Are You Allergic To Your New Jersey Cockroach Infestation?

It might not be springtime, but the fall brings about many irritating allergy triggers.  For many New Jersey residents, autumn means misery inducing wheezing, coughing, a stuffy nose, sneezing, and red and swollen eyes.  Fall allergens are in abundance because of the mold that forms on the piles of damp leaves that gather in yards and along streets everywhere.  Ragweed and even dust mites are also a huge problem for allergy sufferers this time of year.  These are known culprits that can cause serious problems for someone who suffers from seasonal allergies; but often times there is a hidden danger lurking within homes or businesses that folks don’t know about.

Cockroach allergies were first discovered in 1943 when cockroaches crawled on a person and a skin rash immediately appeared.  It was not until 1959 that a skin test confirmed the cockroach allergies existed.  Cockroach allergens are produced from the bodies, feces, and saliva of cockroaches.  In the 1970’s, studies confirmed that cockroach allergies can trigger acute asthma attacks in some people, especially children and the elderly.

Once you have a cockroach infestation in your New Jersey home or business, it is wise to hire a NJ pest control professional to provide treatment to get rid of the bugs instead of trying to treat them yourself.  Cockroaches are very stealthy creatures.  Many people who have used grocery store type bug bombs have been unsuccessful at killing cockroaches because they are able to detect the pesticide, hold their breath, and run out of harms way.  Bug bombs are also known to cause trouble for allergy and asthma sufferers.  Studies have shown that for every one cockroach that you do see in your home or business, there is likely another 800+ roaches that are well hidden from your view.  It is also estimated that between 78% and 98% of urban homes in the United States have a cockroach infestation problem.

Don’t take a chance of letting your New Jersey cockroach infestation make you or a family member sick.  If you have a cockroach infestation in your home or business, contact a licensed NJ pest control professional to eradicate the bugs before they can multiply any further.

New Jersey Pest Control Has A Good Grasp On Bed Bug Infestations

New Jersey’s bed bug infestation problem is no secret to area residents.  Last week the pesky blood suckers were found lurking about in the Hudson County Plaza Building and the Jersey City Municipal Courthouse building.  According to a tipster, there was only one bed bug found in the courthouse building before a NJ pest control professional was called in to the rescue.  Once on the scene, pest control performed an inspection but did not find any other buggers so no further treatment was provided.

Bed bug sightings in the public arena are becoming far more common than ever before.  Watch or read the news and you will see almost daily New York City or nationwide reports of bed bug infestation outbreaks in retail establishments, hotels, motels, movie theaters, etc.  The New Jersey Municipal Courthouse is smart in that they have their high traffic areas exterminated by a NJ pest control professional two or three times each week to avoid bed bugs or other types of annoying pests.

The University of North Texas on the other hand has a different thought process entirely when it comes to certain pests that they encounter.  It has been reported that one dorm room, three laboratories, and three offices at the university now have bed bugs present.  A university spokesperson recently said that the number of bed bugs found was too small to be considered an infestation; but when you consider the fact that they were found in seven different locations on the campus, how could you not consider it an infestation?

If you are among the many who has a New Jersey bed bug infestation on your hands, it’s time to call in a NJ pest control professional that is trained in treating nasty bed bugs.  Contact Allison Pest Control for fast NJ bed bug eradication service!

Bed Bugs Worry NJ Travelers Part III Of III

If you are unlucky enough to find bed bugs in your hotel room, you should report your findings immediately to the hotel management.  If you choose to stay at the same hotel, request a room that is located far away from the original bed bug infested room that you were given.  A thorough inspection of the new room will certainly be in order.

Upon arriving back to your New Jersey home, it would be wise to launder your clothing in hot water and dry the clothing on hot as well.  Bed bugs cannot take the heat and any potential hitchhikers will die off after 20 minutes of running through the cycle.  Dry cleaning will also kill your NJ bed bug infestation.

Each of the above steps may seem like tedious work, but the end results are well worth the effort.  New Jersey bed bug infestation eradication services are not covered by homeowners or rental insurance policies so the financial burden is always passed on to the victim of an infestation.  Emotionally, bed bug infestations have proven to cause sleepless nights, high stress levels, and sometimes even professional counseling services come into play.

Bed bugs are hearty creatures.  For many NJ residents, if bed bugs are brought home from a trip, it can often take a couple of months before the bed bug infestation is established enough for folks to realize what type of bug they are dealing with.

The stigma that is associated with having a bed bug infestation is well documented as well.   For good reason, many people are afraid of infesting their own NJ homes, so once others find out of a persons bed bug infestation issues, victims report being shunned by family, friends, and co-workers alike!

Because bed bugs are masters at hiding, despite your best examination efforts, you may still be one of the unfortunate ones that bring these hitchhikers back to your home.  NJ bed bug infestations are not like other household pests.  They should only be handled by a licensed NJ pest control professional like Allison Pest Control.

Bed Bugs Worry NJ Travelers Part II Of III

Continuing From Monday…

Here are more things you should do when you check into a hotel room so that you can avoid having a NJ bed bug infestation in your home….

