Busting Common Bed Bug Myths

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

The fact that bed bugs bite and are incredibly difficult to get rid of is common knowledge. However, there are also several misconceptions about these household pests.

Bed Bugs Are too Small to See

Bite marks aren’t the only visible signs of these insects. Bed bugs are small, but they’re big enough for people to see. In fact, it’s possible to see bed bugs at all stages of life, including eggs and nymphs.

Bed Bugs Are Found in Unsanitary Homes

Bed bugs don’t eat dirt or garbage. Instead, they look for blood to feed on. Even the cleanest homes can have bed bugs, although homes with a lot of clutter make these pests more difficult to get rid of.

Bed Bugs Avoid Light

Bed bugs typically come out when it’s dark, but they don’t actively avoid light. You can still be bitten by them when you leave your bedroom light on at night.

Pesticides Are Enough to Kill Bed Bugs

Using pesticide products in your home doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be free of bed bugs. Professional bed bug control companies typically use more than one method to destroy them and lower the risk of future infestations.

If you’re having problems with bed bugs in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Stern Environmental. We’ll send our bed bug control experts over to get rid of these pests and prevent future problems with them.

Giving the Gift of Termites – Really?

The Gift Of Termites?

The Gift Of Termites?

Perhaps as a child you can remember having an ant farm. You used to love sitting there, watching the ants as they made their way through the dirt. Sometimes you’d even give it a little shake to disrupt all of their hard work. Ant farms provided hours of entertainment for young minds.

One guy has decided that ant farms are a thing of the past, and he’s come up with an even better idea. Termite farms. The termite farms come complete with damp wood termites who feast on their very own hunk of a Douglass fir tree, so they have plenty of food to keep them happy for a long time. When it comes time to add water, you just inject a bit a couple of times a month.

Perhaps you’ve dealt with termites in your home in the past, and you can’t imagine having a termite farm on your desk, or giving your child one to play with and watch. What was the reasoning behind the invention of the termite farm? Its inventor found ants to be boring.

That may be true, but termites probably won’t be welcome in many homes across the country.

If you have a termite problem at your business or multi-family property, it’s important for you to contact a professional right away. This article might have been fun, but termites are a serious problem. We’re here to help you. Give us a call.

The Truth About Squirrels

Squirrels? Boring?

Squirrels? Boring?

Are squirrels boring? They are definitely common and simple little creatures. However, squirrels also have their fair share of strange habits and incredible history. Did you know all of these interesting facts about squirrels?

World travelers! Squirrels call 5 continents their native home. Only Australia and Antarctica do not have native squirrel species.

Ancient civilizations! Squirrel fossils have been found from at least 35 million years ago. The earliest breeds were like the flying squirrels found today.

Weird cousins! The greater squirrel family includes species that are smaller, larger, toothier, and wilder than gray squirrels. Groundhogs and marmots are close cousins.

Long in the tooth! Ever notice how squirrels are always chewing? That’s partly because they must file down their incisors — which keep growing their entire lives.

What goes down… Squirrels are physically incapable of vomiting. They must be careful to spit out whatever they cannot digest.

Sweaty feet. Squirrels sweat through glands on their feet. Hence you may notice little squirrel paw prints on the sidewalk when it’s hot.

So, now you’re a squirrel expert! You still might need help taking care of a squirrel infestation. We offer humane squirrel trapping and 24-hour emergency service. If squirrels take over your attic, you’ll appreciate fast, safe removal so you can get your peace of mind back!

Make the call to Stern Environmental squirrel control services and get effective treatment and recommendations for protecting your property.

What Hoteliers Need to Know About Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Truths

Bed Bug Truths

Consumer concerns and rising numbers of bed bug infestations create a perfect storm of anxiety for hotel and motel operators. Here’s what everyone in the hospitality industry should know about bed bugs:

Local media loves to report on bed bugs: Television news and newspapers seem to report on bed bugs whenever it’s a slow news day. When the news goes online, people share the story on social media with friends and relatives.

Customers are worried: Bed bug problems have left customers worried about hotel stays. With plenty of hotels to choose from, why risk booking a room at a brand linked to bed bugs?

Juries have awarded MILLIONS in bed bug lawsuits: Bed bugs can happen anywhere, but that doesn’t excuse a hotelier for failing to treat a known infestation. Lawsuits often result in huge awards to victims who were bitten and scarred at hotels and motels.

Take action to avoid bad publicity: Hotels should promptly investigate bed bug claims and call for bed bug extermination immediately. If someone posts about bed bugs on Yelp or TripAdvisor, management should publicly respond to the claim to assure customers.

Advanced bed bug control methods are available: Our modern bed bug control includes high-tech, non-toxic methods to eradicate bed bugs safely and quickly.

Unfortunately, bed bugs are naturally drawn to hotels. When you hear a whisper, contact Stern Environmental for fast, effective and discreet hotel bed bug extermination.

Five Things You Never Knew About Groundhogs

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Don’t Fight My Pets

Groundhogs do plenty more than just predict the weather. They also destroy gardens, fight with pets, and may even spread disease. They’re cute, but there’s plenty to know about groundhogs:

Groundhogs are diurnal. Unlike opossums and other large rodents who are nocturnal, groundhogs sleep at night and conduct business during the day.

Groundhogs have winter homes. From October to March, groundhogs enter deep hibernation. They even make a special burrow just for the winter! Other small mammals bulk up and become less active during the winter — but groundhogs truly disappear underground.

At home in the trees! They’re called groundhogs for good reason, but they also climb trees exceptionally well. They typically only climb when looking for fruits and nuts to eat.

They outsmart many repellents. Tricks like leaving dog hair around the garden can scare away other garden-eating pests. Groundhogs are smarter than most people realize and quickly figure out any simple deterrents like that.

Groundhogs often bring predator animals to the neighborhood. Foxes, bobcats, and other predators usually know to stay away from humans and their property. However, they might be tempted to come onto your property if they sense wild prey like groundhogs.

Home gardeners and businesses with landscaping know that groundhogs are more destructive than most people realize. Call Stern Environmental for professional rodent control and we can safely trap and remove groundhogs off your property while helping prevent future damage.

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