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13,000 Apartments In NYC Are Still Waiting For Rat and Bug Infestation Complaint Response

Cities House Large Populations.... and Pests, Too.
Cities House Large Populations…. and Pests, Too.

Why is NJ pest control such a serious issue? Just look across the river, where more than 13,000 NYC apartments are awaiting an official response to reports of rat and bug infestations.

Fighting Pest Infestations in NYC Housing

Data comes from a report issued by Bart Schwartz, federal monitor of the New York City Housing Authority. Nearly two months after initial complaints were filed, there was a backlog of 2,645 apartments with open work orders along with 10,580 adjacent units.

This is the second quarterly report from Schwartz as a follow-up to his initial missive in late summer 2019. At that time, Schwartz found the NYCHA out of compliance with a mandate to have infestation complaints handled by August 1.

The Road to Progress

Despite these numbers, Schwartz’s report acknowledged a certain amount of progress by the NYCHA. Original totals indicated 23,531 “primary impacted units” and 74,527 “adjacent impacted units” requiring relief, of which 6,000 had been addressed over the two months.

One specific problem, unnamed in the report but confirmed by the NYCHA, involved the Washington houses in East Harlem. These units were added to NYC’s rat reduction program, resulting in the eventual reduction of rat burrows and the reopening of closed trash compactor rooms.

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October Pests for New Jersey – What to Know

October Pests for New Jersey - What to Know
October Pests for New Jersey – What to Know

Fall brings comfortable temperatures and beautiful colors to the northeast region. But NJ pest control experts know there’s a downside to this seasonal shift. With the cooler weather comes an increase in pest problems as the animal kingdom seeks the perfect residence to hole-up for the winter season. Which pests should you be on the lookout for this fall?

Scary Stingers

Bees, wasps and yellow jackets become more active in the winter as they seek out additional food stores and nesting places. Prevent injury with fast stinging insect removal from the pros at Stern.

Funky Flyers

Germ-carrying flies are out in force during the fall season, as are smelly stink bugs, which infiltrate every crack and crevice of your home and automobile.

Creepy Crawlers

As the coming winter chill presses forward, ants, cockroaches, box elders, ladybugs and more seek out the warmth of your home and easy access to food. These pests are notorious for infiltrating even the smallest entry points to your home.

Rascally Rodents

Rats, mice, and squirrels who are already an annoying presence will try your patience to the limit in the fall season, going out of their way to find a way inside your home to hibernate for the winter or nest with their babies.

Don’t feel like snuggling up with pests this fall and winter? Seal them out with the help of our NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today. 

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.