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Cryonite the New Way to Kill Bed Bugs

There’s a new way to kill bed bugs – freezing them, and we have it! It’s called Cyronite.

The Cryonite machine blows carbon dioxide snow into all the places that bed bugs hide and freezes the water in their cells killing all stages of bed bugs instantly. Cryonite can be used to effectively treat many pest not just bed bugs.

We particularly like Cryonite for hotel and motel bed bug treatments and the reason is that a room can be rented out the same day after a cryonite treatment. Previously when a room had been treated for bed bugs the hotel may have had to have taken it out of the pool of available rooms for 7 to 14 days. Now rooms can be returned to renting immediately after treatment.

Cryonite can be used in residential bed bug treatment programs too. Here we recommend that the sensitive areas be treated with Cryonite – your bedding, but all other areas be treated with insecticide.

If you are looking for a green or non-toxic solution for bed bug control Cryonite it the answer. Not only is the Cryonite snow non-toxic, but the carbon dioxide gas used has been recycled from industrial processes and so adds no additional carbon dioxide to the environment.

Cryonite is the perfect solution for rapid hotel and motel bed bug treatment, residential bed bug treatment for bedding areas, and a green and non-toxic solution for bed bugs. To find out more about this European treatment that is new to the United States, click our blog post title to visit our website.

The Bed Bugs… They’re Mutating!

What’s scarier than a bed-bug in your bed? How about a bed-bug that can’t be killed with insecticides? Researchers are now finding that bed-bugs found in apartments and homes are becoming immune to the insecticides that are provided to kill them. Researchers used pyrethoid insecticides to solve the issue of the infestations that were building in apartments, but to the dismay of the researchers, most of the bugs withstood direct sprays from the pyrethoid insecticides. The talk of the bed-bugs becoming immune to the sprays prompted an experiment.

The experiment was between bed-bug samples collected and maintained in a laboratory for thirty years and one group of twenty years, and four different colonies from apartments. When sprayed with the pyrethoid insecticide, the laboratory bed-bugs who were never before sprayed were decimated completely, while the four colonies of apartment bed-bugs experienced little to no mortalities. The scary thing about that is that the four colonies were immune to sprays that were two-hundred to three-hundred times the recommended dosage prescribed by the companies who produced the insecticide.

The interesting realization that derived from this particular experiment was that when one of the bed-bugs from the lab set and another from the field set mated, the offspring were only partially immune to the pesticide, which showed that the immunity of the field bed-bugs is a genetic trait, which is passed along through latter generations.

It’s a growing problem, but a lot of factors that deal with a seemingly useless bed-bug fight could be that bed-bugs can hide anywhere, and maybe you’re just not getting all of them. Hopefully, the issue with immunity to pesticides will be solved before they take over the Earth! Or maybe just your bed…

You can read the full testing information from the University of Kentucky here.

Bed Bugs Found In Ohio State University Dorm Rooms

At Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, some dorms are being hit with an infestation of bedbugs (Cimex lectularius). Students and administration don’t want them and have closed sections of some dorms to treat the problem, according to recent news coverage by WBNS-10TV,
Bedbug infestations are increasing not only in Ohio, but throughout the country.

Some cities have even set up hotlines to call. In New York City, it’s 311. These pesky insects should not live in any dorm, or hotel, hospital, nursing home or place where humans sleep.
Although bedbugs are not known to transmit deadly diseases, their bites can cause intense itching and discomfort.

Attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide, bedbugs dine on human blood and typically leave a distinctive pattern of bites. The bites, often in groups of three or in a line, appear as flat red welts that can cause intense uncomfortable itching. Bedbugs prefer to feed in the pre-dawn hours. Normally we don’t know they’ve been around until the itching starts and drives us bonkers.

Yes, you can see them. Small, flat and oval with brown or rusty coloring, bedbugs are about one-eighth to one quarter of an inch in size. They easily fit through tiny cracks and wall spaces and can be carried into our sleeping space by ordinary means -clothes, furniture, cardboard boxes, luggage etc. They are not attracted so much by dirt and filth as by our exhaled carbon dioxide and warm blood. Often the bedbugs leave black tarry or brown rusty specks in sheets or mattresses as evidence of their feeding.

No, bedbugs should not live in your dorm, or any place else you live. You can best treat the problem by calling a professional who can give advice on prevention and get rid of the bedbugs.

Vacation Packing Tips: Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home

The end of a vacation is always a little stressful. You pack up your memories and souvenirs with your clothes, start dragging your mind back to into the “real” world, and prepare yourself to jump back into the rat race. You don’t want to add to your post-vacation stress by bringing home a few bed bugs with your souvenirs.

Even if you’ve carefully inspected your room and taken every precaution, it is possible to miss the signs of an early bed bug infestation. If bed bugs have crept into or laid eggs in your luggage, the precautions noted below will help you manage laundering and proactive clean-up when you arrive home.

How to Have a Bed Bug-Free Vacation
Moving Out
Packing to Come Home

  • Fall in. Sort your belongings into piles based on wash loads: whites, colors, dry cleaning.
  • Bag and tag. Please each pile in a separate heavy-duty disposable trash bag and place in your luggage. Use trash bags that are at least 2 mils thick to prevent tears or holes. If a tear or hole develops, double bag the load. Tightly seal each bag with wire twist ties or, even better, duct tape.
  • Protection detail. To prevent gifts or personal items from becoming infested, seal them into clear air-tight bags (Ziploc or similar) before adding them to your luggage. This will allow you to inspect the contents for bug activity before unpacking and disposing of the bags.
  • Final inspection. Inspect the outside of your luggage for bed bug signs. Even if you don’t see anything, if you’re travelling by car, encase your suitcases in heavy plastic bags and seal closed with duct tape.

Next time: Protecting the Homefront: What to do when you return home.

Encasements Can Help Control Bed Bugs

Last time we talked about what to do if you already have bed bugs (see our June 28 post: What to do if bed bugs are biting you.) One of the most effective ways of controlling bed bugs in your bed is to encase the mattress and box springs in specially designed bed-bug proof covers, called encasements.

  • If you already have bed bugs, encasements will trap the nasty insects inside an impermeable barrier. They won’t be able to sneak out or bite their way out and will eventually starve to death. (Many victims feel this is apt revenge after having served as the midnight smorgasbord for the little buggers and their friends.)
  • If you don’t have bed bugs, encasements will prevent them from moving into your mattress or box springs. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your bed is as protected as bed linen science can make it.

A mattress/box spring set costs a pretty penny. There’s no reason to throw them out if you get bed bugs. In fact, getting rid of your bed — as much as you might want to — can spread the problem. And it’s most likely that the nasty buggers will move right into the new bed and start the noxious cycle all over again (see our June 28 post). Encasements also increase the efficiency of your pest professional’s control and eradication program. They trap live bed bugs and eggs inside where they can’t hurt you and make spotting and removing new bugs easy. Since the bugs can’t get into your bed to hide, they’re easy to see and remove from the cover. If you have or want to prevent a bed bug problem, your smartest move is to protect yourself and your bed, now and for the future, by encasing your mattress and box springs in encasements.

You should know that not all encasements are created equal. You can’t just run down to Wal-Mart and buy a couple of thin plastic mattress covers. You must purchase encasements specially designed to be bed bug impermeable. Next time we’ll talk about how to select encasements that work.

For more information on bed bugs and encasements, visit the Stern Environmental Group website. We are the bed bug experts and will get rid of your bed bugs — guaranteed! Call us today if you suspect you have a bed bug problem. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.