Are You Crazy About Crazy Ants?

Keep Crazy Ants Out Of Your Home
Keep Crazy Ants Out Of Your Home

The Caribbean crazy ant is known for its erratic zigzagging and start and stopping habits when running around areas on the hunt for food. They’re identifiable by their dark brown color that can also be almost black, highlighted with a gray or tawny sheen.

Caribbean crazy ants are found in all regions of the U.S. and once they’ve taken over an area, such as your home, they need the attention of a NYC pest control specialist.

Like most ants, the Caribbean crazy ant has an appetite. The Caribbean feeds primarily on dead insects, and fruits and seeds that create a sweet liquid.

The ants, while both indoors and outdoors, move their food hunting adventures to the indoors during cold northern winters as they cannot survive the temperatures. During the fall season, they move indoors due to a lack of food sources.

While not a health threat, they are a nuisance once they enter the home and scurry over counter tops in search of food. To help prevent these tiny fast-moving pests from entering your home, be prepared by doing a visual check and sealing any openings, especially around windows and doors where they can gain entry.

When ants are on the march in your home, you need the services of a NYC pest control specialist to give them the boot. Contact our staff at Stern Environmental Group to set up an appointment for immediate action.


National Pest Management Ranks the Top Commercial Pests

Commercial Pests
Commercial Pests

In a recent study by the National Pest Management Association, a top 10 list was comprised of the most researched pests by consumers in the U.S.

The study covered the period from January 1, 2015 to December 14, 2015 with results of known pests that U.S. residents are familiar with. Starting at the number 10 position, the list is as follows:

  • # 10 – Rodents
  • #9 – Termites
  • #8 – Ticks
  • #7 – Mosquitoes
  • #6 – Stink bugs
  • #5 – Ants
  • #4 – Cockroaches
  • #3 – Stinging insects
  • #2 – Spiders

And the #1 pest people are interested in finding more information about is the tiny bloodsucking bed bug.

While being in the number one spot on the top 10 list of things is usually a good place to be, in this case it shows that more people are experiencing beg bug problems. In New Jersey, our NJ pest control technicians are at the ready to remove these unwanted pests.

Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers and there’s no place really safe from infiltration. They hop aboard any available mode of transportation to set up housekeeping in your home. Your property can be spotless and still have a bed bug infestation.

There are many products and treatments for bed bugs available to help protect against invading pests, and at Stern Environmental Group we have an experienced NJ pest control management team to put them in place.

Call us today to speak with an associate about scheduling an appointment.


Carpet Beetle Makes the Top Five Pests to Hate

The Hated Carpet Beetle
The Hated Carpet Beetle

The world is full of a variety of bugs. And while many go on their way every day, minding their own business, there is another group that has made the top five list of most hated pests.

The list includes itchy-scratchy bed bugs, creepy crawling spiders, American and German cockroaches, and the ever clever house mouse.

Fifth on the list and one that is notorious for eating up the items in your home, literally, are carpet beetles. You definitely need the help of a NYC pest control company to eradicate these hungry pests.

This small bug has a penchant for furniture and clothing. Animal products are their favorite source of nourishment. This means anything in your home like calf-skin boots, leather sofas, feather boas, wool sweaters, fur-lined jackets, even cotton items are at high risk of becoming a breakfast, lunch, or dinner entree.

Synthetic materials are also a food source. Although not as nutritious as the real-deal animal products, carpet beetles will chew on synthetic items as well, only they’ll increase their plate in an attempt to even out the nutrients they’re not getting as compared to animal products.

At the end of the day, carpet beetles can inflict a lot of damage inside your home that results in costly replacements.

For all of your NYC pest control needs, contact the Stern Environmental Group. Our professional staff is dedicated to making your home pest free.

Spring Means Bees and Wasps Will Emerge Soon – What You Should Know

Sting Insects
Stinging Insects

The term “busy bee” is appropriate as the buzzing bundles of bizziness are at their peak as spring rolls in and temperatures warm up.

Bees aren’t the only flying pests that make their presence known during the hotter months. Wasps and hornets are also making travel plans to set up housekeeping in your yard.

Add fire ants to the seasonal pests and you have the perfect storm of stinging insects crawling or flying hither and yon. That’s why NJ pest control services are busy during the spring keeping yards free and clear of stinging insects.

Some people have allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings, This can be a dangerous situation as a sting could put them in the emergency room. For them, it’s best to avoid attempting to remove nests.

Some springtime pests pose health risks as well, such as mosquitoes which are carriers of the West Nile virus and the Zika virus.

Insects can also pose problems to property. Bees can build a hive behind the walls of your home or in the eaves. Carpenter bees destroy wood resulting in structural damage.

If you have a stinging insect infestation on your property, it’s highly recommended to call a NJ pest control service as they have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to remove the insects safely.

For help with stinging insect infestation, contact the staff at Stern Environmental Group to schedule an appointment.


Is Zika Already in the Metro NYC Area? Could It Hide Like It Did in Brazil?

Insect Facts
The Zika Virus

There’s a lot of talk in the news about the Zika virus in the United States. The disease carrying mosquito continues to make its presence known with studies now showing the virus started a year earlier than first thought in Brazil.

The virus is new to the U.S. but it has been around for many years. It was first identified in 1947 in Uganda. The virus was contained to that part of the world for decades, but as more travel options became available and more people moved from country to country, so too did the virus.

In the last decade, more countries have been affected, such as French Polynesia in 2013 and also in Brazil. The virus is spread by mosquitoes biting an infected person, then biting another person and passing on the virus.

For most people who are infected, there are no symptoms. However, for some there’s about a week-long period of not feeling good. The worse manifestation is the effect the virus has on pregnant women with birth defects and other health issues that affect their unborn children.

According to the CDC, the mosquito-borne threat of Zika virus ranges from the southern region to as far north as New England, where the mosquitoes – Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus – make their home.

Keeping your property pest free, including mosquitoes, is important during any season. With expert NYC pest control, you’re home can remain safe and comfortable. To schedule a NYC pest control inspection, contact our staff.

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