and mattress.

– Pack a flashlight so you can check inside drawers, behind pictures, and around sofa or chair cushions.

– Inspect the bed down to the bare bones. Remove the linens and the mattress cover and check for signs or even bugs.

– If there’s a luggage rack, check around the straps carefully for bed bug activity and/or eggs.

– At home, unpack luggage outside. Take all machine washable clothing items immediately to the washer. Dry on high heat. For items that cannot be machine washed, place them in the dryer on high heat for approximately 20 minutes.

At Stern, our NJ pest control technicians are experts at bed bug detection and treatment. If you’ve brought home some wayward travelers, one of our NJ pest control specialists will come out for an in-depth inspection.

Family of Baby Scarred by Bedbugs Receives $1.6 Million

Family of Baby Scarred by Bedbugs Receives $1.6 Million
Family of Baby Scarred by Bedbugs Receives $1.6 Million

On April 2, 2018, a California family’s life changed for the better when a lawsuit filed in 2012 came through with a $1.6 million payout due to a bed bug infested apartment.

Hard Lesson to Learn

In 2012, the parents of a then three-year-old son and infant daughter became alarmed when both were covered with red itchy bites. Upon searching their apartment, the couple found a large bed bug infestation and reported the problem to the managers of the apartment complex.

The company instructed the family to throw out all of their belongings and then ordered bedbug treatment for the apartment a week later leaving the family to live with minimal conditions, which included sleeping on the floor. During this time, their son suffered from the itchy bites that caused him to continuously scratch resulting in bleeding and ultimately scars.

Days turned into weeks and the fumigated apartment and the bed bugs persisted in their torture. It took three months before the carpet was replaced, which finally eliminated the pests.

The family moved in 2014 and filed suit against the apartment complex citing the condition of their son, his scars, and emotional distress. The verdict yielded the largest amount in the U.S. for a single family.

When you’re in need of bedbug treatment, don’t wait until it’s out of hand. Get professional help immediately from Stern Environmental Group. It’s an investment that pays for itself.