Making it through another long, cold winter is certainly reason to celebrate. But the fact that spring is here makes NJ pest control specialists have to pick up the pace because there are some different pests we’ll need to be focusing on. Carpenter bees are just one of them, but they are a problem for a lot of people in the state.
What are Carpenter Bees?
Some people think that carpenter bees got their name because they eat wood, but that is not accurate. The females actually create holes in wood so they make a place for nests for their young. These pests are fairly large; about three-quarters to one inch in length. People often mistake them for bumble bees, but they’re not the same. Unlike other types of bees, they don’t live in colonies. Rather, they’re independent.
What Types of Damage Can Carpenter Bees Cause?
Carpenter bees can do a lot of damage to the exterior of your home. It’s common to find them in decks, porches or wooden railings. They’re relatively harmless because the male doesn’t have a stinger, and the female only stings if she’s handled.
Still, no one wants carpenter bees hanging around their property. Your NJ pest control specialists can help if you’ve seen them hanging around your home. They are a nuisance pest, but it often takes a professional to deal with them. Contact us!
To fight the spread of bed bugs on and off campus, Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts is informing its students on the matters of bed bugs, urging them to seek medical attention for suspected bites and to report suspected infestations to the college’s housing office.
An Ounce of Prevention
Like NJ pest control specialists, the college’s primary mission is to prevent the spread of the pests. It has warned students not to dispose of bedding, furniture, or other potentially infested items from housing. When infested items are left out on the street by well-meaning students attempting to address the problem, they are commonly picked up for use by other unsuspecting students for use, spreading the problem through campus housing.
Hampshire College has also urged students not to try and treat the problem without first reporting it to the housing office, which can provide the students with proper bed bug control measures. For those with suspected infestations, the college is conducting room inspections and furnishing students with bed bug monitors.
If an infestation is confirmed, the college will relocate students prior to treatment by a licensed bed bug specialist. Any items moved with the student must then be carefully inspected prior to its relocation to avoid spreading these pests.
Don’t let bed bugs party in your dorms. Safeguard student housing with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.
Do you think NJ pest control in your home or office is something that you can handle on your own? A class action lawsuit against the makers of an over-the-counter anti-rodent device may change your mind.
“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”
In 2015, several women in Palm Desert, CA and Woodville, TX filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against BHH, LLC. Plaintiffs claimed they bought the company’s Ultrasonic Pest Repellers, sold under the brand name Bell+Howell, based on promotional claims that the product was “fast and effective” in repelling mice and other pests.
Lawyers for BHH asked to have the lawsuit dismissed, but U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III allowed the suit to proceed after viewing pictures of mice lounging on and around the device. Pauley noted that the packaging included disclaimers about possible interference with the ultrasonic signals, but stated it was up to a jury to decide if the devices were falsely marketed.
The lawsuit also seeks to represent other consumers who purchased more than 2.4 million of the devices. Plaintiffs cited numerous studies published prior to 2011 indicating that the pest repellers are ineffective.
Stern Environmental Group: NJ Pest Control Experts
Last September the technicians were making the rounds of rodent traps they had set in the San Messina neighborhood of Weston, FL. They were surprised to find a loaded rifle clip and spare bullets inside a trap located in a relatively quiet area.
Traps are rebaited once a month, so the ammo had likely been there for less than four weeks. But since the items were rusty, police believe ammo had been in the trap for at least several days.
Who’s Behind It?
For safety purposes, the traps are locked, but the ammo appeared to have been placed inside via the pest portal. Police took possession of the items and they’re concerned that someone, possibly even a child, was attempting to hide the ammo.
William Black, one of the technicians, expressed concern about their find. He termed it “creepy,” particularly in light of the violent acts that have been in the news over recent years.