Bugs Without Borders Reveals new Bed Bug Information

Manhattan pest control experts know first-hand how bad bed bug infestations can be when they infest a single family home, apartment building, or hotel room.  While it is important to watch for bed bugs in any place that you lay your head, it is also important to watch for the blood thirsty pests in other locations as well, according to reports from the National Pest Management Association.

It’s springtime once again and the release of the new “Bugs Without Borders” from the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky will have some folks in the United States scratching their heads, if not their entire bodies.  The new reports show some daunting statistics for the battle against bed bugs in the United States for 2013.

While some states like New York have seen a decline in bed bug reports this past year, others have experienced an increase in bed bug reports.  This upswing proves that bed bugs continue to spread from state to state via human transport.  In fact, according to the new Bugs Without Borders report, 99.6% of all pest control professionals surveyed reported that they treated bed bugs in the past twelve months!

According to Forbes on April 27, 2013, the Bugs Without Borders report states:

• “75 percent have been called to hotels to treat bed bugs

• 47 percent have found bed bugs in college dorms

• 46 percent have been called to nursing homes

• 41 percent have treated schools and day care centers

• 36 percent have been called to office buildings

• 33 percent have found bed bugs in hospitals

• 21 percent have treated taxis, trains, or buses

• 10 percent have been called to movie theaters”

Bed bugs are able to travel up to 100 feet each night to feed upon their intended victim/s so it is important that a pest control professional be called as soon as the pests are first sighted.

Is More Research Needed To Control Bed Bugs?

It’s been over ten years since bed bugs began nibbling their way once again from sea to shining sea in the United States.  Today, April 26, 2013 marks the end of Bed Bug Awareness Week.  Where exactly are we at in the fight against bed bugs?

Some states have taken the bull by the horns and have developed laws that spell out the exact responsibilities that landlords and tenants must follow when bed bugs are present in a home.  Some states, such as New York, have seen their bed bug population drop tremendously.  Some states, such as Illinois and Ohio, have seen their bed bug population increase tremendously.

Many strains of bed bugs have proven to be resistant to pesticides that are currently available.  Keep in mind that many pesticides that are currently used for bed bugs and other insects have been re-purposed from pesticides that were once developed for agricultural use.  Despite the widespread availability, store bought bed bug pesticide products have proven to be completely ineffective against killing bed bugs.

Bed bugs are known to carry approximately 50 pathogens on their body.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) state that bed bugs are a public health concern, but they remain steadfast that bed bugs do not transmit any diseases to humans.

According to Infection Control Today on April 25, 2013, an interesting study was done by scientists at the University of Cincinnati.  There, the DNA of bed bugs in the Cincinnati area were collected and examined from various residences. The scientists are hoping that their findings about the bacteria that were found on the bed bugs will help to develop pesticides that will one day kill the bloodsuckers.

Entomologists across the United States want more funding for bed bug research, but the reality is that funding will likely still be limited until bed bugs are considered to be more than just a nuisance pest.

Some Differences Between Carpenter Bees And Bumble Bees

As the springtime temperatures continue to warm up in New Jersey residents will begin to see large, black bees buzzing about to and fro report NJ pest control professionals.  There will be a variety of bee species that are common in New Jersey, one of which is the carpenter bee.

The carpenter bee is often confused with the fuzzy bumble bee because of their similar shape and size.  Carpenter bees are very different in how they look and behave.

Bumble bees have beautiful yellow and black markings on their body.  Bumble bees are considered to be social insects. Their nesting site can be found in the ground with a small opening.  They are not considered to be aggressive bees, but they will sting if they are being mishandled or threatened.  Bumble bees collect pollen on their fuzzy legs and body hair and transport it back to their nesting site.  These social bees will typically avoid human contact unless provoked into battle.

Carpenter bees can be all black or they are black and yellow depending on the species.  Their black and yellow markings however are the opposite striping of the bumble bee markings.   Carpenter bees are not considered to be social insects.  The carpenter bees are known for their hovering patterns near humans, can be annoying and intimidating.  This hovering is the way that the male carpenter bee shows his dominance during the mating cycle in the springtime. Male carpenter bees are completely harmless however as they have no stinger. Female carpenter bees are responsible for creating the nesting site where she will lay her eggs.  Female carpenter bees are considered to be docile as well but will sting if threatened.

Carpenter bees differ from bumble bees in that carpenter bees bore holes on the underside of exposed wood sources.  One carpenter bee will not cause massive destruction, but repeated use and expansion of the original nesting site will cause considerable damage to the wood areas used.

For help with nesting carpenter bees, contact Stern Environmental group.

Groundhogs In The Spring

The groundhog is best known throughout the United States for its ability to predict the early arrival of spring which is determined when he emerges from his lair in Western Pennsylvania in early February.  The fun tradition of having Punxsutawney Phil predict spring may have many people believing that the large rodent is all fun and games, but having a groundhog living in your yard means you will endure significant damage to your landscaping.

Groundhogs are from the marmot family.  They are considered to be docile rodents that do not attack humans and are considered to be disease free. Groundhogs however do have a huge appetite for vegetation, especially grasses, clover and alfalfa. New York and New Jersey homeowners often become frustrated with groundhogs as these rodents can easily consume an entire vegetable garden overnight as well.

Groundhogs are also known as “woodchucks” or “whistle pigs”.  Groundhogs have long curved claws which enable them to dig their burrows beneath the soil. Groundhogs feed in the morning and evening hours.  At times people will see them basking in the sun during the afternoon hours.  Groundhogs are one of the few mammals that go into true hibernation which is why they consume an extreme amount of vegetation in the late summer and early fall.

New York and New Jersey homeowners should never try to poison groundhogs as they will consume the poison and move on to another area.  The poisoned bodies can then be consumed by pets or other wildlife which will also become poisoned and will die.  A licensed NY and NJ pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group will be able to humanely trap groundhogs quickly and efficiently.  We offer 24 emergency groundhog removal services so that your property will be protected from these voracious eaters.  Call us today!

States Move Forward With New Bed Bug Legislation

Bed bugs have been a problem from east to west coast, yet not all states have jumped on the band wagon and created regulations regarding bed bugs.  Often times the debates between the different opposing sides on the issues can be interesting to say the least.  Some arguments for not setting bed bug laws are in fact…a bit silly.

Two states are taking the plunge as they work towards  protecting their citizens against the little vampires.  Boston.com reported on April 18, 2013 that the New Hampshire Senate has approved a Bill that will hopefully help stop the spread of bed bug problems in the state.  The Bill amends the current housing law and outlines the responsibilities of both tenants and landlords when bed bugs are present.  In the state, landlords are responsible for bed bug eradication services unless they can prove that the tenant caused the infestation.  Tenants are required to cooperate with landlords in eradicating the pests.

CTPost.com reported on April 16, 2013 that Connecticut lawmakers are also working to try to create bed bug legislation to protect their citizens.  The Public Health Committee approved various responsibilities for both tenants and landlords.  In Connecticut, landlords must pay for bed bug treatment and any follow up costs that are incurred.  If the tenant fails to allow a licensed pest control professional to enter their rental property to provide bed bug eradication services, then the cost of the bed bug treatment is then transferred to them.  Additionally, landlords are not allowed to rent bed bug infested properties and they must inform prospective renters when a property had been treated for bed bugs within the previous 60 days. The Bill will now head to the Senate floor for approval.

Even if citizens feel that not every portion of a state’s bed bug law is not the best, it is better than having no law at all!