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Losing Everything to Bed Bugs – One Family’s Story

Losing Everything to Bed Bugs - One Family's Story
Losing Everything to Bed Bugs – One Family’s Story

“We were tossing memories,” says a New York mother whose family lost most of their belongings in a bed bug scare. After finding bed bugs in her son’s bedroom and their eggs tucked away in hidden places like the pages of baby books, the family was disgusted but determined to put an end to the problem.

Bed bug treatments have improved over the years, but they are some of the hardest pests to completely eradicate. A big part of that: many bed bugs have developed resistance to pesticides.

The Esposito-Bernard family first tried laundering every garment and linen. Then, they boiled every object that could stand the heat. Before long, the family said goodbye to their baby cribs and other cherished memorabilia. Everyday items and furniture were mostly trashed, too.

Turn to the NJ Bed Bug Specialists

When people find bed bugs, panic often sets in. Some are afraid of chemicals, others fear that eggs will remain.

Thankfully, our NJ bed bug specialists have a green, child-safe, pet-safe treatment from Europe called Cryonite®.

Using food-grade CO2 snow instead of traditional bed bug chemicals, the process can be used in homes, apartment buildings, hotels, hospitals, and many other places. With Cryonite®, you may well get to keep all of your stuff.

If you have a bed bug problem, please consider all your options. Contact the NJ bed bug specialists at Stern Environmental for more info.

Oh Yes, the EPA Says There is a Right Way to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

There's a Right and Wrong Way to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
There’s a Right and Wrong Way to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

A bed bug infestation in your home or business can turn into an uncomfortable itching session sooner or later. When bed bugs invade your property, immediate steps must be taken to eliminate these bloodsucking pests and treat infested areas.

Tips from the Environmental Protection Agency

If you’re going to attempt to rid your property of bed bugs on your own, it’s highly recommend that you carefully follow these safety tips, provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

• Only use pesticides that have been approved by the EPA. If the product does not carry a registration number from the EPA, which is found on the label, then the product has not been determined to kill bed bugs.

• Never use a pesticide that hasn’t been approved for eliminating bed bugs.

• Never assume you know how to use the product. Read the label from top to bottom to ensure you follow all applicable safety steps and properly use the product. This includes where it can be used, under what conditions, overexposure, and any harmful effects to humans and pets.

• Using both heat and cold techniques are options for NYC pest control. These methods are best administered by a professional NYC pest control company with technicians skilled in the proper use of specialized equipment.

To treat your home or business with the latest techniques and innovations, contact the Stern Environmental Group for immediate assistance from qualified experts in pest control.

Plainfield, NJ Senior Complex Overrun by Bed Bugs, Cockroaches

On its website, the city of Plainfield, New Jersey in Union County bills itself as “a suburban treasure,” nothing that it attracts “people from many different lifestyles and backgrounds” who enjoy friendly, small town life. Unfortunately for residents of Richmond Towers, the city’s housing complex for low-income seniors, Plainfield also attracts bed bugs and cockroaches.

Operated by the Housing Authority of Plainfield, the 12-story senior housing complex is overrun by bed bugs and cockroaches, according to NJ.com. While admitting that some work orders may have been missed, building management said they have exterminated for bed bugs several times but can’t seem to get ahead of the infestation and speculated that residents may be bringing bed bugs into the building from senior centers.

The problems at Richmond Towers illustrate the difficult of exterminating bed bugs and cockroaches in apartment buildings. Building management typically relies on residents to prepare their apartments for treatment and clean their clothing and possessions to remove bed bugs and their eggs, an overwhelming task for many residents. If eggs or bugs are missed during cleaning and treatment, infestations can regrow quickly.

It takes persistence, a joint effort between management and residents and an expert licensed New Jersey bed bug exterminator to rid multi-family housing units of bed bugs. Cryonite offers a 2-for-1 punch, killing bed bugs and cockroaches instantly and safely. Visit our website to find out more.

Chicago Aldermen Take On Bed Bugs

Being labeled as having the worst bed bug infestations in the United States has kicked a few of Chicago’s city officials into high gear to rid their city of the little vampires.  The Chicago Sun-Times reported on January 30, 2013 that three Aldermen are heading the fight in the war against bed bugs in the city of Chicago.  The Aldermen proposed a new ordinance to the City Council’s Health and Environmental Protection Committees in an effort to try to stop the blood-fest.  Despite compelling testimony, the decision was made not to vote on the proposed legislation.

The Aldermen’s proposed legislation is quite similar to the legislation that has been created by New York City officials.  NYC was named the most bed bug infested city in the United States in past years, but with educational campaigns, legislation, and expert pest control services, the city’s bed bug problems have continued to drop significantly throughout the past few years.  NYC is now ranked in the #10 spot and will surely continue to drop in the years going forward.

The Alderman’s proposed legislation would:

• Declare bed bugs to be a “public nuisance”.

• Require landlords to hire professional exterminators instead of treating a complex on their own.

• Levy fines of up to $1,000 per day for landlords that do not comply with the regulations.

• Forbid landlords from renting out bed bug infested units.

• Landlords, hotels and businesses must hire exterminators within 10 days of being notified of or finding bed bugs at any establishment.

• Apartment, hotel, and motel rooms located above, below, and on either side must be treated for bed bugs.

• Bed bug infested hotel and motel rooms could not be rented until they are bed bug free.

• Tenants would be required to immediately notify landlords in writing about any bed bug infestation that is found or suspected.

• Mattresses that are infested with bed bugs must be wrapped in plastic prior to being tossed to the curb.

There are those who will argue that these are harsh changes.  But if the city wants to gain the upper hand against bed bugs, they must take a very aggressive approach to fighting the bloodsuckers.  Studies have shown that hiring a licensed pest control professional is the best way to combat bed bug infestations, which is clearly what the Alderman are try to see happen within the city.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire…Or A Bed Bug Bomb!

NJ pest control specialists have known for quite some time that foggers and bug bombs are ineffective treatment methods for the treatment of bed bug infestations.  Countless New Jersey residents have tried this remedy only to find that the tenacious pests persist to suck their blood night after night.

In many cases, using foggers and bug bombs is not only ineffective, it actually makes a bed bug infestation worse!  Bed bugs, like cockroaches, have good survival techniques.  They are able to detect the poisonous gas from this type of treatment method.  Once they detect it, they will high-tale it out of the area that they are holed up in.  This in turn causes the infestation to spread into other rooms, or even other apartments or condos when it is a multi-unit building.

Here’s an interesting bug bomb story for you…

The Bangor Daily News reported on August 22, 2012 that firefighters were called to the scene of a suspected fire in Portland, Maine.  It appeared that a historic building, which is now converted to apartment units, was going up in smoke.  Reports are that three fire trucks arrived onto the scene and safely cleared out the building of all of the residents.

The good news is that no fire was actually found within the historic building.  Upon inspection of the site, firefighters were finally able to determine that a resident had pulled the alarm as he/she mistakenly thought that the plumes of “smoke” being emitted from one particular apartment were not plumes of actual smoke from a fire.  Instead the plumes were caused by the resident who was using a bug bomb/fogger to try to kill the bed bugs that infested the unit.

No harm, no foul.  It was a case of mistaken  identity…but without a doubt; those bed bugs surely survived the ordeal.  Hopefully someone has hooked the resident up with a licensed pest control professional with experience in bed bug eradication!