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Can Cockroaches Survive the Cold Fall Weather in New Jersey?

You Won't Just See One!
You Won’t Just See One!

A NJ pest control professional is what you need to survive an onslaught of cockroaches who’ve adapted and know how to survive winter weather in New Jersey.

Cockroaches and the Wintertime Blues

To have survived over 300 million years on earth pretty much guarantees that cockroaches are here to stay whether it’s summer in the city of a winter wonderland.

Four species of cockroaches make the U.S. their home; German, American, Oriental, and Brown-Banded. Each has their own tolerance for surviving winter temperatures.

The American cockroach has a difficult time during the winter, which is why you’ll find them making their move to the inside during the cold months.

Oriental cockroaches have a higher tolerance for cold temperatures but that’s not to say you won’t find them in places such as basements and crawl spaces.

German cockroaches need water, food, and humidity and they’re good to go for the winter. If your home provides all three, you can expect these unwanted wintertime guests.

Last but not least, the brown-banded cockroach is a high roller, meaning, it likes to reside in high places. They like to be near sources of heat, such as stoves, ovens, heat vents, floor heaters, fireplaces, etc.

When you need help eliminating cockroaches from your home or business, you’re one phone call away from having NJ pest control experts at your door. Call Stern today and send cockroaches on their way.

Tips On NOT Attracting Rodents to Overwinter in Your Home

Have a Rat Problem? Call Us. We're On It.
Have a Rat Problem? Call Us. We’re On It.

When rodents are looking at your home with eager eyes for a wintertime retreat, there are a few things you can do to keep them moving on to the next piece of real estate.

Tips To Keep Rodents Away

The winter season can be extremely harsh for any outdoor species, which includes rodents looking to set up a cozy inside nest to ride out winter storms.

Rodents are adept at finding their way in through cracks, crevices, ripped screens, broken fascia, and any other sliver they can wriggle through. Consider these tips to remove the attraction of your home and be rodent-free.

– Remove natural ladders providing access to the roof. Cut back trees, vines, and shrubbery to deter climbing.

– Address anything that creates standing water such as a leaky faucet or water accumulated in containers. Even a birdbath can be a source for thirsty rodents.

– Bird or squirrel feeders provide nutrients rodents look for during the winter because food sources are scarce. When they feed, you can be sure some of the feed will fall to the ground creating a nice buffet for rodents. Removing the feed can help.

– Don’t stack grass and tree limbs as these make a nice hiding place. Instead, bag them up.

Our NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environment have the experience to make your home pest-free. Call today and keep rodents away with help from NJ pest control professionals.

What to Know About the Nesting Habits of Raccoons in New Jersey

What to Know About Nesting Raccoons.
What to Know About Nesting Raccoons.

The black-masked critters roaming your yard or nesting in your attic have definitely earned their description as “bandits”. Raccoons are a cute-looking species with their black and gray striped coat, bushy tail, and their distinctive face mask. However . . .

Raccoons and Your Property

First and foremost, never attempt to remove raccoons on your own. They are wild animals and will protect themselves the same as you would do if cornered. It’s best to contact a NJ pest control professional to evaluate the situation, provide options, and/or humanely remove the raccoons to a more suitable location.

Raccoons are usually most active at night but they have been seen out and about during the day. When nesting, they look for quiet, dark, and secure dens, which could be under the house, in the attic, or in a shed or garage.

They’ll eat anything available, including grubs, and for the most part only need access to water and a safe place to raise their young. Their babies aren’t mobile for at least eight weeks, so if raccoons have set up a nest anywhere on your property, chances are mom won’t be able to move her babies any time soon.

With an inspection by a NJ pest control specialist from Stern Environmental, we can address your situation safely, and that includes removing nuisance raccoons. Give us a call and schedule an appointment to put an end to your raccoon problem.

Telltale Signs of Squirrels in Your New Jersey Attic

Squirrels May Find It Easy to Chew Into Your Attic
Squirrels May Find It Easy to Chew Into Your Attic

You’re sitting quietly in your home and you hear noises coming from the attic. Maybe it’s a scratching sound or the light pitter-patter of feet skittering across the ceiling. If this is what you’re hearing, chances are it’s a squirrel taking up residence.

Signs that Squirrels are In-House

Squirrels that have found their way inside your home may stick around for a while. This is especially true during the cold winter months and when they need a safe place to bear their young.

What you may hear, most often, is scratching sounds emanating from the ceiling and sometimes from the walls if one has inadvertently gotten stuck. They’ve also been known to get stuck in chimneys. As mentioned, you may hear one or more squirrels skedaddling across the ceiling.

If you’re able to do a visual check of the attic, you may see signs of fecal matter. Other areas to visually check are exterior points of entry as squirrels are adept at chewing and there aren’t many materials that present a challenge, including metal. Look around the roof line, fascia boards, screens, even a roof’s shingles.

When you find signs of squirrels in the attic, the best course of action is contacting NJ pest control specialists. With NJ pest control experts on the job, squirrels can be removed safely and efficiently.

For expert and humane help with squirrel removal, contact the professionals at Stern Environmental.

 

Kissing Bugs Transmit Dangerous Chagas Disease

Kissing Bugs Can Transmit a Dangerous Disease!
Kissing Bugs Can Transmit a Dangerous Disease!

Most everyone likes a good smooch every once in a while but not when it comes via a kissing bug especially since these friendly pests are known carriers of Chagas disease.

About Kissing Bugs

NJ pest control specialists know how to handle these pests that pose health problems via a non-painful bite to feed on your blood.

The bug, triatomines, originated in Latin America and made its way to the U.S. where it is becoming more prevalent with growing populations. So far, 28 states have been documented as having kissing bugs in residence.

Signs and Symptoms

An estimated 70 percent of people do not notice any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may show as rashes, aches, fever, tiredness, and swollen glands. There may be a noticeable bump near the bite mark.

When caught early via a blood test, treatment is handled with medications. If left untreated, it can have life-threatening consequences, which include the development of chronic heart disease, arrhythmias, strokes, and cardiac arrest.

A 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes the disease has infected an estimated 8 million people.

When these bugs invade your home, NJ pest control professionals will stop their blood-sucking shenanigans.

Put a stop to overly-friendly smoochers with help from the pest removal experts at the Stern Environmental Group. Give us a call today and we’ll take care of these overly-friendly pests fast!