Don’t Poison Squirrels – Use Catch and Remove Instead

While squirrels may be fun to watch as they scurry from tree to tree or maybe you enjoy feeding them peanuts or sunflower seeds, they can become a nuisance and do damage to your home.

This is especially true during the winter when they prefer the attic in someone’s home where it is relatively warm versus facing the cold elements of the outdoors. They also look for cozy places to build nests and raise their young until they’re old enough to move outside.

Removing Squirrels

NJ squirrel removal is best left to the professionals who know how to find entry points and then trap the squirrels to be moved to another location. It’s best to remember that squirrels are wild and very agile. If cornered, they have the ability to jump, which may be on you, as well as bite and scratch.

Do not attempt to remove squirrels yourself as it could be dangerous and you should never use a poisonous substance as it isn’t effectual or humane. With a catch and remove approach, squirrels can be safely trapped in specially designed cages and removed by experts.

When NJ squirrel removal is necessary for the protection of your home, contact the professionals at Stern Environmental Group. Our services provide fast and efficient humane squirrel trapping and removal. Call us today about squirrels in the attic and let us take care of making your home squirrel-free.

 

Are Rat and Mouse Bait Stations Used for Rodent Extermination Safe?

When confronted with a rat or mouse problem, one option to consider is the use of bait stations. But the question is, are they safe?

Consumer Bait Stations

Four tiers have been created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for bait stations with varying protection levels. It’s up to the consumer which bait station(s) will work for their individual situation.

Tier 1 bait stations are resistant to children, dogs, outdoor weather, and indoor conditions.

Tier 2 is resistant to children, dogs, and indoor conditions.

Tier 3 is resistant to children and indoor conditions.

Tier 4 is only resistant to indoor conditions.

Environmental Protection Agency Criteria

When using bait stations, safety is important. In order to be considered tamper-resistant, stations must:

Be resistant to resistant to weather.

– Prohibit entry by children or dogs.

– Can be sealed or locked.

– Provides rodent entrances only.

– Can be anchored.

– Minimal spillage.

– Cannot be attractive to children in design or color.

– Capable of visual precautionary statements.

If you are experiencing a rodent problem and need help, hiring the professional services of a NYC rodent extermination company offers the best options for fast and efficient service.

At Stern Environmental Group, we have NYC rodent extermination specialists with the experience necessary to handle the job of removal safely from start to finish. Call, email, or use the convenient contact form to set up an appointment.

Bed Bugs: What You Really Need to Know Part Two

Bed Bugs: What You Really Need to Know
Bed Bugs: What You Really Need to Know

Identifying bed bugs can be a challenge as their life cycle is in multiple stages. A female can lay anywhere from 200 to 500 eggs during her lifetime, which averages 1 to 5 eggs each day. Her tiny eggs are white and about 1/20 of an inch long.

Once hatched, the babies, known as nymphs, will progress through five stages. Each stage requires the nymph to feed on a host’s blood in order to move to the next stage of development.

How long it takes a nymph to reach adulthood depends on two basic requirements: food sources (blood) and moderate temperatures ranging from 70 degrees to 82 degrees. The presence of these two conditions determines each bug’s progression, which can range from five weeks to four months.

As the nymphs transition into adults, the cycle continuously repeats itself creating more bed bugs to hide in your home and feed during the day or at night while you’re asleep.

When an infestation occurs, there are options to consider to rid your home of an infestation. One sure fire way is to use our bed bug freeze treatment to stop the problem in its tracks.

Give us a call at Stern Environmental Group to schedule an appointment for one of our professional bed bug specialists to inspect your home and discuss the bed bug freeze treatment as an option to eliminate your pests.

Bed Bugs: What You Really Need to Know Part One

Knowing How to Fortify Yourself and Your Home Against Bed Bugs Is Key.
Knowing How to Fortify Yourself and Your Home Against Bed Bugs Is Key.

Bed bugs; you can’t live with them and unfortunately due to their mobility, the days of living without them are becoming few and far between. One reason is the increase in international travel that allows these blood-sucking bugs to easily move from continent to continent.

About Bed Bugs

Cimex lectularius is the most common of the bed bug species. Regions with temperate climates such as Europe, North America, and Central Asia are popular habitats for these bugs. The C. hemipterus is found mostly in tropical regions such as California.

For many years, it was assumed bed bug infestations were due to unclean areas, dilapidated houses, and crowded living conditions. That is not necessarily the case any more as they have been found in five-star hotels, resorts, airplanes, commuter trains, buses, schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, to name just a few.

In the past, pesticides were used to control infestations, but through the years, bed bugs have built up a resistance to many treatment solutions. Today, NJ bed bug specialists rely on more sophisticated bed bug equipment and treatments to eliminate the initial infestation and provide ways to prevent them from returning.

To get the best help from professional NJ bed bug specialists, contact the Stern Environmental Group. Our technicians are experienced in finding the source of the bed bug infestation and ridding your home of these problematic bugs. Call today to schedule a home inspection.

 

The Bed Bug Life Cycle – Know Your Enemy

Understanding Bed Bug Life Cycles are Important.
Understanding Bed Bug Life Cycles are Important.

Bed bugs can quickly become a major nuisance when they get into your residential or commercial building. How long do these pests live? Learn more about their life cycle and when to seek help from NJ bed bug specialists.

Bed Bug Eggs and Nymphs

Females can lay up to 500 eggs during their lifespan, which generally means laying up to five eggs a day. Bed bug eggs, which are white, are usually found on wood and other rougher surfaces. These eggs are coated with a sticky, material and typically hatch in 10 to 15 days.

When bed bugs are going through the nymph stages, they look for blood meals, which are needed in for them to grow and develop. After passing through five of these stages, they become adults.

Adult Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have a life cycle that can range from as little as five weeks to as long as four months. Their lifespan depends on how much food is available and what the temperature in their environment is. Keep in mind that these pests can go up to 400 days without feeding if they’re in the right conditions. This usually means being in an environment that offers certain temperatures and humidity levels suitable for them.

If your home or business needs NJ bed bug specialists, we’re here to help. Contact Stern Environmental Group for more information about our services.

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