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PackTite SC – New and Improved Now Available for Shipping

Avoid Bed Bug Infestations with PackTite SC
Avoid Bed Bug Infestations with PackTite SC

As homeowners, renters, and travelers continue to wage war against bed bugs, items are available that will

help with the on-going battle. One very helpful item is the PackTite SC portable chamber. The newly updated device has revolutionized a way to kill bed bugs quickly and efficiently.

The unit is 36″ long by 19″ wide by 24″ deep creating a chamber that is heated to temperatures between 118 to 125 degrees. The chamber can maintain temperature for an extended time ensuring all bed bugs are exterminated. This includes eggs as well as adults.

With the PackTite SC, it’s easy to treat items that may be infested such as luggage or clothing used on a recent trip. If you have an infestation in your home, you can treat items such as linens, sensitive clothing items, and even items you send to the dry cleaner.

It’s the perfect alternative for treating items you do not want to use chemicals or insecticides on such as children’s or pet’s toys or items that can’t be traditionally treated. The PackTite SC takes up minimal space when in use and when it’s time to store it the chamber it collapses to only 11 inches high.

There are many items available, from beg bug monitors and mattress covers to the PackTite Closet for treating and storing items. For information about the PackTite SC, and help with bed bug problems, contact Stern Environmental Group.

What About Bed Bugs in Dorms and Hostels for Winter Travel?

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College Dorms are Great Places for Bed Bugs

There are enough things to worry about when traveling or heading off to live in a dorm and the last thing you want to deal with is bed bugs. It’s a possibility you should be aware of.

Found throughout the world, there is no place that is safe from the tiny bloodsuckers. From the swankiest hotel to a college dorm room or from a elementary school to a convenient hostel, bed bugs have found their way into these locations.

Bed bugs are prolific travelers and will hitch a ride on luggage, backpacks and carry-on bags then set up housekeeping once arriving at their destination. With more people traveling and students traveling to other countries to take classes, it provides more opportunities for bed bugs to be mobile.

Since bed bugs are pests of opportunity using available items as a means of transportation from place to place, it’s no wonder infestations occur.

A sure sign of bed buds are the red, itchy bites all over the body. Bugs infiltrate bedding, furniture, curtains, cushions, and desk drawers and need bed bug treatment by NYC bed bug control professionals to tackle the problem.

If you’re experiencing a bed bug infestation, you need the help of NYC bed bug control specialists. At Stern Environmental Group, we have the NYC bed bed control products to eliminate pests and keep them away. Call us today and be bed bug free tomorrow.

Protect Your College Bound Student With Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasements

Bed bugs are a growing problem throughout the United States and college dorms and off-campus apartments have been hot spots for bed bug activity. The constant turn-over of students and the movement of used furniture have likely heightened the infestation rates in these environments. Despite the summer hiatus, bed bugs continue to exist in college dorms because the bloodsuckers are able to abstain from feasting on their required blood meal for over a year. These tenacious bugs can easily wait until the next school term for a new batch of student to arrive. New York City pest control experts say that it’s important to protect yourself from bed bugs upon your arrival at any college campus.

Protect-A-Bed is a leading manufacturer of mattress encasements. They offer a wide variety of bed bug encasement products to protect you from becoming the victim of these bloodsucking critters. As a means of keeping college students safe this school year, Protect-A-Bed has launched the “Healthy Sleep Zone Back to School Sweepstake.” Participants can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a variety of Protect-A-Bed products that focus on the “Student Bedding Protection Kit” which is specifically geared to help college bound students fight potential bed bug infestations. You can enter the sweepstakes online on the Protect-A-Bed website. There will be drawings held on August 12th, 19th, 26th, and September 2nd, so hurry and fill out the simple online entry form!

If you don’t happen to be one of the lucky winners, no need to fret, Stern Environmental Group has all of the Protect-A-Bed bed bug products that you will need for your college bound student and for your home as well. Stop by our website to see our huge selection of mattress and box spring encasements, crib encasements, pillow encasements, and mattress and disposal bags.

