Stern Asked to Test New Passive Bed Bug Detection Monitor

The AP&G Co. (Atlantic Paste and Glue) has asked Douglas Stern of Stern Environmental Group to participate in its early testing of a new passive bed bug monitoring product. The product is called the Bedbug Detection System and is a ingenious and inexpensive way for hoteliers and property managers to monitor for bed bugs.

Profile and size of the new Bedbug Detection System from AP&G.
Profile of the new Bedbug Detection System from AP&G.

The product is a small profile heavy duty cardboard piece that contains dots of glue and is folded over with a gap for bed bug to slide in. The product has a very small profile and conceals any evidence of bed bugs once they crawl inside. The product has no blood meal lure, but provides a “safe” harborage site for bed bugs if they are present.

These small enclosed cardboard monitors can be tucked inside nightstands, underneath drawers, mounted under box springs, affixed to the back of headboards, tucked behind pictures,and  inserted between a mattress and a box spring.

No one need know that there are bed bugs trapped inside until the detection system is cut open for inspection by a pest control professional.

Last night, at the Eastern National Pest Management Show at the  Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City Douglas Stern met with representatives of AP&G. Specifically Keven Kean, Director of Sales Professional Products, of North America, Jonathan Frisch VP, and  Ed Dolshun, Northeast Region & Canada Sales Manager, they showed him a prototype of this new exciting product.  Mr. Stern found the possibilities and potential cost so attractive and innovative that Stern Environmental was invited by AP&G to start field testing the Bedbug Detection System.

Bed bugs stuck inside the AP&G Bedbug Detection System.
Bed bugs stuck inside the AP&G Bedbug Detection System.

With pending laws in the New Jersey legislature that make property managers responsible for protecting residents from bed bug infestations a inexpensive product has been needed to catch a bed bug problem early. 

Hoteliers will praise the inexpensive cost and extremely low profile of the product as a way to start routinely monitoring all rooms in their property to prevent bed bug infestation and potential lawsuits if a guest is bitten by bed bugs.

This is the most inexpensive monitor on the market with a price tag of just a dollar or two each. With such a small profile these new glue-board monitors can be tucked literally anywhere in an apartment or hotel room. By providing harborage that bed bugs love the monitor allows professionals to catch a bed bug problem early to minimize spread and extermination costs.

Douglas Stern of Stern Environmental Group feels that this new innovative product has strong potential as an inexpensive early warning system and is immediately field testing the product. We’ll keep you posted when we have more information and developments on this new exciting product as we get them. We may even consider selling these products to homeowners in our store.

Currently the product is only being marketed to pest professionals and will be shipping the first quarter of 2010. You can find out more information from the AP&G website at

Do not use Gasoline as a Bed Bug Treatment

The New York City Fire Department has reported that multiple fires have been started in Astoria due to residents putting gasoline on mattresses to destroy bed bugs. Some people that have a bed bugs infestation have put gasoline on themselves and their children. FDNY representatives have issued a stern warning regarding the possible fatal consequences that could occur by using gasoline to get rid of bed bugs.

Fires can be easily started due to gasoline on mattresses and on people. If using gasoline to fight bed bugs is happening in one neighborhood it could be happening in other neighborhoods. If people smell gasoline in an apartment unit they should notify their landlord or call city officials. Using gasoline to fight bed bugs is dangerous and ineffective and risks the lives of everyone in the building.

People that have a bed bug infestation in New York City and New Jersey and everywhere should call a bed bug pest control professional and let them destroy the awful insects. Landlords need to become knowledgeable about bed bugs and have meetings with their residents and discuss a quality bed bug plan.