Simple Bed Bug Inspection Tips for Hotel Guests

Bed bugs thrive in hotels. Bed bugs have entered hotels all over the nation. Due to bed bugs, hotel guests sometimes wake up with red bumps or flat welts that can be very itchy. Bed bugs often climb into suitcases or cling to clothing and go home with the hotel guests. They would probably rather find rats in their suitcases than odious bed bugs.

New York City is considered to be a primary place for bed bugs to hang out because of the large number of international travelers that visit New York City every day. Yes, people also bring bed bugs to New Jersey and other locations.

While staying in hotels, people should do a bed bug inspection which includes examining mattress seams, edges of carpet, bed boards, wall trim, pillow case linings and tiny crevices where bed bugs can hang out while they are not having a human blood meal. Look for bed bugs, blood, bed bug fecal matter and bed bug eggs. A bed bug monitor is highly recommended.

Got Winter Allergies? Could Be Because of Cockroaches!

stern cockroachYou don’t have to wait for spring to arrive to be suffering from allergies in the United States.  Many people are suffering from winter allergies and wondering what the cause might be.

Not liking the cold winter months, many cockroaches move indoors and invade our living space.  They especially love to hang out in the kitchen and bathroom, because of the ample food and water sources.  Cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, seven types of human pathogens, and six parasitic worms.

These nasty creatures are also known for causing terrible allergies and asthma in children and the elderly.  Cockroaches contain allergen proteins that are known to trigger asthma attacks and allergies in people who have sensitivities.  Cockroach saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies all contain these proteins and should be avoided if at all possible.

Whether you have a business or a home, if you suspect that you have a cockroach infestation problem, you should contact a licensed pest control professional who is trained to take care of your infestation problem quickly.

New York City: Bed Bugs Public Enemy #1

Bed bugs are considered by people to be the most annoying pests residing in New York City. Kihani Brea, a city council policy analyst boldly called the bed bugs a plague. That’s not a compliment to bed bugs. Perhaps a large number of New Jersey residents would also claim that bed bugs are the number one irritating pest.

In a recent meeting of Community Board 7 which represents the Upper West Side, Gale Brewer, a city council member, mentioned that 26 city agencies are tackling the problem. New York City residents probably still think they need bed bug monitors because all of this tackling has not eliminated the bed bug problem.

Yes, the city department of health has a web site that offers a bed bug fact sheet but residents probably would like the department of health to do much more than offer a fact sheet. Many New Yorkers think they have received an insufficient response from the city regarding bed bugs. Perhaps they’re right, but it’s difficult to get rid of the odious bed bugs from a large city or even a small town.

What Can Your Bed Bug Expert Do?

stern-bed bugA Mom and her son in North Carolina had been sleeping with the lights on hoping that whatever was biting them in the dark would stop.  A recent trip to the pediatrician’s office unearthed the problem…bed bugs!  The doctor informed the Mom that the nighttime bloodsuckers had to be lurking in the dark corners of her apartment waiting for the perfect time to feed on their unsuspecting hosts.

Just like in New Jersey and New York, North Carolina has experienced a significant increase in bed bug problems.  In hopes of trying to get a handle on the problem, the Mom decided to throw away her couch and beds.  Many people don’t know that you don’t need to throw away expensive furniture if you have a bed bug infestation problem.

At Stern Environmental Group we offer products and services that will help you get rid of bed bugs and save your furniture as well.  Stop by our website to see our bed bug services, monitors, heat chamber, Cryonite system, bed bug sniffing dogs, mattress encasements, and travel accessoriesStern Environmental Group provides fast expert bed bug services to Secaucus, New Jersey, the Greater New York City Metro and Connecticut Regions.

Study Shows Widespread Resistance in Nation’s Bed Bug Populations to Pyrethroid

The University of Kentucky announced that a bed bug study which included 110 bed bug populations from across the nation showed that 88 percent of the populations included one or two genetic knockdown resistance (kdr-type) mutations to synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. Knockdown resistance mutations, means that the insecticide pyrethroid can’t kill bed bugs that have this type of mutation.

One of the entomologists involved in the study stated that we need alternative insecticides to fight bed bugs. New York City and New Jersey residents are probably tired of fighting bed bugs and would prefer bed bugs stop eating human blood and find another food source. 

All the New York City bed bug populations tested in the study had one or both mutations for pyrethroid resistance. Pyrethroid chemicals are used by some pest control companies to kill bed bugs. Reports from many pest control companies indicate that pyrethroid products are not performing as well at killing bed bugs as they would like.

It’s important to catch a bed bug infestation early, thus bed bug monitors can be a valuable part of a bed bug plan.