Category Archives: Disease Carrying Pests

What Kind of Roaches Live In NYC? What To Know

What Kind of Roaches Live In NYC? What To Know
What Kind of Roaches Live In NYC? What To Know

Like most insects, cockroaches come in a variety of different species. Our NJ pest control experts share important information about roaches commonly found in NYC.

Physical Characteristics

American, German and Oriental cockroaches are generally dark-colored, brownish or black, with antennae and six legs. While some types are relatively small, cockroaches can grow to more than two inches long, making them easy to spot.

Behavior

Cockroaches come indoors in search of food and water. They’re able to make their way inside cracks, under doors and through any small openings. Sometimes, roaches are transported into homes and buildings via food products and other boxes or packages.

Dark, damp areas such as basements and crawl spaces are preferred living spaces for cockroaches. As they look for food and water, roaches may be found in kitchen drawers and cabinets, or behind appliances.

Health Risk

Based on their habit of frequenting dumpsters, sewers and other garbage sites, roaches are well-known transmitters of disease. In addition to contaminating food and cookware with more than 33 types of bacteria, cockroaches can trigger allergic reactions as they shed their skins. Children are particularly susceptible to these dangers.

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Cockroaches are only one of the pests affecting NJ homes and businesses. Our trained technicians have experience in removing insects and wildlife safely and effectively. Contact Stern Mold to learn more about our integrated pest management services.

Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family’s Struggle

 

Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family's Struggle
Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family’s Struggle

Dealing with bed bugs is enough to send you in search of NJ pest control services. But what happens when you include roaches and rats in the mix? One family in Queens is facing that struggle right now.

Pests Pit Tenant Against Landlord

Lutfa Moni and Sohel Ahmed are locked in a legal battle with their landlord, Setam Realty Associates. The lawsuit they filed in Queens Housing Court claims that the company failed to address their problem of pest infestation and the couple has been the subject of harassment since making the complaints.

According to Moni, their apartment has been overrun with bed bugs, mice and roaches since 2010. Extermination appears to have eliminated the bed bugs, but rats have recently turned up. She and Ahmed believe they’re being “punished” since Setam lost a 2016 bid to evict them.

Who’s at Fault?

For Setam’s part, they allege that the couple is chronically delinquent with rent, owing $18,000 in arrears. While the landlord says Moni and Ahmed are the only residents who have bed bugs, city records document complaints from other tenants dating back to 2013. Issues cited include peeling plaster, lack of heat and faulty elevators along with pest infestations.

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Super Rats Or Super Sickly Rats? Could Urban Pest Control Be Influencing Evolution?

How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?
How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?

With humans, efforts to eradicate illnesses sometimes result in development of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses. Scientists are finding a similar situation with NJ pest control, which appears to have some far-reaching impacts on the rat population.

Are Rat Extermination Efforts Counterproductive?

Rat infestation takes a physical, mental and economic toll on affected communities. While improvements in technology have created highly efficient rodent-killing solutions, many cities around the world are actually seeing an increase in their rat populations.

Impact of Extermination Methods on Rat Population

Once an extermination campaign ends, the results are generally temporary as rat populations quickly rebound, a phenomenon dubbed the “boomerang effect.” Rats themselves have been undergoing a couple of significant changes.

• Rats who survive extermination attempts tend to have genetic traits that make them better equipped to avoid danger. One specific gene that’s been identified actually makes rodent-killing chemicals ineffective. As these traits are passed on through reproduction, generations of “super rats” are developing.

• On the other hand, reduction in rat population causes a corresponding reduction in genetic variation, which in turn hinders their ability to respond to changing environments. Reproduction within this limited gene pool creates a type of inbreeding, leading to weak and sickly rats less likely to survive.

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What’s That Smell? Critter Cologne Is NYC’s New Rat Strategy

What's That Smell? Critter Cologne Is NYC's New Rat Strategy
What’s That Smell? Critter Cologne Is NYC’s New Rat Strategy

Could a cologne be the key to solving NYC’s rat problem? Scientists have been looking into using male and female rat pheromones to deter rats from going to certain areas. While this critter cologne is still being studied, keep in mind that you’ll need to rely on professional NJ pest control if you have a problem with these rodents.

Rat Pheromones

Pheromones are scent hormones given off by male and female rats. Researchers found that rats tend to avoid visiting areas that are filled with the scent of male rat pheromones. Instead, they typically visit areas where female rat pheromones are more distinct.

Using male-scented rat pheromones could end up being a way to keep rats away from certain areas. One problem with this approach is that it attracted more cats than usual, which could lead to other problems.

Dealing with Rats

Pheromone critter colognes aren’t on the market yet, so it’s important to have pest control experts handle rat infestations for you. Relying on professionals helps ensure that your rat problem is under control, which helps lower your risk of disease, property damage, food contamination, and other issues. Pest control experts can also help reduce your risk of having more rat problems in the future.

If your property has a rat problem, contact Stern Environmental for NJ pest control services. We can safely eliminate rats or other rodents and pests from your property.

One Man’s Pest Is Another Man’s Zoo: How Pests Thrive In An Urban Environment

Pests Thrive In Urban Environments, Too!
Pests Thrive In Urban Environments, Too!

Raccoons, ants and other targets of NJ pest control are always searching for a comfortable habitat. As cities continue to expand and displace natural landscapes, wildlife members are finding unlikely homes in urban surroundings.

Wildlife Becomes City Life

Millions viewed the recent viral video of Pizza Rat, an industrious rodent dragging a slice down New York subway steps. Sightings of feral cats snatching mice and pigeons feeding on discarded French fries are becoming increasingly more common in the hustle and bustle of cities.

Scientists view this as an example of the adaptive nature of cities and nature alike. While we generally picture “nature” as vast expanses of grass, trees and lakes, urban areas encompass another type of nature that includes even such surprising members as coyotes, deer and bald eagles.

Look, but Don’t Touch

For years, researchers dismissed urban communities as the dark side of nature. Cities were places where insects begin their insidious spread across the country, not forums to watch animals go about their business.

Experts warn against one dangerous side effect of this movement. People are sometimes fooled into thinking proximity equals domesticity. Wildlife is still best observed at a safe distance.

NJ Pest Control Experts for All Environments

Squirrels, cockroaches and other pests may be tolerated as distant neighbors, but no one  wants them as house guests. Contact Stern Environmental for safe and effective removal of wildlife and insects.