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Just How Much are Bedbugs Costing Hotel Owners?

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

The hospitality industry is taking a serious financial hit when it comes to bed bug infestations. Not only that, they’re taking a hit to their respective reputations as well.

Bed Bugs and Hotels

All it takes is someone posting to a social media account, leaving a review, texting friends, or giving an interview about bed bugs found in the room and the hotel is immediately on the defensive.

While no one wants to be bitten by bed bugs while they’re sleeping, there’s always a chance the person was actually bitten by a flea or mosquito and assumed it was a bed bug. This type of unfounded accusation can cause irreparable damage to hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, hostels, and vacation rental properties.

When there is proof of bed bugs and the news is shared, the price of the room immediately drops resulting in the hotel losing money. Add to that the cost of litigation if the hotel is sued, plus remediation and treatment, the cost of inventory replacement, fewer guests and higher operating costs, and it becomes a costly situation.

On the eastern seaboard where many international travelers spend time, NYC bed bug specialists are on call to take care of hotel infestations.

For residents in the vicinity, NYC bed bug specialists provide professional services to tackle sightings and eliminate the problem. If you’re experiencing bed bugs, contact Stern Environmental for a free inspection.

EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center

EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center
EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center

Bed bugs continue to make an impact on homes and businesses around the world. While some people are well-versed on these tiny bloodsucking pests, others have never come in contact with the bugs.

As more people travel and are, overall, more mobile whether they’re accessing public transportation in their hometown or taking an international flight to distant destinations, bed bug information is vital.

Environmental Protection Agency

In an effort to keep the public and private sectors up-to-date with bed bug information, their website is loaded with everything you need to know to be well-versed in bed bug characteristics, activity, where to find them, and how to prevent infestations.

In our part of the world, NJ bed bug specialists are the go-to professionals to seek out and destroy bed bugs who’ve infiltrated a home or business.

With specialized treatments and an assortment of techniques and products, bed bugs can be eliminated in a safe way for homeowners. For businesses and companies, especially those in the fields of hospitality, apartment rentals, and nursing homes, integrated pest management is explained on the website.

From bed bug myths to questions and answers about bed bugs, take a moment to visit the EPA website.

When you’re ready to have your home inspected for bed bugs or treated for an infestation, contact Stern Environmental. We’ll schedule our NJ bed bug specialists to visit your home and suggest a plan of action.

Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency

Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency
Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency

If you are concerned there may be bed bugs in your home or perhaps you already have an infestation, there are two things to do. First, learn how to find them so you know what you’re up against, and second, contact professional NJ bed bug specialists to treat and eliminate the problem.

Tips for Tracking Down Bed Bugs

Finding these tiny pests is like being on a case with Sherlock Holmes. There are plenty of clues the bugs are on the prowl, you just need to put them all together to create a case.

The Environmental Protection Agency is also a super sleuth and has a few tips to point you in the right direction. Signs to look for include reddish colored stains on mattresses, mattress covers, and sheets. Small dark dot-like spots are excrement. If you find small pale yellow skins, eggs, or eggshells, those are from the nymphs. Multiple bites are a sign, and there’s always the chance you’ll find live bed bugs.

Where you’ll find them is like hide-and-seek because bed bugs accumulate in more than one place. You may find them in-between mattress and box spring seams, cracks and crevices on the headboard, inside electrical receptacles, folds of curtains, seams of chairs, between sofa cushions, and more.

The sooner bed bugs are eliminated, the better. For help from NJ bed bug specialists, contact Stern Environmental for a free inspection and consultation.

Tips for Keeping Bed Bugs Away – A Focus on Dirty Laundry

Bed Bugs - a Focus on Dirty Laundry
Bed Bugs – a Focus on Dirty Laundry

It’s bad enough that bed bugs are traveling on planes and trains, enjoying the views from hotels and motels around the globe, and setting up housekeeping in our homes, but getting into your dirty laundry has got to be the last straw.

Bed Bug Experiments

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have concluded that bed bugs are attracted to dirty laundry. Their research showed dirty clothes left exposed around sleeping areas was a green light for bed bugs to infiltrate the area.

Two experiments were conducted to determine the effects soiled clothing had on the pests. Two rooms were set up, each had four bags of laundry; two clean and two dirty. One room also had carbon dioxide added to simulate a breathing human.

The experiments showed dirty laundry saw an influx of bed bug activity. It also concluded the room with the added carbon dioxide saw an increase in bed bugs prowling for a human host.

To prevent bringing bed bugs home while traveling, keep dirty clothing in a sealed plastic bag. At home, place it in the hamper.

When bed bugs invade your home, you need help fast from an NJ bed bug exterminator. Trying to remove them on your own without the proper equipment or treatments won’t get the job done. For professional NJ bed bug exterminator services, let Stern take care of the problem. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.

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.