Category Archives: Pest Management

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. 

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.

Prepare Yourself for the Annual Stink Bug Invasion

We Can Help You Remove Stinkbugs!
We Can Help You Remove Stinkbugs!

As cooler fall temperatures move in, irksome insects like stink bugs will move into your home. NJ stink bug control professionals know these smelly pests are not the guests you want to invite over for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Does Anyone Smell Cilantro?

Brown, hard-shelled, and shield-shaped, stink bugs release an awful smell that can last up to an hour after it’s released from their stink glands – and even longer on your skin. They use this stench as a defense mechanism against lizards and birds. (Appetite, destroyed.)

Noise Pollution

Stink bugs are not only smelly but noisy in flight. Anyone who’s been cursed enough to suffer them over the winter will learn to quickly distinguish their unique sound in flight and duck for cover.

How to Give Stink Bugs the Boot

Pest control experts know the best offense is a good defense. This includes sealing stink bugs out of your home by:

• Repairing ripped screens.

• Caulking cracks in mortar and between siding.

• Addressing holes in soffits, around chimneys, and venting.

• Adding spray foam around wires and plumbing.

• Ensuring weather-stripping is tight around windows and doors.

Clean with Caution

Never crush stink bugs. Sweep stink bugs into a dustpan and flush down the toilet. Only vacuum up the pests when using disposable bags.

Stink bugs becoming a noxious nuisance? Kill the stench with the help of the NJ stink bug control experts at SternEnvironmental today.

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.