Category Archives: Pest Eradication

Is Gentrification Behind Recent Rat Infestations? What To Know About NYC Rats

What to Know About Rats
What to Know About Rats

Seeing rats in New York City is just about as common as seeing people. They’re everywhere, and it’s hard to take a walk to a corner store without coming across a dozen or more in some neighborhoods. A lot of people speculate that the gentrification of the city is to blame for their increasing numbers, and it’s an explanation that seems to make sense. Your NJ pest control experts are here to explain this a bit further.

The Role of Gentrification in NYC’s Exploding Rat Population

New York City is all about progress, and it seems like there is always a multitude of construction projects taking place. But what people don’t realize is that those projects often result in rats losing their homes. When construction workers dig up the ground, they’re also digging up the rats’ burrows. They have no other choice but to come to the surface.

The Many Ways Rats Thrive in New York City

Once the rats have lost their homes, they see what excitement awaits them in the Big Apple. For example, the milder winters of the last few years have resulted in population increases. The amount of food that is available to rats in the city offers plenty of meal options too.

Do You Have a Rat Problem? Contact NJ Pest Control

At Stern Environmental, we want you to know that we’re here to help if you have a rat problem. Contact us today.

Squirrel Facts You Did Not Know

Squirrel Facts You Did Not Know
Squirrel Facts You Did Not Know

The eastern gray squirrel is a common sight in NJ when you’re outdoors. However, these animals could end up inside your attic or other indoor areas to escape the cold, which means it’s time for NJ pest animal control. While you might be familiar with squirrels, here are some facts that you might not know.

Invasive Squirrels

Eastern gray squirrels are considered an invasive species in the US. In fact, they’ve displaced the native red squirrel in some parts of the region. They’re native to the eastern US and the midwestern US, although they’ve spread to the western regions.

Color Variations

Most gray squirrels are gray, although they can be brown. In urban areas, some of these squirrels end up with white or black fur coloring due to the low risk of predators.

Spatial Memory

Eastern gray squirrels hoard food in numerous locations. They have excellent spatial memory that helps them remember where all of their food caches are.

Nutrition

Squirrels usually feed on seeds, berries, nuts and similar items. However, they’re also known to prey on frogs, birds and other animals. They also gnaw on antlers and bones for minerals.

Communication

Eastern gray squirrels use tail movements, facial expressions and vocalizations to communicate. They even make a purring noise when interacting with their young.

If you have a squirrel problem, contact Stern Environmental for NJ pest animal control.

Asian Lady Beetles Proliferate in the Fall

Asian Lady Beetles

Colorful and harmless ladybugs serve a purpose in the food chain and many cultures consider them signs of good luck. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their cousins, Asian lady beetles. Our NJ pest control technicians explain why you should be on the lookout for this fall invader.

Difference Between Lady Asian Beetles and Ladybugs

Ladybugs are more accurately known as lady beetles, and their colors and markings are similar to their Asian counterparts. The latter can be distinguished by a white spot behind the head along with a M-shaped black mark.

Why Asian Lady Beetles Are Not Welcome Visitors

As temperatures cool down in fall months, Asian lady beetles join other insects seeking shelter inside warm homes. Once inside, they’re not gracious house guests.

• Unlike the less aggressive native species, Asian lady beetles will bite. While not painful, their bite can result in allergic reactions such as hives, coughing and conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye.

• All lady beetles secrete a yellowish, foul-smelling fluid that can stain walls, furniture and carpeting.

• In rare instances, Asian lady beetles have been eaten by dogs who then developed ulcers in the mouth and esophagus.

Rely on Stern Environmental for Year-Round NJ Pest Control

Our NJ pest control technicians can safely and effectively handle unwanted insect and wildlife visitors from bed bugs and mice to raccoons and squirrels. Contact Stern Environmental to learn more.

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.

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.