Good Reasons Not To Use Sticky Traps For Rats And Mice Part I Of II

ratThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention has just released new consumer guidelines for ridding yourself of rats and mice.  Although wildly popular among homeowners and businesses, sticky traps are now on the “do not use” list for the CDC.  Their main issue with using the sticky traps is that once mice or rats are trapped, they are still alive and being such, are scared.  Scared mice and rats will urinate as they struggle to try to free themselves from the sticky traps.

Mice and rat urine carry diseases that are dangerous to humans if they are contracted.  Worldwide, rats and mice are known to spread over 35 different diseases.  These diseases can spread directly to humans through rodent feces and urine.  The bad thing is that you don’t even need to touch the feces and urine to contract one of these diseases.  Their urine or droppings becomes airborne through a process called aerosolization.  Humans can also contract diseases from rodents via fleas, mites and ticks.

Now this might give you the creeps, but these are actual experiences that my neighbors have had when using stickytraps to get rid of field mice in their homes.

One neighbor reports that she used a sticky trap when her cat was chasing a mouse late one night in her house.  The mouse ran under a doorway into the nursery where the baby was sleeping.  After searching for it for an hour, she placed a sticky trap down and went to bed.  She completely forgot about it the next day when her older daughter had a play date with a friend.  A fun game of hide-and-seek ended with a scream from the visiting girl as she knelt down on the sticky trap, which did not contain the mouse.  Many tears ensued as it took over an hour to peel the trap off of the little girl’s sensitive skin.  The girl later suffered from a terrible rash where the trap was attached as well.

Please check back on Tuesday for the conclusion.

Bed Bug Detection Dogs are Increasingly Popular with Hotels

A New York City hotel had to deal with four bed bug infestations in two months. Oh my. The hotel manager utilized the services of a bed bug detection dog to find the horrible bed bugs. Bed bug sniffing dogs are becoming very popular with hotel managers.

Highly trained bed bug detection dogs can find bed bugs that hotel staff members typically won’t discover. Hotel staff members may find major bed bug infestations but these knights in shining fur can discover just one or two bed bugs and thus the hotel owner has the opportunity to use bed bug extermination services before a major infestation occurs. Major bed bug infestations can be expensive and difficult to eliminate.

The news that bed bugs have invaded a New Jersey or New York City hotel can be very bad for business. The infestation may be mentioned in online travel reviews and on a variety of websites. Even after the bed bug infestation has been eliminated the reputation of the hotel could be damaged for a long time. Early bed bug detection is very important for the hotel industry.

Bed Bugs Got My Friend! Part III Of III

Bed bug bites on her arm.
Bed bug bites on her arm.

Continuing from Thursday…

Dressed in a tank top, my friend did take the dead bugs to the hotel manager the next morning.  He seemed shocked to learn that she had found bed bugs in her room (although he chuckled at the sight of the bugs) and even more shocked to see the massive amounts of bites that she had received.  It should be noted that he refused to reverse any charges for the hotel and instead referred her to the General Manager of the establishment.  As of this writing, the General Manager has not returned her calls or emails.  The corporate office won’t do anything either as the hotel is a franchise.  She did notify the Health Department who has sent out an inspector to the property.  Bed bugs were found by the inspector and the hotel has been ordered to hire a pest control expert immediately.

The bad news is that my friend does not own a Packtite Portable Bed Bug Killing Heat Chamber, which could have killed any bed bugs and eggs that she likely has brought home with her.  As a necessity, she is taking a huge chance by bringing their luggage inside her residence.  Her home can very easily be infested as we have seen in the past.  Just one bed bug can turn into hundreds in a very short period of time.

I also informed her about a couple of items that she should pick up to help protect her from being bitten further in her own home.  The BugOff Bed Bug Mattress Encasement that is made by Protect-A-Bed is an essential tool in fighting bed bugs.  Another great product to have on hand is relatively new, but definitely worth using.  The Climbup Insect Interceptor creates a barrier between the floor and the bed and traps bed bugs climbing up or down the bed legs.

If you have been traveling and have encountered bed bugs too, don’t take any chances…call in a bed bug expert who is trained to get rid of the buggers before they get out of control.  Stern Environmental Group provides professional service to New Jersey and all boroughs of New York City.

Controversial Pest Legislation for the Nation’s Schools

The National Pest Management Association NPMA opposes a bill introduced to congress known as the School Environmental Act (SEPA). The bill pertains to managing pests at schools. The bill is sponsored by Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey. The bill arbitrarily places limits on using pesticides at schools that have previously been approved for use at schools.

NPMA is against the bill because all schools would have to manage pests under the same guidelines. Schools in New Jersey and New York City with bed bugs would have to use the same standards and criteria as schools situated in Texas. Also 38 states already have implemented or approved state laws or rules related to pest management at schools.

SEPA would undermine the pest control activity utilized in these states. NPMA claims that a lot of the pest related activities in schools in these states are laudable. The NPMA has created alternative school pest management legislation for schools that the organization claims supplements the work done by states. NPMA vs. SEPA; no it’s not an upcoming segment on the hit TV show “Dancing with Acronyms”.

Bed Bugs Invading New York City Schools

Some New York City schools are being invaded by bed bugs. Teachers are complaining that the bed bugs are disrupting the learning process. The Department of Education has stated that the bed bug problem has gotten worse.

The DOE will not send pest control exterminators to a school until a dead bed bug is mailed to a lab. What if the little critter gets lost in the mail? What if the bed bug was faking to be dead and comes alive at the lab? A live bed bug does not meet the criteria!

It seems the best policy is to take immediate action and have a New York City bed bug pest control expert examine the building as soon as possible and provide extermination services if necessary.

At one of the  schools it has been reported that teachers and students seal up their belongings in plastic bags three times a day as a preventive measure. However, a school can get rid of all the bed bugs and then a few weeks later some kid unknowingly brings them back to school on his jacket. Oh my.