Category Archives: Pest Management

Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family’s Struggle

 

Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family's Struggle
Bed Bugs, Roaches, and Rats, Oh My! One Local Queens Family’s Struggle

Dealing with bed bugs is enough to send you in search of NJ pest control services. But what happens when you include roaches and rats in the mix? One family in Queens is facing that struggle right now.

Pests Pit Tenant Against Landlord

Lutfa Moni and Sohel Ahmed are locked in a legal battle with their landlord, Setam Realty Associates. The lawsuit they filed in Queens Housing Court claims that the company failed to address their problem of pest infestation and the couple has been the subject of harassment since making the complaints.

According to Moni, their apartment has been overrun with bed bugs, mice and roaches since 2010. Extermination appears to have eliminated the bed bugs, but rats have recently turned up. She and Ahmed believe they’re being “punished” since Setam lost a 2016 bid to evict them.

Who’s at Fault?

For Setam’s part, they allege that the couple is chronically delinquent with rent, owing $18,000 in arrears. While the landlord says Moni and Ahmed are the only residents who have bed bugs, city records document complaints from other tenants dating back to 2013. Issues cited include peeling plaster, lack of heat and faulty elevators along with pest infestations.

Turn to Stern Environmental for Effective NJ Pest Control

No one should have to live in a pest-infested home. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our cheerful and experienced NJ pest control experts.

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.

Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street

Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street
Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street

Video footage from NYC subway patrons recently showed a rodent hitching a ride on the train. It’s nothing NYC rodent control teams or residents haven’t seen before. Although it was a little amusing to watch the rat’s excursion on Twitter.

Feet Up!

It’s not uncommon for subway passengers to lift their feet while furry stowaways scamper beneath subway seats. The rodent in question in this event was apparently headed for Manhattan’s 42ndStreet, high-tailing it up subway stairs as if late for a meeting.

Why Are So Many Rats Riding the Subway?

It will come as no surprise if you’re a native New Yorker that NYC has a sanitation problem. Trash is everywhere, offering rodents a hospitable home.

Do Subway Rats Bite?

Rats typically avoid people, preferring to emerge when buildings are quiet, but there are exceptions. When rats do attempt cohabitating with humans, they can become aggressive if cornered or threatened.

Though no bites have been known to cause rabies, rats do carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans via bite. This may lead people to wonder if lifting your feet, desperately trying to climb the subway pole, running through the aisle, or fleeing at the next (wrong) stop may not be an overreaction after all.

Don’t join the crowd. Keep rats out of your home/business with the help of the NYC rodent control experts at Stern Environmental today.

October Pests for New Jersey – What to Know

October Pests for New Jersey - What to Know
October Pests for New Jersey – What to Know

Fall brings comfortable temperatures and beautiful colors to the northeast region. But NJ pest control experts know there’s a downside to this seasonal shift. With the cooler weather comes an increase in pest problems as the animal kingdom seeks the perfect residence to hole-up for the winter season. Which pests should you be on the lookout for this fall?

Scary Stingers

Bees, wasps and yellow jackets become more active in the winter as they seek out additional food stores and nesting places. Prevent injury with fast stinging insect removal from the pros at Stern.

Funky Flyers

Germ-carrying flies are out in force during the fall season, as are smelly stink bugs, which infiltrate every crack and crevice of your home and automobile.

Creepy Crawlers

As the coming winter chill presses forward, ants, cockroaches, box elders, ladybugs and more seek out the warmth of your home and easy access to food. These pests are notorious for infiltrating even the smallest entry points to your home.

Rascally Rodents

Rats, mice, and squirrels who are already an annoying presence will try your patience to the limit in the fall season, going out of their way to find a way inside your home to hibernate for the winter or nest with their babies.

Don’t feel like snuggling up with pests this fall and winter? Seal them out with the help of our NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today.