Tag Archives: Biting Insects

Find Out Why Bed Bug Bites Vary from Person to Person

Bed Bug Bites
Bed Bug Bites

The spread of bed bugs has increased due to their creativity in finding transportation from one location to another. This isn’t just within a home or building, but spread across neighborhoods and cities. It also includes international bed bugs that travel from country to country via luggage, backpacks, brief cases, clothing, etc.

Differences in Bed Bug Bites

While bed bugs bites don’t always cause a skin reaction other than red itchy welts, their bites can cause allergic reactions in others.

Research studies indicate that people bitten by bed bugs typically have a 40-70% chance of developing skin or allergic reaction. The most common reaction to the tiny puncture is itching, which may be more intense for people who have been bitten repeatedly.

For other bite victims, more complex skin reactions are possible. This includes itchy wheals or hives, blisters, and itchy bumps that may become infected due to excessive scratching. Bed bug saliva is also known to cause negative health issues for some people.

No one wants to deal with pests. If your home or business is experiencing an infestation, our NYC bed bug specialists have the tools, treatments, and know-how to clear up your problem.

For help with eliminating these blood-thirsty pests, contact Stern Environmental today, and we’ll schedule an appointment for one of our expert NYC bed bug specialists to visit your property and take care of business. Quickly and efficiently!

 

Is Zika Already in the Metro NYC Area? Could It Hide Like It Did in Brazil?

Insect Facts
The Zika Virus

There’s a lot of talk in the news about the Zika virus in the United States. The disease carrying mosquito continues to make its presence known with studies now showing the virus started a year earlier than first thought in Brazil.

The virus is new to the U.S. but it has been around for many years. It was first identified in 1947 in Uganda. The virus was contained to that part of the world for decades, but as more travel options became available and more people moved from country to country, so too did the virus.

In the last decade, more countries have been affected, such as French Polynesia in 2013 and also in Brazil. The virus is spread by mosquitoes biting an infected person, then biting another person and passing on the virus.

For most people who are infected, there are no symptoms. However, for some there’s about a week-long period of not feeling good. The worse manifestation is the effect the virus has on pregnant women with birth defects and other health issues that affect their unborn children.

According to the CDC, the mosquito-borne threat of Zika virus ranges from the southern region to as far north as New England, where the mosquitoes – Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus – make their home.

Keeping your property pest free, including mosquitoes, is important during any season. With expert NYC pest control, you’re home can remain safe and comfortable. To schedule a NYC pest control inspection, contact our staff.

Deadly Kissing Bug May Head to NJ and NY

Keep Your Home Safe From The Kissing Bug
Keep Your Home Safe From The Kissing Bug

You’d think an insect known as the kissing bug would be the kind you wouldn’t mind having around. Not so. This bloodsucking insect typically bites individuals on the lips or face area transmitting a tiny parasite which is a carrier for Chagas disease.

Tips to Help Prevent a Kissing Bug Infestation

These tiny bugs mainly come out at night making it more difficult to see where they’re entering the property. They are opportunists when it comes to finding ways inside. Once they’ve set up house, it is a challenge to get rid of the potentially dangerous bugs.

  • Inspect your property and caulk any cracks, crevices, or holes where the bugs can enter. This can be around windows, doors, or spaces where cabling or satellite wires enter the property.
  • Check for tears in screens.
  • If your attic vent does not have a screen, have one installed to prevent entry.
  • Have any tree limbs touching the property cut back.
  • Leaf and firewood piles are good places for the bugs to live. When you bring firewood into your home, the bugs come along for the ride.

Our NJ commercial pest control technicians have a list of services to offer to rid your property of unwanted pests.

With NJ commercial pest control specialists from Stern Environmental Group on the scene, kissing bugs don’t stand a chance. Call us today to schedule an appointment and let’s kiss these bugs good-bye.

Is the Bed Bug Invasion Truth or Hype?

The Bed Bug Invasion
The Bed Bug Invasion

Are bed bugs really on the warpath with the ultimate goal total home invasion or or is all the hoopla about the bloodthirsty pests just a lot of hype? One thing to keep in mind is bed bugs have been around for centuries. That’s a long time for a bug to be around so obviously, they are masters of survival.

In today’s world of sophisticated technology that allows better transportation, more opportunities for travel, and the means to get to destinations faster compared to times past has given bed bugs a jump start. It’s well documented by hotel management, hospitals, schools, churches, transportation options, and pest control services that bed bugs are indeed making inroads in infestations.

Bed bugs are inventive when it comes to finding new locations for nesting and feeding. Hopping aboard a packed suitcase or hitching a ride on a backpack are prime travel options for the bugs. Once in route, bed bugs may decide to stay at the hotel hunkering down in the mattress or keep traveling on a plane, train, taxi, school bus, or public transit while being unseen and snug and cozy between the seat cushions.

If bed bugs are making their presence known in your home, it’s time to call in the pros at Stern Environmental Group. With one quick call, we’ll set up an appointment to send the bed bugs packing. Contact us today and sleep well tonight.

Bed Bugs: The Signs of a Problem

The Problem With Finding Bedbugs
The Problem With Finding Bedbugs

Bed bugs have no shame. They don’t care where you live, work, go to school, or where you go on vacation. Wherever they can commute to, that’s where they’ll set up a base of operations whether it’s via a briefcase, backpack, suitcase, or used furniture.

Signs of Bed Bug Bites

Bites from bed bugs leave clusters of 3 to 5 red and itchy bites that are uncomfortable on the best of days.

Keep in mind these pests are tiny and chance are you won’t see them at all. The bites may be confused with those of a mosquito or flea and for some people, the bites can cause an allergic reaction.

Signs Bed Bugs Have Moved In

If your home has a large infestation of bed bugs, it’s possible you’ll see an actual bug but most likely, you won’t so you need to be aware of what to look for.

  • Look for small, white oval shaped eggs found in out-of-the-way places such as cracks or small holes.
  • Check your mattress or sofa and chair cushions for empty bed bug shells.
  • A sweet odor that borders on smelling musty is a sure sign of an infestation.
  • If you see small black flecks on bedding or beneath cushions, this is excrement produced by bed bugs.

Before the bed bugs decide to make you their next meal, contact Stern Environmental Group for help with eliminating these unwanted pests.