Category Archives: Commercial Services

What Restaurants and Businesses Need to Know About Wasps and Premise Liability

What Restaurants and Businesses Need to Know About Wasps and Premise Liability
What Restaurants and Businesses Need to Know About Wasps and Premise Liability

The word “liability” can strike fear in the most seasoned of restaurant or business owners. Sometimes invasive species can bring liability to your door. Normally minor painful stings from bees or wasps can turn deadly when a person is allergic to them. Are stinging insects becoming a nuisance in your establishment? Hiring the Stern Environmental NJ pest control team makes the best sense!

Protect Your Business and Your Customers

Hundreds of thousands of people are sent to the hospital each year due to bee stings. Imagine the potential for liability from customers who may encounter life-threatening scenarios at your storefront because of pest infestations.

When the seasons change from summer to fall, bees become increasingly aggressive. They’re on a mission to forage for food to stock up for their queens and the encroaching chill. Swarms of stinging insects are frightening to experience, especially for vulnerable customers who may just be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

When you enlist the help of your friendly NJ pest control professionals, you’re reducing the threat of liability payments, lawsuits, and hospital visits.

Stern Environmental Keeps Your Interests in Mind

Contact Stern Environmental’s NJ pest control team today to keep bees away and business booming. Don’t be liable for some aggressive insects stinging your bottom line. Your business should run smoothly, without the threat of unpredictable liabilities.

Residual Moisture & Wet Forecast Lead to an Increased Flying Pest Population this Summer

Wet Weather Impacts Pest Populations
Wet Weather Impacts Pest Populations

NJ pest control pros expect a busy summer ahead. The National Pest Management Association’s bi-annual ‘Bug Barometer’ is forecasting higher than normal activity for a number of pests nationwide. Which bugs will be more bothersome in your region?

An Early Spike in a Number of Pests Nationwide

Abnormally wet weather patterns and their impact on pest biological behaviors will cause an early spike in a number of pest populations according to entomologists. Continued precipitation, which has been predicted for most of the country for the upcoming spring and summer seasons, will help pests thrive and multiply.

An Increase in Stinging Insects for the Northeast Region

In the New Jersey area, a long, wet winter leaving residual moisture followed by what is expected to be a rainy spring and mild, wet summer will create the ideal habitat for stinging insects. Residents of the northeastern U.S. should also expect increased tick activity due to favorable humidity, and an influx of rodents in homes and businesses as these pests search for warmer, dryer conditions. 

Get a jump on spring and summer pest control tasks with the help of the local NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental. We have the solutions to help you protect your family or business patrons from painful stings. Learn more about our dependable, affordable services, including 24-hour emergency bee and wasp hive removal. Protect your home or business today.

Are Spiders Good or Bad For Your Commercial Property?

What to Know About Spiders
What to Know About Spiders

Arachnophobic workers raising concerns about spiders at your business? The NJ pest control pros at Stern want you to understand the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of a building that hosts spiders. 

Benefits of Spiders

Spiders help control populations of other nuisance insects in your business by eating ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, moths, aphids, earwigs, and other smaller spiders. One spider can consumer 2,000 per year. This helps stop the spread of diseases and reduce the number of crop-destructive pests. Because of these benefits, leading arachnid researchers cite the absence of spiders could lead to famine. 

Drawbacks of Spiders

Before you put pest control measures on hold, however, be forewarned. Hosting spiders isn’t ideal. Buildings that have spiders most likely host other insects, which act as a food source to draw the arachnids in.

Though most species are not poisonous, all spiders bite. Spider bites can cause large, painful welts, which if not medically treated can lead to complications. Eliminating spiders reduces this risk. Spider webs can also make the work environment look worn and unkempt to potential customers, effecting your reputation. 

While beneficial in some instances, spiders do not make for good coworkers. Eliminate and prevent spiders and the nuisance insects attracting them to your business with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental. Contact us to learn more today.

Signs Your Buildings May Have a Carpenter Ant Infestation

Carpenter Ants Cause Damage to Your Building Structure
Carpenter Ants Cause Damage to Your Building Structure

Massive ants marching through your home or outbuilding? You could have a carpenter ant infestation. And just because they disappear for a few weeks doesn’t mean they’re gone for good. It’s not uncommon for residents to let their need for rapid NJ pest control intervention go, believing they don’t have an insect infestation when carpenter ants are actually nesting within the structure.

• How to Tell if You Have a Carpenter Ant Infestation

Ants. Obviously. Carpenters ants are often large and black, but can range in size from 1/8-1/2-inch long and come in colors of red, brown, black, or shades in-between. To distinguish carpenter ants from other ant varieties, look for the following signs:

• Noise in the walls

Rusting noises in wall voids like cellophane/shopping bags crinkling indicates carpenter ant activity. 

• Piles of sawdust

You’ll find sawdust piles near where ants live as they excavate your structure to build nests, dumping this ‘waste’ into piles.

• Wet wood

Water damage attracts carpenter ants, who prefer to excavate wet wood infiltrated by mold.

• Location

Carpenter ants are frequently found around window sills and frames, doors/door frames, near plumbing fixtures, in attics/crawlspaces, and beneath patios/decks.

• Repeat visitation in the spring

If ants emerge consistently every spring you likely have a nest.

Give carpenter ants their marching orders before they begin excavating your home’s structure. Contact the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Top Five Spring Pests to Be on the Lookout For

Keep an Eye Out for Increased Pests This Spring and Summer
Keep an Eye Out for Increased Pests This Spring and Summer

You’re not the only one who can’t wait to get out and enjoy the spring weather. Spring pests are also jumping at the opportunity to enjoy the warmth, coming out of hibernation and creating NJ pest control nightmares. Luckily, you can prevent warm weather pest problems with early identification. What are the top spring pests to be on the lookout for?

Carpenter Ants

Insects such as carpenter ants seek food and shelter when weather warms, infiltrating and destroying the structure of your home. Piles of wood shavings beneath holes and rustling sounds within walls indicate an infestation.

Termites

Termites swarm and reproduce in the spring. They can cause a lot of damage in a short time, munching on your home or business. Swarmers, piles of wings, mounds, mud tubes on exterior walls, and crumbling wood should be an immediate concern.

Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites aren’t just irritating, they can make you and your pets very sick. Combat them and reclaim your yard with mosquito treatments.

Spiders

Spring season is spider season, and although most are harmless, poisonous and potentially deadly brown recluse and black widows require immediate attention.

Rats

Rats can transmit a number of diseases and pose a serious health threat. Close holes and gaps larger than a quarter quickly and seek timely treatment.

Put a freeze on spring pest problems. Identify problems fast with the help of the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental today.