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What Squirrels Are Found in New Jersey and New York?

Get to Know your Local Squirrel Species.
Get to Know your Local Squirrel Species.

Squirrels are well-known creatures throughout the United States; just look out your window and chances are you’ll see one, two, or more, frolicking in the trees or burying acorns.

There are quite a few squirrel species and some parts of the U.S. see the same types while others may see a different species.

New Jersey Squirrels

New Jersey squirrels sound like the name of a sports team, which would fit these energetic and agile creatures of the wild. In New Jersey, there are several of these species, which include the gray squirrel, red squirrel, southern flying squirrel, and northern flying squirrel.

New York Squirrels

New York residents have their own squirrel population that is similar to New Jersey. The red, gray, and flying squirrels are common as well as the fox squirrel.

Squirrel Habits

While watching squirrels can be entertaining, it’s sometimes necessary to have NJ and NY squirrel removal services visit your property. The reason is squirrels are notorious for chewing and their appetite includes pretty much anything.

They especially like attics where they can get warm, make a nest, and have their babies, which can lead to messes, noise, and the pittering pattering of little feet across the ceiling during the night.

At Stern, we’re experts at NJ and NY squirrel removal. We’re fast and provide humane squirrel trapping. When you need NJ and NY squirrel removal assistance, just give us a call.

Female Cockroaches Are Very Picky When Selecting Mates

What's Worse than One Cockroach? A Whole Colony of Them. Don't Let them Breed!
What’s Worse than One Cockroach? A Whole Colony of Them. Don’t Let them Breed!

There’s nothing wrong with being selective when choosing one’s mate and that includes the fairer sex in some insect species such as the cockroach.

Cockroach Courtship

A study at Anglia Ruskin University by Dr. Sophie Mowles covers the intricacies of the courtship ritual of the Cuban burrowing cockroach.

One prominent feature the female looks for is high-levels of energy displayed by the male. This is accomplished by the male in a “raising of the wing” ceremony by repeatedly raising his wing to a vertical position then lowering it. He’ll do this over and over, hence, he is showing his stamina and energy level which the female cockroach finds attractive.

The female’s only interest in the mating ritual is finding the male who is in the best physical condition. While the repeated raising and lowering of the wings tires the male and drains his energy, it’s a gauge used by the female when choosing the father of her babies.

The female wants the best genes for her offspring. By doing so, she ensures her babies are physically fit, have the ability and agility to evade predators, be victorious when confronting rivals, and males are attractive to females to carry on the family line.

If you have a problem with these pests, you need an NJ cockroach exterminator. Contact us at Stern where we have cockroach exterminator specialists who will rid your property of these unwanted guests.

Why Do Squirrels Like Your Attic and Eaves?

Why Do Squirrels Like Your Attic and Eaves?

Squirrels are extremely adaptable to their environment especially when sharing that environment with humans.

In forested areas, squirrels have plenty of places to build nests, forage for food, and sharpen their teeth. When living in a neighborhood, their living space is limited as they must share the landscape with a house, shed, garage, and domestic outdoor pets.

Squirrels and Attics

One of the biggest attractions for urban squirrels is a cozy attic to hunker down in during the winter and as nesting places in the spring and summer.

Squirrels have two litters a year – March to May and July to August. During this time, moms-to-be are looking for a safe place to have their babies and a secure place to raise them.

As the babies mature, you’ll hear sounds emanating from the attic including chewing and scratching and the patter of feet. Unfortunately, squirrels love to chew and since they’re not in the forest, the next best thing is whatever is handy in your attic.

Along with chewing damage, there’s the mess that a group of baby squirrels can make. When your home is invaded, the best course of action is hiring a NJ squirrel removal pest service.

At Stern Environmental, we have NJ squirrel removal specialists with the knowledge and equipment to remove the squirrels from your home.

Don’t wait until it’s too late and structural damage occurs. Call us today for an inspection.

Even Disney World is Not Exempt from Bed Bug Infestations and Complaints

Even Disney World is Not Exempt from Bed Bug Infestations and Complaints
Even Disney World is Not Exempt from Bed Bug Infestations and Complaints

Even Mickey Mouse isn’t immune to bed bugs as a New York couple staying at the Disney Vero Beach Resort can attest to. According to Kevin Hamedi and Allyson Masciotti-Hamedi, their room was infested with the bloodsucking pests.

Bed bugs are notorious travelers and with more people crisscrossing the globe, there has been an increase in bed bug activity infiltrating modes of transportation, dining venues, and hotels and resorts.

This couple filed suit against the Disney Company stating that they had failed in their obligations to provide precautions.

Bed Bug Facts

While bed bugs are a nuisance, there is no evidence these pests carry disease. They hide in dark warm places and venture out of their hiding places in search of warm-blooded food, which is you and your sleeping family.

Bed bugs do not discriminate and will make their home in a 5-star resort as easily as a budget-friendly motel.

Their bites can create red itchy welts and for some the bite can cause an allergic reaction.

For the most part, over-the-counter products won’t take the bite out of bed bugs. When they create an infestation, NYC bed bug specialists are needed to eliminate them quickly and efficiently with the right tools and treatments.

Need professional NYC bed bug specialists to take care of your infestation? Contact Stern Environmental Group to schedule an inspection and the best course of action to send bed bugs packing.

What Other Insects “Look” Like Bed Bugs?

What Other Insects "Look" Like Bed Bugs?
What Other Insects “Look” Like Bed Bugs?

Think you’ve seen – or heard reports of – creepy, crawly bed bugs in your home or establishment, but you’re not finding any supporting evidence? The NYC bed bug specialists at Stern want you to be aware of these bed bug look alikes:

Bat Bugs
Bat bugs resemble bed bugs very closely, but feed on the blood of bats. Expert identification with a microscope is often necessary to tell this species from its human-feasting counterpart. Bat bugs will feed on other mammals when bats are absent. It’s believed they cannot reproduce without their preferred host.

Booklice
Commonly mistaken for bedbug nymphs, these bugs are found under wallpaper and around windows are smaller and white/gray/brown in color.

Cockroach Nymphs
Most active at night, reddish-brown cockroach nymphs dwell near food, warmth, and moisture. However compared to apple-seed shaped bed bugs, they have a more cylindrical body.

Spider Beetles
Shiny, oval, dark brown/reddish brown, and the shape and size of a flea, these pests often look bloated when found. They are not filled with blood – but pantry goodies – their preferred treat!

Carpet Beetles
These small, round, brown pests have distinct wings. Hair on larvae, which look like fuzzy caterpillars, may cause welts/dermatitis on contact.

Bed bug or a doppelganger? The NYC bed bug specialists at Stern Environmental can help you set the record straight. Identify and eradicate the pests that are plaguing you. Contact us today.