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What Kind of Roaches Live In NYC? What To Know

What Kind of Roaches Live In NYC? What To Know
What Kind of Roaches Live In NYC? What To Know

Like most insects, cockroaches come in a variety of different species. Our NJ pest control experts share important information about roaches commonly found in NYC.

Physical Characteristics

American, German and Oriental cockroaches are generally dark-colored, brownish or black, with antennae and six legs. While some types are relatively small, cockroaches can grow to more than two inches long, making them easy to spot.

Behavior

Cockroaches come indoors in search of food and water. They’re able to make their way inside cracks, under doors and through any small openings. Sometimes, roaches are transported into homes and buildings via food products and other boxes or packages.

Dark, damp areas such as basements and crawl spaces are preferred living spaces for cockroaches. As they look for food and water, roaches may be found in kitchen drawers and cabinets, or behind appliances.

Health Risk

Based on their habit of frequenting dumpsters, sewers and other garbage sites, roaches are well-known transmitters of disease. In addition to contaminating food and cookware with more than 33 types of bacteria, cockroaches can trigger allergic reactions as they shed their skins. Children are particularly susceptible to these dangers.

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Cockroaches are only one of the pests affecting NJ homes and businesses. Our trained technicians have experience in removing insects and wildlife safely and effectively. Contact Stern Mold to learn more about our integrated pest management services.

Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Small Bug, Big Problem: Library Pays $22,500 To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

When it comes to bed bug infestations, it’s important to handle them the right way and as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could end up having a highly expensive problem that you’ll need professional NJ pest control experts to deal with. A public library in the Midwest found this out the hard way.

Costly Bed Bugs

The Des Plaines Public Library in Illinois had a bed bug problem that cost them more than $22,000 to fix. These pests were found in several locations in the building and required extensive treatment to eliminate. Even with this treatment, library officials admit that it’s hard to completely get rid of these pests. The library staff now has pest control professionals come by to do inspections on a regular basis.

Libraries and Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been found in other libraries in the U.S. over the past several years. These pests can easily travel from someone’s home to the local library by hiding inside library books. This is a good reminder to check library books and any other used or secondhand items you bring into your home to make sure that bed bugs and other pests aren’t lurking inside.

If your home or business has bed bugs, contact Stern Environmental as soon as possible for help. We offer effective and dependable NJ pest control services for bed bugs and other pests.

Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family’s Struggle

 

Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family's Struggle
Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family’s Struggle

Dealing with bed bugs is enough to send you in search of NJ pest control services. But what happens when you include roaches and rats in the mix? One family in Queens is facing that struggle right now.

Pests Pit Tenant Against Landlord

Lutfa Moni and Sohel Ahmed are locked in a legal battle with their landlord, Setam Realty Associates. The lawsuit they filed in Queens Housing Court claims that the company failed to address their problem of pest infestation and the couple has been the subject of harassment since making the complaints.

According to Moni, their apartment has been overrun with bed bugs, mice and roaches since 2010. Extermination appears to have eliminated the bed bugs, but rats have recently turned up. She and Ahmed believe they’re being “punished” since Setam lost a 2016 bid to evict them.

Who’s at Fault?

For Setam’s part, they allege that the couple is chronically delinquent with rent, owing $18,000 in arrears. While the landlord says Moni and Ahmed are the only residents who have bed bugs, city records document complaints from other tenants dating back to 2013. Issues cited include peeling plaster, lack of heat and faulty elevators along with pest infestations.

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No one should have to live in a pest-infested home. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our cheerful and experienced NJ pest control experts.

Is That Coriander or a Bed Bug Infestation?

Is it the Smell of Your Spice Drawer or Bed Bugs?
Is it the Smell of Your Spice Drawer or Bed Bugs?

Our five senses keep us in tune with our surroundings, with one sense often compensating for the limitations of another. When it comes to bed bugs, it may be your nose, not your eyes, alerting you to the need for NJ pest control.

Out of Sight but Not out of Mind

Bed bugs are tiny enough to move around undetected and hide in the smallest cracks and crevices. While it’s a common myth that bed bugs are a sign of poor housekeeping, these pests can easily enter any building via luggage, packages, food items or even attached to clothing.

If you do spot a bed bug, chances are it’s a sign of a full-blown infestation. Female bed bugs lay approximately three eggs per day, which mature into adults in roughly seven weeks.

The Nose Knows

Dark or rust-colored spots on linens, mattresses and bed clothes from blood or excrement are a common visual sign of bed bugs, but one unmistakable tip-off is the smell. When bed bugs are frightened or disturbed, they emit odors called alarm pheromones that have been likened to the smell of coriander. The musty scent also comes off bed bug excrement.

Eliminate Bed Bugs with NJ Pest Control from Stern Environmental

You can’t fight what you can’t see, but our safe and innovative extermination methods will remove all traces of bed bugs and other pests. Contact us to learn more.

Super Rats Or Super Sickly Rats? Could Urban Pest Control Be Influencing Evolution?

How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?
How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?

With humans, efforts to eradicate illnesses sometimes result in development of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses. Scientists are finding a similar situation with NJ pest control, which appears to have some far-reaching impacts on the rat population.

Are Rat Extermination Efforts Counterproductive?

Rat infestation takes a physical, mental and economic toll on affected communities. While improvements in technology have created highly efficient rodent-killing solutions, many cities around the world are actually seeing an increase in their rat populations.

Impact of Extermination Methods on Rat Population

Once an extermination campaign ends, the results are generally temporary as rat populations quickly rebound, a phenomenon dubbed the “boomerang effect.” Rats themselves have been undergoing a couple of significant changes.

• Rats who survive extermination attempts tend to have genetic traits that make them better equipped to avoid danger. One specific gene that’s been identified actually makes rodent-killing chemicals ineffective. As these traits are passed on through reproduction, generations of “super rats” are developing.

• On the other hand, reduction in rat population causes a corresponding reduction in genetic variation, which in turn hinders their ability to respond to changing environments. Reproduction within this limited gene pool creates a type of inbreeding, leading to weak and sickly rats less likely to survive.

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