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Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey

Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey
Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey

Residents of the Union Township Community in Union County, New Jersey are blowing up the phone lines of local NJ rodent control services. Rodents are taking over, and residents and the local government can’t seem to agree on who’s at fault.

Hot Spot
Most of the rodent problems are occurring in a single section of town, near Co. Road 509 and Salem Road where gas lines are being replaced. Though Union Township officials have responded to complaints, they are restricted to exterminating rodents on public land only, treating public land and sewers but leaving many area homeowners to shoulder the costs of their extermination.

Invasion
Residents have reported rodents infiltrating homes, burrowing in yards, and dying on their property. The nauseating stench of decaying, poisoned rodents has kept many families staying indoors. Some believe these rodent issues are the result of over-development, including constant road construction, neglected maintenance in a nearby public parking lot, and area residents residing near a recent gas line project improperly storing garbage.

Passing the Buck
The area health department stated it has not identified any commercial sources. Despite years of complaints, Union Township officials have not commented on the source and length of the rodent infiltration. Regrettably, covering trash, setting traps, and adopting cats just haven’t been enough to address this issue.

Tired of rodent rendezvous? Stop the shenanigans with the NJ rodent control services of Stern Environmental today.

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. 

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.

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.