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University of MN Provides Tips on Inspecting Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

Travelers are Prime Targets for Bed Bugs, Always Check Your Hotel Room Before Settling in!
Travelers are Prime Targets for Bed Bugs, Always Check Your Hotel Room Before Settling in!

Hotel stay while you’re away? University of Minnesota and NJ pest control experts advise you leave your luggage unpacked until you determine that there are no bed bugs in your room. Using your bed bug traveler card, place your suitcase by the entryway door or in the bathroom, away from the bed, and perform a bed bug inspection.

Inspect the Mattress

The most common area for bed bugs, check the four corners of both the mattress and box spring, looking for bug evidence in cracks and crevices. Mattress and box spring edging and seams may also host activity, as well as the area between the headboard and the wall, which is best checked with a small flashlight.

Check the Luggage Rack & Furnishings

A common infestation zone for hitchhikers in traveler luggage, the luggage rack, night stand, and dressers may host a bed bug infestation. Look carefully in cracks, crevices, joints, and screw holes with your flashlight. Also check upholstered chairs, paying special attention to seams. Even picture frames may hide bed bugs.

If You Notice Bugs

Remove yourself and luggage to the front desk, notifying the hotel immediately. Do not accept a replacement room immediately next door to one with bed bugs.

Sleep tight while you’re away a night with the help of these and other tips from the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental. Bring bed bugs home? Contact us for fast eradication today.

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.

Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug “Faker”?

Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug "Faker"?
Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug “Faker”?

You think you might have bed bugs, but you’re not completely sure. The fact that you have doubts is a good thing. A bed bug infestation is a real problem, and it’s one that can literally keep you up at night for months.

But it’s possible that you don’t even have bed bugs at all. There are several other pests that look just like them. As your NJ pest control specialists, we’d like you to know more about them.

Bugs That Look Like Bed Bugs

Your “bed bug” problem might be something else entirely. This might be a relief, but it also might worry you that it could be something much worse. The first step is to properly identify what the pest is. These are the bugs that are often mistaken for bed bugs:

– The spider beetle

Cockroach nymphs

– Bat Bugs

– Carpet beetle

– Book lice

Before you panic, you should talk with a NJ pest control specialist. They will be able to tell you exactly what type of problem you have.

Your NJ Pest Control Experts Are Here to Help

At Stern Environmental, we understand how it feels when you think you might have a bed bug problem. In reality, that could be what you’re dealing with, but you’ll want it diagnosed by a professional. We can help you with that, as well as help you with their extermination. Please contact us to learn more.

Bed Bug Feces – It Sickens Residents Long After the Bed Bugs Are Gone

What to Know After Bed Bugs are Gone
What to Know After Bed Bugs are Gone

As if bed bugs bites weren’t bad enough, new research suggests these pests could continue to take a toll even after they’re eliminated. And we’re not talking about the psychological effects of a bed bug infestation. Your local NJ bed bug exterminator may soon be offering cleaning services in addition to bed bug treatment.

Bed Bug Poop Makes People Sick Even After Pest Eradication

A recent North Carolina State University study revealed the danger from bed bugs remains even after successful extermination in the form of their droppings. Poop from the pests was found to contain large amounts of histamine. In their study, the histamine was discovered in the dust of treated homes, where it was detected both before and after the bugs were banished. Histamine levels in infested homes were a whopping 20 times higher than those in homes with no bed bugs.

A Potential New Indoor Contaminant

Break out the mattress encasements. Your body’s histamines help the immune system repair injuries and combat germs, but they can also have damaging effects, resulting in rashes after physical contact and respiratory issues after inhalation of histamine particles. Even 3 months after extermination, histamine levels failed to decline, meaning rigorous cleaning may soon become an important part of bed bug treatment.

Beg bugs left you hot under the collar? Put them on ice with the help of a NJ bed bug exterminator at Stern Environmental today.

EEK! How Long Have I Had Bed Bugs?

EEK! How Long Have I Had Bed Bugs?
EEK! How Long Have I Had Bed Bugs?

“How long have these bed bugs been here?” If your NJ bed bug exterminator got a nickel every time he was asked this question, he’d likely be rich. And there’s more to the answer than peace-of-mind. Determining when a bed bug infestation began can help you determine fault, pursue litigation, and assign responsibility for treatment.

Can I Determine When Bed Bugs Arrived?

With long-term infestations (months to years), determining the length of infestation by observation is difficult. However, with shorter term infestations discovered within a couple of months, timing can be gauged fairly well. Examination and evidence could point to a time span that may determine the source of your infestation (e.g. hotel stay, etc.).

Puzzling Out Bed Bug Infestation Timelines

The number of adult bed bugs can be useful in determining a timeline and treatment, taking 7 weeks from egg-to-adulthood. Exuviae, the shed skin of the insects, can also be used. Assuming 72-degree room temperature and feeding opportunity, bed bugs eggs take 10 days to hatch. Newborn nymphs require 1 week for development between molts. Shedding and bug sizing point to lifespan:

– First Instar Nymph: 1.5mm long

– Second Instar Nymph: 2mm

– Third: 2.5mm

– Fourth: 3mm

– Fifth: 4.5mm

– Adult: 5.5mm

Catch bed bug infestations early! Seek out the source of infestation for faster, easier eradication, and lower priced treatment. Contact your neighborhood NJ bed bug exterminator at Stern Environmental today.