One Of The Worst Bed Bug Stories Ever!

If you are the victim of a bed bug infestation in your apartment building it is absolutely a difficult challenge to overcome.  Riddled by nighttime attacks, many tenants are left not knowing what to do to combat the pests.  Unlike cockroaches, which are known to carry diseases, many entomologists believe that bed bugs do not carry diseases to humans, despite the many pathogens that they carry on their body.

When a landlord fails to follow the county or state regulations to eradicate the creatures, or when they do so and damage a renter’s personal property, it stands to reason that the landlord is responsible for the damages that they or their “agents” have caused.

Courthouse News Service reported on September 27, 2012 that a Maryland family is living in a multi-unit apartment building with a severe bed bug infestation.  After requesting help for two months, an apartment employee finally came to fumigate the apartment.  During the process, reports are that the employee accidentally set off the indoor sprinkler system which subsequently flooded the apartment.  Significant damage occurred as black, stagnant, smelly water spewed from the overhead sprinkler system soaking the tenant’s belongings.

Without the knowledge of the tenants, their water soaked personal belongings were thrown away.  The tenants claim that he asked for a new apartment because of the disgusting stench of the spoiled water, but that request was denied.  The tenants also claim that they requested reimbursement for the damaged property.  Instead the tenants have been forced to live in the wet, now mold covered apartment that ironically is still infested with bed bugs.

As a result of the actions of the management and property owner, the Maryland tenants have now filed a lawsuit seeking damages for “negligence, trespass and conversion.”

Landlords/property owners should always hire a licensed pest control professional with experience in bed bug eradication instead of trying to get rid of the bloodsuckers on their own or face the consequences when problems arise!

Rats In New York City And Beyond Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Monday…

Although revered and pampered in India, wild rats are despised of in America by most people.  Rats are considered to be dirty rodents that are infested with fleas, ticks and other harmful parasites.  They are also known to transmit a variety of diseases to humans.

History reports that rats have been a problem in America dating back to at least 1738.  The rat problem was so bad in Boston, , that MA in 1741, officials paid a reward for every dead rat that was brought in.  In total, Boston residents killed off a whopping 8,418 rats!

Here are some interesting rat facts:

• Unlike the mice, which are able to flatten their body, rats are only able to contort their body to fit into small spaces to gain entry.  Rats are able to squeeze into spaces as small as a quarter.

• The skull of a rat measures only 12 millimeters, but it is considered to be a very intelligent and adaptable animal.

• Rats need about 1 ounce of food each day to survive.  They will eat mostly anything, including cat and dog feces.

• Rat burrows are always close to the surface, never deep down below the surface.

• The name “rodent” means “gnawing animal”.  All rodents must gnaw on items to grind down their always growing incisor teeth.

• Norway rats did not actually come from Norway.  These rats are believed to have arrived in Europe hundreds of years ago via shipped cargo from China.

• Like humans, rats live in families.  Those families of colonies number up to 50 rats.  Rat colonies that join together are called populations.

• Forty seven percent of all rodents on earth are rats!

• Most types of rats can swim up to 72 hours straight without stopping.

Because of their diversity in their behaviors, NYC rats can be hard to eradicate without the help of a NYC pest control professional.  Hiring a licensed pest control expert with experience in rat elimination is paramount to getting rid of these creatures that lurk in the dark.

Rats In New York City And Beyond Part 1 Of 2

When most people think about rats they think of them living in massive hordes in dark places, piled high on top of each other.  Rats, although disgusting to most people, are interesting to some that study their behaviors.  Rats are the third most successful species of mammal on the planet report NYC pest control professionals.  Humans take the number one slot of course, and mice take the number two slot.

Like humans, rats are diverse and unfortunately for home and business owners who would like to eliminate them, they are intelligent as well.  In an attempt to kill rats, some people have made the mistake of throwing down rat poison or traps.  These methods have not worked well because these social animals learn and plan their activities and pathways.

