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Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic

Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic
Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic

Maybe you’re hearing the pitter-patter of little feet running across the ceiling or there’s scratching sounds emanating from the attic. If so, this could only mean one thing: squirrels.

Getting Rid of Squirrels in the Attic

There have always been bats in the belfry and right along with them are squirrels in the attic. Whether they’ve moved in for warmth during the cold season or to have their babies in a safe environment, the fuzzy-tailed critters can cause damage to your home.

Tips for NJ Squirrel Removal

Consider these do-it-yourself tips to help alleviate the problem.

– Place wire mesh over exterior ventilation vents leading to the attic.

– For homes with a chimney, cover the chimney cap with wire mesh or a chimney cap.

– If there are holes leading into your home large enough for a squirrel to squeeze through, repair them.

– Secure any openings that may exist between the attic and any and all rooms in the home.

– If squirrels are present in the attic, they need a way in and out. When sealing potential entry spots, leave a hole open to lure the squirrels out; then seal it to prevent reentry.

When unwanted critters invade your home, you need the services of a professional NJ squirrel removal service. That’s where Stern Environmental can help. With humane removal techniques, we’ll take care of getting your home squirrel-free. Call us today for a home inspection.

 

Managed Cat Colonies May Be Used to Lower Rat Population in NYC

Cats to manage rodent populations in New York City?
Cats to manage rodent populations in New York City?

Better known for patrolling NYC area subways and communities in their efforts to thwart crime, the legendary Guardian Angels are now tackling the NYC’s 4-legged foes – rats. Rodent control has become big news as of late, given a small but deadly bacterial outbreak back in December that was linked to leptospirosis, which is found in rat urine.

The Plan to Run-Off the Rodents?
Cats. To combat this age-old city problem, feral cats are being established in vacant land areas citywide, aimed at reducing problem areas overrun by rodents. The territorial creatures have been surmised to be an ideal solution for reducing rodent population, and likewise being kept in check and cared for with spay/neuter services, vaccinations, and necessary food and shelter.

The Cat’s Meow
The Guardian Angels are now overseeing 10 colonies of cats in the city, ranging from Astoria to Howard Beach, stating these colonies are a win-win for the city. The kitty commandos – about 150 total, may soon be embarked on a new mission at 750 Grand Concourse, the Bronx building identified as ground zero for the leptospirosis outbreak. Other area residents looking for help have been encouraged to contact the group.

Four-legged felines in your home not toeing the line when it comes to managing your NYC rodent control needs? There’s a safer, easier way to eliminate those annoying and potentially dangerous rodents. Contact Stern Environmental to learn more today.

Decrease Bed Bug Infestations by Heating the Exterior of Suitcases

Avoid Bed Bug Infestations with PackTite SC
Avoid Bed Bug Infestations with PackTite SC

Bed bugs are a major nuisance not only at home but for travelers around the world. The bugs pose an uncomfortable situation as their bites are extremely itchy and create unbecoming rashes. For some, bed bug bites result in an allergic reaction.

New Studies

Innovations are coming out to help travelers deal with the bed bug scene. For example, it has been determined that when bed bugs are subjected to heat on the outside of luggage, the vast majority of the bugs are eliminated. Heat has become a promising tool for professional NYC bed bug exterminators.

The research was conducted using soft-sided suitcases where bed bugs often hitch rides. Male bed bugs were placed on the outside and then they were exposed to heat. In less than 10 minutes, all but one of the 250 bed bugs had been killed.

It was also determined that bed bugs placed on the outside of the luggage and left at room temperature for 24 hours were not as active as might be expected. In this study, only three percent of the bed bugs moved inside the luggage supporting the observation that the use of heat has a positive impact on decreasing the spread of bed bugs.

For help with bed bug eradication, our NYC bed bug exterminator techniques use top-of-the-line techniques and equipment. For more information on how to deal with pests, contact us at Stern Environmental Group.

 

Just How Problematic is the Bed Bug Chemical Resistance Phenomena

Bed Bugs are Increasingly Resistant to Pesticides
Bed Bugs are Increasingly Resistant to Pesticides

Bed bug problems are on the rise in the NJ area and around the USA thanks to these pests’ ability to resist common sprays. Researchers found that bed bugs have developed resistance to sprays that contain neonicotinoids, which are the most common chemicals used in insecticides.

Increased Resistance to Insecticides

Scientists discovered that bed bugs are increasingly able to survive exposure to neonicotinoids, making it much more difficult to eradicate these pests. In terms of concentration levels, researchers found that the effective dose has increased by up to 1,000 times. This has led scientists to push for bed bug eradication measures that focus on using non-chemical methods.

Bed bugs in the 1940s and 1950s were typically killed with DDT and other kinds of insecticides with powerful chemicals. However, these pests developed a resistance to these chemicals, as well as the follow-on chemical, pyrethroid, that was successful for a while. Over the years, bed bugs have continued to evolve a resistance to new chemicals that were developed, produced, and then in turn had a relatively short term of success.

Our NJ bed bug specialists are one step ahead of these pests. Our methods don’t rely on chemicals to get rid of bed bugs.

Take steps to prevent your business from having to deal with a bed bug invasion. Our NJ bed bug specialists can make sure your business is well-protected from these pests all year round.

What to Look for in a Commercial Pest Control Service

See your options with Personalized Treatment.
See your options with Personalized Treatment.

Where there are people, there are pests. You want to protect your customers and employees from the risks that come along with pest infestations. Doing so is a task that is best handled by trained professionals. Here are a few things you should look for when choosing a commercial pest control service for your business.

Qualifications

All NYC commercial pest control service providers must comply with state and local laws. At the minimum, you want to be sure a provider is properly licensed and experienced in your area. Verify their license is current and review comments from past customers.

Treatment Methods

Pests are elusive, persistent, and procreate rapidly. You want a company that uses innovative, effective, and environmentally-friendly treatment methods that keep your business pest-free without creating an unsafe environment for your employees and guests.

Technicians may use chemicals for treatment. They should explain why they use certain methods and if there are any possible adverse effects or non-chemical options.

Personalized Service

Each business is unique. The best treatment program for a small restaurant is not right for a large furniture warehouse or hotel. Your technician should conduct a detailed inspection of your location and provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

Stern Environmental Group has more than 17 years experience providing top quality NYC commercial pest control. Contact us today for more information on how we can protect your business.