Summer Camps Can Be A Hot Bed of Bed Bug Activity

Many parents pay big bucks to send their children off to an over-night summer camp in hopes of creating fun memories. Summer camps are a great way for children to enjoy the great outdoors, learn new skills, ride horses, swim, canoe, rock climb, do arts and crafts, meet people from near and far, learn crazy songs, and make smores.

Click On Detroit reported on August 5, 2001, that a 10 year old girl got a bit more than fun memories from her week-long summer camp adventure last week. They report that bloodsucking bed bugs relentlessly attacked the little girl and kept her awake each night. According to the reports, the little girl said “When I was laying down to go to bed, I felt like little people pinching me. I couldn’t fall asleep.” Without a cell phone in hand, she was not able to alert her mother to her plight. The little girl continued to be attacked until she was moved to a new bed the last night of her stay at the camp.

Once delivered home, upon seeing the extensive bite marks on her arms, legs, stomach, and thighs, the young girl was taken to the emergency room where doctors confirmed that the massive bite wounds were caused by bed bug bites! You may read the article here.

NJ Pest control experts say that bed bug infestations have been reported extensively throughout all areas of the United States this summer season. Upon arriving home from camp, as an extra precaution, you should always leave camp gear outdoors until you can launder all items. Always launder all bedding, pillows, and clothing in hot water and dry on the hottest dryer setting immediately upon returning home. Vacuum all luggage, backpacks, purses, etc., paying particular attention to the seamed and zippered areas to make certain that no bed bugs or their eggs have hitched a ride home with your child. Pest control experts recommend using the Packtite Portable Bed Bug Killing Heat Chamber, which will kill all stages of bed bugs and their eggs within a few hours. It will also kill other bothersome critters like fleas, ticks, and lice too! Nothing stands a chance against the Packtite!

Don’t Let Bed Bugs Spoil Your Vacation

With the end of the school year in sight, families are digging out the maps and starting to plan their summer vacations. Students on spring break are getting in one last fling before final exams. Americans are traveling across the country and sleeping in beds far from home. Unfortunately, some of those beds will already be inhabited by an unexpected and unwelcome guest – bedbugs.

The person who slept in your hotel room bed last night might have left you an unpleasant gift: tiny insects that hide in and near beds, creeping out at night to feed on human blood. Reports of bed bug infestations are increasing at hotels, motels, resorts, cruise ships and hostels across America. Adept hitchhikers, bed bugs are easily transported. Carried in by one traveler, they can infest a hotel room and go home with the next guest before they are discovered. You can even pick up these noxious pests on airplanes, trains, buses and taxis if you’re unlucky enough to take a seat recently vacated by an infested person.

Bed bugs are one souvenir you don’t want to bring home from vacation. When you travel, carefully inspect the room for signs of bed bugs before bringing your belongings into the room, advises New York City bed bug expert Douglas Stern. Here’’s what to look for:

• Pull back bedspreads and blankets and check the sheets for tiny brown or reddish spots and smears, the fecal and blood stains that indicate bed bug activity. Inspect mattresses thoroughly for active bugs and stains, particularly at seams and welts.

• Look for brown spots and rust-colored stains around electrical outlets, air duct grilles, behind headboards, on bedside furniture and lamps.

• Check for whitish nymph molts and old exoskeletons at the edges of carpets and along baseboards.

If you see any indication of bed bugs, ask for another room or go to a different hotel. Bed bugs travel easily through wall voids and ducts, so don’t accept a room adjacent to or directly above or below the suspect room.

During your stay, Stern offers these tips for keeping your vacation bed bug free:

• Keep suitcases off the floor on a rack.

• Don’t leave belongings on the beds or floor. Bring plastic trash bags to keep belongings safe.

• When you get home, wash clothes in hot water and dry on high heat. Vacuum suitcases and store away from the bedroom. Wrap the vacuum bag in plastic and dispose of outside immediately.

For more information on bed bugs and what to do if you get them, visit the bedbug expert Stern Environmental Group.