Category Archives: Pest News

What to Know About the New Jersey Gray Squirrel

What to Know About the New Jersey Gray Squirrel
What to Know About the New Jersey Gray Squirrel

More than just amazing acrobats when it comes to infiltrating your bird feeder, the NJ gray squirrel can also become a household pest. What makes them turn to invading your home when they seem to be plenty busy raiding your bird feeder, pilfering bulbs from your garden, and unwittingly growing a forest of walnut trees in your yard? The NJ gray squirrel control experts at Stern have the 4-1-1 on squirrel shenanigans.

High Metabolism = High Likelihood for Theft

Squirrels require a robust and diverse diet in order to maintain their high metabolism for growth and reproduction. 

Rapid Reproduction = Looking for Family Friendly Real Estate

NJ gray squirrels can reproduce just months after birth. Breeding season is typically in January, then again in the late spring/early summer. If you see squirrels chasing each other, juvenile rodents are likely on their way. Learn how to protect your home from a squirrel invasion. 

Growing Teeth = Structural Dangers

Because these rodent’s teeth constantly grow, they must chew to wear them down, gnawing on your home’s structure, wiring, and more. 

Predators = Squirrels Snacks

If your yard or home hosts NJ gray squirrels, you may see an influx of squirrel predators and pests such as snakes, weasels, raccoons, skunks, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes.

Lower the likelihood of rodent and varmint rendezvous in and around your home. Contact the NJ gray squirrel control 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. 

One-Way Tunnels Work Well to Keep Raccoons Out

One-Way Tunnels Work Well to Keep Raccoons Out
One-Way Tunnels Work Well to Keep Raccoons Out

Raccoons taking over your attic? Get rid of them quickly and easily with our effective one-way tunnels! The NJ raccoon removal pros at Stern Environmental have designed a one-way door that prevents these pests from re-entering your home.

One-Way Ticket

Our tunnels are a safe, humane means of NJ raccoon removal, kindly giving raccoons a one-way ticket to a new location. 

• No dangerous trapping or potential exposure to rabies/illness.

• No euthanasia.

• Faster than deterrent methods.

Safe & Rapid Raccoon Removal

Unlike using lights, talk music, used kitty litter and other deterrent methods, our one-way doors work quickly and effectively against urban wildlife. Installed by a Stern’s pest professional, these strong metal doors cannot be bent or broken by even the strongest raccoon. Installed at an entry/exit point, simply wait for evening when raccoons leave in search of food, and the one-way tunnel will bar their reentry.

Beware of DIY Imitations

Always use professionally-designed one-way doors with the assistance of a raccoon removal specialist. This is key to preventing raccoon babies from being left behind in your attic, which can lead to lasting, foul odors in living areas. Professional assistance ensures all animals are removed, your attic is cleaned of urine and feces, and  identification of dangerous damage (such as electrical).

We’ve got your one-way ticket to a dream destination: An attic without raccoons. Contact Stern Environmental to learn more about our one-way tunnel NJ raccoon removal services today.

How to Differentiate Between a Ladybug and Lady Beetle

Learn to Recognize the Difference between Harmful and Harmless
Learn to Recognize the Difference between Harmful and Harmless

Ladybugs may seem too benign to require NJ pest control, but the closely related Asian lady beetle isn’t quite as good-natured. How can you tell them apart? Here’s a look at the physical and behavioral differences between the two.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

At first glance, a native ladybug looks just like an Asian lady beetle, with similar colors and markings. A closer look reveals a black section between a ladybug’s head and body. On an Asian lady beetle, that same section is white with black markings that form a “M” shape.

When Ladybugs Aren’t “Ladies”

Native ladybugs serve a valuable purpose by preying on aphids, spider mites and other plant-destroying pests. While Asian lady beetles were introduced to North America for the same reason, they began to demonstrate less desirable traits.

• When weather grows cold, Asian lady beetles invade homes via cracks, holes and other unobtrusive entry points.

• While native ladybugs are peaceful, Asian lady beetles will aggressively bite, often causing allergic symptoms such as sneezing and coughing.

• Asian lady beetles excrete an odorous yellow liquid that stains fabric, walls and other surfaces.

• In rare cases, Asian lady beetles have sought shelter inside the mouths of dogs, leading to discomfort and sometimes sores caused by the beetles’ secretions.

Experienced and Knowledgeable NJ Pest Control Services

Don’t take chances with insect or wildlife invaders. Contact Stern Environmental for safe and professional NJ pest control.

Hornet or Yellow Jacket – How to Tell the Difference

Hornet or Yellow Jacket - How to Tell the Difference
Hornet or Yellow Jacket – How to Tell the Difference

Stinging pests are a serious problem for a lot of New Jersey homeowners. But most of the time, they’re not really sure what type of pest they’re dealing with. Hornets and yellow jackets are two of the pests that get confused the most.

Before contacting NJ yellow jacket control or hornet control, here’s how you can identify which pest is in your yard.

The Similarities Between Yellow Jackets and Hornets

Both yellow jackets and hornets are types of wasps. But people often refer to them as bees, which is incorrect. The stings of both are quite painful, but that’s where their similarities end.

The Differences Between Hornets and Yellow Jackets

In most cases, you can tell the difference by just looking at them closely. Yellow jackets have distinct black and yellow markings, like their names suggest. Hornets also have yellow marks but with a reddish-brown color instead of black.

Both pests can sting repeatedly, but the yellow jacket’s stinger has barbs and sometimes gets lodged in its victim. Like a bee’s stinger, if it gets left behind then the insect dies. Hornets, however, don’t lose their stinger and their stings tend to be more painful.

Contact a NJ Yellow Jacket Control Specialist for Help

Whether you’re dealing with hornets or yellow jackets, both are a menace this time of year. Stern Environmental has the expertise to rid you of them. Contact us today to learn more.