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The EPA Weighs in DIY Freezing Does Not Work!

How Cryonite Can Help You
DIY Freezing Does Not Work

The possibility of a bed bug infestation is a possibility no matter how clean your home may be. These bloodsucking pests are avid travelers that attach themselves to a variety of mobile transport items such as backpacks, totes, luggage and clothing.

The bugs are not picky about their mode of transportation as long as they have a snug and cozy place to call home once they arrive at their destination. This can be inside packed boxes, mattresses, box springs, headboards, curtains, drawers and crevices.

Eliminating bed bugs can be a challenge. One of the best ways to avoid an infestation is by decluttering your home to remove hiding places. Using bed encasements help protect bedding and regularly washing linens, bedspreads, comforters and blankets supports a no bed bug environment,

There are several methods used to kill bed bugs. Over-the-counter sprays may or may not be effective depending on the level of infestation. While freezing is one of the processes used to kill bed bugs, trying this on your own may not have the desired results as a very low temperature must be maintained for a significant length of time. A better option is contacting your NYC bedbug specialists who uses Cryonite, a non-toxic freezing treatment to eradicate the bugs.

When you need help from NYC bedbug specialists, give us a call at Stern Environmental Group. We have a cool solution to your bed bug dilemma.


Canada Cautions Residents On Buying Bedbug Treatments on the Internet

Canada Warns Against DYI Bed Bug Treatment
Canada Warns Against DYI Bed Bug Treatment

Canadian health officials are urging people to avoid unregulated and possibly illegal bedbug chemicals available for purchase online. This follows a recent tragedy in Alberta, when a mother used dangerous phosphine pesticides which resulted killed her infant daughter and sickened the family.

Phosphine can kill bedbugs, but it also poses an unnecessary and lethal risk to humans and pets. Websites from around the world have been selling the unapproved pesticides to residents of Canada and possibly the U.S. as well.

Health Canada has stated that people with bedbug problems should always consult licensed pest control providers to ensure safe and effective bedbug treatments.

Which bedbug treatments can you safely purchase online?

Many bedbug control products can be purchased online safely and legally, including:

  • bedbug mattress liners
  • enzyme laundry treatments
  • other non-toxic treatments and supplies

Under no circumstances should you take the serious risk of purchasing bedbug treatment chemicals that are not approved for use in the U.S. or require application by a licensed exterminator.

Phosphine pesticides are particularly dangerous. Humans experience coughing and irritation around the chemical, and many people experience serious or fatal consequences.

If you’ve spotted bedbugs, don’t be tempted to buy harsh chemicals online, especially from foreign countries. Let Stern Environmental provide effective bedbug treatments that are safe for you and your family.

Essential Oils Are Just Snake Oil When It Comes to Killing Bed Bugs

Snake Oils
Snake Oils

Essential oils are being celebrated as the answer to any problem. That’s why it’s not surprising that they are being used in the battle against bed bugs. However, a recent study was conducted to test the theory that essential oils were effective bed bug killers, and the results weren’t very promising.

Eleven different natural, essential oil-containing products were used in the study. They contained various ingredients, such as peppermint, cinnamon and lemon grass oil. Bed bugs were sprayed in a petri dish and they were checked several times over the course of ten days. One product, EcoRaider, seemed to out-perform the rest of the natural sprays, however it took five days for 88% of the bugs to die. By the end of the ten days, all of the bugs had died.

The other sprays in the study were ineffective at killing most of the bugs, leading researchers to believe that the hype surrounding essential oils is just that – hype; at least when it comes to bed bug control.

The problem with do-it-yourself NJ bed bug control is that you never really know the size of your infestation. Bed bugs can hide in the smallest of places, and missing just one in the course of your treatments can spell failure.

If you’re in need of NJ bed bug control, Stern Environmental is the company to trust. To make an appointment for an inspection, please contact us.