All posts by Nancy McCord

Five Fun Facts About Bed Bugs

Fun Facts About Bed Bugs
Fun Facts About Bed Bugs

Whether you’re currently dealing with a bed bug infestation, or you’re hoping you never have to, it pays to know a thing or two about these pests. Here are a few fun facts about bed bugs that you may not have known before.

Fact #1: A bed bug’s eating habits are flexible – Baby bed bugs, or nymphs, need to feed to grow to their next stage. However, bed bugs are pretty flexible as far as when they eat next. They can go long periods of time without a meal, which helps them survive when you move out.

Fact #2: Bed bugs have evolved for survival – These pests are well aware of their need for survival, which is why they’ve adapted to make sure they live on. Their mating rituals are one example, and even though they are physically able to mate in a conventional way, the males will pierce the abdomens of the females instead.

Fact #3: Bed bugs leave clues behind – As many as 50% of people who are bitten by bed bugs don’t realize it, but these bugs usually defecate while feeding or right after, so if you suspect an infestation, bloods stains are a clue.

If you’re in need of NJ bed bug control services, make sure you’re only working with a company with an excellent reputation for bed bug treatment and elimination. To make an appointment for your inspection, contact us.

Mice Biology and Factoids

Mouse Control
Mouse Control

A mouse may look cute in a cartoon, but mice are a nuisance when they infiltrate your apartment, office building, restaurant and store. They are dirty and they can carry diseases.

Here are a few facts about mice:

  • The house mouse is called Mus musculus and commonly found in residences and commercial buildings.
  • There are many other varieties of mice including field, wood, spiny, zebra and dormouse.
  • Mice are nocturnal meaning they come out at night seeking anything edible.
  • They eat 15 to 20 times in 24 hours.
  • The average mouse is one to seven inches long and weighs about a pound.
  • The female mouse can have a litter of four to a dozen baby mice every month.
  • Female mice build nests in dark places chewing up paper, wire, clothing and insulation.
  • Storage rooms of food stores and restaurants are favorite nesting places since food is readily available.
  • They can chew through bags.
  • Their dried droppings can carry harmful pathogens causing disease.

Mice must be eradicated to keep your commercial property safe and clean.

Stern Environmental Group sells a special mouse tracking program that finds mice nests and eliminates them. The mice enter a food-based trap that contains florescent powder that provides an ultra-violet track to their nests where they are eradicated.

Contact us today to learn more about this method of eliminating  mice in your commercial buildings in New York City and New Jersey.

New Research Being Done to Uncover Organic Pesticides

Organic Pesticides
Organic Pesticides

No one appreciates unwelcome guests in the garden or in the business, however, many property managers would prefer a safer alternative to conventional pesticides when dealing with insects or other pests. Luckily new research has discovered an organic pesticide that is safe to use, all natural and completely effective.

New breakthroughs in pesticide development from names like DuPont, Bayer and Monsanto may soon yield fascinating results. Bacteria and forms of fungi may soon replace synthetic fertilizer altogether to protect crops without causing environmental damage. Consumers and regulatory groups have continued to show concern over the years for how pesticides can negatively impact wildlife. The solutions being worked on right now may change the way people look at pesticides forever.

Although no concrete organic fertilizer has been developed as of yet, many are expecting research to produce results quite soon. In fact, the world’s top fertilizer developers are currently competing with one another to get a head start on what is sure to be a booming industry.

Are you seeking professional pest control services for your multi-unit property or business in New York, Long Island or New Jersey? Contact Stern Environmental today to receive a free consultation or get answers to any questions you may have. Our seasoned team at Stern Environmental have years of experience removing pests from residential and commercial properties. From bees to mice and everything in between, we can get the job done right.

The Squirrel Experts

The Squirrel Experts
The Squirrel Experts

Squirrels may appear to be simple creatures living a rather uneventful existence. However, they are highly active animals that can create a massive amount of destruction in a short matter of time. From overrunning bird-feeders to causing major power outages, these tenacious rodents are a pest to be taken seriously.

Squirrels in your attic

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of homes are destroyed each year by fires caused by squirrels chewing through electrical wires in the attics. The gray squirrels typically find their way inside homes from September to May. As many as ten male squirrels may occupy a single attic. They will huddle together for warmth during the winter and will destroy anything they can sink their teeth into. Because their teeth continue growing throughout their entire lives, they are constantly chewing to keep them trimmed. If they are in your attic, they are destroying your home.

Other damage

To get inside, squirrels will chew through fascia boards, gable vents, ridge vents, and even shingles. Many homeowners don’t realize the damage is done until rain causes noticeable water damage. In addition to soiling drywall and insulation by urinating and defecating, squirrels will rip apart insulation to build their nest, leaving it useless for deterring heat loss.

The squirrel experts at Stern Environmental Group provide full service inspection, eradication, and minor repairs to keep squirrel problems from coming back. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Five Fun Facts About Squirrels

Squirrel Control
Squirrel Control

How much does the average person really know about squirrels? There’s so much more to these rodents than they look cute, like to climb trees, and eat nuts. Here’s five facts via Find Fast that you may not know about squirrels.

  • Despite being a rodent, squirrels are actually really clean. This is due to the fact that they take a long time grooming themselves. Just because they are clean, doesn’t mean you want them around.
  • They are often called pests. This is due to squirrels causing extensive damage to homes, buildings, and trees. One way they cause damage is by chewing on electrical wires to sharpen their teeth. If you find an infestation of squirrels in your house, call a professional pest control service, like us at Stern Environmental Group.
  • Their tails are very important. They use it to communicate, and it provides balance. It also acts like a parachute.
  • They don’t just eat nuts. Some species eat sap, plants, seeds, bark, insects, and small animals. Some include caterpillars, snakes, and baby birds.

If you have a squirrel problem, contact our professional experts at Stern Environmental Group. Our company specializes in NJ squirrel control. Not in NJ? Don’t worry, we also offer squirrel and pest control services in New York City, Long Island, and their surrounding suburbs.