Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency

Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency
Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency

If you are concerned there may be bed bugs in your home or perhaps you already have an infestation, there are two things to do. First, learn how to find them so you know what you’re up against, and second, contact professional NJ bed bug specialists to treat and eliminate the problem.

Tips for Tracking Down Bed Bugs

Finding these tiny pests is like being on a case with Sherlock Holmes. There are plenty of clues the bugs are on the prowl, you just need to put them all together to create a case.

The Environmental Protection Agency is also a super sleuth and has a few tips to point you in the right direction. Signs to look for include reddish colored stains on mattresses, mattress covers, and sheets. Small dark dot-like spots are excrement. If you find small pale yellow skins, eggs, or eggshells, those are from the nymphs. Multiple bites are a sign, and there’s always the chance you’ll find live bed bugs.

Where you’ll find them is like hide-and-seek because bed bugs accumulate in more than one place. You may find them in-between mattress and box spring seams, cracks and crevices on the headboard, inside electrical receptacles, folds of curtains, seams of chairs, between sofa cushions, and more.

The sooner bed bugs are eliminated, the better. For help from NJ bed bug specialists, contact Stern Environmental for a free inspection and consultation.

What NJ Businesses Need to Know About the Brown Recluse Spider

What NJ Businesses Need to Know About the Brown Recluse Spider
What NJ Businesses Need to Know About the Brown Recluse Spider

While you have most likely heard of the brown recluse spider, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen one since they tend to live up to their name and remain shy and reclusive.

About the Brown Recluse

Like most spiders, the brown recluse resides in homes, although they prefer remaining tucked away in places receiving little to no activity such as attics, storage spaces, garages, and cluttered closets. They build their webs and nests in out-of-the-way places.

Brown recluse spiders are nocturnal spending the midnight hours in search of food. The spiders are low-key and don’t go out of their way to bite humans, but when it happens their bite can become problematic causing pain, skin ulcers, and secondary infections.

Identification

For novice spider hunters the brown recluse ranges in color from grey to light brown. It has eight slender legs that extend to cover an area the size of a half-dollar. The two most distinguishable characteristics are its six eyes and the distinctive violin-shaped marking on its body.

Brown recluse spiders are most active in the spring when mating occurs, which results in around 50 eggs per egg sac.

For all of your NJ pest control needs, Stern Environmental has the team, talent, and treatments to address your concerns. Call us for an inspection of your home by a professional NJ pest control technician who will target the problem and provide an effective resolution.

Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach

Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach
Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach

When you see a 1/2-inch to a 5/8-inch medium brown bug with two distinctive dark strips running down the back of its head, most likely you are looking at a German cockroach.

Cockroach Facts

You aren’t alone in your sightings as this bug is the most common of the cockroach species found in hotels, restaurants, apartments, houses, and similar buildings.

Several factors contribute to its continued success as a household pest:

– To start with, the female carries a larger number of eggs, which can range from 30-50 per egg capsule.

Cockroaches also have the shortest time span to develop from the moment they hatch until they become sexually active. This means that there is a faster turn around and a higher potential for population growth.

– Because female cockroaches carry the capsule throughout the development of the embryos, the baby cockroaches are not subjected to many of the hazards that other types of nymphs face that are not kept in egg capsules for the duration of their development.

– Baby German cockroaches are small compared to other cockroach species, which allows them better opportunities to hide and survive.

These factors contribute to a fast reproductive cycle adding to the cockroaches already established worldwide population.

Managing a cockroach infestation needs an experienced NJ cockroach exterminator. Contact us at Stern Environment and we’ll schedule a NJ cockroach exterminator for an inspection and to rid your home of unwanted guests.

Cockroaches and Schools – They Should Not Mix Due to Health Concerns

Cockroaches and Schools Do Not Mix!
Cockroaches and Schools Do Not Mix!

Cockroaches have been around since the beginning of time, and with their ability to survive will most likely continue to be a pest well into the future.

Tips for Managing Cockroaches

Using the services of a NJ cockroach exterminator is one good way to handle cockroaches. There are several things you can do to help keep these pesky bugs under control.

– It’s easy to say you’ll do the dishes “later” but chances are, they’ll sit in the sink providing a luxurious buffet for cockroaches. Do the dishes more frequently and it will take less time.

– Cockroaches can chew through bread wrappers, cracker bags, and other packaging. Keep these items in the refrigerator or in sealed plastic containers.

– If you have pets, don’t leave food bowls out overnight with tasty tidbits.

– Don’t allow garbage to accumulate in the kitchen container. Empty it periodically.

– Pull the stove away from the wall to clean up any food bits that have fallen down the side and any drips stuck to the side of the stove.

– Make sure all covers on food items stored on counters are tightly closed.

These are just a few tips to get you started on keeping cockroaches at bay. To thoroughly eliminate these fast-moving bugs, contact Stern. We’ll schedule a NJ cockroach exterminator to inspect and, if necessary, to treat your home. Don’t delay, call Stern today to get rid of these disease-carrying pests.

Technology Advances Into the Bed Bug Monitoring Arena

Understanding Bed Bug Life Cycles are Important.
Understanding Bed Bug Life Cycles are Important.

NJ bed bug specialists are busier than ever with the increasing influx of bed bugs expanding their populations around the world.

While international traveling is still a top activity, the downside is the exposure guests are experiencing with bed bugs who’ve made hotels their stomping/chomping ground.

New Technology

In Helsinki, Finland, a new product for bed bug detection has been developed by Valpas. The automated safety system is the first of its kind and works on a simple premise. The product is attached to bed legs in hotel rooms to capture the tiny pests that haven’t checked out.

Once they’re caught, hotel staff is alerted by the “smart” leg technology who can then take steps to address the issue before the bloodsucking bed bugs set up permanent residence.

By making this smart technology available to hotels, guests are less stressed when checking in busy hotels that have repeat guests who know the hotel has active bed bug detection.

It’s a win-win situation for both hotels and guests. Hotels can expect more guest traffic due to safety measures and guests get to enjoy a better bug-free experience.

On the home front, if you find signs of bed bugs in your home, you need the help of NJ bed bug specialists from Stern. Our technicians will do a full inspection, then plan an action of attack. When bed bugs arrive, Stern is on your side. Call today.