Category Archives: Residential Services

Here’s a Baby Shower You Won’t Want to Attend: Spider Babies Come in Spring

Spider with Egg Sac
Spider with Egg Sac

Is it time to add a new nursery to your home? The NJ pest control experts at Stern know the start of spring brings the birth of many new things… Including hordes of baby spiders.

Baby Fever

Hanging around the dark corners, your home’s population of house spiders can bring many babies into your home in the spring. These small, brown or grey spiders, which can be up to 3/8-inch large, aren’t poisonous, but they’re far from endearing. The only thing worse than seeing one hanging above or below you on her web is spotting one surrounded by all her babies. And these spiders can lay hundreds of eggs at a time, rapidly ballooning the number of spiders in your home – and all those sticky, hard-to-clean webs.

Why Don’t They Go Forth to Populate?

House spiders hang out in your home rather than moving outdoors because it’s warmer and more hospitable than the outdoor environment. Some have even been hiding out in your home all winter in the basement, attic, closet, utility room, or other secluded areas, where they hunt nuisance insects and other smaller spiders in the dark while you sleep. 

Chances are, your home or business is crowded enough without all those growing families of house spiders. Prevent and eliminate spiders, keeping the spider population under control with the help of the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental today.

What to Know About Our NJ Spring Yellow Jackets

What to Know About Our NJ Spring Yellow Jackets
What to Know About Our NJ Spring Yellow Jackets

Spring has sprung, and with it pests are pouring forth. Among the most dreaded: Yellow jackets. These troublesome wasps are feared by homeowners, who look to NJ pest control pros for help dealing with these aggressive pests, which are capable of stinging repeatedly.

Be on the Lookout for Spring Yellow Jacket Nests

You’ll find the paper-mache-like nests of these wasps in the ground and around homes and other structures, such as animal burrows, attics, crawlspaces, and other wall voids and enclosed cavities. Constructed of a mix of wasp saliva and chewed, weathered wood, the layers of yellow jacket nests are camouflaged with surroundings and often unrecognized as the hazard they present.

Avoid Attracting these Pests

Yellow jackets feed on meat from garbage and animal carcasses, as well as sugars from fruit, sweetened beverages, and beer, bringing them into frequent contact with humans. These sugars support new developing queens in late summer, the only members of the colony that survive the winter.

Control the Pests

Never plug wasp nests in an outside wall. This can force wasps into living areas. The best method of treatment is registered insecticide dust. This is spread directly at the opening of the nest, where wasps pick up and transport the dust to others, destroying the colony.

Get yellow jackets to buzz off. Ensure a safe home with the help of the NJ pest control professionals at Stern Environmental today.

What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?

What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?
What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?

We’ve reached the time of year when the squirrels are waking up from their winter naps and they’re about to become active again. This means that in addition to seeing them scampering around your yard, you’re likely to hear them in your attic as well. While the best course of action may be to call NJ pest control specialists, you may be interested to know that there are several different types of tree squirrels.

Types of Tree Squirrels in New Jersey

Not all squirrels are the same. If you live in New Jersey, you could be dealing with any of the following:

Fox squirrels – These are the largest types of squirrels, and they tend to be brown/gray in color with an orange/brown belly. They reproduce twice a year and can have as many as three babies per litter.

Gray squirrels – These tend to be mostly gray with a white belly. They are typically found in larger hardwood forests, but they can be seen in New Jersey’s urban areas.

Red squirrels – Red squirrels are smaller with a red/brown coat and a white belly. They tend to prefer evergreen forests.

Flying squirrels – This is the smallest variety, and their bodies allow them to glide through the air.

Your NJ pest control specialists understand how quickly squirrels can become a nuisance. We can help you deal with them if they’ve taken up residence in your home. Contact us!

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation
Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

No one wants to think about the fact that their home or business could be infested with rats. And yet, in our area of the country, these pests are far too common. Before contacting NJ pest control, it’s helpful to know if what you’re dealing with is in fact a rat problem. There are several ways that you can tell.

How to Identify a Rat Infestation

You’re not likely to see a rat in your home or business, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leave signs behind that can alert you of their presence. Some of the most common signs of a rat infestation are:

– Finding rat droppings near food, including dog or cat food dishes or containers.

– Hearing sounds coming from the attic once it begins to get dark.

– Finding old rat nests near firewood stacks.

– Evidence that rats are eating fruit or nuts that have fallen from trees in the yard.

– Burrows beneath garbage cans or compost bins.

Contacting NJ Pest Control to Help With Your Rat Problem

Because rats are so good at hiding, it can be hard to notice an infestation until it’s gotten out of control. Traps may not be enough to deal with them. You may need the help of the NJ pest control specialists here at Stern Environmental.

No one wants to deal with a rat problem. If you think you might have an infestation, please contact us right away!

Norway Rats Will Persistently Try to Harbor Inside Your Building

Rats Can Indirectly Carry 15 Different Kinds of Diseases
Norway Rats Will Persistently Try to Harbor Inside Your Building

One thing is certain and two things are for sure, which are that rat’s exist and that they need food and warmth to survive. To achieve this, a rat will take advantage of any and all opportunities.

Wily Rats

Rats have been around for a very long time because they are survivors. They are wily when it comes to finding food resources and just as inventive when it comes to finding ways inside your home to tap into those food sources.

During wintertime when the temperatures make being outside an unpleasant ordeal, rats will take advantage of any opening they can chew or claw their way through to get inside, where it’s warm and cozy. Rats start to put their plan of action to be safe, warm, and well fed during the winter into play during the fall.

Preventing Rats

The first step in eliminating rats from entering your home is to check for any openings and seal them. The next step is to remove any outdoor food sources such as bird and squirrel feeders. Your third step is calling in a NJ pest control company to do a thorough indoor inspection.

Our NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environmental are trained and experienced in eliminating the problem of rats in your home or on your property. For help from one of our NJ pest control professionals, contact Stern Environmental at your earliest convenience.