Bed Bug Detection Dogs Better than High Technology

Ekko is the name of a Parson Russell terrier that has been trained to find odious bed bugs. His owner/trainer keeps bed bugs in small vials in his house so Ekko can practice finding hidden bed bugs. His owner, Andrew Farago stated that “Ekko smells bedbugs. Everything has an odor and if it has an odor you can teach the dog to find it.”

Farago stated he allows the training bed bugs to suck blood out of his arm every couple of weeks to keep them alive. The world is full of high technology but it only takes seconds for the bed bug detection dog, Ekko to find bedbugs.

Most residents of New York City realize it’s very difficult to find bed bugs. New York City bed bugs can hide almost anywhere. Properly trained New Jersey and New York City bed bug detection dogs are in high demand from homeowners and hotel owners. Finding all the bed bug hiding locations is very important before using a bed bug exterminating procedure.

Industrial Pesticides Used in Homes to Destroy Bed Bugs?

Yes, bed bugs are a significant problem in New Jersey and New York City but they are also a problem in the state of Ohio. The state of Ohio is requesting that the Federal government allow the usage of an industrial pesticide in homes in order to kill the odious bed bugs. Just in Franklin County, Ohio about 70 percent of the hotels have had bed bug infestations. No, they didn’t relocate bed bug infested New York City hotels to Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is asking for an emergency exemption in order to use Propoxur which is utilized in commercial buildings and in flea collars for pets. Propoxur was very effective in killing bed bugs in tests performed at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Pollack, a public health entomologist at Harvard University stated that “If used wisely and against the right kind of pest I think it will probably offer far more benefit than risk.”

If you think you might have bed bugs in New Jersey or New York City, trained bed bug detection dogs are great at finding the horrible insects.

Bringing Home More Than A Full Belly For Thanksgiving…Bed Bugs

stern-bed bugIt’s that time of year again.  Thanksgiving is here and with such, people are on the move around the entire United States.  Traveling by car, train, bus, airplane, and horse and buggy…okay, maybe not horse and buggy, unless you live in Amish country that is.  The point is; everyone is on the move, which means that we will absolutely see an increase of the little blood sucking creatures that are already bugging the daylights out of so many.

Bed bugs are waiting for you on your Thanksgiving getaway! It’s no secret that bed bugs have made a huge comeback throughout the US. One exterminator reported today in a survey that 100 percent of hotels in a particular county in Ohio have bed bugs!  That can really put a damper on your holiday festivities!

So what do you do to protect yourself? No matter if you are staying in a hotel or Aunt Molly’s house, you should look for signs of bed bug infestations.  Check the mattresses and sheets for blood splatters and fecal spots.  Bed bugs are elusive creatures that hide in small crevices.  They like headboards, bed frames, pictures, phones, baseboards, peeling wallpaper, outlets, and dresser drawers, etc.  They will hitchhike home with you in anything. Luggage, purses, backpacks, computers, and clothing are all easy hiding places for these pests.

If you are unfortunate enough to encounter bed bugs and live in New York or New Jersey, contact a pest control expert who knows how to get rid of the buggers immediately.  Bed bugs multiply quickly so early treatment is key to their quick demise!

The Negative Aspect of no Skin Reaction to Bed Bug Bites

New York City had 8,830 bed bug complaints in 2008 which was almost five times as many as 2005. Experts claim that all but eight complaints were made by one person. Nah, actually experts believe a larger number of New York City residents experienced bed bug attacks but failed to make an official complaint.

Bed bugs infestations are also a serious problem in New Jersey and cities and states all over the nation. Some New York residents and visitors don’t realize that bedbugs have sucked blood out of them while they were sleeping because a large number of people don’t show a skin reaction to the bites. Without people complaining about the odious bed bugs they have plenty of time to crawl through cracks in the walls and invade other apartments or hotels rooms. New Jersey and New York City residents and visitors might be better off if bed bugs were as big as adult sea turtles.

If you think you might have bed bugs in New Jersey or New York City hire a bed bug detection dog to help you.

Access-A-Ride Workers Bite Back!

bed bugsAccess-A-Ride workers are steaming mad, and they have every right to be!  They have been enduring an unimaginable nightmare since the summer of 2008, and it is only now that officials at the New York City Transit offices are paying any mind to the trouble.  The workers been greeted each day by blood sucking bed bugs and have still been required to provide services for Access-A-Ride customers.

Last week dozens of employees took their grievances to the streets and rallied outside the office building in Long Island City.  Their demands are quite simple really…they want the building fumigated so that they don’t have to spend the day having their blood sucked!  Quite frankly, it’s bad enough when you have bed bugs at home and they sneak into your bed at night to suck your blood.  I can only imagine the horror of being awake and on the phone with a customer as you watch a bed bug travel across your desk ready to feast on a big ole’ chuck of skin.  YUCK!

One employee complains that she took bed bugs home with her to her apartment in the Bronx.  She was lucky; her landlord paid the fumigation bill.  He did not pay to have the bedroom and living room furniture that had to be discarded replaced though.  Access-A-Ride would not pay either, even though they know that the bed bugs came from their place of business.

Nobody should have to work under these circumstances.  It’s shameful!

If you are experiencing a bed bug infestation, call in a pest control expert who knows how to kill the buggers once and for all.  Stern Environmental Group has a huge arsenal of products and services that are proven to work to get rid of bed bugs.