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Technology Advances Into the Bed Bug Monitoring Arena

Understanding Bed Bug Life Cycles are Important.
Understanding Bed Bug Life Cycles are Important.

NJ bed bug specialists are busier than ever with the increasing influx of bed bugs expanding their populations around the world.

While international traveling is still a top activity, the downside is the exposure guests are experiencing with bed bugs who’ve made hotels their stomping/chomping ground.

New Technology

In Helsinki, Finland, a new product for bed bug detection has been developed by Valpas. The automated safety system is the first of its kind and works on a simple premise. The product is attached to bed legs in hotel rooms to capture the tiny pests that haven’t checked out.

Once they’re caught, hotel staff is alerted by the “smart” leg technology who can then take steps to address the issue before the bloodsucking bed bugs set up permanent residence.

By making this smart technology available to hotels, guests are less stressed when checking in busy hotels that have repeat guests who know the hotel has active bed bug detection.

It’s a win-win situation for both hotels and guests. Hotels can expect more guest traffic due to safety measures and guests get to enjoy a better bug-free experience.

On the home front, if you find signs of bed bugs in your home, you need the help of NJ bed bug specialists from Stern. Our technicians will do a full inspection, then plan an action of attack. When bed bugs arrive, Stern is on your side. Call today.

Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists - Stern Environmental Group!
When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

Many people grew up hearing the rhyme ‘Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ and most likely didn’t give much thought to its origins. Parents and children probably didn’t think about the real possibility of biting bed bugs, either, since the use of pesticides and DDT in the 20th century nearly eradicated the pests from existence.

Today, with the influx of travelers making their way to destinations across the globe, bed bugs have resurfaced with a vengeance. So, before sharing the rhyme with friends or family, you might want to think twice as some may have real life experience of not sleeping tight while the bed bugs took bite after bite.

Rhyme History

There are numerous theories about the origins of the rhyme but historians aren’t convinced the suggested reasons for the rhyme are anything more than guesswork.

The Oxford English Dictionary explains that “sleep tight” means to sleep soundly and doesn’t mention bed bugs.

Although the earliest the bed bug phrase was cited was in the late 19th century, earlier citations don’t mention the word “bug”. Other words used include fleas, buggers, and mosquitoes.

At Stern we have everything needed to guarantee a bed bug free home including expert NJ bed bug exterminators. When you have a pest problem, contact us to schedule an inspection with one of our NJ bed bug exterminator professionals so you can sleep tight every night.

Bed Bug Bites Plagued Early Humans Too

We May have Evolved From the People Thousands of Years Ago, But We Still Face Many of the Same Problems.
We May have Evolved From the People Thousands of Years Ago, But We Still Face Many of the Same Problems.

In today’s fast-track world of people moving around using multiple forms of transportation, traveling to destinations around the world, or moving to a new home, bed bugs have become part and parcel of our lives.

While we may think these blood sucking vampire insects are new to the environment scene, current research has uncovered evidence in Oregon that the genus Cimex, goes as far back as 11,000 years.

Researchers doing archaeological digs at the eight Paisley Five Mile Point Caves recovered 14 specimens of cimicids, which are close relatives to bed bugs.

During the time period these insects were alive, cave dwellers also inhabited the caves seasonally. While bats living in the caves were the main source of food for the bugs, researchers conclude there is a high probability the bugs also fed on the humans.

In today’s world, humans are faced with three species of bed bugs. These include the Cimex lectularius, which is the most common, the Cimex hemipterus, which is a worldwide traveler but prefers the tropics, and the Leptoimex boueti, which resides in Africa.

Regardless of which species is making its presence known, each is problematic for humans.

If you’re experiencing a bed bug invasion, local NYC and NJ bed bug exterminators can handle it. With professional services and techniques, NYC and NJ bed bug exterminators can pinpoint the problem and take immediate action to clear your home of unwanted guests.

Bed Bugs: The Signs of a Problem

The Problem With Finding Bedbugs
The Problem With Finding Bedbugs

Bed bugs have no shame. They don’t care where you live, work, go to school, or where you go on vacation. Wherever they can commute to, that’s where they’ll set up a base of operations whether it’s via a briefcase, backpack, suitcase, or used furniture.

Signs of Bed Bug Bites

Bites from bed bugs leave clusters of 3 to 5 red and itchy bites that are uncomfortable on the best of days.

Keep in mind these pests are tiny and chance are you won’t see them at all. The bites may be confused with those of a mosquito or flea and for some people, the bites can cause an allergic reaction.

Signs Bed Bugs Have Moved In

If your home has a large infestation of bed bugs, it’s possible you’ll see an actual bug but most likely, you won’t so you need to be aware of what to look for.

  • Look for small, white oval shaped eggs found in out-of-the-way places such as cracks or small holes.
  • Check your mattress or sofa and chair cushions for empty bed bug shells.
  • A sweet odor that borders on smelling musty is a sure sign of an infestation.
  • If you see small black flecks on bedding or beneath cushions, this is excrement produced by bed bugs.

Before the bed bugs decide to make you their next meal, contact Stern Environmental Group for help with eliminating these unwanted pests.

Bed Bugs Found in Princeton University Dorms

The discovery of bed bugs at Princeton University gives credence to bed bugs’ reputation as equal opportunity pests. These small blood-sucking pests cross social, economic and cultural barriers. They are as likely to be found in tony Princeton dorm rooms as homeless shelters. The discovery of bed bug infestations in two Princeton University dorm rooms reported by NJ.com earlier this month merely proves the point.

Unlike many other insects, bed bugs are not attracted by filth or food scraps. When bed bugs are found, the common denominator is human blood. Bed bugs feed on human blood, typically at night when their meal ticket (you!) is fast asleep. When bed bugs latch on, they may feed for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Like ticks, bed bugs grow in size as they feed; their color becoming redder and darker as blood fills their bodies.

Most people don’t wake up when bitten by a bed bug because these insects inject a numbing agent as they insert their proboscis. The intense itching associated with their mosquito-like bites doesn’t usually start until the victim wakes up in the morning. However, because only 50% of victims react to bed bug bites, you could be on the menu and never know it!

Getting rid of bed bugs is a job for licensed pest control professionals that have significant experience in bed bug extermination.