They Call Them “Velvet Ants” But They’re Really Wasps

Ant or Wasp?
Ant or Wasp?

Don’t let the name “Velvet Ants” fool you. While they may have some of the characteristics of an ant in color and size, in actuality, they belong to the Mutillidae (wasp) family.

About Velvet Ants

The female is especially ant-like due to her velvety exterior, which has a furry texture. Most are black or brown, like ants, and may be marked with red, orange, or yellow rings. While females are wingless, males do have wings and look more like wasps. Other species are known for their excruciating sting and some are capable of making a squeaking sound.

Studies on velvet ants show the insects are prone to attacking flies and beetles. Females spend much of their time hunting wasps and bees in their ground nests where she’ll lay eggs inside wasp or bee pupa. When the young wasps hatch, they feed on the pupa. Velvet ants produce young once a year.

Their stings are very painful and may cause a rash or an allergic reaction.

Velvet ants are difficult to control, especially if attempting to do it on your own. For the best results in NJ wasp abatement, you need a professional pest control service.

NJ wasp abatement is one of the services we handle at Stern Environmental Group. If you’re experiencing problems with velvet ants, let our experienced staff take care of the problem safely. Call us today to schedule a free home inspection.

Restaurant Owners – These Beetles Love to Destroy Your Food Stores

Sit Back and Relax When Your Restaurant Gets the Pest Control Help It Needs to Keep Your Business on Track.
Sit Back and Relax When Your Restaurant Gets the Pest Control Help It Needs to Keep Your Business on Track.

When you hear about the beetles invading, it’s not a step back in time to the singing group, it’s the insect kind that marches to its own beat.

Cigarette and Drugstore Beetles

Cigarette and drugstore beetles are common pests found in tropical and subtropical regions and have a reputation for their propensity for stored products. This includes a wide range of items including spices, grains, seeds, dried fruits, tobacco, beans, nuts, and more.

Adult beetles are adept at getting into stored food as well as the newly hatched babies that can get into packages through small pinpoint holes and even get into spices with lids. This can be especially problematic for businesses that prepare food and why a NJ restaurant pest control service is necessary to treat the area.

Female beetles are active and lay close to 100 eggs. This can take anywhere from 6 days to 20 days. Development of the babies can take from around three weeks to over 100 days and depends on temperature and food sources.

Depending on the number of females in one area and the hundreds of eggs being developed, it’s easy to understand how an infestation can occur. When this happens, stored food packages must be checked for beetles and if found, products must be discarded.

When dealing with an infestation, contact Stern Environment for fast and effective help from a professional NJ restaurant pest control service.

Restaurant Owners – Indoor Flies More Than a Nuisance

Don't Let Pests Get the Better of You in Your Business. We Can Help!
Don’t Let Pests Get the Better of You in Your Business. We Can Help!

Whether you’re dining at home or enjoying a delicious meal at a local restaurant, you don’t want a bombardment of flies to be on the menu. Even a solo bombardier isn’t a welcome guest. When flies are an issue, NJ restaurant pest control should be the first item being served.

Information About Flies

We see them all the time diving, flying, walking, and buzzing around various types of food sources. Indoors, flies are usually found in moist areas such as drains or even the garbage can where they breed and lay their larvae.

Flies range in size from small house flies to very large blowflies. There are also fruit flies, phorid flies, soldier flies, drain flies, moth flies, fungus gnats, and carrion flies.

If you aren’t certain what of pest you’re seeing, keep in mind each type of fly has its own distinctive body structure and coloring. For example, an adult fly has only two wings, while flies in the larvae stage – also referred to as maggots – are nearly translucent and legless. The lifespan of a house fly depends on the temperature, which can mean living for a week to several months. Avoid fly infestations by removing food sources.

NJ restaurant pest control is another professional service provided by Stern Environmental. Our pest control experts will inspect your property and seize the moment to clip the wings and eliminate the aerial acrobatics of fast-flying flies.

Just How Much are Bedbugs Costing Hotel Owners?

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When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

The hospitality industry is taking a serious financial hit when it comes to bed bug infestations. Not only that, they’re taking a hit to their respective reputations as well.

Bed Bugs and Hotels

All it takes is someone posting to a social media account, leaving a review, texting friends, or giving an interview about bed bugs found in the room and the hotel is immediately on the defensive.

While no one wants to be bitten by bed bugs while they’re sleeping, there’s always a chance the person was actually bitten by a flea or mosquito and assumed it was a bed bug. This type of unfounded accusation can cause irreparable damage to hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, hostels, and vacation rental properties.

When there is proof of bed bugs and the news is shared, the price of the room immediately drops resulting in the hotel losing money. Add to that the cost of litigation if the hotel is sued, plus remediation and treatment, the cost of inventory replacement, fewer guests and higher operating costs, and it becomes a costly situation.

On the eastern seaboard where many international travelers spend time, NYC bed bug specialists are on call to take care of hotel infestations.

For residents in the vicinity, NYC bed bug specialists provide professional services to tackle sightings and eliminate the problem. If you’re experiencing bed bugs, contact Stern Environmental for a free inspection.

EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center

EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center
EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center

Bed bugs continue to make an impact on homes and businesses around the world. While some people are well-versed on these tiny bloodsucking pests, others have never come in contact with the bugs.

As more people travel and are, overall, more mobile whether they’re accessing public transportation in their hometown or taking an international flight to distant destinations, bed bug information is vital.

Environmental Protection Agency

In an effort to keep the public and private sectors up-to-date with bed bug information, their website is loaded with everything you need to know to be well-versed in bed bug characteristics, activity, where to find them, and how to prevent infestations.

In our part of the world, NJ bed bug specialists are the go-to professionals to seek out and destroy bed bugs who’ve infiltrated a home or business.

With specialized treatments and an assortment of techniques and products, bed bugs can be eliminated in a safe way for homeowners. For businesses and companies, especially those in the fields of hospitality, apartment rentals, and nursing homes, integrated pest management is explained on the website.

From bed bug myths to questions and answers about bed bugs, take a moment to visit the EPA website.

When you’re ready to have your home inspected for bed bugs or treated for an infestation, contact Stern Environmental. We’ll schedule our NJ bed bug specialists to visit your home and suggest a plan of action.