Category Archives: Insect Control

It’s Fall – Time to Remove Yellow Jacket Hives and Wasp Nests

Mild Winters Are Causing Super Wasp Nests -- Get Them Removed Today!
Mild Winters Are Causing Super Wasp Nests — Get Them Removed Today!

Cooler weather is on its way, so this is the time that most people expect a decline in nuisance insects. However, yellow jackets are one exception to this rule. During the fall, these pests become more aggressive and much more likely to sting, making this the ideal time for the preemptive removal of yellow jacket nests.

Why Does Your NJ exterminator Recommend Fall Yellow Jacket Nest Removal?

At Stern Environmental, we recommend yellow jacket nest removal in the fall for a number of reasons.

• More Wasps

Yellow jacket nests are larger at the end of the summer/early fall.

• More Aggression

Wasps become more aggressive as food sources decline with cooler weather, often stinging without provocation.

• More Danger

Large numbers and increased aggression make fall a dangerous time for stings, particularly for allergic individuals, as yellow jackets can sting multiple times.

Nest in the Wall? Immediate Removal Prevents Wasps from Infiltrating Your Home

Nests in wall voids are difficult to remove. However, it’s highly recommended to remove these before it’s too late. Otherwise, large numbers of yellow jacket wasps could find their way into your home, delivering a nasty surprise.

Yellow jacket removal is not a DIY endeavor. Control yellow jackets safely with the help of your local NJ exterminator. Contact Stern Environmental to learn more about our professional wasp removal services today. 

How to Differentiate Between a Ladybug and Lady Beetle

Learn to Recognize the Difference between Harmful and Harmless
Learn to Recognize the Difference between Harmful and Harmless

Ladybugs may seem too benign to require NJ pest control, but the closely related Asian lady beetle isn’t quite as good-natured. How can you tell them apart? Here’s a look at the physical and behavioral differences between the two.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

At first glance, a native ladybug looks just like an Asian lady beetle, with similar colors and markings. A closer look reveals a black section between a ladybug’s head and body. On an Asian lady beetle, that same section is white with black markings that form a “M” shape.

When Ladybugs Aren’t “Ladies”

Native ladybugs serve a valuable purpose by preying on aphids, spider mites and other plant-destroying pests. While Asian lady beetles were introduced to North America for the same reason, they began to demonstrate less desirable traits.

• When weather grows cold, Asian lady beetles invade homes via cracks, holes and other unobtrusive entry points.

• While native ladybugs are peaceful, Asian lady beetles will aggressively bite, often causing allergic symptoms such as sneezing and coughing.

• Asian lady beetles excrete an odorous yellow liquid that stains fabric, walls and other surfaces.

• In rare cases, Asian lady beetles have sought shelter inside the mouths of dogs, leading to discomfort and sometimes sores caused by the beetles’ secretions.

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Prepare Yourself for the Annual Stink Bug Invasion

We Can Help You Remove Stinkbugs!
We Can Help You Remove Stinkbugs!

As cooler fall temperatures move in, irksome insects like stink bugs will move into your home. NJ stink bug control professionals know these smelly pests are not the guests you want to invite over for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Does Anyone Smell Cilantro?

Brown, hard-shelled, and shield-shaped, stink bugs release an awful smell that can last up to an hour after it’s released from their stink glands – and even longer on your skin. They use this stench as a defense mechanism against lizards and birds. (Appetite, destroyed.)

Noise Pollution

Stink bugs are not only smelly but noisy in flight. Anyone who’s been cursed enough to suffer them over the winter will learn to quickly distinguish their unique sound in flight and duck for cover.

How to Give Stink Bugs the Boot

Pest control experts know the best offense is a good defense. This includes sealing stink bugs out of your home by:

• Repairing ripped screens.

• Caulking cracks in mortar and between siding.

• Addressing holes in soffits, around chimneys, and venting.

• Adding spray foam around wires and plumbing.

• Ensuring weather-stripping is tight around windows and doors.

Clean with Caution

Never crush stink bugs. Sweep stink bugs into a dustpan and flush down the toilet. Only vacuum up the pests when using disposable bags.

Stink bugs becoming a noxious nuisance? Kill the stench with the help of the NJ stink bug control experts at SternEnvironmental today.

University of Kentucky: What to Know About Lice, Mites, and Bed Bugs

Keep a Close Eye Out For Lice, Mites, and Bed Bugs!
Keep a Close Eye Out For Lice, Mites, and Bed Bugs!

Lice, mites and bed bugs are some of the more frequent targets of our NJ exterminator services. Experts from the University of Kentucky share important facts you need to know about these common household pests.

Lice

Parents of young children may be all too familiar with lice, a parasite that feeds on human or animal blood. Approximately 10 percent of school-age children are infested with head lice each year. Treatment requires used of a specially formulated shampoo, while clothing and linens should be laundered with hot, soapy water.

Mites

There are two species of mites primarily affecting humans.

* Chiggers are larvae that tend to inhabit damp, overgrown areas. A soapy bath and application of antiseptic cream relieves the irritation of chigger bites.

* Scabies burrow into skin, particularly around fingers, elbows and knees. Transmission occurs through personal contact, so if someone develops a scabies infestation, all family members should be checked. Medical attention is recommended for scabies treatment.

Bed Bugs

While bed bugs do feed on human blood, they’re not parasites. Their small size enables them to live in cracks and crevices, usually in a bedroom where they can feed at night. Since bed bugs hide in so many places, professional exterminator services are the best solution.

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Our professional NJ exterminator staff has extensive experience dealing with lice, mites, bed bugs and other pests. Contact us to learn more.

Why Do Yellow Jacket Stings Hurt So Much?

What to Know About Hornet Attacks
What to Know About Yellow Jackets

Most people have been stung by a wasp at some point in their lifetime.  Why does it hurt so bad? The NJ yellow jacket control professionals at Stern Environmental are here to explain a little behind the science of a wasp’s wrath.

Wasps Sting When Threatened

A single wasp, such as a yellow jacket, can and will sting repeatedly. A cousin to ants and bees, who also live in large colonies, a wasp sting releases a pheromone. This alerts nearby wasps to join in on the stinging/defense party, pursuing you over long distances.

Wasp Venom Stimulates Pain Receptors

Bee and wasp venoms contain an acid called melittin, which stimulates pain receptors. Wasp venom also contains acetylcholine, another pain receptor stimulant. Releasing histamine into your bloodstream as they sting, this combination of chemicals causes burning, itching, and misery.

Ways to Banish the Burn

Applying an ice pack to wasp stings can help reduce the pain and swelling of yellow jacket stings. A paste of water and baking soda can help neutralize the acidic toxins. Sprinkling meat tenderizer, which contains the enzyme papain, can also break down proteins in the venom. Taking an antihistamine immediately after the sting can also help reduce swelling and itching. Known allergy? Always carry an Epi-Pen, and understand its proper usage.

Put your wasp control concerns on ice. Contact the NJ yellow jacket control experts at Stern Environmental today.