Category Archives: Pest Animal Removal

Incredible? Class Action Lawsuit Proceeds After Judge Sees Mice Lounging on Pest Control Device in Question

You Know a Pest Repellent Doesn't Work When Said Pest is Lounging on it.
You Know a Pest Repellent Doesn’t Work When Said Pest is Lounging on it.

Do you think NJ pest control in your home or office is something that you can handle on your own? A class action lawsuit against the makers of an over-the-counter anti-rodent device may change your mind.

“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”

In 2015, several women in Palm Desert, CA and Woodville, TX filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against BHH, LLC. Plaintiffs claimed they bought the company’s Ultrasonic Pest Repellers, sold under the brand name Bell+Howell, based on promotional claims that the product was “fast and effective” in repelling mice and other pests.

Lawyers for BHH asked to have the lawsuit dismissed, but U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III allowed the suit to proceed after viewing pictures of mice lounging on and around the device. Pauley noted that the packaging included disclaimers about possible interference with the ultrasonic signals, but stated it was up to a jury to decide if the devices were falsely marketed.

The lawsuit also seeks to represent other consumers who purchased more than 2.4 million of the devices. Plaintiffs cited numerous studies published prior to 2011 indicating that the pest repellers are ineffective.

Stern Environmental Group: NJ Pest Control Experts

When it comes to mice, rats and other pests, don’t take chances. Our innovative extermination services are safe, effective and affordable. Contact us to schedule an appointment and enjoy peace of mind.

Incredible? NYC Says “We Are At War!” – Against Rats That Is

Don't Let the Next Ratatouille Movie Go Down at Your Home!
Don’t Let the Next Ratatouille Movie Go Down at Your Home!

Climate change isn’t just fueling wacky weather patterns. In recent news, it has been pinpointed as the likely cause of New York’s rising rodent epidemic. Buoyed by warmer temperatures, the rat population in the Big Apple is burgeoning, leading to a rise in rat-related complaints.

Surge in Rat Activity Nationwide

Warmer temperatures are lengthening the breeding season, with rat populations rising as the absence of cold temperatures fails to slow reproduction. While NYC and NJ pest control companies have seen an increase in rat-related calls to the city, up 10% in 2016, they are far from alone.

Other big cities, including Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington are also witnessing a surge in rat activity and subsequent complaints. Service requests are through the roof, and beleaguered pest control professionals are struggling to keep up.

This Means War

To combat the pestilence, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $32-million plan in 2017 aimed at eradicating the rodents. In addition to sanitation and building improvement initiatives, city exterminators can now gas rats to death in their burrows in heavily-infested areas rather than resorting to ecologically-damaging poisons.

Despite such tactics, de Blasio fears rodents will prevail, taking advantage of a city that is highly-populated, laden with old, holey-buildings and a wonderland of waste.

Battle weary? Don’t give up yet. Turn the tide against rats with the help of the NJ pest control veterans at Stern Environmental today. 

Even in Winter, Apartment Property Owners Fight Pest Infestations

Even in Winter, Apartment Property Owners Fight Pest Infestations
Even in Winter, Apartment Property Owners Fight Pest Infestations

Birds may head south for the winter but cockroaches, mice and other pests prefer to stay close to home. When it comes to NJ commercial pest control, there’s no offseason for apartment property owners. How do you keep these unwanted insects and animals out in the cold?

Apartment Buildings = Easy Living

Apartment buildings are even more attractive to pests than single-family homes. When food, water and other resources are exhausted in one unit, they can find shelter and fresh supplies in the next one.

The German cockroach is one of the more common pests found in apartment buildings. While these insects are annoying, the greater danger is the health risk presented by E. coli, Salmonella and other diseases transmitted by cockroaches.

Winter Pest Prevention

Successful pest prevention plans in apartment buildings require the cooperation of management, staff and residents.

– Create an ongoing education program to inform staff and residents about the dangers of pests and tips such as maintaining a clean apartment.

– Warn residents about the use of over-the-counter pesticides, which are often ineffective and may present a greater risk to humans than insects.

– Schedule regular inspections to watch for signs of infestations.

Prompt and Efficient NJ Commercial Pest Control

Our NJ commercial pest control technicians use the safest and most effective methods available to eliminate cockroaches, mice and other nuisances. Contact Stern Environmental to schedule a thorough and professional inspection.

What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?

What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?
What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?

Rodents are annoying, destructive and major carriers of disease, which makes them a serious threat to health and property. Our NJ pest control experts share information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the more common diseases transmitted by mice and rats.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

HPS is a severe respiratory illness transmitted exclusively by rodents, primarily deer mice, which are the most abundant mammal in North America. Symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, progressing to coughing and shortness of breath. Roughly 50 percent of HPS patients also suffer abdominal distress such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection spread through rodent urine, either directly or through food and water contamination. Some patients have no symptoms at all, while others may experience symptoms such as fever, chills and vomiting that can be mistaken for other diseases.

Rat-Bite Fever (RBF)

As the name implies, fever is one of the predominant symptoms of RBF. Approximately half of patients also experience joint pain and rashes. RBF is usually transmitted through bites or scratches from infected rodents, but it can also spread through direct contact with urine and droppings or with contaminated surfaces.

Stern Environmental Group: Your Top Choice for NJ Pest Control

Our innovative rodent treatment program safely and effectively eliminates mice and rats from your home or business. Contact us for prompt assistance from our experienced technicians.

Flea-Carrying Rats Are Spreading Typhus in Homeless Camps in Los Angeles County

Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.
Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.

Los Angeles County is being hard-bit by an outbreak of typhus, which is affecting the downtown district of Los Angeles inhabited by homeless people.

The problem is due to filth accumulated on city streets from a variety of sources. In an effort to strike a blow against more typhus outbreaks, the city plans to increase its street cleaning efforts to eliminate the filth that’s attracting rats, which infect people who are bitten by infected fleas that have fed on the rats.

What is Typhus?

Typhus is often confused with typhoid due to the similarity in name, but they are two different diseases.

Typhus is carried by outdoor critters and household pets who are hosting infected fleas. Typhoid is transmitted to humans through either contaminated water or food.

The outbreak of typhus in the city has not only impacted the homeless population, it has also had an effect on business and working people.

Typhus Symptoms

The signs of typhus include abdominal pain, muscle pain, rash, and high fever. It can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it could lead to hospitalization.

Avoiding Typhus

Several things you can do include keeping your pets treated for fleas and block openings into your home. Also have a NJ pest control company do an inspection.

At Stern Environmental, our NJ pest control specialists have experience in handling flea infestations. To be flea-free, call our office and schedule an appointment.