All posts by Nancy McCord

Colleges and Bed Bugs: Not a Fun Part of Education

Bed Bugs At Colleges
Bed Bugs At Colleges

Parents of college students have more than just grades and partying to worry about! Unfortunately, the dorm environment is a perfect storm for bed bug infestations.

Even the finest universities face bed bug problems:

  • Like hotels, dorm rooms are filled with people and fabric.
  • Students come from all over the country and globe, increasing the odds of exposure.
  • Cramped spaces and dorm room socializing make it even more likely to spread bed bugs.

Make sure you and your kid know how to spot dorm bed bugs:

  • Look for bugs (dead or alive) as well as blood or fecal stains.
  • Check baseboards and under beds for exoskeletons or molting.
  • Check mattress seams for holes and signs of bed bug activity. Don’t assume plastic-coated mattresses are safe.

If a bed bug scare hits your child’s university, be prepared to protect your home:

  • Have your student change clothes upon arrival at home.
  • Unpack clothes directly into the washing machine. Wash and dry on hottest settings.
  • Items that can’t be machine-washed should be sealed in bags and frozen for 2 weeks, or heated to 120 degrees for 2 hours.
  • Still see signs? Call Stern Environmental immediately for pest control.

Talk to the school about their bed bug protocol so you can all be safely prepared. And have your own plan to contact Stern Environmental if your child brings home bed bugs!

Bed Bugs Over the Centuries

Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs

Throughout recorded history, bed bugs have plagued mankind. The worst epidemics have come in the last hundred years, though, with these biting pests only now hitting their peak.

Some perspective on the history of bed bugs:

1500 BC: The oldest known fossils of bed bugs existed at this time.

386 BC: Ancient Greek plays by Aristophanes first mention bed bugs in writing.

77 AD: Roman philosopher Pliny writes about using bed bugs for medicinal purposes, similar to leeching.

600 AD: Bed bugs spread to China. However, they are not yet common throughout all of Europe.

1600: England gets bed bugs. Pilgrims immediately bring them to the Americas.

1900: Virtually every US home sees bed bugs at some point, and about one third of households endure an infestation.

1950: The phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite” gets added to the expression, “good night, sleep tight.”

1950s: People discover that the powerful insecticide DDT works wonders for killing bed bugs. Unfortunately, it turned out DDT is too dangerous to be an effective solution.

1995: Bed bugs begin making a resurgence, with hotel infestations becoming common.

2010: Epidemics hit New York City and other metropolitan areas, kicking off a new era of widespread infestations.

Don’t become another statistic in the history of bed bugs! Talk to Stern Environmental about safe, advanced bed bug extermination methods.

Infested Customer Shuts Down Trenton, NJ Welfare Waiting Room

Bed Bug Infestations
Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bugs and fleas can turn any home or business into a complete nightmare. It doesn’t take long for a few bed bugs to turn into an infestation, and that’s exactly what happened recently in a welfare waiting room in Trenton, New Jersey. A client came into the office carrying bedbugs and forced the shut down and treatment of the waiting room.

Although the issue was contained rather quickly, the office did have close its doors for concern of public health. Unfortunately this is not an isolated event. Individuals carrying bedbugs can easily spread these pests from one location to another in a very short span of time. If customers were to visit an infested business and bring these critters home, it’s only a matter of time before a few bugs multiply into hundreds.

If you’re seeking bed bug pest control for your home or business, contact Stern Environmental Group today to receive expert assistance. If you’re battling bed bugs, Stern Environmental can eradicate these pests using Cryonite®, a non-poisonous treatment consisting of liquid C02. Successfully used for years in Australia and Europe, this bed bug extermination approach has proven to be extremely effective.

For years Stern Environmental Group has provided customers with outstanding service throughout the greater New York City area, including New Jersey and Long Island. Don’t let an infestation turn your home or business into a breeding ground for pests. Call a member of our friendly staff today and get the problem solved immediately.

Cockroaches – More Than You Wanted to Know

The Trouble With Cockroaches
The Trouble With Cockroaches

Cockroaches are known for surviving everything, which is why business owners need professional help exterminating them. Consider the long, strange history of roaches:

  • Cockroaches have existed since about 80 million years before the first dinosaurs!
  • Some cultures used to consider cockroaches good luck. People even brought roaches into new homes as housewarming gifts.
  • In some places, people eat cockroaches with oil and garlic as a digestive aid.

Cockroaches are hardy:

Here’s why cockroach problems turn into infestations overnight:

  • Some cockroaches can lay over 2 million babies in a year.
  • Many species reproduce less — but still about 10,000 babies per mother.
  • Female roaches can get pregnant once, and stay pregnant for the rest of their lives!

Cockroaches are hard to eliminate:

Roach killer products found in stores tend to bring mediocre results at best, followed by a complete return of the infestation. Here’s why professional cockroach exterminators are needed:

  • You can’t starve them: cockroaches live weeks without water and a month without food.
  • You can’t swat them: cockroaches can grow back legs. Some live for weeks with their head cut off!
  • You can’t simply poison them: some roaches won’t take bait, others will survive certain chemicals. Often, pesticide and sterilization chemicals get the best results.

Cockroaches have a reputation for difficult, disgusting infestations. Keep your company’s reputation intact and contact the roach control experts at Stern for fast, safe extermination.

Our Traveler’s Guide to Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Tips For Travel
Bed Bug Tips For Travel

Bed bug infestations in hotels are on the rise not just in the U.S. but around the world. This is due to the pests hitching a ride inside luggage, clothing, purses, planes, trains, or anything mobile that provides a warm place for an undisturbed journey.

The blood-thirsty bugs do not discriminate when it comes to a good meal. Adults, teens, and children are all of the bed bug menu. The result of a bed bug bite results in red, itchy welts. Most people have no reaction to the bite other than itching while others suffer from an allergic reaction.

Before and during your travel time, there are some tips to help keep bed bugs at bay.

  • Before booking a hotel at your destination location, check online for customer reviews. These will give you an idea of what to expect and if the hotel, motel, hostel, or bed and breakfast has had a bed bug problem.
  • Spray your luggage with a bed bug control product, inside and out.
  • Pack clothing in sealed storage bags.
  • Inspect the hotel room including bedding, baseboards, drawers, and headboard.
  • Keep luggage off the floor and closed.
  • If bed bugs are present, contact management immediately.

When you want to help bed bugs pack their bags and take a one-way trip out of town, call the professionals at Stern Environmental Group. They’ve got just the ticket to send bed bugs on their way.