Protect Your Bed with Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasements

It’s no secret; bed bugs love to hide in the ribbing and seams of mattresses. A tiny hole in the mattress is an open invitation for the bloodsuckers to live and breed and come out to feed when a person is fast asleep.

Many panicked homeowners make the mistake of immediately dragging their bed to the curb when they discover that bed bugs have moved into their home. This common mistake often results in bed bugs, or their tiny eggs, dropping of the bed and spreading to other areas of the home. Mattresses and box springs can now be saved by covering them with a Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasements. Each encasement has a patented zipper so existing bed bugs are trapped inside without a means of escape. The special fabric is bite proof so you never need to worry about trapped bugs taking a nip while you are sleeping.

The Protect-A-Bed Mattress encasement is available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Babies are protected as well from bed bugs with the crib size encasement. For additional protection, bed bug bite proof pillow covers are also available with the “Bug Lock” zipper.

You can save your mattress investment by purchasing the Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasement from a NJ pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group.

There’s No Such Thing as One Coackroach

If you should spot a cockroach scurrying across the floor of your establishment,  don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s an isolated incident. Thanks to their quick rate of reproduction, it’s certain that by the time you see the first, there are many more not far behind.

These nocturnal insects love to hunker down out of sight in dark, moist areas, avoiding light and people. Seeing one during the day is a good indication that it’s been forced out of its hiding spot due to overcrowding.

Cockroaches thrive on food scraps and other waste materials, making them prime carriers of germs and disease. The problem is compounded by their habit of leaving fecal matter behind as a sort of trail marker, which creates damage from stains and odor and attracts even more cockroaches.

Their name has become a shorthand term for any stubborn, hard-to-eliminate pest. They’re small and quick enough to elude any physical attempts to get rid of them. Any nook and cranny regardless of size is big enough to house them. They’ve also become resistant to many pesticides, making do-it-yourself treatments ineffectual.

The trained technicians of Stern Environmental Group are experienced at safely removing all traces of cockroaches. If your New York City or New Jersey commercial property is showing signs of infestation, contact us for information on prompt treatment.

Bed Bugs Putting the Bite to Schools

No mention of a possible Emmy nomination yet, but bed bugs made their television debut last week on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show in an episode aptly titled “Bed Bugs.” Fortunately, the nasty blood-sucking insects didn’t make an on-camera appearance; but they served as comedic fodder for the family sitcom when a bed bug infestation in Mike’s sister’s apartment forces Leigh to move in with Mike and his family.

Given the comedic nature of the show, it’s not surprising that the episode dwells more on sibling rivalry and family ties than bed bugs. After all, there’s nothing funny about finding bed bugs invading your apartment. But it’s too bad the writers didn’t impart a few bed bug facts to the viewing audience. The most egregious of the fact errors was the scene where Mike attempts to fumigate his sister’s apartment himself.

Exterminating bed bugs is job for experienced NJ pest control professionals. Insecticides available on the home market are not powerful enough to kill modern pesticide-resistant bed bugs. At best, do-it-yourself attempts to exterminate bed bugs will send these insects into hiding or, in multi-family buildings, force them into neighboring apartments.

Don’t let bed bugs put the bite on you. For the facts about bed bugs and bed bug extermination, visit the Stern Environmental website.

Cockroaches Learning to Avoid Standard Sweet Bait Traps

Residents of Earth for more than 350 million years, cockroaches are one of the planet’s most adaptable insect species. That ability to adapt is creating new problems for New York City and New Jersey business owners. A change in the way cockroaches “taste” is causing them to shun the sweet, glucose-laced, poison bait traps that are one of the pest control industry’s standards for roach control.

Since the phenomenon was first documented by scientists in the 1950s, cockroaches have periodically evolved to avoid the pesticides used to kill them. Survival evolution is not unique to cockroaches. For example, some bed bug populations in New York City and other large metro areas have developed a resistance to the pyrethrin pesticides that are the pest control industry’s standard for bed bug extermination. When insect pests develop a tolerance for the chemicals used to control them, new methods of extermination must be developed.

Non-chemical pest control solutions such as Cryonite, which uses liquid carbon dioxide to instantly freeze and kill insects, have proven extremely effective in exterminating pesticide-resistance cockroaches and bed bugs. And because Cryonite uses no chemical insecticides to which insects could eventually develop resistance, it will remain an effective and reliable commercial pest control solution for cockroaches, bed bugs and other noxious insect pests that are difficult to kill.

Think Winter Slows Down Bed Bugs? Think Again!

The chill of winter slows down many of the insect species that plague us during the summer months. But winter is not an insect-free zone, particularly where bed bugs are involved. During the winter, you may hear less about bed bug infestations than you do during the hot summer months, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still a problem. Because they live in our homes and feed on our blood, bed bugs are a year-round pest problem and not just in the greater New York City and northern New Jersey area.

Consider the following bed bug sightings from recent news reports:

• Bed bugs have been found in a junior high school in wealthy Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

• Bed bugs shut down the University of Utah library. • Bed bugs have become a serious problem at some NJ residential healthcare facilities for the mentally ill.

• Bed bugs disrupted bus service in North Platte, Nebraska.

• Bed bugs forced the Denver, Colorado school system to close a major high school campus.

• Bed bugs closed a popular Milwaukee multi-screen movie theater.

Bed bugs are here to stay. Keeping your home or business bed bug-free requires year-round vigilance. Visit our website for valuable tips on protecting yourself from bed bugs.