Using your flashlight, look along the baseboards, inside dresser drawers, and inside nightstand drawers for any signs of bed bug fecal matter or the skins that they shed (exoskeleton).  The skins will be light brown in color.

If you see powder in the drawer in the room, that’s a good indication that there has been recent bed bug activity in the room and you will know that an exterminator has been on site.

Bed bugs are known to hide in bedside clocks, IPOD docking stations, phones, etc.  All electronic devices should be carefully checked and knocked on a hard surface to see if any bugs drop out.

Bed bugs can easily hide in picture frames so be sure to inspect both the front and back of any artwork in the room.

Bed bugs seek harborage in dark places, so be sure to check the curtains in the room.  Look for fecal matter, blood spots, and live or dead bugs or their skins.

Most hotel head boards are bolted to the wall so they are difficult to examine.  Your best bet is to bang on the headboard and then take your flashlight to examine it entirely to see if any bugs were dislodged from their sleeping quarters.  Don’t forget to look on the floor below.

Adult bed bugs are the size of an apple seed. You should check the entire bed for live or dead bed bugs of all different sizes.  Be sure to carefully check along any seams as this is the favored spot for bed bugs to hide.  Look for blood splatters and fecal matter too!  Bed bugs tend to hide along the seams of the mattress.  Tiny bed bugs can be embedded tightly within the seam, but are easily dislodged by running tweezers or a credit card along the seam line.

Experts agree that you should no longer use the dresser in a hotel or motel…even in a swanky 5 star hotel.  Instead you should keep your clothing zipped up inside of your suitcase at all times or if you must unpack, hang your clothing or place items in large Ziploc storage bag for easy access.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.

Bed Bugs Worry NJ Travelers Part I Of III

If you are new or seasoned traveler, you should be worried about encountering bed bugs no matter your travel destination.  According to a nationwide poll conducted this year of pest control professionals, bed bug infestations have now been found in all 50 states.  The bulk of the nasty nibblers have been found in apartments and single family homes, with hotels and motels bringing up a close second for confirmed bed bug infestations.

When you are traveling for business or pleasure, before plopping down on that comfy looking bed or hotel lounge chair, it’s extremely important that you examine your room for the telltale signs of a bed bug infestation.  After all, spending the time examining the room for bed bugs takes far less effort than going through the extreme work and emotional distress that you will encounter if you bring the buggers back to New Jersey with you!

Despite their name, bed bugs can be found hiding in many different locations in a hotel or motel.  Some people choose to check The Bed Bug Registry prior to booking their hotel or motel stay.  This online information portal provides travelers with valuable information about a hotel’s past and present bed bug infestation issues which enables travelers the best opportunity to make an informed decision about staying in a particular hotel.  If you happen to encounter bed bugs yourself, you may also enter information onto the registry so that other travelers are warned of the investation.

Here are some simple steps to follow to help you find bed bugs in a hotel or motel.  It’s a good idea to have a flashlight ready to help with your room examination!

In higher end hotels, the concierge may think that you have gone off your rocker, but when your luggage is brought to your room, have concierge place it in the bathtub.  Bed bugs cannot climb into or out of the slick surface of the bathtub, so your luggage will be safe while you proceed with your examination of the room.  If you do not want to use the bathtub, you should only place your suitcase on the luggage rack. Never place it on the bed or the floor as bed bugs can easily climb inside and hide in the tiny folds of the suitcase.

Please check back on Wednesday for Part 2.

Do NJ Residents Have The Right To Know When A Houseguest Has Bed Bugs?

With the upswing of bed bug infestations exploding in New York, New Jersey and across the United States, it only stands to reason that at some point in time everyone will encounter the nasty nibblers in one way or another.  Perhaps your encounter will be in a taxi in New York City, on a cruise ship visiting a tropical destination, or maybe you’ll return from your favorite shopping haunt only to discover a short time later that blood sucking bed bugs have made your home into their pleasure palace.

When a guest comes to visit your New Jersey home, many residents wonder what the proper etiquette is when it comes to communication about bed bugs.  Some people take the ostrich approach, and simply put their head in the sand about the issue, while others may choose to venture forward and ask hard questions about potential bed bug infestation issues.

Although discussing the topic of bed bugs is understandably unpleasant, NJ homeowners have the right to know if their houseguest has bed bugs.  If you know that your guest has been battling bed bugs beforehand, you will be able to take precautions to help protect your home from being infested from these nocturnal nibblers.

Prior to your guest’s arrival, you may choose to remove some items from the guest room so that it is as clutter free as possible.  Buying a mattress encasement to protect the mattress and box spring is a good preventative tool.  It would also be a good idea to have a plan in place for storing your guest’s belongings to minimize any would-be hitchhikers from escaping into your home.  Additionally, you may choose to hire a good NJ pest control professional to come out to apply an insecticide in preparation for your guest’s arrival.

Even with a bed bug battle plan in place, you may find that you are left with bed bugs after your guest has left your home.  Because NJ bed bugs are cleaver at hiding and can wait a good deal of time to feed, you might not notice an infestation for a couple of months.  Once you do, it’s time to call a New Jersey bed bug expert to eradicate the buggers!  For fast and accurate service in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties, contact Allison Pest Control.

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