Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists - Stern Environmental Group!
When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

Many people grew up hearing the rhyme ‘Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ and most likely didn’t give much thought to its origins. Parents and children probably didn’t think about the real possibility of biting bed bugs, either, since the use of pesticides and DDT in the 20th century nearly eradicated the pests from existence.

Today, with the influx of travelers making their way to destinations across the globe, bed bugs have resurfaced with a vengeance. So, before sharing the rhyme with friends or family, you might want to think twice as some may have real life experience of not sleeping tight while the bed bugs took bite after bite.

Rhyme History

There are numerous theories about the origins of the rhyme but historians aren’t convinced the suggested reasons for the rhyme are anything more than guesswork.

The Oxford English Dictionary explains that “sleep tight” means to sleep soundly and doesn’t mention bed bugs.

Although the earliest the bed bug phrase was cited was in the late 19th century, earlier citations don’t mention the word “bug”. Other words used include fleas, buggers, and mosquitoes.

At Stern we have everything needed to guarantee a bed bug free home including expert NJ bed bug exterminators. When you have a pest problem, contact us to schedule an inspection with one of our NJ bed bug exterminator professionals so you can sleep tight every night.

New Research on Bed Bug Transmission of Chagas Disease

When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists - Stern Environmental Group!
When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

Bed bugs are well known as irritating pests that cause red, itchy welts on humans once they’ve been the feeding buffet for these bloodthirsty bugs.

Bed bugs have had a reputation of not being a disease-carrying pest and don’t pose life threatening health issues to humans. However, recent research is finding this may not be the case.

New Findings

Researchers at New Mexico State University have been investigating whether bed bugs can carry the protozoan known as Trypanosoma cruzi (T.cruzi) that results in Chagas disease.

In a report published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, lab experiments proved that not only could bed bugs host the protozoan, but the T.cruzi was able to survive even after a bed bug went through its molting process.

What made this even more interesting is that nymphs go through the molting process five times before becoming adults. If a way for the protozoan to not survive the molting process was found, it would be a head start in controlling populations carrying the T.cruzi before they reach adulthood.

When a home or business is infested with the tiny insects, it’s best to contact a NJ bedbug exterminator sooner than later.

At Stern, our NJ bed bug exterminator staff is well-versed in what it takes to get rid of the pests through proven methods and techniques. When you need experts on the job, contact us. We’ll take care of the problem.

Why Are Bed Bugs a Growing Problem in 2018?

Why Bed Bugs in 2018?
Why Bed Bugs in 2018?

Beg bugs have plagued mankind for millennia. Though we believed we had the upper-hand back in the 1950s, as years passed, bed bugs have returned – in mass quantity. Why are NJ bedbug exterminators seeing an increase in the prominence of these pests?

Pesticide Resistance
Over the years, and despite a number of variations, bed bugs have developed a resistance to the pesticides used to battle them, rapidly rebuilding populations to reconquer territory.

Biology
Bed bugs can detect prey in total darkness, locate other bed bugs by smell, go 3-months (or more) without food, are highly-mobile, and highly-reproductive: A single female can lay up to 500 eggs. Offspring are easily transported to new hosts on clothing, furniture, luggage/purses and more.

Adaptability
An age-old human parasite, bed bugs are some of the most widely-distributed pests worldwide, living everywhere from mountains to valleys, polar latitudes to deserts, the tropics, and everything in between.

Travel Tendencies
Our increased capacity to travel, more frequently and farther, has also fueled the fire.

Embarrassment
Pride has also allowed bed bugs to get the better of us, from hotel-owners to homeowners, leaving the beleaguered to ban the ubiquitous ‘bed bug van’ from being seen at their front door until the last possible minute.

Suspect an infestation? NJ bed bug exterminators know that rapid attention and careful care is key to triumph. Defeat these devious bugs with the help of Stern Environmental today.

Cold and the Impact on Local New Jersey Pests

Winter Does Not Kill All Pests, Unfortunately.
Winter Does Not Kill All Pests, Unfortunately.

It’s tempting to breathe a sigh of relief when the cold weather comes. You think, “Finally! I get a break from dealing with pests.” The problem is that while it’s cold outside, it’s nice and warm inside. Your NJ pest control experts understand that the worst pests in the world know how to weather the cold. You might not see them, but they’re there.

Top Pests That Manage Cold Weather Well

We know that this news might be shaking you to the core. We understand! Still, it’s important for you to know which pests you should be worried about. Here they are:

– Bed bugs – The cold weather isn’t really a problem for bed bugs. They’re used to finding places to hide, and your home is filled with them. It doesn’t help that they can go a year or longer without feeding. They’ll just wait until it warms up again to come out.

– Cockroaches – These are probably the most resilient bugs on the planet. The cold isn’t a match for them at all.

– Stink bugs – These bugs don’t do well in the chilly temperatures outside. However, your home provides them with a safe haven of warmth.

You Can Depend on NJ Pest Control

No matter what time of year it is, your NJ pest control specialists are on the job. Contact us if you see any of the above pests in your home this winter.