Category Archives: Cockroaches

Brace Yourself – Warm Wet Winters Cause High Levels of Spring Insect Pests

Warm Wet Winters Cause a Proliferation of Spring Insects
Warm Wet Winters Cause a Proliferation of Spring Insects

Everyone always gets excited when a warm spell hits during the cold winter months. It’s good to have a few nice days when you can open the doors and windows and let the fresh air come in. The problem is that with those really warm days, there is often a price to pay later on. Your NJ pest control specialists expect this spring to be prime for pests.

But what does that mean for you? Will your pest problems be out of control this year because of the nice weather you’re enjoying right now?

What Pest Populations Will Spike?

There are several types of pests that tend to see an increase in their populations when winter is warmer and wetter than usual. Among them are:

– Mice

– Mosquitoes

Cockroaches

– Termites

– Stink bugs

This is never good news for a New Jersey homeowner, but unfortunately, it is quite typical for this part of the country.

Your NJ Pest Control Specialist is Here to Help

At Stern Environmental, we understand the stress you feel when you find out you have a pest control problem. While we can’t do anything to change the weather conditions, there is a lot we can do to help you prepare for the upcoming spring. Along with giving you pest prevention tips, we can also assist you if you do encounter a pest control problem this year.

Contact us today so we can help!

What Species of Cockroaches Make Their Home in New Jersey?

What Species of Cockroaches Make Their Home in New Jersey?
What Species of Cockroaches Make Their Home in New Jersey?

New Jersey is home to great locals, beautiful sights and picturesque scenery but it’s also home to invasive cockroaches. If you find yourself battling off a cockroach invasion, the right NJ pest control company can fight the war for you and win. What can you do to help aid in the fight? Know the threat!

Getting To Know Your Cockroaches

It’s important to understand who or what is infiltrating your workspace, so the right preventative measures are implemented. New Jersey has various cockroach species. Below are types of cockroaches NJ office pest control experts deal with:

German – These cockroaches are indoor creatures. They like to hang out in bathrooms and kitchens. They are light brown or tan colored and like to scurry rather than fly.

American – Look out for this species with reddish-brown body and trademark yellow figure eight pattern on their head. When these outdoor types forage for food and water they may find their way indoors.

Oriental – This stinky, shining black species love garbage and can grow up to an inch in length. They rely heavily on water sources to survive.

Brown-banded – As their name infers, this species is brown in coloring with banding across their wings. They inhabit warm and cozy attic spaces and love appliances with hot motors.

For more information and to get reliable solutions contact Stern Environmental today! We’ll bring the best in NJ pest control to you!

German Cockroaches May Be Brought Into Your Office by Unsuspecting Employees

German Cockroaches May Be Brought Into Your Office by Unsuspecting Employees
German Cockroaches May Be Brought Into Your Office by Unsuspecting Employees

Many may utter the word “cockroach” and shudder. Do you? If you aren’t a fan of uninvited clients coming to a food facility or office near you, then you might want to contact our local NJ pest control team as soon as possible. German cockroaches love food, hanging out on employee clothing, and hitching rides on any belongings. What can you do to stop it? The key is isolation.

Keeping the Cockroaches Away

What can you do to prevent unsuspecting employees from bringing bacteria-spreading German cockroaches near food products or food preparation areas in your facility? Here are a few simple steps to prevent an accidental cockroach invasion:

– Ensure employees put on their uniforms on site.

– Install an employee locker room, separate and away from daily operations.

– Keep cockroach monitors near vending machines, in locker rooms, and sources of water such as sinks.

– Set clear guidelines that ensure employees know not to bring open containers into the facilities. They are quick transportation devices for enterprising cockroaches.

– Teach employee awareness. Stress the importance of following guidelines that discourage pests from entering your facility.

Our NJ pest control team of experts love to inform, investigate, eradicate and take care of any pest concerns you have. Your livelihood may be at stake and we understand the importance of that. Contact us today and we’ll be quick to help you safeguard your business and the health of your clientele!

Can Cockroaches Survive the Cold Fall Weather in New Jersey?

You Won't Just See One!
You Won’t Just See One!

A NJ pest control professional is what you need to survive an onslaught of cockroaches who’ve adapted and know how to survive winter weather in New Jersey.

Cockroaches and the Wintertime Blues

To have survived over 300 million years on earth pretty much guarantees that cockroaches are here to stay whether it’s summer in the city of a winter wonderland.

Four species of cockroaches make the U.S. their home; German, American, Oriental, and Brown-Banded. Each has their own tolerance for surviving winter temperatures.

The American cockroach has a difficult time during the winter, which is why you’ll find them making their move to the inside during the cold months.

Oriental cockroaches have a higher tolerance for cold temperatures but that’s not to say you won’t find them in places such as basements and crawl spaces.

German cockroaches need water, food, and humidity and they’re good to go for the winter. If your home provides all three, you can expect these unwanted wintertime guests.

Last but not least, the brown-banded cockroach is a high roller, meaning, it likes to reside in high places. They like to be near sources of heat, such as stoves, ovens, heat vents, floor heaters, fireplaces, etc.

When you need help eliminating cockroaches from your home or business, you’re one phone call away from having NJ pest control experts at your door. Call Stern today and send cockroaches on their way.

Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach

Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach
Interesting Facts About the German Cockroach

When you see a 1/2-inch to a 5/8-inch medium brown bug with two distinctive dark strips running down the back of its head, most likely you are looking at a German cockroach.

Cockroach Facts

You aren’t alone in your sightings as this bug is the most common of the cockroach species found in hotels, restaurants, apartments, houses, and similar buildings.

Several factors contribute to its continued success as a household pest:

– To start with, the female carries a larger number of eggs, which can range from 30-50 per egg capsule.

Cockroaches also have the shortest time span to develop from the moment they hatch until they become sexually active. This means that there is a faster turn around and a higher potential for population growth.

– Because female cockroaches carry the capsule throughout the development of the embryos, the baby cockroaches are not subjected to many of the hazards that other types of nymphs face that are not kept in egg capsules for the duration of their development.

– Baby German cockroaches are small compared to other cockroach species, which allows them better opportunities to hide and survive.

These factors contribute to a fast reproductive cycle adding to the cockroaches already established worldwide population.

Managing a cockroach infestation needs an experienced NJ cockroach exterminator. Contact us at Stern Environment and we’ll schedule a NJ cockroach exterminator for an inspection and to rid your home of unwanted guests.