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Trying To Identify And Avoid Bed Bugs? There’s An App For That!

Trying To Identify And Avoid Bed Bugs? There's An App For That!
Trying To Identify And Avoid Bed Bugs? There’s An App For That!

With bed bugs being found more often, especially in the NYC area, it’s important to have as much information as possible about these pests. An app created earlier this year provides information on identifying bed bugs, treating infestations, and much more. Here’s what you can learn about New York City bed bug control with this app.

Bed Bug Identification

Do you really have bed bugs in your home? The Bed Bug Field Guide app, which is free, helps you determine if the pests you’re dealing with are bed bugs or another insect. You can find out what bed bugs and their bites look like, so you can identify them and get the help you need.

Bed Bug Elimination

What should you do about bed bugs? The app walks you through how to handle a bed bug infestation with help from professionals and how to save your belongings instead of destroying them. You can also learn how to eliminate bed bugs from public places.

Bed Bug Prevention

The Bed Bug Field Guide app also provides information on how to protect yourself from these pests. You can keep these prevention tips in mind at home and when you’re out in public or traveling.

At Stern Environmental Group, we provide reliable New York City bed bug control services. Please contact us for more information on these services for your home or business.

What Hoteliers Should Know About Bed Bugs and Their Prevention

Don't Settle into Your Hotel Room Just Yet, Always Do a Bed Bug Check!
Don’t Settle into Your Hotel Room Just Yet, Always Do a Bed Bug Check!

Concerned about the potential for a bed bug infestation in your establishment? The NJ pest control experts at Stern want you to know that although you can’t keep bed bugs out of your rooms, there are actions you can take to protect the reputation of your hotel and ensure rapid eradication.

Bed Bug Mug Shot

Everyone on staff should know how to ID these pests. Study bug characteristics in all stages, including eggs, colorless or red nymphs, adult bugs which look similar to wood ticks, and the shape and color of bugs pre/post feeding. Regularly review photos of bed bugs and the casings they shed as they grow, as well as evidence of feces (black spots like grains of pepper) and small blood stains on mattresses and linens where they feed.

Be on the Lookout

Train ALL hotel staff to watch for bed bugs, from those who handle luggage to those who launder linens. They can help you identify an infestation in its infancy. Train housekeeping staff to examine beds, bedding, luggage stands and baseboards for signs each time they service a room.

Take Precautions

Store dirty and clean linens separately. Always have staff store belongings away from cleaning/laundering areas. Periodically remove and inspect behind headboards.

Guest report a bed bug infestation? Trap the suspected pest on a piece of tape or place in a jar/bag. Then contact the trusted NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environmental.

Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation

Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation
Take A New Look at Updated Tips to Prevent Bringing Home Bedbugs From Your Vacation

No matter what the season may be people are traveling hither and yon for business and for pleasure. Whether it’s jetting across the pond to Europe or getting away for the weekend out of town, people are mobile. So are bed bugs.

That’s right. These tiny bloodsuckers are world travelers via luggage, totes, and your clothes, especially during the peak seasons.

Tips for Bed Bug Prevention When Traveling

Secure luggage upon arrival at your accommodations by placing the luggage in the shower or bathtub. The reason; bed bugs won’t be hiding in those two places. They will be hiding in the closet, carpet, furniture, and mattress.

– Pack a flashlight so you can check inside drawers, behind pictures, and around sofa or chair cushions.

– Inspect the bed down to the bare bones. Remove the linens and the mattress cover and check for signs or even bugs.

– If there’s a luggage rack, check around the straps carefully for bed bug activity and/or eggs.

– At home, unpack luggage outside. Take all machine washable clothing items immediately to the washer. Dry on high heat. For items that cannot be machine washed, place them in the dryer on high heat for approximately 20 minutes.

At Stern, our NJ pest control technicians are experts at bed bug detection and treatment. If you’ve brought home some wayward travelers, one of our NJ pest control specialists will come out for an in-depth inspection.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips for Hotel and Motel Owners

Bed Bug Prevention Tips
Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Hotel and motel owners have a lot to contend with when it comes to keeping rooms above board and shipshape. One area that owners must deal with quickly and efficiently is a bed bug infestation.

These tiny bugs are a major nuisance once they’ve infiltrated hotel and motel rooms. The bloodsucking pests will wreak havoc on guests who will wake up in the morning with a multitude of itchy bites and red welts. Bed bugs aren’t disease carriers but they can cause allergic reactions for some people.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Owners have a lot of remedies at their disposal to eliminate an infestation and ways to prevent an infestation in the first place. Consider these two options to send bed bugs packing.

Cryonite®

This non-toxic, poison-free chemical treats bed bugs by using a rapid freezing method. The process uses CO2 (carbon dioxide snow) to kill bed bugs and their eggs. It works fast and effectively, which allows the affected area to be available for use immediately after a treatment.

Bite-Proof Mattress Covers

Consider placing Protect-A-Bed bite proof covers on mattresses and box springs to prevent bed bug infestations.

If you have an existing bed bug problem in your hotel or motel or suspect the possibility of the bugs, contact the NJ bed bug specialists at Stern Environmental. Call us today and be pest-free tomorrow once our NJ bed bug specialists have treated your property.

Going Away for Spring Break? What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs.

Going Away for Spring Break? What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs.
Going Away for Spring Break? What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs.

Spring break is upon us, and if you’re planning a vacation, then it’s important to do your homework ahead of time so you don’t end up bringing any little hitchhikers home with you. Of course, when we say “hitchhikers,” we mean bed bugs. As your NJ bed bug exterminator, we almost always get a surge of bed bug calls once spring break ends, so here are a few things you need to know.

Avoiding Bed Bugs When You Travel

There’s nothing worse than finding out your hotel has bed bugs. However, you can avoid them by taking a few precautions, such as:

  • Checking hotel reviews for any recent reports of these pests.
  • Spraying your luggage with a bed bug control spray before you pack for your trip.
  • Upon arrival, put your luggage in the bathroom while you inspect the room.
  • Check the mattress, sheets, pillowcases, bed frame and dresser drawers for signs of bed bugs.

If you do find signs of bed bugs, ask for a different room, or leave and go to a different hotel altogether.

What to do if Bed Bugs do Hitch a Ride Home With You

Unfortunately, sometimes even if you’re really careful, you can still bring bed bugs home with you. If this is the case, your NJ bed bug exterminator can help you get rid of them. Don’t lose sleep over bed bugs! Contact us at Stern Environmental instead!