Category Archives: Pest Eradication

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.”

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!

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.

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.