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Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs

Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs
Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become the scourge of the pest population due to their dining habits, which include human blood. At one time, bed bugs were a more dormant species but in recent years, this mobile bug has become more problematic for cities around the world. This is due, in part, to more people traveling and the bed bugs stowing away in their luggage.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

If you ask any NJ pest control professional what the easiest way is to get rid of bed bugs using over-the-counter sprays, they’ll tell you there isn’t a bug spray that’s going to eliminate the bloodsuckers.

Recently, researchers at North Carolina State University conducted tests involving boric acid. The tests were by ingestion and by an external covering of boric acid dust.

The results concluded that when boric acid was ingested by the bed bugs, they expired quickly while the bed bugs that were subjected to a high dose of boric acid externally were minimally affected.

Their goal was to find a way to design an easy-to-use bait system based on boric acid to attract and eliminate bed bugs. In the meantime, if you’re seeing signs of bed bugs, such as stains on bedding as well as red itchy welts on your body, or if you just want to have your home checked, contact Stern Environmental for an inspection by an experienced NJ pest control specialist.

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot
Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio has earned the dubious reputation of becoming a hot spot for bloodsucking bed bugs. That’s not the type of reputation any state wants as it negatively impacts business owners, residents, and travelers.

Ohio is on the Hot Seat

The word “epidemic” is being used frequently to describe the current situation in Ohio. While bed bug infestations occur around the United States, some of the northeastern cities in Ohio have taken on epic proportions of these wily and secretive pests.

Dayton, Columbus, Canton, and Akron are a few of the hardest hit cities and nowhere is immune. Bed bugs have been spotted in schools, doctor offices, and retail stores, just to name a few.

Bed bugs are adept at moving from location to location. Signs of bed bugs, besides the itchy bites, include the yellow skins these pests have shed, and dark stains on sheets, comforters, and mattresses. They hide in dark secure places such as between couch cushions, inside crevices along baseboards, stored boxes, backpacks, and even loose wallpaper.

If you want to avoid being known as the “hottest ticket in town” for bed bugs, get NJ pest control professionals involved. Their expert knowledge and bed bug savvy techniques can ensure a bed-bug-free environment. For an inspection and plan of action, contact Stern Environmental to schedule one of our NJ pest control technicians to give your home the once-over for finding potential pesky problems.

Global Bed Bug Summit on November 27 to 29 in Denver, Colorado

Come Hear All the Recent Facts and Ways to Fight Bed Bugs at the November 27th Summit!
Come Hear All the Recent Facts and Ways to Fight Bed Bugs at the November 27th Summit!

NJ pest control professionals who want to learn more about bed bugs can do so at the upcoming Global Bed Bug Summit. The event takes place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Colorado November 27-29, 2018.

Summit Program

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is hosting the Summit and has plenty of activities scheduled. There will be industry experts discussing and showing some of the latest innovative information relating to bed bug research.

The Summit will also have a variety of exhibits where you will have access to pest management professionals displaying new techniques and products relating to handling the threat of bed bugs.

On Tuesday, November 27th, The Colorado Pest Control Association will be in town for the Fall Conference held annually. Attendees of the Global Bed Bug Summit are invited to attend and take advantage of gaining more knowledge as well as listening to keynote speaker, Ryan Avery.

Hotel Accommodations

The Sheraton Denver Downtown is conveniently located near dining, shopping, and entertainment. From the NPMA website, you can make reservations at the hotel. Reservations made by November 2, 2018, pay $149 per night with the group rate.

At Stern Environmental, our NJ pest control specialists are up-to-date on bed bug news and technology. Whether you have a few bed bugs or a serious infestation, our staff is knowledgeable and has the experience and sophisticated equipment to rid your home of pests. Call today.

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.

Bed Bugs: What You Really Need to Know Part One

Knowing How to Fortify Yourself and Your Home Against Bed Bugs Is Key.
Knowing How to Fortify Yourself and Your Home Against Bed Bugs Is Key.

Bed bugs; you can’t live with them and unfortunately due to their mobility, the days of living without them are becoming few and far between. One reason is the increase in international travel that allows these blood-sucking bugs to easily move from continent to continent.

About Bed Bugs

Cimex lectularius is the most common of the bed bug species. Regions with temperate climates such as Europe, North America, and Central Asia are popular habitats for these bugs. The C. hemipterus is found mostly in tropical regions such as California.

For many years, it was assumed bed bug infestations were due to unclean areas, dilapidated houses, and crowded living conditions. That is not necessarily the case any more as they have been found in five-star hotels, resorts, airplanes, commuter trains, buses, schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, to name just a few.

In the past, pesticides were used to control infestations, but through the years, bed bugs have built up a resistance to many treatment solutions. Today, NJ bed bug specialists rely on more sophisticated bed bug equipment and treatments to eliminate the initial infestation and provide ways to prevent them from returning.

To get the best help from professional NJ bed bug specialists, contact the Stern Environmental Group. Our technicians are experienced in finding the source of the bed bug infestation and ridding your home of these problematic bugs. Call today to schedule a home inspection.