Tag Archives: Bed Bug Monitors

Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Barrier for College Students

The start of the fall term always brings a rash of bed bug reports from college campuses. Often students are forced to endure nightly bites from blood-eating bed bugs until housing authorities can arrange for professional bed bug extermination. Frustrated college students ask what they can do to protect themselves while they wait.

We’d like to pass along instructions for a simple do-it-yourself bed bug barrier that we received from colleagues Robert Hayden of Phoenix Pest Control and Dr. Gale Ridge of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. The barrier can be made from common household supplies and may also be of interest to apartment dwellers who have to wait for building managers to arrange bed bug extermination. Use this simple barrier to protect yourself from bed bug bites until the professionals arrive.

  1. Use tin foil baking pans or plastic jar lids.
  2. Pour a very thin layer of cooking, salad or baby oil into the bottom of the container. Soapy water can also be used as bed bugs cannot swim.
  3. Place one container under each leg of your bed.
  4. Unable to climb in the slippery oil, bed bugs looking for a meal will become trapped and drown.
  5. Flush dead bed bugs in the morning.

Stern Environmental also sells bed bug barriers and other bed bug protection products. Call Stern for expert bed bug extermination.

Verify Bed Bugs With Verifi Bed Bug Detector

Controlling bed bugs is a difficult task.  Bed bugs have evolved over the years and have become resistant to many of the pesticides that once were able to kill them.  Pest control professionals are always on the hunt for new and exciting equipment and devices that promise huge results when it comes to bed bug control and elimination.   Stern Environmental Group has just the solution that pest control professionals from coast to coast are looking for…the Verifi Bed Bug Monitor.

In past years, hotels, motels, apartments, and other multi-unit buildings did not provide bed bug treatment until it was reported by residents.  In most cases, the delay caused the bed bugs to spread from room to room until the infestation was out-of-control.

There are many different monitoring devices available on the market.  Some have had promising results, some have had limited success.  The Verifi Bed Bug Monitor is touted as an “intelligent device” in that it is able to lure bed bugs and trap them in the device so that pest control professionals will be able to find an infestation at the early stages. The Verifi Bed Bug Monitor has a lure that mimics the CO2 that humans emit while sleeping.  Bed bugs are then attracted to the lure and once at the device, they quickly fall inside of the pitfall area where they are unable to escape.  The lure provides 90 days of continuous active bed bug monitoring which can be replaced once the 90 days are complete.

This innovative bed bug monitoring and trapping device is available in our online store.  Please visit our website for more useful bed bug tips and resources.

Watch Out Bed Bugs, The NightWatch Is Here!

NJ pest control professionals agree that bed bugs are a formidable enemy in the pest control world.  Bed bugs are known for the elusive behavior and their ability to hide in all types of cracks and crevices. Add in the fact that despite their hunger pangs, bed bugs can abstain from receiving a blood meal for up to 18 months.

Bed bugs can be difficult to harness in hotel rooms, apartments, or rental homes that are not occupied.  When bed bug powders or spray treatments are left in an unoccupied room, there is no incentive for a bed bug to come out for a blood meal.

The NightWatch Bed Bug Monitor and Trap is the perfect aid to hoteliers, apartment owners, colleges, cruise ships, and pest control companies.

The NightWatch can be used to monitor units above, below, or adjacent to rooms that have had an active bed bug infestation and have undergone bed bug treatments.  Using the NightWatch will help ensure that bed bugs have not traveled through the walls seeking harborage in neighboring units.  Hospitals will even benefit from this incredible technology as they will be able to keep their patients safe from bed bug bites with minimal disruption.

Bed bugs are attracted to heat and CO2.  The NightWatch Bed Bug Monitor and Trap works by mimicking the lure that humans create for bed bugs.  Once attracted to the unit, the bed bugs are trapped in the pitfall device until they are disposed of.

It should be noted that you must purchase the CO2 at your local hardware store as federal shipping regulations no longer allow shipping of CO2 containers.

Visit our online store for more information about the innovative NightWatch Bed Bug Monitor and Trap.

HUD’s New Guidelines For Public Housing Authorities In the USA Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Wednesday…

If bed bugs are found, treatment must be completed to the unit and all of the surrounding units as well.  PHAs may offer special services to tenants such as inspecting furniture, non-chemical treatment of furniture prior to moving into a unit, the use of bed bug detection devices or mattress encasements, but tenants are not required to use the services.  All special services must be incurred at the expense of the PHA.

Public Housing Agencies cannot deny residency to tenants who have had previous bed bug experiences.  Preferential treatment may not be provided to tenants based upon their response to the question regarding exposure to bed bugs.  Any person who lives in a HUD owned Public Housing Unit cannot be charged for bed bug eradication services.  All costs for bed bug eradication must be covered by the PHA.

Recognizing that tenants have some responsibility in controlling bed bugs, tenants must also take an active role in avoiding and eliminating the pests.

In the regulation, “tenants are strongly encouraged to immediately report the suspicion of possible bed bugs in a housing unit or other areas of the property.”  This should be a REQUIREMENT, not an encouragement!  Bed bugs spread very quickly.  It is imperative that pest control professionals be called at the first sign of a bed bug infestation.

Tenants will not be reimbursed for bed bug infested items so it is important for them to cooperate and aid in the eradication process.  When bed bugs are concerned, tenants, PHAs and pest control professionals must all work together for full eradication.

Public Housing Agencies and Pest Control Professionals are encouraged to keep abreast of the new HUD guidelines by reading Notice: PIH-2012-17 provided by HUD.

HUD’s New Guidelines For Public Housing Authorities In the USA Part 1 Of 2

Any confusion as to who is responsible for a bed bug infestation within any public housing facility may now be put to rest.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created new bed bug protocol that will protect the tenant and the landlord that will go into effect immediately.

It has been recommended that Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans be implemented to help control bed bugs as well as other types of household pests and HUD is strongly encouraging Pubic Housing Agencies (PHAs) to incorporate a good IPM plan.  According to HUD, the procedures include:

“Raising awareness through education on the prevention of bed bugs.

Inspecting infested area, plus surrounding living spaces.

Checking for bed bugs in luggage and clothes when returning home from a trip.

Looking for bed bugs or signs of an infestation on secondhand items before bringing the items home.

Correctly identifying the pest. Keeping records indicating dates and locations where pests are found.

Cleaning all items within a bed bug infested living area.

Reducing clutter where bed bugs can hide.

Eliminating bed bug habitats.

Physically removing bed bugs through cleaning.

Using pesticides carefully according to the label directions.

Following up on inspections and possible treatments.”

In the new guidelines, PHA must respond to complaints of bed bugs within 24 hours and discuss what measures will be taken to get rid of the pests with tenants.  Inspection of the unit in question, as well as the units above, below, and on the sides must also be performed within three business days.  If bed bugs are not found, re-inspection must be completed periodically over the next several months.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.