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New Research on Fungal Biopesticides May Provide New Bed Bug Treatment

Fungal Spores: A Bio-Alternative to Bed Bug Extermination?
Fungal Spores: A Bio-Alternative to Bed Bug Extermination?

With the new pesticide-resistant strain of bed bugs, there has been a huge serge in bed bug infestations, especially along the east coast of the U.S. One of the deadliest new advancements in bed bug control is a completely non toxic, NYC bed bug freeze treatment. This method uses liquid CO2 to literally freeze bed bugs in their tracks.

As chilling as that may sound, it’s highly effective on contact and there is no post-treatment residue.

The New Wave

Fungal biopesticides are being explored as the new wave in bed bug control. Environmentally harmless fungus spores are administered into areas where bed bugs may live. When these spores come into contact with a bed bug, they burrow into their bodies and grow inside of the bug. Eventually, the bed bug is consumed and dies, releasing more spores that find other bed bugs to eat.

So far in testing, there has been a 95% success rate in killing off bed bug colonies, with no resistance seen. It is safe for humans and pets, and the spores can be spread around laying dormant until a bed bug walks by.

For More Information

For the latest in bed bug extermination and prevention, the NYC bed bug freeze treatment, or anything related to bed bugs in general, please contact Stern Environmental. We are the bed bug experts and have been serving the NYC area for nearly 20 years.

Bed Bug Resurgence Caused by Globalization and Other Multiple Factors

Resurgence of Bedbugs Due to Multiple Factors
Resurgence of Bedbugs Due to Multiple Factors

Bed bug infestations have been increasing in the NYC area in recent years for many reasons. Although the presence of bed bugs used to be associated with unsanitary or unhygienic conditions, this has changed considerably. Bed bugs have been thriving in a wide range of environments, including buildings that are normally kept clean. Pesticide changes, globalization and even interior decor trends have been contributing to these infestations.

Pesticides

Pesticides containing DDT have been banned since 1972, but they used to be effective at getting rid of bed bugs. At the same time, pesticides that are highly effective at killing cockroaches have been increasing in use, resulting in fewer cockroaches around to prey on bed bugs.

Globalization

With more and more people traveling around the country and the world, bed bugs have been easily carried from one place to another in suitcases. Limited travel in the past used to make it harder for these pests to infest other places.

Interior Decor

The shabby chic style of interior decor has also made it easier for bed bugs to find their way into new buildings. Purchasing secondhand furniture and other items comes with the risk that these objects are already infested with these pests.

Don’t let bed bugs cause problems in your building. Contact Stern Environmental Group, so our NYC bed bug specialists can thoroughly handle infestations and prevent more of these pests from entering your building.

How Do You Know if You Have a Bed Bug Infestation in Your Office?

Fun Facts About Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs In The Office

Bed bugs are showing up more often in the NYC area in commercial buildings. If you’ve had employees complain about bug bites at work, it’s possible that your office has an infestation. However, keep in mind that other types of bugs, including fleas and mosquitos, can also cause bites. You’ll need to do some detective work to find out if bed bugs are the culprit.

Visible Signs of Bed Bugs

Check the furniture in your office for signs of bed bugs. If you don’t see the actual bugs, you might find tiny brown or black spots left behind by these critters. Look closely at bookcases, filing cabinets, desks and chairs for these spots, which are fecal matter from bed bugs.

Catching a Bed Bug

One of the most effective ways to determine whether or not you have an infestation is by trapping a bed bug. You can do this by placing clear packing tape around desk or chair legs with the adhesive side out. The tape will catch any bed bugs that walk across it.

Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs

Some dogs are trained to sniff out bed bugs, making it easier for you to find out if you have an infestation. These dogs can even find locations that bed bugs are hiding in.

Worried that you might have a bed bug infestation? Call Stern Environmental for nontoxic, effective NYC office bed bug treatment.

New Products Hitting The Market For Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Extermination
Bed Bug Extermination

Bed bugs are big business. Apple seed-sized insects that creep into our beds to feed on our blood, bed bugs incite fear well out of proportion to their small size. And there are plenty of folks who want to cash in on that fear. Since bed bugs resurfaced in the U.S., bed bug killing products have flooded the marketplace. Some live up to their promises, but many do not.

Since bed bugs invaded New York City, Stern Environmental Group has been field testing and evaluating new bed bug products. Our goal is to separate the winners from the losers so you can buy bed bug elimination, prevention and monitoring products with confidence.

Bed Bug Product Standouts

Stern offers a wide range of useful products designed to fight bed bugs, but there are three products we consider standouts:

1. Protect-A-Bed bed bug proof mattress covers and box spring encasements are designed by pest control experts. Bed bugs cannot bite through or penetrate these specialized mattress and bed spring enclosures, providing a permanent barrier between you and bed bugs.

2. Bed bug monitors are a game-changer in the war on bed bugs, allowing for fast professional bed bug extermination before infestations grow and spread.

3. ZappBug portable bed bug killing heater kills bed bugs and their eggs in luggage, clothing, toys and other items. (Furniture size also available.)

For bed bug products you can rely on, visit the Stern Marketplace.

Pesticide Resistant Bed Bugs on the Rise

Bed bugs that have developed a resistance to the chemicals used to exterminate them are on the rise in concentrated metropolitan areas such as New York City. Professional bed bug exterminators are seeing more bed bug infestations that do not respond adequately to the professional pesticides used by most pest control companies.

This chemical resistance is a nationwide problem that was first noticed a couple of years ago in heavily-infested cities like NYC. At first the phenomenon was considered relatively rare, but incidents of pesticide-resistant bed bugs have been multiplying and are now fairly common.

Bed bugs have proven to be highly adaptable. Use of the powerful pesticide DDT effectively rid the U.S. of bed bugs in the 1950s. Decades later when these pests started returning to the U.S. in the luggage of international travelers, scientists discovered that new bed bug populations had developed an immunity to now-banned DDT. The same cycle is repeating with today’s pesticides, making them increasingly less effective on bed bugs.

Fortunately, pest control professionals have other options that are even more effectively than chemicals at killing bed bugs. Bed bugs are temperature sensitive and perish when exposed to extreme cold or heat. Heat chambers are effective in killing bed bugs hiding in clothing and possessions but take time to exterminate household infestations. Cryonite, on the other hand, kills bed bugs instantly with a blast of sub-zero “snow.” Find out more about Cryonite on our website.