German Cockroaches May Be Brought Into Your Office by Unsuspecting Employees

German Cockroaches May Be Brought Into Your Office by Unsuspecting Employees
German Cockroaches May Be Brought Into Your Office by Unsuspecting Employees

Many may utter the word “cockroach” and shudder. Do you? If you aren’t a fan of uninvited clients coming to a food facility or office near you, then you might want to contact our local NJ pest control team as soon as possible. German cockroaches love food, hanging out on employee clothing, and hitching rides on any belongings. What can you do to stop it? The key is isolation.

Keeping the Cockroaches Away

What can you do to prevent unsuspecting employees from bringing bacteria-spreading German cockroaches near food products or food preparation areas in your facility? Here are a few simple steps to prevent an accidental cockroach invasion:

– Ensure employees put on their uniforms on site.

– Install an employee locker room, separate and away from daily operations.

– Keep cockroach monitors near vending machines, in locker rooms, and sources of water such as sinks.

– Set clear guidelines that ensure employees know not to bring open containers into the facilities. They are quick transportation devices for enterprising cockroaches.

– Teach employee awareness. Stress the importance of following guidelines that discourage pests from entering your facility.

Our NJ pest control team of experts love to inform, investigate, eradicate and take care of any pest concerns you have. Your livelihood may be at stake and we understand the importance of that. Contact us today and we’ll be quick to help you safeguard your business and the health of your clientele!

Winter Weather – Does It Impact NJ and NYC Rats?

Rats and New Jersey Environments
Rats and New Jersey Winter Weather

The winter weather likely has your business hunkering down in your office – and also having more than a few uninvited guests. We’re not talking about your in-laws here. During the winter, its common for your business properties in to be overrun needing a NJ rat control service to deal with rodents infestations.

Why these Furry Fiends are a Winter Worry

Like you, rodents like to be warm and have easy access to food and water, which is scarce in wintertime. This makes your office like the Taj Mahal to unwelcome rats and mice: Your faucets, sinks and tubs an oasis; pantry and crumb-laden break room floors an all-you-can eat buffet; and old boxes, insulation, and more are prime fodder for nesting materials.

How You Can Fight the Invasion

To evict these tiny, unwelcome guests can require gargantuan effort. Even seemingly insignificant cracks offer easy access to rodents, whose nimble bones can squeeze down to nearly nothing.

Gaps around doors and windows, holes where cable, phone, and electrical lines are run, split screens, attic and crawlspace holes and cracks that offer access to interior walls and ventilation can turn youroffice into ‘public domain’ for these trespassing masterminds. Professional assistance ferreting out these popular access points is key to addressing the root causes of infiltration.

Ready for rodents to hit the road? Schedule a office inspection with the NJ rat control service experts at Stern Environmental and evict unwanted rodent guests today.

Will the El Nino Winter Snow Effect in NJ Mean More Spring Pests?

Will the El Nino Effect Impact NJ Spring Pests?
Will the El Nino Effect Impact NJ Spring Pests?

El Nino is coming. What effect will this have on NJ pest control issues? The U.S. Climate Prediction Center is expecting a weak El Nino weather pattern this year. However, this doesn’t mean winter will be trouble-free.

What a Weak El Nino Means for the Garden State

During an El Nino pattern, surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are warmer than normal, affecting global weather patterns. This year’s weak El Nino is expected to lead to winter weather that’s warmer and wetter. However, this doesn’t mean no snow. Areas that commonly experience snowfall should expect more as part of the winter weather milieu.

How this Season’s El Nino Pattern will Affect Pests

Insects are affected by temperature and moisture. Most hide away for the winter, taking shelter in warm spots beneath your home, in its cracks and crevices, or underground, beneath leaves, and tree trunks. Equipped with a built-in ‘antifreeze’ that allows them to remain dormant, they spring back to life in warmer temperatures, easily surviving the winter. The warmer, wetter weather predicted this winter season, however, could lead to:

– The premature emergence of pests from hibernation on warmer than normal sunny winter days.

– The invasion of your home by pests in rainy weather as insects flee flooded nesting sites.

Freeze pests out for the winter with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.

More Research Proof on Bed Bug Transmission of Chagas Disease to Humans

Research Shows that Bed Bugs Can now Transmit Diseases Like Chagas Disease.
Research Shows that Bed Bugs Can now Transmit Diseases Like Chagas Disease.

Bed bugs are a nuisance. Not only do they travel and infiltrate multiple environments to feed on human blood, they are also a harbor for human disease-causing pathogens. How these pathogens have been passed to humans has been a cause for study with recent results showing evidence that bed bug feces is a possible way diseases are transmitted.

Chagas Disease

A report published in the Journal of Medical Entomology by researchers from New Mexico State University detailed their findings concerning disease transmission. Their investigation focused on the ability of bed bugs to carry Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease.

They conducted experiments that involved feeding bed bugs blood infected with T. cruzi. Results showed the disease pathogen settled in the bugs gut and survived in nymphs even after the bugs molted. Along with nymphs being hosts to the pathogen, it was also determined adult males that were fed infected blood could host the pathogen for up to 97 days.

Additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine showed that bed bugs were capable of transmitting the infection to mice.

NJ pest control services available through Stern Environmental include an inspection of your home for bed bugs. With a plan in place, NJ pest control technicians use the latest techniques and innovations to eliminate these bugs. Call our office today to set up an appointment for a bed bug free home environment.

Flea-Carrying Rats Are Spreading Typhus in Homeless Camps in Los Angeles County

Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.
Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.

Los Angeles County is being hard-bit by an outbreak of typhus, which is affecting the downtown district of Los Angeles inhabited by homeless people.

The problem is due to filth accumulated on city streets from a variety of sources. In an effort to strike a blow against more typhus outbreaks, the city plans to increase its street cleaning efforts to eliminate the filth that’s attracting rats, which infect people who are bitten by infected fleas that have fed on the rats.

What is Typhus?

Typhus is often confused with typhoid due to the similarity in name, but they are two different diseases.

Typhus is carried by outdoor critters and household pets who are hosting infected fleas. Typhoid is transmitted to humans through either contaminated water or food.

The outbreak of typhus in the city has not only impacted the homeless population, it has also had an effect on business and working people.

Typhus Symptoms

The signs of typhus include abdominal pain, muscle pain, rash, and high fever. It can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it could lead to hospitalization.

Avoiding Typhus

Several things you can do include keeping your pets treated for fleas and block openings into your home. Also have a NJ pest control company do an inspection.

At Stern Environmental, our NJ pest control specialists have experience in handling flea infestations. To be flea-free, call our office and schedule an appointment.

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