Different types of rats feed upon different types of food sources.  For example, the “Hudson River Rats”, are able to swim and feed off of fish.  The “Ocean Rats” live along the jetties in Brooklyn and gobble up shellfish.  Barn rats nest in hay and feed off of grain of barn animals.  “Sewage rats”, which is otherwise known as the Norway rat, the Hanover rat, or brown rat, is the most common type of rat.  It can be found on every continent except Antarctica.  Sewage rats congregate where humans do and will feed upon any type of food source that it finds.  Roof rats are known as the black rat.  Roof rats can be found on the eastern and western parts of the United States.  They prefer warm climates and will feed upon, spiders and worms, fruits, vegetables, pet foods, nuts and grains.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

NYC Bed Bug Specialist Offers Protection Against Harmful Pesticides

Countries in the West have many protocols set in place to protect the public from the dangers associated with pesticide application.  When applied correctly, pesticides are safe for in interior and exterior of homes and businesses.

It appears that there are now two more Westerners that have traveled overseas that have become victims of bed bug pesticide poisoning.  The National Post in Canada reported on September 19, 2012 that Canadian backpacker Cathy Huynh and her friend Kari Bowerman from Illinois checked into a guesthouse in the coastal city of Nha Trang.  Within hours after their arrival, the women checked into a local hospital with difficulties breathing.  Reports are that within three hours of her arrival at the hospital, Kari Bowerman died of respiratory failure.  Cathy Huynh appeared to have survived the ordeal when she was discharged from the hospital two days later.  Returning to the same guesthouse, she became ill once again and was admitted back into the hospital the next day.  Sadly, she too died the following day.

Toxicology reports are not specific but it is suspected that the women were poisoned by chlorpyrifos which is a potent bed bug pesticide used throughout Asia.  This pesticide has been banned for use in the Western world as it is deemed to be too dangerous.  It should be noted that other tourists have also fallen victim to the same pesticide in other tourist areas in Asia.  An autopsy is being performed, but chlorpyrifos is hard to detect as it quickly leaves the human body.

Some people believe that the Environmental Protection Agency is too stringent with their guidelines when it comes to releasing pesticides that will kill bed bug infestations.  When used properly by a licensed pest control professional however, people do not become ill or die from the currently approved pesticides.  For reputable NYC bed bug specialists like Stern Environmental Group, the safety of our customers is our first priority.  Our trained technicians know how to properly administer pesticides to keep our customers safe at all times.  For expert bed bug eradication services in NYC, NY and NJ, contact Stern Environmental Group.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Learns Lessons From Bed Bugs

Last year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had a massive bed bug outbreak on their campus.  It appears that as soon as the University cleared one area of the pests, they appeared at another location…such is the life of a hitchhiking bloodsucker!  The massive bed bug infestation resulted in the University spending $450,000 on pest control professionals, bed bug portable heat treatment devices, and bed bug sniffing dogs which had to be supplied from out-of-state, due to the lack of sniffer dogs available in the area. reported on September 19, 2012 that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reported that several students who are living in the dorms thought that they had bed bugs.  A bed bug sniffing dog was called into the dorm rooms to check for an infestation, yet no bugs were found.  As a precaution, bed bug traps were placed in the dorms to monitor the situation and to date, no bloodsuckers have been caught.

Additionally, it has been reported that UNL has now had their first confirmed case of bed bugs in an apartment building on campus.  Because the students reported the pests immediately and because the University used heat treatment quickly, they believe that the surrounding apartment units have been spared from being infested by the little vampires.

The lessons learned by the University last year translate into new protocols this year which are sure to keep the students and staff members safe from these bloodsucking critters.  In addition to quick action and monitoring for the pests, the University is now informing all students about bed bugs upon their arrival on campus.

People should not try to treat bed bug infestations on their own.  The improper use of pesticides is dangerous, and holistic remedies and store bought pesticides have proven to be ineffective on these stealthy pests.  If you have bed bugs in NY, NYC or NJ, contact Stern Environmental Group for fast, safe, and effective eradication of bed bugs in your home or business.