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Model Suffers Extreme Bed Bug Encounter at Hotel and Sues Big

Bitten by Bed Bugs
Bitten by Bed Bugs

Close encounters of the biting kind are something you might expect to see in a vampire movie, but in reality, the biting can be the result of bedbugs. A patron learned this, the itchy and scratchy way, when staying at a hotel.

The Bed Bug Hotel

A NJ pest control technician was sorely needed at a California hotel when a model for Victoria’s Secret found she wasn’t alone in her room. She had unwanted guests for dinner and she was the main course.

Sabrina Jales St. Pierre booked a room at the Palm Desert Embassy Suites while visiting the city in 2016. Little did she know it would become a nightmare.

Ms. St. Pierre experienced severe bites over a good portion of her upper and lower body. The hotel manager denied having any issues with bed bugs and none were found when the hotel room was checked.

As a result of the incident, Ms. St. Pierre filed suit against the hotel property, Hilton Worldwide, Inc., for punitive and monetary damages.

This could result in a costly bill for the hotel brand in both a monetary payout and in the hotel chain’s reputation.

If traveling, find out what you can do for protection against bed bugs. If you have bed bugs in your home, a NJ pest control specialist has the knowledge and treatment plan to eliminate the problem. For information about both issues, contact Stern.

Could You Have Bed Bugs? What to Look For in Your Furniture Inspection

Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home
Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Home

Many people enjoy a relaxing evening lounging in their favorite chair or stretched out on the sofa. When it’s time for bed, snuggling up under the covers for a good night’s sleep is the plan. While all of these relaxing activities sound enticing, if bed bugs are lurking in your furniture you could be facing an itchy nightmare.

Bed Bugs: The Facts

If you’ve never encountered bed bugs, be glad. They feed on the blood of humans and animals. Although they’re not disease carriers, they can cause problems for those prone to allergic reactions to bites.

They are savvy pests that stay hidden throughout the day and emerge at night heading to areas where food sources are available: bed, sofa, chairs.

Bed Bugs: The Signs

Since bed bugs are so clever at hiding, there are certain signs you or an NJ pest control specialist will look for. These include checking around bedding, mattresses, the entire bed frame, drawers in desks, chair, and sofa cushions, and behind framed pictures.

Other areas that may be potential hiding places include behind wallpaper, cracks in laminate or wood flooring, carpet seams or edges, and any cracks or crevices around windows or doors.

To keep your home bed bug free requires more than over-the-counter products. With the help of one of our NJ pest control professionals at Stern Environmental, we will inspect, treat, and eliminate an infestation. Call us today.

Could You Have Bed Bugs? What to Know.

Could You Have Bed Bugs?
Could You Have Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs. You can’t live with them and you definitely want to live without them. If you’re seeing evidence of bed bugs, it’s time to call in a NJ pest control service.

Bed Bugs: Everything You Need to Know

Bed bugs aren’t a new species that has just evolved. These blood-sucking insects have been around for over 3,500 years. To put it into perspective, these tiny bugs have been found in the tombs of the Egyptians.

Bed Bug Signs

The most obvious sign is the bites that appear overnight. They are itchy and usually look like a welt. Other signs include small dark stains on bed linens. The baby bed bugs, called nymphs, can be seen as well as the adults by the naked eye. Also, look around cracks and crevices, around and under mattresses, inside drawers, and in the laundry. Any dark, dry location.

Bed Bug Treatment

For bites, apply topical creams. If bites become infected, seek medical attention for antibiotics or corticosteroids for those with allergic reactions. Antihistamines also help relieve allergic symptoms.

Whether home or business, call a professional pest control company to eliminate the problem.

Our NJ pest control technicians know what to do about a bed bug infestation and have the treatments to take care of them. If you’re experiencing a bed bug infestation or concerned you might have them in your home, contact Stern Environmental for a free inspection.

 

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.

Why Are Bed Bugs a Growing Problem in 2018?

Why Bed Bugs in 2018?
Why Bed Bugs in 2018?

Beg bugs have plagued mankind for millennia. Though we believed we had the upper-hand back in the 1950s, as years passed, bed bugs have returned – in mass quantity. Why are NJ bedbug exterminators seeing an increase in the prominence of these pests?

Pesticide Resistance
Over the years, and despite a number of variations, bed bugs have developed a resistance to the pesticides used to battle them, rapidly rebuilding populations to reconquer territory.

Biology
Bed bugs can detect prey in total darkness, locate other bed bugs by smell, go 3-months (or more) without food, are highly-mobile, and highly-reproductive: A single female can lay up to 500 eggs. Offspring are easily transported to new hosts on clothing, furniture, luggage/purses and more.

Adaptability
An age-old human parasite, bed bugs are some of the most widely-distributed pests worldwide, living everywhere from mountains to valleys, polar latitudes to deserts, the tropics, and everything in between.

Travel Tendencies
Our increased capacity to travel, more frequently and farther, has also fueled the fire.

Embarrassment
Pride has also allowed bed bugs to get the better of us, from hotel-owners to homeowners, leaving the beleaguered to ban the ubiquitous ‘bed bug van’ from being seen at their front door until the last possible minute.

Suspect an infestation? NJ bed bug exterminators know that rapid attention and careful care is key to triumph. Defeat these devious bugs with the help of Stern Environmental today.