Help Employees Keep From Spreading Bedbugs Into the Workplace

Bed Bug Infestations

Stop The Spread Of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can easily be spread from an employee’s home to the workplace. Help prevent employees from accidentally bringing bed bugs into the workplace by following this advice from Stern Environmental the NYC bed bug experts.

Spread the Word About Bed Bugs

First, hold a meeting about the problem of bed bugs. Inform all your employees in a group setting about the problem. Explain how easy it is to inadvertently bring bed bugs into the work environment, and how quickly they can multiply. If possible bring in local NYC bed bug experts to conduct the meeting and answer questions.

Have the Office Treated for Bed Bugs

If you discover that an employee has bed bugs at home, it’s likely they may carry them into the workplace. Have the office surveyed and treated, repeatedly if necessary. Bed bug treatment is non-toxic to humans, and the investment in prevention will be worth it.

Have Employees Separate Garments Brought From Home

Bed bugs like to hide in the folds and creases of textiles. When an employee reports a bed bug problem at home, it’s best to separate their garments from the rest of the staff’s. Provide a separate closet that is cordoned off from the rest of the office. Ask them to keep their garments in a sealed plastic bag, just until they are cleared for bed bugs.

For bed bug extermination services for your commercial property, contact Stern Environmental today.

Top Office Pests to Watch For in September

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Office Pest To Watch For

Office pests cause enough trouble when an employee finds a mouse scurrying through the break room. If a visitor sees a roach, you might have just lost a big sale.

Commercial buildings are very attractive to fall pests because they offer hiding places with warmth for the winter ahead. If your building has a restaurant on the ground floor — or the neighboring businesses don’t take care of their garbage — be ready to call for commercial pest control.

Be on the lookout this fall for these pests especially:

  • Rodents. Mice and rats make employees squirm and scare away customers. Pest control can seal off the entry points, control the population, and make recommendations to make the office less attractive to rodents.
  • Cockroaches. Roaches usually come inside through plumbing and stay near wet areas, but they scavenge for food. Ask employees to keep the break room clean, and call for pest control to exterminate.
  • Stink bugs. These bugs can damage your office and inventory by leaving waste that stains. If you swat them, they emit a terrible odor.
  • Bed bugs. Don’t think offices are immune to bed bugs. They are most active in summer and fall. Call for bed bug extermination if you see one anywhere in the office!

Keep away the fall pests, and you’re less likely to have a winter infestation. Call Stern Environmental for office pest control in the New York City and  New Jersey areas.

Cockroaches to Termites What’s Next?

The Trouble With Cockroaches

Termites From Cockroaches?

Two of the most hated insects on the planet likely share a common origin, according to the National University of Singapore’s sciences department. Researchers believe the voracious termite evolved from the highly prolific and resilient coach roach about 170 million years ago. This means termites were around long before the dinosaurs and are likely to continue thriving for many years ahead. What does this all mean to you?

They are getting tougher and smarter

Cockroaches have learned to avoid sweet-tasting traps. The termites and coach roaches know you do not want them in your home. Roaches are highly evasive and typically on move about at night. If you see them during the day, it is probably due to overcrowding, and the problems is bigger than you realize. Termites are active year-round. They eat non-stop and virtually unnoticed. They move from the ground to the wood of your home in areas you don’t go or look. These little pest and their disease-carrying ancestors can cause serious illness in your home and thousands of dollars in repair cost.

Trust the experts

While you spend very little of your time thinking about them, cockroaches and termites are constantly striving for survival of themselves and their eggs. Over-the-counter insecticides never fully get rid of them. For a thorough eradication and to keep all manner of pests from coming back, trust the pest control experts at Stern Environmental Group.

The Real Health Impacts of Untreated Cockroach Populations

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Health Consequences of Untreated Cockroach Populations are Real.

In NYC, cockroach control is often a part of daily life. But there’s more to this need than simply reducing their creepy crawly presence. Cockroaches are bad for your health.

What health risks to cockroaches present?

  • Disease causing germs.
    Roaches can cause gastrointestinal illness from carrying E. coli, Salmonella, six parasitic worms, and many more human pathogens.
  • Allergy and asthma risks.
    Cockroach debris – old shells, body parts, saliva, and droppings – can trigger asthma attacks in those sensitive to cockroach antigen, proteins found in this cockroach debris.
  • Chemical hazards resulting from improper DIY pest management.
    Professional cockroach control can minimize these risks – and more effectively reduce populations.

What’s the best way to handle NYC cockroach control?

  • Don’t leave food and drinks out.
  • Keep all surfaces clear of food and crumbs.
  • Immediately clean up after spills.
  • Store food and garbage in tightly sealed containers.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes out overnight.
  • Control moisture levels and leaks, particularly in the kitchen and bath, where roaches like to congregate.
  • Keep inside and outside areas of your home clean of boxes, cardboard, and newspapers, which roaches can both eat and take up residence.
  • Cut down on clutter to eliminate shelter and hiding places.
  • Seal cracks and crevices around plumbing, electrical, gas lines, around cupboards, baseboards, and more to deny roaches access to your home.

NYC cockroach control problems driving you buggy? Stern can help. Contact us today.

German Cockroaches Flock to Food Preparation Areas

German Cockroaches can be hard to control.

German Cockroaches can be hard to control.

Food prep areas used to be notorious for German cockroach infestation. The cockroaches used to come in from the suppliers, in bags, boxes, hidden under pallets and such, and in these ways, they would travel from one food preparation position to another.

However, through modern inspection and control methods, this type of infestation now only accounts for about 5% of all cockroach problems. Yet cockroaches still remain a problem. So, where are all of the German cockroaches coming from?

Home Made Pests

It has been found that employees are actually carrying cockroaches, their nymphs and eggs, into food processing plants and food preparation sites. Truly, 95% of German cockroach infestation in these areas, is brought in by the employees themselves through personal items.


  • Use an outside cleaning service for uniforms. They should never be taken home.
  • Personal items should not be taken into locker rooms or break rooms. Personal clothing should never be worn in food areas.
  • Regular cleaning should be done in all locker rooms and break rooms
  • Training should be given to employees about the risks of bringing cockroaches in
  • A strong and proactive cockroach monitoring program should be put in place, particularly in food and vending areas.

For more and detailed information about cockroaches in your food processing areas, contact the  Stern Environmental Group. We can offer programs to combat German cockroach infestation, in both prevention and eradication.

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