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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!

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!

Top Poisonous Spiders Found in New Jersey

Don't Be Afraid of Spiders - We'll Exterminate Them!
Don’t Be Afraid of Spiders – We’ll Exterminate Them!

Spiders are very common in NJ. The good news is that many of them aren’t the types that you need to worry about, since they don’t have a venomous bite. The bad news is that there are a few venomous spiders found in NJ office buildings that you should be concerned about. If you have any of these potentially dangerous spiders around, you’ll need professional NJ office pest control services to deal with them.

Brown Recluses

These small, brown spiders are known for lurking in places that are well-hidden, such as boxes or closets. Brown recluse spiders can deliver a serious bite that requires prompt medical care. However, some bites don’t produce noticeable symptoms at first, which can make them hard to detect early.

Black Widows

Black widows are easily recognizable with their black coloring and bright red hourglass marking on their belly. These spiders can also be found in closets and other areas that provide them with a dark, hidden environment. Black widows can bite if they’re disturbed, which can lead to nausea, abdominal cramping, and other symptoms in some individuals.

Sac Spiders

These spiders are mainly found outdoors, but some can make their way inside. Yellow sac spiders have bites that are more venomous than other sac spiders and require medical care.

If you have spiders in your building, contact Stern Environmental for more information on our NJ office pest control services.

Crickets – a Top Winter Nuisance Pest for Offices

Cricket Chirping Can Make You Crazy
Cricket Chirping Can Make You Crazy

Chirping crickets are a common sound in NJ on hot summer nights, but these pests can also become indoor nuisances in office buildings during winter. If you have these pests around this winter, you’ll need NJ office pest control to eliminate them before they can cause damage.

Cricket Behavior in Winter

Crickets seek warm places to stay during the colder winter months in NJ. In some cases, this can mean office buildings. Crickets can enter through any gaps or cracks in the building’s foundation or around windows and doors. Once they’re indoors, they’ll stick around and feed on certain materials, which can cause damage to office supplies and equipment.

Crickets are able to thrive in the right indoor environments, which allows them to eventually reproduce when the weather gets warmer. This, in turn, leads to a bigger cricket problem in offices.

Preventing Cricket Problems

How can you reduce your risk of having to deal with a cricket problem this winter or next spring? Having your building inspected is a good first step to ensure that you don’t have these pests around already. Making sure that window and door frames throughout your office building are sealed up also helps prevent crickets and other pests from being able to get inside your building when they’re looking for shelter during winter.

If you need NJ office pest control for crickets or other pests, contact Stern Environmental.

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans
Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans

Rodents are known carriers of disease and if you are experiencing an infestation in and around your home, there are two things you need to do. First, have a NJ pest control specialist visit your home to assess the problem and create a plan of action. Second, read on to find out why it’s important to have your space free and clear of rodents.

Rodent Diseases

When it comes to rats and mice infesting your home or yard, you don’t want to ignore the problem as these pests can spread more than 35 diseases.

Transmission of the unhealthy germs can occur in a number of ways:

– By handling a live or dead rodent.

– Through direct contact with rodent droppings (urine and feces) and their saliva, and handling nesting materials.

– Via a rodent bite.

– Bites by ticks, mites, or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.

Several of the diseases that rodents can transmit include hantavirus, which can be fatal. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM) symptoms come in two stages. Plague is serious but treatable. Tularemia can be life-threatening but is treatable.

At Stern Environmental, we are dedicated to helping our customers have a pest free home, which includes rats and mice. Our NJ pest control staff have years of experience and know how to address each situation efficiently and with the utmost care. Call today for a free home inspection and peace of mind.