A sad and tragic situation occurred in 2017 involving heat treatment to eliminate bed bugs that resulted in the death of an 82-year-old woman.
Heat Treatments and Safety
According to a lawsuit filed by the family of Elizabeth Ashbaugh, the residence she and her husband shared at a senior living community had undergone bed bug treatment.
The home had been processed using a heat treatment that raised the temperature inside the home to 139 degrees. The treatment used a heat application only; no chemicals were involved. Upon returning home, the Ashbaughs entered and were immediately affected by the high heat and began experiencing a loss of consciousness. Both were rushed to the hospital where Mrs. Ashbaugh passed away due to hypothermia.
The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming both the Certified Termite and Pest Control company and the Laure Point Senior Apartments for negligence. It was also noted that neither Mr. or Mrs. Ashbaugh had received safety instructions from anyone letting them know under what conditions it would safe to return to their apartment.
A NJ bed bug control specialist is just a call away at Stern Environmental. Our experienced NJ bed bug control technicians are experts in the proper handling of heat control processes, as well as chemical treatments, and the applicable safety measures. For a free inspection, contact Stern to find out what tiny insects might be lurking in your home.
Many people grew up with the saying, “don’t let the bed bugs bite” without even knowing that bed bugs are an actual threat. Then the species resurged in the 2000s and bed bugs have thrived thanks in part to growing pesticide resistance. As 68% of exterminators will tell you, bed bugs are the hardest-to-kill pest.
Chlorfenapyr and bifenthrin are two chemicals commonly for bed bug exterminators. Academic researchers recently proved that bed bug populations have learned to resist these treatments.
When sprayed with typical bed bug chemicals, many of the critters die. But up to 25% survive, enough to stage a comeback. For the apartment dweller, homeowner, or business, that means paying for treatment only to feel their bites days or weeks later.
NYC Bed Bug Extermination with Safe, Effective Methods
Even though bed bugs get harder to exterminate with chemicals, we don’t have to use harsher and harsher chemicals. At Stern Environmental, our NYC bed bug specialists have innovative ways to overcome their growing resistance to insecticide.
We use Cryonite bed bug treatment to rapidly freeze the bugs and their eggs. No evolutionary adaptation can defeat this approach. Cryonite physically freezes and kills them with carbon dioxide spray.
Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about superbug resistance after identifying bed bugs in your home or office. Contact Stern Environmental to get rid of these detestable pests with safe, non-toxic extermination by our NYC bed bug specialists.