How to Prepare Your Room for Bed Bug Treatment

Hearing the words “bed bug” is one thing, finding them in your home can ruin a perfectly good day. For such tiny pests, bed bugs can dig in their heels and pack a big wallop in upsetting your cozy home environment.

Bed Bug Issues

An infestation of bed bugs is tantamount to having an army running rampant through your home. These wingless pests are night predators and prefer the taste of human blood as their main course.

Bed bugs are found in many places in the home, office, restaurants, summer camps, theaters, schools, and hotels, just to name a few. The infiltration of these biting/itching pests requires treatment using extermination techniques and specialized products.

Early detection is key in addressing these gargantuan – only in aggravation – bugs. Using the services of the Stern Environmental Group puts you, your home, and your family in qualified hands to eradicate these tiny home wreckers.

Signs of Bed Bugs

  • Sheets, quilts, sofa throws and chair covers may show evidence of bed bugs due to rusty spots left by bugs.
  • White clusters with anywhere of 200 to 500 eggs the size of a pea may also be found on material and linens.
  • Bed bugs give off a distinct odor.
  • If you wake up with red itching welts or sores, have your home inspected.

Contact us by phone, send us an email, or use our convenient online form if you need help with a residential bed bug issue.

The NYC Rat Problem

Commercial property owners understand the importance of keeping customers, clients, and guests happy campers. When an infestation of rats threatens to upset the quality, lifestyle, or working environment of your property, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Professional Service

When rodents invade your commercial property, Stern Environmental Group has the goods to send them packing. Using a positive and aggressive approach to treatment and prevention, rats will be eliminated.

Whether you already have an infestation, think there may be an issue, or you want to avoid rats moving into the corner office, make an appointment to have your commercial property inspected. Addressing the problem, as soon as possible, can mean less problems in the future.

Negativity of Rodents

A few of the basic problems caused by rats include:

  • Commercial properties, used for any purpose, don’t need the negative publicity a rat infestation will bring. Your company’s reputation is on the line, everyday, and a rat problem does not boost your approval rate.
  • Rats carry disease.
  • These crafty and creative rodents are not easily eradicated once they’ve homesteaded on your property.
  • Professional services are necessary to thoroughly remove a colony of stubborn rodents. A single mousetrap and over-the-counter rodent repellents and other basic products isn’t going to work.

Our staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have or schedule an appointment for a rodent inspection. Contact us using information on our website or chat with an online representative.

What Does Pest Exclusion Really Mean?

Exclusion is like putting a barrier around your property to keep pests out.
Exclusion is like putting a barrier around your property to keep pests out.

There’s a classic saying in sports that the best offense is a good defense. That’s also the principle behind pest exclusion. This tactic is the most efficient, cost-effective way of preventing invaders from gaining a foothold in your home, office or business.

Exclusion is a major component of an integrated pest management system. Use of the term “management” indicates a proactive approach involving prevention. With exclusion, steps are taken to identify and eliminate red flags that could provide entry to pests. The property is then monitored for early signs of pest activity so immediate action may be taken.

One of the goals of IPM is to provide a “greener” method of pest control. It aims to keep your home or facility pest-free with a minimal effect on people and the environment. If pests do turn up, they’ll be detected at a point where less invasive methods are needed to remove them. Should chemicals be required, the safest, most up-to-date types are used.

The efficiency of exclusion also provides long-term cost savings. In most cases a pest invasion is detected only after the offending creatures are firmly entrenched. In addition to paying for removal, you’ll most likely have expensive repairs to deal with.

Consult the trained NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental Group to determine the best IPM program for your home or building. Contact us today for more information.

Pesticide Resistant Bed Bugs on the Rise

Bed bugs that have developed a resistance to the chemicals used to exterminate them are on the rise in concentrated metropolitan areas such as New York City. Professional bed bug exterminators are seeing more bed bug infestations that do not respond adequately to the professional pesticides used by most pest control companies.

This chemical resistance is a nationwide problem that was first noticed a couple of years ago in heavily-infested cities like NYC. At first the phenomenon was considered relatively rare, but incidents of pesticide-resistant bed bugs have been multiplying and are now fairly common.

Bed bugs have proven to be highly adaptable. Use of the powerful pesticide DDT effectively rid the U.S. of bed bugs in the 1950s. Decades later when these pests started returning to the U.S. in the luggage of international travelers, scientists discovered that new bed bug populations had developed an immunity to now-banned DDT. The same cycle is repeating with today’s pesticides, making them increasingly less effective on bed bugs.

Fortunately, pest control professionals have other options that are even more effectively than chemicals at killing bed bugs. Bed bugs are temperature sensitive and perish when exposed to extreme cold or heat. Heat chambers are effective in killing bed bugs hiding in clothing and possessions but take time to exterminate household infestations. Cryonite, on the other hand, kills bed bugs instantly with a blast of sub-zero “snow.” Find out more about Cryonite on our website.