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Restaurant Owners – Indoor Flies More Than a Nuisance

Don't Let Pests Get the Better of You in Your Business. We Can Help!
Don’t Let Pests Get the Better of You in Your Business. We Can Help!

Whether you’re dining at home or enjoying a delicious meal at a local restaurant, you don’t want a bombardment of flies to be on the menu. Even a solo bombardier isn’t a welcome guest. When flies are an issue, NJ restaurant pest control should be the first item being served.

Information About Flies

We see them all the time diving, flying, walking, and buzzing around various types of food sources. Indoors, flies are usually found in moist areas such as drains or even the garbage can where they breed and lay their larvae.

Flies range in size from small house flies to very large blowflies. There are also fruit flies, phorid flies, soldier flies, drain flies, moth flies, fungus gnats, and carrion flies.

If you aren’t certain what of pest you’re seeing, keep in mind each type of fly has its own distinctive body structure and coloring. For example, an adult fly has only two wings, while flies in the larvae stage – also referred to as maggots – are nearly translucent and legless. The lifespan of a house fly depends on the temperature, which can mean living for a week to several months. Avoid fly infestations by removing food sources.

NJ restaurant pest control is another professional service provided by Stern Environmental. Our pest control experts will inspect your property and seize the moment to clip the wings and eliminate the aerial acrobatics of fast-flying flies.

Just How Much are Bedbugs Costing Hotel Owners?

When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists - Stern Environmental Group!
When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

The hospitality industry is taking a serious financial hit when it comes to bed bug infestations. Not only that, they’re taking a hit to their respective reputations as well.

Bed Bugs and Hotels

All it takes is someone posting to a social media account, leaving a review, texting friends, or giving an interview about bed bugs found in the room and the hotel is immediately on the defensive.

While no one wants to be bitten by bed bugs while they’re sleeping, there’s always a chance the person was actually bitten by a flea or mosquito and assumed it was a bed bug. This type of unfounded accusation can cause irreparable damage to hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, hostels, and vacation rental properties.

When there is proof of bed bugs and the news is shared, the price of the room immediately drops resulting in the hotel losing money. Add to that the cost of litigation if the hotel is sued, plus remediation and treatment, the cost of inventory replacement, fewer guests and higher operating costs, and it becomes a costly situation.

On the eastern seaboard where many international travelers spend time, NYC bed bug specialists are on call to take care of hotel infestations.

For residents in the vicinity, NYC bed bug specialists provide professional services to tackle sightings and eliminate the problem. If you’re experiencing bed bugs, contact Stern Environmental for a free inspection.

EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center

EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center
EPA Introduces an Online Bed Bug Information Center

Bed bugs continue to make an impact on homes and businesses around the world. While some people are well-versed on these tiny bloodsucking pests, others have never come in contact with the bugs.

As more people travel and are, overall, more mobile whether they’re accessing public transportation in their hometown or taking an international flight to distant destinations, bed bug information is vital.

Environmental Protection Agency

In an effort to keep the public and private sectors up-to-date with bed bug information, their website is loaded with everything you need to know to be well-versed in bed bug characteristics, activity, where to find them, and how to prevent infestations.

In our part of the world, NJ bed bug specialists are the go-to professionals to seek out and destroy bed bugs who’ve infiltrated a home or business.

With specialized treatments and an assortment of techniques and products, bed bugs can be eliminated in a safe way for homeowners. For businesses and companies, especially those in the fields of hospitality, apartment rentals, and nursing homes, integrated pest management is explained on the website.

From bed bug myths to questions and answers about bed bugs, take a moment to visit the EPA website.

When you’re ready to have your home inspected for bed bugs or treated for an infestation, contact Stern Environmental. We’ll schedule our NJ bed bug specialists to visit your home and suggest a plan of action.

Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency

Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency
Tips on How to Find Bed Bugs from the Environmental Protection Agency

If you are concerned there may be bed bugs in your home or perhaps you already have an infestation, there are two things to do. First, learn how to find them so you know what you’re up against, and second, contact professional NJ bed bug specialists to treat and eliminate the problem.

Tips for Tracking Down Bed Bugs

Finding these tiny pests is like being on a case with Sherlock Holmes. There are plenty of clues the bugs are on the prowl, you just need to put them all together to create a case.

The Environmental Protection Agency is also a super sleuth and has a few tips to point you in the right direction. Signs to look for include reddish colored stains on mattresses, mattress covers, and sheets. Small dark dot-like spots are excrement. If you find small pale yellow skins, eggs, or eggshells, those are from the nymphs. Multiple bites are a sign, and there’s always the chance you’ll find live bed bugs.

Where you’ll find them is like hide-and-seek because bed bugs accumulate in more than one place. You may find them in-between mattress and box spring seams, cracks and crevices on the headboard, inside electrical receptacles, folds of curtains, seams of chairs, between sofa cushions, and more.

The sooner bed bugs are eliminated, the better. For help from NJ bed bug specialists, contact Stern Environmental for a free inspection and consultation.

What NJ Businesses Need to Know About the Brown Recluse Spider

What NJ Businesses Need to Know About the Brown Recluse Spider
What NJ Businesses Need to Know About the Brown Recluse Spider

While you have most likely heard of the brown recluse spider, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen one since they tend to live up to their name and remain shy and reclusive.

About the Brown Recluse

Like most spiders, the brown recluse resides in homes, although they prefer remaining tucked away in places receiving little to no activity such as attics, storage spaces, garages, and cluttered closets. They build their webs and nests in out-of-the-way places.

Brown recluse spiders are nocturnal spending the midnight hours in search of food. The spiders are low-key and don’t go out of their way to bite humans, but when it happens their bite can become problematic causing pain, skin ulcers, and secondary infections.

Identification

For novice spider hunters the brown recluse ranges in color from grey to light brown. It has eight slender legs that extend to cover an area the size of a half-dollar. The two most distinguishable characteristics are its six eyes and the distinctive violin-shaped marking on its body.

Brown recluse spiders are most active in the spring when mating occurs, which results in around 50 eggs per egg sac.

For all of your NJ pest control needs, Stern Environmental has the team, talent, and treatments to address your concerns. Call us for an inspection of your home by a professional NJ pest control technician who will target the problem and provide an effective resolution.