Category Archives: Pest Control

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation
Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

No one wants to think about the fact that their home or business could be infested with rats. And yet, in our area of the country, these pests are far too common. Before contacting NJ pest control, it’s helpful to know if what you’re dealing with is in fact a rat problem. There are several ways that you can tell.

How to Identify a Rat Infestation

You’re not likely to see a rat in your home or business, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leave signs behind that can alert you of their presence. Some of the most common signs of a rat infestation are:

– Finding rat droppings near food, including dog or cat food dishes or containers.

– Hearing sounds coming from the attic once it begins to get dark.

– Finding old rat nests near firewood stacks.

– Evidence that rats are eating fruit or nuts that have fallen from trees in the yard.

– Burrows beneath garbage cans or compost bins.

Contacting NJ Pest Control to Help With Your Rat Problem

Because rats are so good at hiding, it can be hard to notice an infestation until it’s gotten out of control. Traps may not be enough to deal with them. You may need the help of the NJ pest control specialists here at Stern Environmental.

No one wants to deal with a rat problem. If you think you might have an infestation, please contact us right away!

Incredible? Pest Tech Finds Rifle Loaded Clip and Extra Bullets Inside Rodent Trap in Florida

Crazy Rodent Pest Control Story
Crazy Rodent Pest Control Story

Our NJ pest control experts are used to dealing with a wide range of insects and wildlife. A pair of technicians in Florida recently made an unexpected “catch” when they discovered one of their traps containing live ammunition.

An Unusual Form of “Bait”

Last September the technicians were making the rounds of rodent traps they had set in the San Messina neighborhood of Weston, FL. They were surprised to find a loaded rifle clip and spare bullets inside a trap located in a relatively quiet area.

Traps are rebaited once a month, so the ammo had likely been there for less than four weeks. But since the items were rusty, police believe ammo had been in the trap for at least several days.

Who’s Behind It?

For safety purposes, the traps are locked, but the ammo appeared to have been placed inside via the pest portal. Police took possession of the items and they’re concerned that someone, possibly even a child, was attempting to hide the ammo.

William Black, one of the technicians, expressed concern about their find. He termed it “creepy,” particularly in light of the violent acts that have been in the news over recent years.

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Our state-of-the-art NJ pest control services are safe and effective for all environments. Contact Stern Environmental Group to schedule an inspection by our friendly and experienced technicians.

Incredible? A County in California Says Climate Changes “Make Pests Hungrier”

Keep an Eye Out for Increased Pests This Spring and Summer
Keep an Eye Out for Increased Pests This Spring and Summer

The impact of global warming on humans and the environment has been a controversial topic for some time. What implications does global warming hold for NJ pest control? Experts predict the results could produce a ripple effect touching other environmental issues.

Some Like It Hot

In general, warmer temperatures tend to boost insect appetites and stimulate their reproduction. Pests currently consume 20 percent of corn, wheat, rice and other crops cultivated for food. But for every increase of 2°F above global historical average, that amount is projected to increase 10 to 25 percent.

Fighting Higher Pest Populations

There are a couple of options that may mitigate this change with varying degrees of success:

– Farmers may increase use of pesticides, but that could present even greater risk of environmental damage. In addition, scientists believe there’s a possibility that insecticides have already reached optimum effectiveness.

– Populations of predatory insects such as spiders, grasshoppers and beetles will also grow due to higher temperatures. Their presence can serve as a natural suppression of more destructive pests.

Year-Round NJ Pest Control Services from Stern Environmental

Our professional NJ pest control technicians have extensive experience successfully removing bed bugs, cockroaches and other insects as well as larger wildlife such as raccoons and squirrels.

Do you suspect an infestation in your home, office or business? Contact us today to schedule a careful and thorough inspection.

Incredible? CRIPSR Gene Technology Used to Alter Pest Population Breeding

Incredible? CRIPSR Gene Technology Used to Alter Pest Population Breeding
Incredible? CRIPSR Gene Technology Used to Alter Pest Population Breeding

It isn’t enough to come up with the best ways to provide NJ pest control services. While we use the most modern methods, we have to admit that it’s necessary to go even deeper into the problem. That means being able to control and manipulate the way certain pests breed. That is exactly what researchers have done.

Introducing a New Gene Editing Tool

CRISPR is the new gene editing tool that is being used to change some of the key genes that determine sex and fertility among certain types of insects. It uses a precision-guided sterile insect technique, or pgSIT. When altered eggs are inserted into populations of the insects, the result is astounding. Only adult males that are sterile emerge.

What Insects are Being Targeted? 

The New World Screwworm Fly is one insect that was actually eradicated because of the use of this type of technology. Today, mosquitoes are being considered as the most likely candidate for it. They have the ability to spread so many diseases, and CRISPR could change that drastically.

For Now, NJ Pest Control is Here to Help

It may be some time before we see this technology come to fruition. At Stern Environmental, we want you to know that we’re here to assist with any of your pest control needs. Whether you’re bothered by mosquitoes in the summer, or you have a rodent problem during the winter. Contact us.

Keep Out Winter Warmth Seeking Pests with These Tips

Keep Out Winter Warmth Seeking Pests with These Tips
Keep Out Winter Warmth Seeking Pests with These Tips

It’s no secret that the winter months are a “hot” time for certain pests. Mice are among the most common critters that are seen in New Jersey homes. A lot of people have just come to think of them as par for the course this time of year. But there are several ways to keep them out.

How to Keep Mice Out During Winter

If you see a mouse in your house, you can bet there are more, somewhere. They multiply quickly, which is why if you see one, you need to act quickly. Prevention is always the best solution, so follow these tips:

– Take down any birdfeeders that are outside your home.

– Keep hedges and bushes well trimmed.

– Walk around the outside of your house and close any cracks or holes with caulk.

– Seal up any food that is in your kitchen.

Taking these simple steps can drastically cut down on any rodent problems you might have this winter.

When to Contact NJ Residential Pest Control

There are some rodent problems that can be difficult to control on your own. Sometimes even the best prevention steps don’t work for one reason or another. But NJ residential pest control can take on those tough problems.

At Stern Environmental, we pride ourselves on a job well done. Our goal is to rid your home of mice giving you your peace of mind back. Contact us today.