Bed bugs have no shame. They don’t care where you live, work, go to school, or where you go on vacation. Wherever they can commute to, that’s where they’ll set up a base of operations whether it’s via a briefcase, backpack, suitcase, or used furniture.
Signs of Bed Bug Bites
Bites from bed bugs leave clusters of 3 to 5 red and itchy bites that are uncomfortable on the best of days.
Keep in mind these pests are tiny and chance are you won’t see them at all. The bites may be confused with those of a mosquito or flea and for some people, the bites can cause an allergic reaction.
Signs Bed Bugs Have Moved In
If your home has a large infestation of bed bugs, it’s possible you’ll see an actual bug but most likely, you won’t so you need to be aware of what to look for.
Look for small, white oval shaped eggs found in out-of-the-way places such as cracks or small holes.
Check your mattress or sofa and chair cushions for empty bed bug shells.
A sweet odor that borders on smelling musty is a sure sign of an infestation.
If you see small black flecks on bedding or beneath cushions, this is excrement produced by bed bugs.
When bed bugs have invaded your home or business, it’s understandable that you want a way to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Bed bugs are a big nuisance and can force you to leave your home or close your business temporarily while they’re being exterminated. Before attempting any treatments on your own, though, keep the following story in mind.
A Long Island man tried to kill bed bugs by pouring rubbing alcohol all over a rental car that had them. After using the rubbing alcohol, the man got inside the car and started smoking, which set the car on fire and left him with first and second-degree burns all over his body. The man said he used rubbing alcohol after being told that this substance would kill bed bugs.
Although you probably know that lit cigarettes and rubbing alcohol don’t mix, this story is a good reminder of how dangerous it can be to attempt bed bug control yourself. Leaving it to the professionals helps reduce the risk of using the wrong thing to get rid of them or using something in a way that can be harmful. No matter how desperate you are to rid your home or business of bed bugs, let the experts handle it instead.
The fact that bed bugs bite and are incredibly difficult to get rid of is common knowledge. However, there are also several misconceptions about these household pests.
Bed Bugs Are too Small to See
Bite marks aren’t the only visible signs of these insects. Bed bugs are small, but they’re big enough for people to see. In fact, it’s possible to see bed bugs at all stages of life, including eggs and nymphs.
Bed Bugs Are Found in Unsanitary Homes
Bed bugs don’t eat dirt or garbage. Instead, they look for blood to feed on. Even the cleanest homes can have bed bugs, although homes with a lot of clutter make these pests more difficult to get rid of.
Bed Bugs Avoid Light
Bed bugs typically come out when it’s dark, but they don’t actively avoid light. You can still be bitten by them when you leave your bedroom light on at night.
Pesticides Are Enough to Kill Bed Bugs
Using pesticide products in your home doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be free of bed bugs. Professional bed bug control companies typically use more than one method to destroy them and lower the risk of future infestations.
If you’re having problems with bed bugs in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Stern Environmental. We’ll send our bed bug control experts over to get rid of these pests and prevent future problems with them.
Bed bugs can be found in just about any environment. Public transit, libraries, hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, retail stores and gyms are just a few of the most common breeding grounds for these unwanted pests. If you or your clients have been dealing with annoying, itchy rashes, it may be due to a bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs can easily be carried from one environment to another where they can quickly reproduce, seeking shelter in a myriad of warm and dark places. Mattresses, blankets, carpets and curtains provide the perfect habitats. Many who have dealt with bed bugs report having difficulty sleeping and constantly itching, especially during the late night or early morning hours. It’s often extremely difficult to get rid of bed bugs once they have found a home as they also tend to reside in the most hidden places like picture frames, behind baseboards or within the seams of fabric.
For any commercial business, maintaining a clean and healthy atmosphere for clients is always the first priority. If you’ve been experiencing problems with these unwelcome guests, contact Stern Environmental Group for immediate bed bug control services today. Using environmentally friendly Cryonite, our non-toxic approach to bed bug control works by freezing the pests and killing them instantly. Don’t tolerate bed bugs another day. With more than 17 years of experience in the field, Stern Environmental Group is a name you can trust to get the job done right.
When bed bugs were spotted on a New York City MTA train, it seemed like just another bad day in the Big Apple. But the infestation and public panic started spreading as the blood-sucking pests were discovered on additional subway cars, forcing the MTA to remove five cars from service.
Out of the Frying Pan
It gets worse. One of the MTA workers who cleans trains on the bed bug-infested N line now has bed bugs in her Brooklyn home. The employee says she’s sure she picked up the hitchhiking pests at work and took them home to her apartment. The MTA did fumigate employee locker areas but too late for this woman who started complaining about bed bug bites two days before the MTA acted.
Into the Fire
“They’re all over me,” the woman told the New York Daily News. “I can’t even go back to work because I’ll be bringing them back with me and I like the people I’m working with.”
The woman asked the MTA to pay to exterminate her unwelcome house guests but was refused and told to talk to her landlord. With an MTA N-line conductor now reporting bed bugs in her Queens home, the incident may turn into a labor dispute.