The impact of global warming on humans and the environment has been a controversial topic for some time. What implications does global warming hold for NJ pest control? Experts predict the results could produce a ripple effect touching other environmental issues.
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In general, warmer temperatures tend to boost insect appetites and stimulate their reproduction. Pests currently consume 20 percent of corn, wheat, rice and other crops cultivated for food. But for every increase of 2°F above global historical average, that amount is projected to increase 10 to 25 percent.
Fighting Higher Pest Populations
There are a couple of options that may mitigate this change with varying degrees of success:
– Farmers may increase use of pesticides, but that could present even greater risk of environmental damage. In addition, scientists believe there’s a possibility that insecticides have already reached optimum effectiveness.
– Populations of predatory insects such as spiders, grasshoppers and beetles will also grow due to higher temperatures. Their presence can serve as a natural suppression of more destructive pests.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
El Nino is coming. What effect will this have on NJ pest control issues? The U.S. Climate Prediction Center is expecting a weak El Nino weather pattern this year. However, this doesn’t mean winter will be trouble-free.
What a Weak El Nino Means for the Garden State
During an El Nino pattern, surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are warmer than normal, affecting global weather patterns. This year’s weak El Nino is expected to lead to winter weather that’s warmer and wetter. However, this doesn’t mean no snow. Areas that commonly experience snowfall should expect more as part of the winter weather milieu.
How this Season’s El Nino Pattern will Affect Pests
Insects are affected by temperature and moisture. Most hide away for the winter, taking shelter in warm spots beneath your home, in its cracks and crevices, or underground, beneath leaves, and tree trunks. Equipped with a built-in ‘antifreeze’ that allows them to remain dormant, they spring back to life in warmer temperatures, easily surviving the winter. The warmer, wetter weather predicted this winter season, however, could lead to:
– The premature emergence of pests from hibernation on warmer than normal sunny winter days.
– The invasion of your home by pests in rainy weather as insects flee flooded nesting sites.
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You wake up one morning only to find mysterious bug bites tattooed on your body. With all the talk of bed bugs, this is probably the first thing that comes to mind followed by the dread of dealing with an infestation.
Your first diagnosis may be incorrect and what you have is other biting pests that leave marks similar to bed bugs. Regardless, it’s time to call a NJ pest control service.
If you have indoor/outdoor pets, chances are a renegade flea will hitch a ride. Even if you don’t have pets, fleas travel on squirrels, rodents, even birds so, there’s a good chance they’re in your yard and hopped aboard your shoe or pant leg for a ride indoors.
These microscopic mites are outdoor dwellers. If you spend any time outside, you may find bites under the rim of your socks. If you’re wearing tight clothing, you may find bites around the waistband.
A NJ pest control specialist takes care of exterminating these aggravating bugs once and for all. With periodic checks of your home and lawn by a NJ pest control professional, you’ll nip bug bites where they begin – keeping your home pest free. Call and schedule an inspection with Stern Environmental and send those biting bugs packing.