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Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

When it comes to bed bug infestations, it’s important to handle them the right way and as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could end up having a highly expensive problem that you’ll need professional NJ pest control experts to deal with. A public library in the Midwest found this out the hard way.

Costly Bed Bugs

The Des Plaines Public Library in Illinois had a bed bug problem that cost them more than $22,000 to fix. These pests were found in several locations in the building and required extensive treatment to eliminate. Even with this treatment, library officials admit that it’s hard to completely get rid of these pests. The library staff now has pest control professionals come by to do inspections on a regular basis.

Libraries and Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been found in other libraries in the U.S. over the past several years. These pests can easily travel from someone’s home to the local library by hiding inside library books. This is a good reminder to check library books and any other used or secondhand items you bring into your home to make sure that bed bugs and other pests aren’t lurking inside.

If your home or business has bed bugs, contact Stern Environmental as soon as possible for help. We offer effective and dependable NJ pest control services for bed bugs and other pests.

Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug “Faker”?

Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug "Faker"?
Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug “Faker”?

You think you might have bed bugs, but you’re not completely sure. The fact that you have doubts is a good thing. A bed bug infestation is a real problem, and it’s one that can literally keep you up at night for months.

But it’s possible that you don’t even have bed bugs at all. There are several other pests that look just like them. As your NJ pest control specialists, we’d like you to know more about them.

Bugs That Look Like Bed Bugs

Your “bed bug” problem might be something else entirely. This might be a relief, but it also might worry you that it could be something much worse. The first step is to properly identify what the pest is. These are the bugs that are often mistaken for bed bugs:

– The spider beetle

Cockroach nymphs

– Bat Bugs

– Carpet beetle

– Book lice

Before you panic, you should talk with a NJ pest control specialist. They will be able to tell you exactly what type of problem you have.

Your NJ Pest Control Experts Are Here to Help

At Stern Environmental, we understand how it feels when you think you might have a bed bug problem. In reality, that could be what you’re dealing with, but you’ll want it diagnosed by a professional. We can help you with that, as well as help you with their extermination. Please contact us to learn more.

Heat Treatment to Kill Bed Bugs Causes Death of Resident

Heat Treatment to Kill Bed Bugs Causes Death of Resident
Heat Treatment to Kill Bed Bugs Causes Death of Resident

A sad and tragic situation occurred in 2017 involving heat treatment to eliminate bed bugs that resulted in the death of an 82-year-old woman.

Heat Treatments and Safety

According to a lawsuit filed by the family of Elizabeth Ashbaugh, the residence she and her husband shared at a senior living community had undergone bed bug treatment.

The home had been processed using a heat treatment that raised the temperature inside the home to 139 degrees. The treatment used a heat application only; no chemicals were involved. Upon returning home, the Ashbaughs entered and were immediately affected by the high heat and began experiencing a loss of consciousness. Both were rushed to the hospital where Mrs. Ashbaugh passed away due to hypothermia.

The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming both the Certified Termite and Pest Control company and the Laure Point Senior Apartments for negligence. It was also noted that neither Mr. or Mrs. Ashbaugh had received safety instructions from anyone letting them know under what conditions it would safe to return to their apartment.

A NJ bed bug control specialist is just a call away at Stern Environmental. Our experienced NJ bed bug control technicians are experts in the proper handling of heat control processes, as well as chemical treatments, and the applicable safety measures. For a free inspection, contact Stern to find out what tiny insects might be lurking in your home.

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.

University of Minnesota Creates a Retailers Guide to Fight Bed Bugs

Retailer's Guide to Bed Bugs
Retailer’s Guide to Bed Bugs

At Stern’s NYC pest control, we always want to stay one step ahead of bed bugs, and any way that we can help consumers or retailers is a bonus.

To that end, the University of Minnesota has created a retailers guide that gives solid and useful information about fighting bed bugs, and it’s a “must read” for those in the hotel business, hospitals, office buildings, movie theaters and virtually any other place where large numbers of people gather or congregate in a residential or commercial setting.

Here is a basic overview of the article:

Let’s Beat the Bed Bug

• A general history of bed bug infestations and where these pests can be found in both residential and retail establishments.

• An explanation of how bed bugs actually get into a retail store setting.

• Places in retail stores where they are most often found, highlighting both lower risk areas and higher risk areas.

• Prevention and control methods which address clutter, product returns, and what employees and managers need to know if there are bed bug complaints. This section also addresses basic bed bug control and having a pest control company summoned if bed bugs are found.

If you have any questions about bed bugs for your retail business or your residence, please contact us at Stern Environmental Group. We are bed bug experts and have been serving the NYC and New Jersey areas for nearly 20 years.