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NJ Department of Human Services Offers Bed Bug Tips

Do You Know What's Biting You?
Do You Know What’s Biting You?

Sleeping should be a relaxing, worry-free necessity, and if it’s not, why is that? There could be a long list of reasons why you are having trouble sleeping peacefully. If you are a New Jersey local the main reason could be because of unwelcome guests.

According to the NJ Department of Human Services, bed bugs are infiltrating a number of households, dormitories, hotels, and other popular establishments.

Is it time to hire experts in NJ pest control? What can you do to stop those creepy bed bugs from spoiling your sleep? Below are a few tips offered by informed human services authorities:

Covering Your Tracks

Like most unwelcome guests, bed bugs tend to leave a path of evidence in their wake. Look out for bug bites, blood trails, brown stains on bedding, and even their shed skins. Here’s what you can do to stop bed bugs from striking again:

– Hire someone who is a currently licensed NJ pest control exterminator.

– Find out if the company you’re considering uses chemicals that are considered dangerous to your health.

– Bag any infested articles of clothing or bedding and either dispose of them or wash them in water 120 degrees or hotter.

Contact Stern Environmental for an appointment today! Our NJ pest control experts are knowledgeable and willing to help you rediscover your sound sleep! We eradicate bed bugs with methods that keep you and your loved ones safe!

More Research Proof on Bed Bug Transmission of Chagas Disease to Humans

Research Shows that Bed Bugs Can now Transmit Diseases Like Chagas Disease.
Research Shows that Bed Bugs Can now Transmit Diseases Like Chagas Disease.

Bed bugs are a nuisance. Not only do they travel and infiltrate multiple environments to feed on human blood, they are also a harbor for human disease-causing pathogens. How these pathogens have been passed to humans has been a cause for study with recent results showing evidence that bed bug feces is a possible way diseases are transmitted.

Chagas Disease

A report published in the Journal of Medical Entomology by researchers from New Mexico State University detailed their findings concerning disease transmission. Their investigation focused on the ability of bed bugs to carry Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease.

They conducted experiments that involved feeding bed bugs blood infected with T. cruzi. Results showed the disease pathogen settled in the bugs gut and survived in nymphs even after the bugs molted. Along with nymphs being hosts to the pathogen, it was also determined adult males that were fed infected blood could host the pathogen for up to 97 days.

Additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine showed that bed bugs were capable of transmitting the infection to mice.

NJ pest control services available through Stern Environmental include an inspection of your home for bed bugs. With a plan in place, NJ pest control technicians use the latest techniques and innovations to eliminate these bugs. Call our office today to set up an appointment for a bed bug free home environment.

Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs

Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs
Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become the scourge of the pest population due to their dining habits, which include human blood. At one time, bed bugs were a more dormant species but in recent years, this mobile bug has become more problematic for cities around the world. This is due, in part, to more people traveling and the bed bugs stowing away in their luggage.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

If you ask any NJ pest control professional what the easiest way is to get rid of bed bugs using over-the-counter sprays, they’ll tell you there isn’t a bug spray that’s going to eliminate the bloodsuckers.

Recently, researchers at North Carolina State University conducted tests involving boric acid. The tests were by ingestion and by an external covering of boric acid dust.

The results concluded that when boric acid was ingested by the bed bugs, they expired quickly while the bed bugs that were subjected to a high dose of boric acid externally were minimally affected.

Their goal was to find a way to design an easy-to-use bait system based on boric acid to attract and eliminate bed bugs. In the meantime, if you’re seeing signs of bed bugs, such as stains on bedding as well as red itchy welts on your body, or if you just want to have your home checked, contact Stern Environmental for an inspection by an experienced NJ pest control specialist.

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot
Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio has earned the dubious reputation of becoming a hot spot for bloodsucking bed bugs. That’s not the type of reputation any state wants as it negatively impacts business owners, residents, and travelers.

Ohio is on the Hot Seat

The word “epidemic” is being used frequently to describe the current situation in Ohio. While bed bug infestations occur around the United States, some of the northeastern cities in Ohio have taken on epic proportions of these wily and secretive pests.

Dayton, Columbus, Canton, and Akron are a few of the hardest hit cities and nowhere is immune. Bed bugs have been spotted in schools, doctor offices, and retail stores, just to name a few.

Bed bugs are adept at moving from location to location. Signs of bed bugs, besides the itchy bites, include the yellow skins these pests have shed, and dark stains on sheets, comforters, and mattresses. They hide in dark secure places such as between couch cushions, inside crevices along baseboards, stored boxes, backpacks, and even loose wallpaper.

If you want to avoid being known as the “hottest ticket in town” for bed bugs, get NJ pest control professionals involved. Their expert knowledge and bed bug savvy techniques can ensure a bed-bug-free environment. For an inspection and plan of action, contact Stern Environmental to schedule one of our NJ pest control technicians to give your home the once-over for finding potential pesky problems.

EPA Weighs In on Bed Bugs – Getting Them Out and Keeping Them Out

What the EPA Wants You to Know About Bed Bugs
What the EPA Wants You to Know About Bed Bugs

The bad news; bed bugs are considered a public health pest by the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of Agriculture. The good news; bed bugs are not known as transmitters of disease.

Bed Bug Basics

One reason bed bugs have increased is due to their mobility, which includes being adept at world travel. With thousands of people traveling in and out of cities around the globe, it’s no wonder the bed bug population has increased as the wily bugs stow away in luggage, carry-ons, totes, clothing and anything else that’s handy.

Bed bugs are also masters at hiding as they prefer dark and cozy places. Their small size works to their advantage as they find places to hide and wait for their buffet – served up by humans. They’re focused on finding handy hiding places that range from headboards and desk drawers to storage boxes and under mattresses.

Regular over-the-counter pesticides don’t work; only treatments applied by an experienced NJ pest control service can rid your home of pests so you can avoid red and itchy bites.

Using NJ pest control is the answer when bed bugs invade your home. Once these bloodsucking pests settle in, it takes professional techniques and equipment to get them out and keep them out. For help with eliminating bed bugs and sleeping peacefully again, call Stern Environmental for a free home inspection.