You think you might have bed bugs, but you’re not completely sure. The fact that you have doubts is a good thing. A bed bug infestation is a real problem, and it’s one that can literally keep you up at night for months.
But it’s possible that you don’t even have bed bugs at all. There are several other pests that look just like them. As your NJ pest control specialists, we’d like you to know more about them.
Bugs That Look Like Bed Bugs
Your “bed bug” problem might be something else entirely. This might be a relief, but it also might worry you that it could be something much worse. The first step is to properly identify what the pest is. These are the bugs that are often mistaken for bed bugs:
Before you panic, you should talk with a NJ pest control specialist. They will be able to tell you exactly what type of problem you have.
Your NJ Pest Control Experts Are Here to Help
At Stern Environmental, we understand how it feels when you think you might have a bed bug problem. In reality, that could be what you’re dealing with, but you’ll want it diagnosed by a professional. We can help you with that, as well as help you with their extermination. Please contact us to learn more.
Spiders are very common in NJ. The good news is that many of them aren’t the types that you need to worry about, since they don’t have a venomous bite. The bad news is that there are a few venomous spiders found in NJ office buildings that you should be concerned about. If you have any of these potentially dangerous spiders around, you’ll need professional NJ office pest control services to deal with them.
These small, brown spiders are known for lurking in places that are well-hidden, such as boxes or closets. Brown recluse spiders can deliver a serious bite that requires prompt medical care. However, some bites don’t produce noticeable symptoms at first, which can make them hard to detect early.
Black widows are easily recognizable with their black coloring and bright red hourglass marking on their belly. These spiders can also be found in closets and other areas that provide them with a dark, hidden environment. Black widows can bite if they’re disturbed, which can lead to nausea, abdominal cramping, and other symptoms in some individuals.
These spiders are mainly found outdoors, but some can make their way inside. Yellow sac spiders have bites that are more venomous than other sac spiders and require medical care.
If you have spiders in your building, contact Stern Environmental for more information on our NJ office pest control services.
Chirping crickets are a common sound in NJ on hot summer nights, but these pests can also become indoor nuisances in office buildings during winter. If you have these pests around this winter, you’ll need NJ office pest control to eliminate them before they can cause damage.
Cricket Behavior in Winter
Crickets seek warm places to stay during the colder winter months in NJ. In some cases, this can mean office buildings. Crickets can enter through any gaps or cracks in the building’s foundation or around windows and doors. Once they’re indoors, they’ll stick around and feed on certain materials, which can cause damage to office supplies and equipment.
Crickets are able to thrive in the right indoor environments, which allows them to eventually reproduce when the weather gets warmer. This, in turn, leads to a bigger cricket problem in offices.
Preventing Cricket Problems
How can you reduce your risk of having to deal with a cricket problem this winter or next spring? Having your building inspected is a good first step to ensure that you don’t have these pests around already. Making sure that window and door frames throughout your office building are sealed up also helps prevent crickets and other pests from being able to get inside your building when they’re looking for shelter during winter.
El Nino is coming. What effect will this have on NJ pest control issues? The U.S. Climate Prediction Center is expecting a weak El Nino weather pattern this year. However, this doesn’t mean winter will be trouble-free.
What a Weak El Nino Means for the Garden State
During an El Nino pattern, surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are warmer than normal, affecting global weather patterns. This year’s weak El Nino is expected to lead to winter weather that’s warmer and wetter. However, this doesn’t mean no snow. Areas that commonly experience snowfall should expect more as part of the winter weather milieu.
How this Season’s El Nino Pattern will Affect Pests
Insects are affected by temperature and moisture. Most hide away for the winter, taking shelter in warm spots beneath your home, in its cracks and crevices, or underground, beneath leaves, and tree trunks. Equipped with a built-in ‘antifreeze’ that allows them to remain dormant, they spring back to life in warmer temperatures, easily surviving the winter. The warmer, wetter weather predicted this winter season, however, could lead to:
– The premature emergence of pests from hibernation on warmer than normal sunny winter days.
– The invasion of your home by pests in rainy weather as insects flee flooded nesting sites.
Freeze pests out for the winter with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.
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.
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.”