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New "Green" Pest Control Acts Instantly Without Poisons

People are excited about Stern Environmental Group’s new environmentally-friendly insect extermination treatment — Cyronite. We’ve had so many calls and orders for this revolutionary pest control system that we’re in the process of expanding this part of our business to meet the demand!

Cryonite uses pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) to rapidly freeze and kill insects and their eggs. It’s particularly effective on pesticide resistant bedbugs and hard-to-kill German cockroaches. Popularized in Europe and Australia but just introduced in the United States, the Cryonite system is only available from a select number of pest control companies, including Stern Environmental Group.

Cryonite system uses no toxic chemicals, making it is ideally suited for use in sensitive areas like homes, day care centers, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and restaurants. Cyronite’s instant kill action means that hotel and motel rooms can be rented immediately after treatment. Cruise ships can be treated with no scheduling delay for detoxification or clean up. The hospitality industry is showing major interest in Cryonite. The green pest control system maximizes occupancy rates and lowers down time for infected rooms.

For more information about Cryonite, click the post title or click here to contact Stern Environmental.

Snakes On a Plain

Snakes are a common fear of the populous. They slither and they slide, but what is it about them that make people so afraid? Maybe it’s that they hide in tall grasses and wait patiently for victims to meander by unsuspectingly to be eaten, and this prey could very well be a human. Snakes have been portrayed as an evil creature since biblical times, so it’s no surprise that almost everyone jumps to high ground when someone says, “Snake!”

There are a couple of ways to make sure snakes stay away from your home. You have to mow your lawn! Tall grasses are a great place for snakes to hide, and, if you have an unkempt yard, you’re basically giving them cover to hide from their predators and prey. With that said, keep your bushes and shrubs away from your house. This is another form of cover for them, as well as a very open welcome sign to all snakes that need a place to be. While you’re keeping those bushes away from your house, you might want to move the wood or compost pile. Wood piles or compost piles provide cool places to hide on hot, sunny days. And with any pest, get rid of their food source. That’s the only reason they’re hanging around, and their food source happens to be another pest–the rodent.

Some snakes are poisonous, but a lot aren’t. As well, snakes are like any other creature of the wild; if you don’t give it a reason to harm you, then it won’t. Just watch where you’re walking, and you should be fine.

Raccoon Repellents: How Effective Are They?

As soon as people find out they have a raccoon in their attic, the first thing they think about is whether they can get rid of it themselves. So, they go surf the Internet to see what other people are doing.

Out on the web are a lot of sites that have all kinds of “home remedies” or do-it-yourself solutions. These can range from coyote urine to ultrasonic emitters, to loud rock music and bright lights. Unfortunately, raccoons are highly adaptable, like suburban and urban life, are clever and relatively fearless creatures, and are not deterred by small inconveniences.

Some of these chemical repellents are basically composed of mothballs (i.e., naphthalene) or ammonia. These chemicals are very stinky and give off a smell that will permeate your house with an odor that is nearly impossible to get rid of until it dissipates on its own six or more months away. Truth be told, hey don’t really seem to effect raccoons much.

Predator urine that you can spray or apply to entrance areas is sometimes touted as the be-all and end-all of keeping raccoons or other varmints out of your attic or eaves. Although these might be great for generating revenue for the seller, they are marginally to not effective at all.

A similar story holds for the ultrasonic devices you can see being sold as repellents. Raccoons and other mammal invaders into your house are generally not affected by lights or a radio playing up in the attic. Only if you are personally up there, will they tend to vacate. As soon as you leave, though, they will return to house and home.

Raccoons, Rabies, and You

Because raccoons are wild animals and, like any other wild thing, can put up a vicious fight if they are cornered, some people think they will just get a cage and try and trap the animal themselves, thereby saving themselves some money. You should know, however, that it is probably illegal for you to trap a raccoon and then take it somewhere else and release it. If you can’t trap it and then take it somewhere else, then that means you have to kill it. Very few people know how to humanely euthanize trapped wildlife, so for your safety and to be humane, you really need to have someone involved who is licensed and is able to handle the animal humanely and, if necessary, safely dispose of its remains.

One reason many states do not allow people to trap and release raccoons is because, as we noted in a previous blog, they are the animal most often reported that is infected with rabies. In fact 40% of all reported rabies cases now come from raccoons, with skunks and foxes coming in second and third.

In fact, it is thought that the rise in the number of rabid raccoons on the east coast of the US was because some hunting clubs in Virginia wanted to restock their local raccoon populations and did so with some raccoons that had been caught in Florida. Some of these had rabies, but did not yet exhibit the symptoms. Since that time, increased rates of raccoon rabies has spread across the East and all the way up into Canada.

In fact, before 1960, most reported rabies cases were in domestic animals, but now almost 90% of the cases involved wild animals. Rabies in humans though is pretty rare; and there are only about 2 cases a year in the whole US. Of these more than half were due to contacts with bats, not raccoons.

What to Do When Mosquitoes Are Bugging You

SMACK! SLAP! WHACK! Don’t let mosquitoes ruin another summer evening for your family. When the little blood-suckers are bugging you, try these tips to keep mosquitoes at bay:

  • Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes may nest and breed. Particularly check birdbaths, flower pots, garden planters, fido’s water dish, rain barrels and swimming pool or porch furniture covers.
  • Make sure outdoor trashcans are covered and sealed.
  • Repair any tears or holes in window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from coming inside.
  • Dining al fresco? Keep the food covered until you’re ready to eat.
  • When outside, avoid wearing dark colors or floral prints as these attract mosquitoes. Loose-fitting clothing, open-toe shoes and flip flops give the little buggers more places to snack on.
  • Avoid sweet perfumes and colognes. Mosquitoes normally feed on nectar so avoid smelling like a flower.
  • Use an insect repellent that contains DEET. DEET has been proven the most effective deterrent to mosquitoes.

If you’re going to be outdoors where mosquitoes are present, particularly in the evening, dress yourself for battle: wear light-colored clothing, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, a hat and closed shoes with socks. Spritz a little insect repellent with eau de DEET on your clothing and dab a drop behind each ear. Appropriately attired, you should have a comfortable, mosquito-free evening.