Category Archives: Pest Control

Address in the Bronx is the Most Rat Infested Building in New York City

And the Most Rat Infested Building Is...
And the Most Rat Infested Building Is…

Years ago when a person was aggravated or exasperated about something, they’d throw up their hands and say “Rats!” Today when someone says the word rats, especially in certain buildings in New York City, it means they’re actually seeing the disease-carrying rodents in their community.

And the Winner Is!

Data by Localize City from public information have declared several buildings in NYC as locations playing “hostess to the mostest” when it comes to the number of annual complaints being called in. While winning a competition is gratifying, in this case, it’s just the opposite.

Residents have kept the 311 phone line busy with complaints about roving rats and open garbage cans. Some of the top locations include Brooklyn’s Crown Heights and the Bronx. One of the worst is Bedford-Stuyvesant who’ve racked up over 1,800 complaints.

The data shows over 28,000 complaints registered regarding rats. The most were lodged in Brooklyn with over 10,000 and in second place, Manhattan with over 6,000. The war on rats is in full swing with the mayor of NYC leading the charge.

As it stands, the city seems to be losing ground while the rats are conducting successful food raids and terrorizing residents from youngsters to senior citizens.

Stern Environmental is committed to providing NJ pest control services that extend to NYC. Rats are known disease carriers and why you need to call for a Stern pest control inspection today.

Even the Rats Like Chipotle – Claim Location Neighbors

Don't Let Rats Take Over Your Property
Don’t Let Rats Take Over Your Property

In Brooklyn Heights, it’s obvious businesses could use the help of their NJ pest control neighbors. It seems the area is being overrun by cat-sized rodents.

The Problem

There are two problems that have resulted in the increase of the area’s rat population. The first deals with a Chipotle restaurant that has a penchant for putting their garbage outside in plastic bags.

Plastic bags are not a deterrent for rats with very sharp teeth. The rotund rodents feast as often as there’s a bag of food. Evidently, they have a taste for south of the border cuisine.

The second problem that the Chipotle manager feels started the feast-a-thon is a nearby construction site. The belief is the rat’s habitat was disturbed and so they ventured out to find some food.

Neighbors have complained to the restaurant’s management team and suggested an obvious solution; use metal trash cans versus plastic trash bags. To appease the neighbors, who are also potential customers, management has stated secure garbage cans will be used.

Rats are bacteria and disease-carrying pests. Keeping homes and businesses rat-free is a priority both for health and the environment.

NJ pest control is standard operating procedure at Stern Environmental. Our technicians get in quick, do an inspection, devise a plan, then put it into action. If you have a problem with rats, we’ve got the solution. Call us today, so we can be there tomorrow.

The Eastern Gray Squirrel – What to Know About Their Breeding and Habits

What to Know About Squirrels
What to Know About Squirrels

The gray squirrel has a large home base as it enjoys the many forests in the eastern portion of North America and those located in southern Canada. They prefer old-growth hardwoods where they build their nests, which are usually constructed with a combination of twigs, bark, twigs, and leaves. They also make their nests inside tree cavities.

Breeding Habits

The breeding habits of the gray squirrel are in many ways the same as those of a red squirrel. This means you’ll see close to a dozen male squirrels engaging in what is referred to as the “mating chase.”

The mating season takes place twice a year, once in the latter part of the winter season and again during the mid-summer season. Females ages two years or older are likely to have more than one litter. Younger females usually have just one litter.

Females average 2-3 babies per litter where they remain in the nest or den for around 49 days before attempting to leave the nest, and around 70 days before they’re weaned.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels may get in the attic where they can do damage to electrical wiring due to their propensity for chewing. A NJ pest control expert will need to be called to remove the squirrel(s) safely. This could include her babies.

If squirrels are wreaking havoc in your attic, Stern Environmental is your go-to NJ pest control specialist. Call us today.

How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property

How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property
How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property

When bees, hornets, or wasps invade your home’s structure, it’s important to address the situation as quickly as possible. Removing stinging insects is not something you want to attempt and why contacting a NJ pest control service is necessary.

Eliminating the “Sweet Zones” of Your Home

Most everyone has come across a beehive, wasp or hornet’s nest dangling from the eave of a roof or seen the insects flying in and out of crevices in a wall’s exterior. These “sweet spots” are the perfect location when bees, hornets, and wasps are on the lookout for prime real estate locations to build their nests.

One way to make the prospective location a less than desirable building spot is to apply a bug spray specifically formulated for these three insects. If there are no signs, yet, of any insect activity, spray along the eaves, around windows and doors, and any other place you’ve previously seen the insects. Douse the areas thoroughly so the scent will dissuade the insects from building.

If bees, wasps, or hornets have already set up a residence, contact a NJ pest control service immediately.

At Stern Environmental, we take our job seriously to provide the best services available. If you’re experiencing a hornet, bee, or wasp problem, our NJ pest control technicians are trained specialists who can take care of the situation. Call to set up an immediate appointment and be sting free.

Cornell University Launches Lost Ladybug Project

Cornell University Launches Lost Ladybug Project
Cornell University Launches Lost Ladybug Project

Ladybugs are a topic of conversation in the news as it seems in North America, the tiny red coat with black spots insect is not increasing its numbers.

The Ladybug Mystery

The reason the ladies are becoming rare in our part of the world while other countries are seeing increases in population and range is a mystery. Unlike bed bugs that are avid globetrotters, that doesn’t seem to be the case with ladies in North America.

The Lost Ladybug Project

In an effort to help save, support, restore and repopulate ladybugs in North America, the Lost Ladybug Project was started and is well on its way to making a difference.

The point of the project is to collect as much data, through photographs, as possible from people across North America. Doing so provides important information on what type of ladybugs are still making an appearance and where. Even if you’re searching and find none, they want that information too.

This project is a learning experience for everyone with resources available and instructions on the safest way to catch, photograph, and release them.

Ladies play an important role in our gardens, so, we don’t want them to disappear.

As of May 7, 2018, a total of 38,385 ladybug pictures have been submitted and added to the ongoing data being collected.

For help with bed bugs, cockroaches, and other pests, contact Stern Environmental. We’re here to help.