Bed Bugs! Invasion of the Blood Suckers

Just the thought of them makes you itch all over. Bed bugs! The ICK factor is extreme.

My daughter was unfortunate enough to share a bed with the little buggers at an Australian hostel during her wandering college years. My nephew was nibbled on recently when his family stayed at a small Pennsylvania motel and, choosing the short straw, he had to sleep on the roll-away. Nearly eliminated as a worldwide scourge after World War II, bed bugs are a rising problem in America and around the world. They don’t play favorites, visiting the rich and poor, college grad and high school drop-out, mansion and hovel alike.

Contrary to common belief, bed bugs are not caused by dirt, poor housekeeping or too few showers. They are a creature of convenience like lice and fleas. Bed bugs spread easily –hitching a ride on clothing, cardboard boxes, suitcases and used furniture; crawling through ducts and wall voids — making an outbreak difficult to contain, particularly in hotels, apartment buildings, long-term care facilities, cruise ships, etc.

Classified as a nuisance bug, bed bugs do not spread disease, though they can cause considerable discomfort and, in some cases, severe allergic reactions. It’s the psychological toll — repeatedly finding yourself on the menu — that pushes many victims over the edge. The rice-grain size bugs lurk in bedding and hide in tiny crevices near sleeping areas, sneaking out while their victims are comatose to feast on their blood, vampire-like, for as long as 5 to 10 minutes. Victims can become nervous and jumpy, constantly feeling phantom bites and crawling skin. Sleeplessness only exacerbates their anxiety and paranoia.

If you think you have a bed bug problem, call Stern Environmental Group now. Bed bugs are easily confused with other insects and may be difficult to diagnose if you are among the many who do not develop welts in response to their bites. There is no such thing as a few bed bugs. Unbelievably prolific, a pair of the critters can turn into a major infestation in no time at all. Their size and penchant for hiding in the tiniest crevices, behind wall paper and molding, inside furniture and mattresses, makes them extremely difficult to eradicate.

Stern Environmental Group has developed highly successful techniques to make your home or business bed bug free. We are the bed bug extermination experts. Click the post title to find out more about bed bugs and read testimonials from our many satisfied customers. Visit the Stern Environmental Group website to learn more about our full range of affordable and efficient pest management and pest removal services. Contact us today and be pest-free tomorrow! You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests!

Give Squirrels the Heave-Ho

From your ring-side seat at the kitchen window it’s entertaining to watch their amazing feats of derring-do — high-wire acts on the phone lines, death-defying leaps from tree branches, intricate contortions as they hang from your bird feeder to steal a few seeds. Squirrels are nature’s daredevils, but they can also be little terrorists, capable of sneaking into your home to create mayhem and destruction.

“Squirrels aren’t just mean — they’re vicious,” said Thomas Barnes, professor of forestry at the University of Kentucky-Lexington, in a recent New York Times article. “Heck, they can chew through hardware cloth and chicken wire. Vinyl’s not even a challenge.”

Usually entering homes along the roof line, squirrels squeeze through small holes or gaps, enlarging them easily with a little tooth-driven excavation. They’ve been known to gnaw through shingles and wood soffits to get into your cozy attic to build their nests. The pitter-patter of little feet across your ceiling is not a good sign!

Unfortunately, squirrels do not make good house guests. They sharpen their teeth on your beams, chew your electrical wires creating a fire hazard, and tear up your insulation to build a toasty nest (bathroom included). They bring along unwanted friends: fleas and ticks that can infiltrate your house. And come spring, the kids appear, loud and noisy, chattering and bickering, scampering and rolling acorns across the floor — all in stereophonic sound. You might think your problems are over once the last squirrel finally leaves in the summer, but come fall they’ll be back! If you haven’t been diligent about sealing their entry points with gnaw-proof materials — thick plywood, heavy-gauge aluminum flashing or steel mesh — the determined critters will gnaw their way back in, seeking those comfy accommodations you provided last year!

How do you get rid of these pesky interlopers? It can be a serious problem. Trapping generally works; but if there is a litter, the nest will also have to be located and the babies removed by hand. The nauseating odor of decomposing squirrels, not to mention the maggots and beetles that accompany the process, is something you definitely do not want to experience. Squirrel removal is a job best left to professionals. Mother squirrels are fierce and formidable protectors and their vicious bites carry rabies.

Common gray and black squirrels are difficult enough to dislodge, but “we’re seeing more problems with flying squirrels,” said Daniel Stern of Stern Environmental Group, a pest control expert quoted in the New York Times article (click the post title to read the full article). Smaller, nocturnal cousins of the common ground squirrel, flying squirrels exhibit mouse-like behavior, making them particularly tricky to trap. “Eliminating flying squirrels can take a while because you’re basically catching them one at a time,” Stern explained. Trapping is difficult and time consuming and you may need professional help to assure complete removal of this obnoxious pest.

The nuisance wildlife experts at Stern Environmental Group can rid your home or business of these determined and annoying pests. We provide complete removal services, including clean-up and sanitation, for your peace of mind and the health of your family. For more information on squirrel and wildlife removal, visit our website and go to our Wildlife Control page.

Stern Environmental Group provides emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week to most of New Jersey, all of New York City, most of Long Island, and parts of Connecticut. If you have any kind of pest problem — bed bugs, insects, bees, spiders, roaches, wildlife — do not put your family at risk, call the experts at Stern Environmental Group today. We provide affordable and efficient pest management and pest control services. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests!

Welcome to Stern’s Chatter

I would like to welcome you to the Stern Environmental blog. Consider this blog your interactive pipeline to get answers, ask questions, share bug and pesky animal experiences that you’ve had and learn about the bugs that are bugging you the most from our professional team.

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Douglas Stern
Stern Environmental Group