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What Hoteliers Should Know About Bed Bugs and Their Prevention

Don't Settle into Your Hotel Room Just Yet, Always Do a Bed Bug Check!
Don’t Settle into Your Hotel Room Just Yet, Always Do a Bed Bug Check!

Concerned about the potential for a bed bug infestation in your establishment? The NJ pest control experts at Stern want you to know that although you can’t keep bed bugs out of your rooms, there are actions you can take to protect the reputation of your hotel and ensure rapid eradication.

Bed Bug Mug Shot

Everyone on staff should know how to ID these pests. Study bug characteristics in all stages, including eggs, colorless or red nymphs, adult bugs which look similar to wood ticks, and the shape and color of bugs pre/post feeding. Regularly review photos of bed bugs and the casings they shed as they grow, as well as evidence of feces (black spots like grains of pepper) and small blood stains on mattresses and linens where they feed.

Be on the Lookout

Train ALL hotel staff to watch for bed bugs, from those who handle luggage to those who launder linens. They can help you identify an infestation in its infancy. Train housekeeping staff to examine beds, bedding, luggage stands and baseboards for signs each time they service a room.

Take Precautions

Store dirty and clean linens separately. Always have staff store belongings away from cleaning/laundering areas. Periodically remove and inspect behind headboards.

Guest report a bed bug infestation? Trap the suspected pest on a piece of tape or place in a jar/bag. Then contact the trusted NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environmental.

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation
Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

No one wants to think about the fact that their home or business could be infested with rats. And yet, in our area of the country, these pests are far too common. Before contacting NJ pest control, it’s helpful to know if what you’re dealing with is in fact a rat problem. There are several ways that you can tell.

How to Identify a Rat Infestation

You’re not likely to see a rat in your home or business, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leave signs behind that can alert you of their presence. Some of the most common signs of a rat infestation are:

– Finding rat droppings near food, including dog or cat food dishes or containers.

– Hearing sounds coming from the attic once it begins to get dark.

– Finding old rat nests near firewood stacks.

– Evidence that rats are eating fruit or nuts that have fallen from trees in the yard.

– Burrows beneath garbage cans or compost bins.

Contacting NJ Pest Control to Help With Your Rat Problem

Because rats are so good at hiding, it can be hard to notice an infestation until it’s gotten out of control. Traps may not be enough to deal with them. You may need the help of the NJ pest control specialists here at Stern Environmental.

No one wants to deal with a rat problem. If you think you might have an infestation, please contact us right away!

What Every Home Owner Should Know About New Jersey Carpenter Bees

What Every Home Owner Should Know About New Jersey Carpenter Bees
What Every Home Owner Should Know About New Jersey Carpenter Bees

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!

College Provides Tips for Students on Bed Bugs in On and Off Campus Housing

College Provides Tips for Students on Bed Bugs in On and Off Campus Housing
College Provides Tips for Students on Bed Bugs in On and Off Campus Housing

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.

Careful Treatment

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.

Incredible? Class Action Lawsuit Proceeds After Judge Sees Mice Lounging on Pest Control Device in Question

You Know a Pest Repellent Doesn't Work When Said Pest is Lounging on it.
You Know a Pest Repellent Doesn’t Work When Said Pest is Lounging on it.

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

When it comes to mice, rats and other pests, don’t take chances. Our innovative extermination services are safe, effective and affordable. Contact us to schedule an appointment and enjoy peace of mind.