Category Archives: Pest Management

Here’s a Baby Shower You Won’t Want to Attend: Spider Babies Come in Spring

Spider with Egg Sac
Spider with Egg Sac

Is it time to add a new nursery to your home? The NJ pest control experts at Stern know the start of spring brings the birth of many new things… Including hordes of baby spiders.

Baby Fever

Hanging around the dark corners, your home’s population of house spiders can bring many babies into your home in the spring. These small, brown or grey spiders, which can be up to 3/8-inch large, aren’t poisonous, but they’re far from endearing. The only thing worse than seeing one hanging above or below you on her web is spotting one surrounded by all her babies. And these spiders can lay hundreds of eggs at a time, rapidly ballooning the number of spiders in your home – and all those sticky, hard-to-clean webs.

Why Don’t They Go Forth to Populate?

House spiders hang out in your home rather than moving outdoors because it’s warmer and more hospitable than the outdoor environment. Some have even been hiding out in your home all winter in the basement, attic, closet, utility room, or other secluded areas, where they hunt nuisance insects and other smaller spiders in the dark while you sleep. 

Chances are, your home or business is crowded enough without all those growing families of house spiders. Prevent and eliminate spiders, keeping the spider population under control with the help of the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental today.

Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait

Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait
Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait

Who doesn’t love the luscious taste of chocolate? Apparently even rodents have a fondness for the sweet treat. Could chocolate become an effective tool in our NJ pest control treatments?

The Lure of Chocolate

In an effort to reduce use of poisons, the biosecurity team in Greater Wellington, NZ has been conducting a novel experiment using chocolate as bait in self-setting rodent traps. Testing is taking place at Te Ahumairangi Hill, a heavily wooded area running through the Town Belt of Wellington.

Results are being tracked by ink-covered cards placed in tunnels to capture footprints. So far the test has been a success, with the rodent population remaining at low levels.

Benefits of “Sweet” Traps

Senior Biosecurity Officer Paul Horton explains the benefits of using chocolate as a rodent lure:

– Birds aren’t attracted to the smell of chocolate, making them less likely to get caught in traps.

– Chocolate bait lasts for six months and traps can kill two dozen rodents before being replaced, reducing the need for staff to spend time checking them.

Urban Ecology Manager Daniela Biaggio adds that this innovative plan is a safe way to maintain diversity of wildlife in an urban environment.

State-of-the-Art NJ Pest Control 

Stern Environmental Group uses the most current and effective methods in our NJ pest control programs. Contact us today to get peace of mind with a pest-free home, office or business.

Incredible? Canadian SPCA Matches Stray Cats with Farms for Rodent Control

Incredible? Canadian SPCA Matches Stray Cats with Farms for Rodent Control
Incredible? Canadian SPCA Matches Stray Cats with Farms for Rodent Control

A new rodent control program dubbed as ‘incredible’ seems common sense to NJ Pest control experts and the area’s residents.

Career Kitties

The SPCA of Ontario, Canada recently placed an ad looking for an employer for its latest four-legged job candidates. To manage cat overpopulation in the region, the organization is rehoming stray cats that are feral (wild) and incompatible with the in-house, laptop lifestyle of the typical housecat.

These furry felines are being relocated to warehouses, breweries, and farms where they can serve as rodent control. However, demand for the kitties is low at a time when the SPCA is experiencing an influx of felines: The long, cold winter weather that makes suitable shelter scarce.

Seeking Full-Time, Feline-Friendly Work

Though the program has been around since 2015, it has been expanding annually, and currently at about 50 cats per year. What the stray kitties lack in cuddles, they are said to more than make up for with their rodent maintenance capacities.

As many cat-lovers know, the idea of using cats for mouse monitoring is far from novel. However, the program is doing a wonderful job of meeting the increased need to humanely control cat overpopulation in a region where over twice as many cats are admitted to shelters as dogs.

Cat lying down on the job? Rid yourself of rodents now. Contact your NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today.

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.

Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug “Faker”?

Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug "Faker"?
Do You Have Bed Bugs or a Bed Bug “Faker”?

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:

– The spider beetle

Cockroach nymphs

– Bat Bugs

– Carpet beetle

– Book lice

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.