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Are bedbugs a problem to be concerned about in New Jersey?

Bedbug problems are a legal liability for multi-family housing.

Bed bugs feed on humans mostly at night. The bedbug problem has reached epidemic proportion in some states and has spread throughout parts of New Jersey.

Cimex lectularius feeds feeds on humans, various animals and birds. Bedbug infestations are found in all types of housing, from low-income housing to the finest hotels. As bedbugs travel via suitcases and vehicles, increased travel and tourism may be the cause of the rapid growth of this problem.

Adult bedbugs are brownish, wingless and very small - about 1/5 of an inch long, and rusty red or mahogany. Immature bedbugs are even smaller and they are lighter color.

Bed bugs typically hide during the day and seek out food at night. They hide in walls, baseboards, between boxsprings and matresses, behind wallpaper, inside cabinets and furniture.

Bedbugs can survive without food for 2 to 4 month sometimes as long as over a year.

How does one know about a bed bug problem?

Bedbugs bite and suck blood at night. It can feel like a pinprick but you probably wont notice anything until you wake in the morning when you may see swelling and feel irritation.

People often confuse bedbug and mosquito bites. You won't know that it is bedbugs until you find them.

How does bed bug control work?

Bedbug control usually requires a combination of chemical and non-chemical treatments. Putting sheets and blankets through high temperature washing, special cleaning of carpets, professional heat treatments of rooms, etc. are usually necessary. Chemical insecticides are sometimes used but bedbug populations have developed immunities to many of these treatments. Check with a professional.

Commercial heating devices are used by some professionals. These devices can heat rooms to 130 to 140 degrees, thus killing most or hopefully all the pests.

Do-it-yourself is not a good idea against bedbugs. Homeowners do not have the expertise, equipment or products. Property Managers and landlords run greater risk of litigation from tenants and residents if they don't act to eliminate the problem, using a licensed and insured exterminator.

After the treatment, check to make sure the bedbugs are not present. Regularly check against the problem reoccurring.

What are the issues surrounding use of insecticides for bed bug control?

  • Variations of pyrethroid products
  • Pyrrole insecticide chlorfenapyr (Phantom) and the Gentrol cause sterility in adult bedbugs.
  • Pyrethrin which most professionals do not use, seems to be somewhat ineffective
It takes several days to see results.

How much of a problem are carpenter ants in New Jersey?

Carpenter ants nest in water damaged or rotted wood but do not eat wood. When you see them in your house or building, its usually because they are seeking fats and sugars. Large numbers can create a damage issue but usually they are just a nuisance pest.

Six Outdoor Things to Help Prevent Insects, Rodents and Snakes from Taking Up Residence

1. Keep gutters clean insects, snakes and frogs love filthy gutters.

2. Make sure that joints and cracks are sealed inside and outside of the structure. Use gasket thresholds for doorways and make inspect widows to make sure they are sealed.

3. Store garbage at least 15 feet from the building. Keep firewood a distance from the house.

4. Stagnant water outside the property breeds all kinds of insects. Repair leaky hoses and faucets.

5. Open garbage pails and buckets are a no-no.

6. Trim tree branches and shrubs.

Four Indoor Things To Keep Insects Out

1. Keep crawlspace openings screened and dry.

2. Clean the kitchen and bathrooms regularly.

3. Dont allow sinks or pipes to leak. Moisture will breed pests, mildew and mold sometimes dangerous mold.

4. Garbage needs to be sealed up and disposed often.

Can I control termites myself or with my maintenance staff?

For the untrained, termites are extremely difficult to kill. In New Jersey's hot, humid summers, wood structures are vulnerable. A professional must choose between various treatments and know how to use appropriate processes and chemicals.

What is the correct way treat for cockroaches?

Cockroaches travel in very small areas. Spray pesticide in small cracks and where pipes meet walls the most common areas for cockroaches to travel from apartment to apartment. Infestations are better treated by professional exterminators.
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