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How to Choose the Best Pest and Mold Free NYC Apartment

Do your Research Online Before you Buy a Home. It Could Save you Pest Trouble in the Long Run.
Do your Research Online Before you Buy a Home. It Could Save you Pest Trouble in the Long Run.

Landlords are required by law to keep your apartment safe and sanitary for you to live in, and make any necessary repairs as quickly as possible. However, if you do have a negligent and irresponsible building manager, it can sometimes be difficult to get them to comply with the law and live up to their responsibilities. You have better things to do with your time than battle with a landlord. These tips from the NYC bed bug specialists can help you choose the best apartment.

Research landlords

The City Public Advocate maintains a list of New York City’s worst landlords. You can search by the management company, the landlord’s name, or by building. There is also a list of the 100 worst landlords in the city. Take the time to review the list and check the name of any potential landlord prior to committing to an apartment.

Do a basic internet search

A simple search of the address, building name, or management company can return news stories, tenant complaints, or lawsuits. It can give you an idea of the building’s history and serve as a warning if the management company habitually neglects its responsibilities.

The Bed Bug Registry

If you ask them, a landlord must disclose a building’s bed bug history. There is also a Bed Bug Registry you can review. Stern Environmental technicians are NYC bed bug specialists. Call today for a free consultation.

Is Your Cockroach Asian or German? How to ID Your Pest

Here are Some Tips on Distinguishing Between Two Types of Cockroaches.
Here are Some Tips on Distinguishing Between Two Types of Cockroaches.

Since their discovery in the U.S., the Asian cockroach has been frequently confused with its German cockroach cousin. Uncovered in Lakeland, Florida in 1986 by a professional pest control operator, the Asian roach was initially identified as a German roach. However, peculiarities in its behavior led to the discovery it was not German, Blattella germanica, as originally believed, but Blattella asahinai, the Asian cockroach. Fortunately, the NJ bed bug specialists are experts at identifying these pests.

Nearly Identical to German Roaches, Asian Roaches Differ in the Following Ways:

Habitat
The primary habitat of Asian roaches is outdoors in shaded or composted areas, where fresh plant litter accumulates.

Wings
Asian cockroaches have a longer, narrower wingspan than Germans, with wings extending past the tip of their abdomen.

Flight
Unlike the German cockroach, Asian roaches are strong fliers. They are most active after sundown, but will take flight in daylight if disturbed.

Dorsal Features
When viewed from above, the stripes on the Asian roach are darker and more defined than those on the German roach.

Underbelly
The abdominal midsection of the Asian roach appears white, while that of the German roach appears lightly pigmented.

Egg Capsules
The egg capsules and nymphs of the Asian cockroach are smaller than those of German cockroaches.

The NJ bed bug specialists at Stern Environmental have skills eliminating an array of pests. Learn more about our effective cockroach control methods today.

Drones Move in to Fight Mosquito Problems

Operation Stop Mosquito Is Now In Action, Over.
Operation Stop Mosquito Is Now In Action, Over.

Will state-level NJ pest control efforts soon take advantage of available drone technology to target mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses? California is putting drone tactics into effect beginning this summer in hopes of gaining an upper-hand on the mosquito menace, and to further curb the spread of dangerous and potentially deadly pathogens including Zika and West Nile.

Lookout Below
Flying drones up to 400 feet in the air to spray the area below, drone technology has enormous potential for improved mosquito control, treating areas impossible to reach in the past. Cheaper and faster to implement than other mosquito control measures, it allows easier access to difficult terrain which would otherwise involve hours of difficult travel by foot or via amphibious vehicles. It also reduces environmental impact via more targeted control measures.

Scouting with ‘Skeetercopters’
Rutgers University is already experimenting with several mosquito control drones, including a heavy-lift hexacopter built on a carbon-fiber frame for less than $5,000. Its on-board equipment, which includes a camera, GPS, sonar, barometer, magnetometer, gyros, accelerometers, and telemetry to name a few.

Skeetercopter capabilities include aerial pest control measures, mapping of terrains, monitoring the weather, assessing water conditions, and surveillance. Capabilities also include intelligence gathering, such as trap setup and collection for the study of these potential vectors for disease-causing pathogens.

Ensure the safety of your family from mosquito-borne illness. Contact the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.

New Research on Fungal Biopesticides May Provide New Bed Bug Treatment

Fungal Spores: A Bio-Alternative to Bed Bug Extermination?
Fungal Spores: A Bio-Alternative to Bed Bug Extermination?

With the new pesticide-resistant strain of bed bugs, there has been a huge serge in bed bug infestations, especially along the east coast of the U.S. One of the deadliest new advancements in bed bug control is a completely non toxic, NYC bed bug freeze treatment. This method uses liquid CO2 to literally freeze bed bugs in their tracks.

As chilling as that may sound, it’s highly effective on contact and there is no post-treatment residue.

The New Wave

Fungal biopesticides are being explored as the new wave in bed bug control. Environmentally harmless fungus spores are administered into areas where bed bugs may live. When these spores come into contact with a bed bug, they burrow into their bodies and grow inside of the bug. Eventually, the bed bug is consumed and dies, releasing more spores that find other bed bugs to eat.

So far in testing, there has been a 95% success rate in killing off bed bug colonies, with no resistance seen. It is safe for humans and pets, and the spores can be spread around laying dormant until a bed bug walks by.

For More Information

For the latest in bed bug extermination and prevention, the NYC bed bug freeze treatment, or anything related to bed bugs in general, please contact Stern Environmental. We are the bed bug experts and have been serving the NYC area for nearly 20 years.

Insect Trivia – We Bet You Didn’t Know These

Insect Facts
Insect Facts

Some of these bits of insect trivia will surprise you. Some will probably make you squeamish. There are a few that may make you reluctant to crawl into bed. But they may come in handy if you are ever a contestant on Jeopardy. So check out these interesting and somewhat disturbing insect facts. Then give the experts at Stern Environmental Group a call so you can rest easy.

1. Ants are highly organized, constantly busy, and very sociable. They live in colonies with as many as 500,000 ants.

2. Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other insect or animal. They carry malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and yellow fever.

3. Bedbugs can survive for an entire year without food. What food do they wait to get? You

4. Honeybees kill more people than all poisonous snakes combined.

5. Mammals have red blood, lobsters have blue blood, and insects have yellow blood.

6. A cockroach is able to live for a week after being decapitated.

7. The average bed is home to about 6 billion dust mites.

With more than 17 years of experience providing commercial pest control services in New Jersey, New York, and some parts of Connecticut, the experts at Stern Environmental Group have the knowledge and experience needed to protect you and your business. Contact us today to discuss which pest control option is right for your location.