Category Archives: Pest Control

Regular Pest Control Services Keep Neighbors Happy

When bed bugs, cockroaches or other pests take over one property, they’re bound to show up in neighboring ones at some point. Landlords can do their part in minimizing this risk to neighborhoods with regular NJ pest control services.

Pest Problems in Neighborhoods

Pest problems that occur in one home or apartment building can spread to nearby buildings and homes as pests reproduce and search for food. This can become a big neighborhood problem that affects many people. Tenants don’t always report pest problems, and landlords don’t always take the steps necessary to eliminate problems that are reported. This can make these situations even worse and put more and more neighbors at risk.

Importance of Routine Pest Control

One way to cut down on the risk of developing a major pest problem is by having routine pest inspections and other services done. Setting up monthly inspections can help ensure that pest problems are found as early as possible, which can prevent them from spreading. Buildings can also be treated to keep pests away, lowering the risk of ending up with a pest problem. This helps keep the whole neighborhood as pest-free as possible when everyone commits to doing their part.

If you need to set up routine NJ pest control services for your property, contact Stern Environmental. We offer Integrated Pest Management on a regular basis to help prevent pest problems from occurring.

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans
Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans

Rodents are known carriers of disease and if you are experiencing an infestation in and around your home, there are two things you need to do. First, have a NJ pest control specialist visit your home to assess the problem and create a plan of action. Second, read on to find out why it’s important to have your space free and clear of rodents.

Rodent Diseases

When it comes to rats and mice infesting your home or yard, you don’t want to ignore the problem as these pests can spread more than 35 diseases.

Transmission of the unhealthy germs can occur in a number of ways:

– By handling a live or dead rodent.

– Through direct contact with rodent droppings (urine and feces) and their saliva, and handling nesting materials.

– Via a rodent bite.

– Bites by ticks, mites, or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.

Several of the diseases that rodents can transmit include hantavirus, which can be fatal. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM) symptoms come in two stages. Plague is serious but treatable. Tularemia can be life-threatening but is treatable.

At Stern Environmental, we are dedicated to helping our customers have a pest free home, which includes rats and mice. Our NJ pest control staff have years of experience and know how to address each situation efficiently and with the utmost care. Call today for a free home inspection and peace of mind.

What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like

What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like?
What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like?

What’s that smell? You may be asking yourself this question when an unexpected odor permeates all or part of your home or business. One way to find out is with help from a pest control professional. But first, consider doing a visual check for telltale signs of a mouse infestation and then call in a NJ pest control service.

Mouse Signs

Just like road signs, mouse signs can point you in the right direction to where they’re located in your home. Here are a few things to look for along the mouse network of internal highways that crisscross your home.

– The smell of mice is distinct. This is due to their urine, which they leave behind when navigating unfamiliar territory resulting in the smell of ammonia. It’s one of their personal “signs” to let them know which way to go.

– What goes along with the urine is feces, which accumulates wherever they have their nests.

– You may notice oily stains and/or smears along baseboards, the bottoms of doors, and walls. This is due to mouse fur as it passes these areas in the night.

Whether you detect mouse activity for certain or you have a sneaking suspicion they’re making tracks throughout your home, contact Stern Environmental for a home inspection by one of our NJ pest control specialists. Call today so you can put up a sign of your own, “no mouse traffic allowed.”

It’s Stink Bug Season – How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion

It's Stink Bug Season - How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion
It’s Stink Bug Season – How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion

Any type of bug infiltrating your home is not pleasant and when it has a name like “stink bug” attached, that’s a double whammy you aren’t going to want to deal with.

While you may think you have the arsenal to conquer these miniature armored bugs, it’s really a job for NJ pest control professionals.

About Stink Bugs

Before the fall season checks in, now is the time to start preparing your home for an impending invasion. Once the weather starts to make its change from the comfort of warm summer days, stink bugs instinctively know winter is just around the corner. They’ll begin making plans to get inside and get comfortable before the inclement weather is an everyday occurrence.

There are a couple of things to do to prevent stink bugs from entering your home.

Things to Do

– Begin with a visual inspection looking for cracks and crevices providing entry points. These may be around doors and window sills, and drain pipes in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.

– Use a shop vac to thoroughly vacuum your home and empty the canister immediately.

With NJ pest control technicians on the job, these potentially smelly bugs won’t make your home their winter quarters. To help keep your home smelling fresh as a daisy, contact the Stern Environmental Group. We know what it takes to keep everything smelling like a bed or roses. Call us today.

Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware

Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware
Tips to Help College Students Become Bed Bug Aware

Bug Beware

Do you know any blood-sucking pests? How can you oust them out of your life? We are talking bed bugs of course! Our Stern Environmental team of NJ Pest Control experts keeps the bugs out of your life and your focus on point! We help you experience life bug-free so you can catch some quality zzz’s.

Taking Notes

Whip out your notebook and make some observations. Below is a quick checklist of what you’ll find when bedbugs are invading your dorm:

1. Look in every nook and cranny. In other words, scan seams and welts for signs of bugs. You may find fecal or blood stains in various areas.

2. Check outlets behind furniture and along plaster cracks. Small pea sized pearl-like egg deposits will hide here.

3. Watch out for the baseboards. Old bug skeletons lurk there!

Stop the Madness

Before you call in sick for a class to toss out your bed, here are some simpler ways to address a bed bug problem:

1. Toss clothing and linens straight from your bag into the wash.

2. Give yourself and your clothes a good rinse in extremely hot water.

3. If you have unwashable items, get them to a heated temp of 120 degrees for 2 hours in a sealed bag.

Our Stern Environmental NJ Pest Control will finish the job! Contact us today, so you can finally get some worry-free sleep!