Bed bugs have invaded New York and the city is fighting back! In its continuing effort to educate its citizens, the city will host the second in its series of informative Bed Bug Seminars from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5 at Ricardo’s Catering Hall, 21-01 24th Avenue in Astoria, Queens. Call the Department of Housing Preservation and Development at 212-863-8830 to reserve a space and for more information. Spanish translation will be provided. The program will include:
- How to recognize bed bugs.
- How to prevent bed bug infestations.
- How to eliminate bed bugs from your home.
“Bed bugs do not discriminate and we must do everything we can to stop the spread of the epidemic in our city,” said Council Member Miguel Martinez. “Consumers must be educated about buying used mattresses and of the signs to look for when bitten by the bed bug. The public’s education is desperately needed.”
Bed bug complaints in Astoria climbed from 41 in 2004 to 345 last year. Reports of bed bugs have increased across all of New York’s boroughs. Last year the city logged 6,889 infestation complaints and cited 2,008 building owners. Bed bug complaints soared at nearly all — 57 out of 59 — of the city’s community boards. Some of the worst hit areas are Astoria, Long Island City, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Central Harlem and Bushwick.
“The bed bugs epidemic is one that is adversely affecting all sectors of our community,” said Council Member Diana Reyna. “This issue deserves our full and undivided attention. Educating the community is the first step towards ensuring the safety, proper management and elimination of this problem. A well-informed resident is a safe resident.”
For immediate answers to your bed bug questions, click here. Stern Environmental is at the vanguard of NYC’s battle against invading bed bugs. We now offer the revolutionary chemical-free Cryonite system that is so popular in Europe. Environmentally safe, the Cryonite system is the only treatment program that kills adult bugs, larva and eggs simultaneously. We urge you to attend the city-sponsored bed bug seminars or visit our website to get educated about bed bugs, how to spot them and how to prevent them. If you have or get bed bugs, don’t wait another minute; call Stern immediately. Let “The Cryoniter” put paid to your bed bug problem — permanently.
Using dogs to sniff out bed bugs (see our Jan. 30 post) is a fine idea, though I’m not sure a 3-month patrol is going to get the job done. Bed bugs travel on people, suitcases, clothing, furniture — practically anything. It takes just one unwitting bed-bug carrying guest to infect a hotel room. There’s no 3-month incubation period; the little buggers will be snacking away on the new tenant the next night.
What I found disturbing was the hotelier’s comment that when the dogs sniff out bed bugs (and, believe me, there’s never just one; these guys put rabbits to shame), they fumigate the room. Here’s the problem:
- The room is unusable until the pesticide dissipates.
- You risk exposing hotel guests to pesticide residue.
- Pesticide treatments must be repeated to kill all bed bugs and hatching eggs.
- Some bed bugs have become resistant to commonly used commercial pesticides.
Specialized pesticides are the most widely used method of exterminating bed bugs; and, until now, have been the only reliable option. But now there is a more effective option: Cryonite. Cryonite has particular advantages for the hospitality industry:
- Cryonite is pesticide-free and leaves no poisonous residue so hotel rooms can be back in circulation right after treatment.
- Unlike pesticides, Cryonite presents no health hazard to your guests. It’s safe for even your most sensitive guests and is recommended for use in day care centers, hospitals and nursing homes, as well as the hospitality industry.
- Cryonite kills bed bugs in all stages of development: adults, larva and eggs. Using a dry carbon dioxide snow, bugs are instantly immobilized so they can’t hide or escape and quickly die.
- Cryonite kills even pesticide-resistant bed bugs and other insects, like hard to kill German cockroaches.
The bottom line is that Cryonite is the most effective bed bug eradication system available. It’s healthier for your guests, and it gets your rooms back in circulation faster — making it healthier for your bottom line! Stern is one of an elite number of pest control companies able to offer Cryonite. Contact us today to find out more about Cryonite.
It may not be as effective as our Cryonite extermination system, but it’s definitely a new wrinkle in the fight against bed bugs. At the exclusive Jurys Boston Hotel, bed bugs are going to the dogs. In its nearly 4 years of operation, Jurys has never had a bed bug incident. Even so, last year the hotel instituted canine patrols of bed bug-sniffing dogs to patrol its 225 guest rooms.
The specially trained canine pest hunters have only barked twice, apparently detecting the scent of the tiny blood-suckers or their eggs. In both cases, Jurys took no chances. They immediately fumigated the room for bed bugs and burned the mattresses.
“At the first sign or suggestion of a problem, our reaction would be to treat the room with chemicals, no questions asked,” said general manager Stephen Johnston in an interview with The Boston Globe. Johnston calls in the canine patrol for an inspection every three months.
While guest comfort is high on hotels’ lists when contracting for pest control, avoiding potential law suits must run a close second. A couple from New Jersey sued the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers last fall after claiming they were bitten by bed bugs during a two-night stay.
Jurys isn’t about to take any chances, and they’re not the only hotel whose pest control service is going to the dogs. About 10 Boston hotels use the services of Advanced K9 Detectives in Milford, Connecticut.
Sometimes the cure seems to be as bad as the disease. Having bed bugs invade your bed and your home and is horrible enough. But what if the pesticides necessary to kill the critters make your lungs or your skin feel like they’re on fire. People with sensitive skin, allergies or asthma often have as much trouble living with the cure as they did the pest.
That’s the beauty of Cryonite. The revolutionary new bed bug eradication treatment does not use harsh chemicals, nor does it leave noxious or poisonous residues. Cryonite is a completely “green” solution to killing pests. It’s safe for people with sensitive skin, asthma, medical conditions, babies, young children and pets, which makes it the perfect choice for day care centers, nursing homes, schools and hospitals. It’s fast, effective and kills even pest-resistant bed bugs (and roaches). A totally dry method of pest elimination, Cryonite leaves no liquid residue which allows for immediate use of your home or business after treatment. Click the post title to find out how Cryonite works.
Cryonite is becoming the “pesticide” of choice in the fight against bed bugs. A recent customer with severe skin allergies chose Cryonite so there would be no pesticides on her clothes, shoes or linens after treatment. A woman who was obviously channeling Imelda Marcos, she had an extensive shoe collection that she thought she’d have to throw away when bed bugs were discovered in her condo. She was thrilled to learn that with Cryonite we could kill the bed bugs and she could keep the shoes. One of the significant advantages of Cryonite is that it kills bugs quickly and completely — at every stage of development, including eggs — and leaves no telltale residue. Your clothing, shoes and possessions are pesticide-free and ready to wear when we leave.
The key with Cryonite is not that it just freezes bed bugs, but it is the rapid freeze and incredibly low temperature that kills pests including bed bugs.
At the forum http://www.bedbugger.com/ where we announced that we were providing bed bug extermination services, we got scoffs and disbelief from some of the participants saying that they have put bed bugs in their freezer and that they did not die or if they were frozen in time they just woke up again.
Well I am here to tell you that I don’t know of any freezer, even a sub-zero model, that can freeze to -35 °C that is equal to -25.6 °F. Cryonite can freeze to this level and does in seconds. Cryonite is applying carbon dioxide snow, that is dry ice snow. We all know that you do not touch dry ice it can freeze skin instantly how much more so with little bitty pests.
So on the topic of killing bed bugs with Cryonite, I say, freeze them dead! Let them suffer for all the pain that bed bugs have caused me and then die a horrible death, but death it is for them with a Cryonite treatment there is no waking up from that!