Category Archives: Pest Control

Does Integrated Pest Management Work to Lower Pest Populations?

Does Integrated Pest Management Work to Lower Pest Populations?
Does Integrated Pest Management Work to Lower Pest Populations?

As more home and business owners seek to minimize exposure to chemical pesticides, commercial pest control providers are increasingly turning to integrated pest management solutions. How well does this approach work for pest control?

The Inner Workings of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Environmentally friendly and safe for humans and pets, integrated pest management solutions reduce chemical exposure and subsequent health and environmental risks. IPM seeks to prevent and control pests through a three phase approach:  

1. Monitor and identify pests in the environment.

2. Preventing or excluding pests from entering the environment.

3. Control pests, balancing the risks and efficacy of treatment.

What Solutions Might Be Involved with IPM?

At the onset of infestation, lower-risk pest control measures are preferred such as natural chemicals and pheromones. If this approach is effective, treatment is concluded. If this more natural approach proves ineffective, chemical baits or pesticides are then integrated, beginning with the safest and most effective options.

Integrated Pest Management is Beneficial in Large & Small Scale Applications

Whether you are looking for a more natural pest control alternative for your home or commercial property, IPM is effective and endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Looking for an alternative to chemical and pesticide-laden commercial pest control options? Learn more about safe and effective integrated pest management services from Stern Environmental today.

Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Restaurant with Our Tips

We Have Some Tips for You On How to Prevent Cockroaches in Your Restaurant!
We Have Some Tips for You On How to Prevent Cockroaches in Your Restaurant!

As a restaurant owner, one bad review can result in serious problems for your business. If you have a cockroach problem, that might be enough to send people to Facebook, Yelp or Google to tell others. But don’t worry because your NJ cockroach treatment specialist is here to help with these tips.

Tip #1: Inspect Your Restaurant Regularly

There are various places where cockroaches might be found in your business. You’ll want to inspect any possible hiding places for them, or signs of them. You might only see egg casings or droppings because they do tend to stay out of sight. You’ll want to check the following areas:

• Sink drains

• Garbage cans and the areas around them

• Kitchen equipment

• Electrical outlets

• Any cracks or crevices

Tip #2: Clean Regularly

Keeping a dirty kitchen – even for a day – is enough to make cockroaches come calling. Make sure your kitchen is clean and that your staff is diligent about keeping it that way.

Tip #3: Seal Up Potential Entry Points

It’s a good idea to use weather stripping or caulk to seal up areas where cockroaches might get into your restaurant. Also, inspect these spots regularly to make sure they’re still sealed up tight.

If you’re in need of an NJ cockroach treatment specialist, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We promise to do our part to make sure that all of your reviews are stellar. Contact us!

Cockroaches Typically Found in New Jersey

Identifying Different Types of Cockroaches
Identifying Different Types of Cockroaches

What cockroach breeds could be scoping out your business as the perfect place to set up shop? Your local NJ commercial exterminator has quite the list of suspects:

American Cockroaches

American cockroaches have a large, oval-shaped, reddish-brown body, and may be up to 2-inches long. The back of their heads is yellowish and marked with a figure-8 pattern. They live in trees and garden beds beneath mulch, and also in sewers where they can pick up bacteria and disease.

German Cockroaches

Difficult to eliminate, German cockroaches have light brown bodies and two horizontal black stripes on the back of their heads. They prefer warm, moist areas like the kitchen and bath, and are frequently transported in (used) electronics and furnishings.

Oriental Cockroaches

Small like Germans, but dark brown and squat in appearance, with short wings, Asian cockroaches feed on decaying plant and animal matter. They frequent basements/crawlspaces, septic/sewer, and waste receptacles, emitting a foul odor and harboring dangerous bacteria that can cause serious disease.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches

These tiny, brown-banded roaches are ½-inch long. They prefer warm, dry environments, and are often found gathering around heat-emitting appliances in attics.

Smoky-Brown Cockroaches

Dark brown and around 1.5 inches long, these roaches are excellent flyers. Like others, they carry dangerous bacteria and can cause asthma/allergic reactions.

Are your employee sick days rising with the cockroach population? Contact a local NJ commercial exterminator at Stern Environmental today.

Why is Cryonite So Deadly to Bed Bugs and Other Pests?

Why is Cryonite So Deadly to Bed Bugs and Other Pests?
Why is Cryonite So Deadly to Bed Bugs and Other Pests?

As insecticide-resistant pests become increasingly more common, NJ pest control experts remain on the lookout for new pest control treatment systems. Safe and nontoxic, Cryonite is among the most effective on the market.

How Does Cryonite Work?

Used extensively in Europe and Australia, Cryonite eliminates hard to kill pests such as bed bugs and German cockroaches in all life stages, including eggs, by freezing them to death on contact. Applied with a Cryonite machine, a spray of liquid CO2 (carbon dioxide) creates cold, dry ice, crystalizing pests and stopping them in their tracks.

Say Goodbye to Messy Chemical Sprays

Nontoxic and nonpoisonous, Cryonite leaves behind no wet or sticky residues. At normal temperatures, it simply evaporates. Recycled from industrial processes, it’s a green treatment solution.

Pesticide Resistant Pests Don’t Stand a Chance

Cryonite is an effective treatment for even the most challenging insect infestations, penetrating deep within cracks, crevices, and furnishings where insects hide. Because Cryonite is chemical-free, there’s no risk of pests developing a resistance to pest control measures.

Sensitive Individuals and Workspaces Are Safe from Chemicals

Even for the most sensitive individuals and environments, CO2 presents no risk of contamination or adverse health effects.

NJ pest control needs getting tough to meet? Stern Environmental has you covered, offering some of the most innovative new pest control treatments on the market. Solve your toughest pest control problems. Contact us today.

Residual Moisture & Wet Forecast Lead to an Increased Flying Pest Population this Summer

Wet Weather Impacts Pest Populations
Wet Weather Impacts Pest Populations

NJ pest control pros expect a busy summer ahead. The National Pest Management Association’s bi-annual ‘Bug Barometer’ is forecasting higher than normal activity for a number of pests nationwide. Which bugs will be more bothersome in your region?

An Early Spike in a Number of Pests Nationwide

Abnormally wet weather patterns and their impact on pest biological behaviors will cause an early spike in a number of pest populations according to entomologists. Continued precipitation, which has been predicted for most of the country for the upcoming spring and summer seasons, will help pests thrive and multiply.

An Increase in Stinging Insects for the Northeast Region

In the New Jersey area, a long, wet winter leaving residual moisture followed by what is expected to be a rainy spring and mild, wet summer will create the ideal habitat for stinging insects. Residents of the northeastern U.S. should also expect increased tick activity due to favorable humidity, and an influx of rodents in homes and businesses as these pests search for warmer, dryer conditions. 

Get a jump on spring and summer pest control tasks with the help of the local NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental. We have the solutions to help you protect your family or business patrons from painful stings. Learn more about our dependable, affordable services, including 24-hour emergency bee and wasp hive removal. Protect your home or business today.