Considerations Before Hiring a Commercial Pest Control Company for Your Property

Considerations Before Hiring a Commercial Pest Control Company for Your Property
Considerations Before Hiring a Commercial Pest Control Company for Your Property

Ongoing pest issues? When it comes to providing a safe, healthy environment, you don’t want to stick your head in the sand. Employees, tenants, and customers are depending on you to get the help of a trusted NJ commercial pest control service before problems get out of hand.

Tips for Choosing NJ Commercial Pest Control

To ensure pest problems are efficiently eradicated, choose your pest control services provider wisely:

1. Hire only licensed, certified professionals, requiring ID before allowing access to your premises.

2. Don’t use a company that’s not bonded or insured. This ensures the company can be held liable for any potential damages to your commercial property.

3. Get references from family, friends, and associates, as well as the Better Business Bureau. 

4. Look for a company with a lasting reputation who will be there to back up service claims over fly-by-night companies. The lowest price isn’t always the best deal. 

5. Technicians should be cleanly uniformed in clearly-marked vehicles with carefully labeled and contained pest treatment products.

6. Ask questions, making sure your chosen technician is knowledgeable about your pest control issues. An honest, “I don’t know,” is preferable to a made-up answer. 

7. Clarify treatment procedures and costs in advance, including the need for continued treatment.

Looking for a NJ commercial pest control company near you? Stern Environmental has you covered. Learn more about our expansive array of services and trusted reputation today. 

Selling Your Home or Condo? Know the Fine Print Disclosures on Bed Bugs

Selling Your Home, Make Sure You Know What to Say About Bed Bugs
Selling Your Home or Condo? Know the Fine Print Disclosures on Bed Bugs

An urban epidemic – as bed bug problems continue to proliferate, these pests have made their way into co-op and condominium contracts. A recent new New York State law requires landlords to disclose past bed bug infestations prior to rental. However, there has been confusion in the real estate sales industry over disclosure requirements, and the NJ bed bug control experts at Stern want you to be aware of the new legal requirements.

NY State’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal Requires Sales Disclosure

The division’s form includes a checklist, clearly stating whether bed bugs have been detected on home/condo premises, and whether eradication measures have been taken. There is currently no penalty for non-compliance, though buyers who aren’t given a disclosure can file a complaint. Nancy Peters, a spokeswoman for the division, clarified that renters and buyers of apartments, homes, condos, and co-ops must follow this law in real estate transactions.

Bed Bug Disclosures Already a Part of Many Negotiations

Home buyers are more commonly requiring bed bug disclosures as part of negotiations, with ‘bed bug riders’ added to contracts requiring the signature of sellers. Stipulating, “The seller has no knowledge of the existence or presence of bed bugs in the unit either currently or in the past,” which makes sellers legally responsible for omissions.

NJ bed bug control measures falling short? Eradicate bed bugs for good with the help of Stern Environmental today.

Facts About the Eastern Gray Squirrel – They Breed More Often Than You’d Think

Facts About the Eastern Grey Squirrel
Facts About the Eastern Grey Squirrel

The eastern gray squirrel is an animal everyone who lives in New York and New Jersey is aware of. In fact, most of us see them every single day. While they’re cute, they can be a real menace too. Still, there’s a lot that you probably don’t know about them. As your NJ pest control specialists, we’d like to fill you in.

Breeding Habits of Gray Squirrels

Because squirrels hibernate during the winter, most people assume that they probably breed only once per year. However, as long as their food supply is good, most females will have two litters every year. When the females give birth, they can have as many as eight babies. This means that they multiply much faster than a lot of people realize.

In as little as eight months, those babies are adult size, and ready to have babies of their own. That spells trouble for anyone who already has a serious gray squirrel problem in their home, or on their property.

When to Contact NJ Pest Control Specialists

If you think you hear squirrels in your attic, or elsewhere in your home, it’s important to have a professional inspect the space right away. These pests can do a lot of damage in a very short period of time and, as we mentioned previously, they multiply quickly.

Please contact us at Stern Environmental for help right away!

Do Your Due Diligence – Do a Pest Inspection Before Moving In

Before You Move In Do a Thorough Inspections for Pests.
Before You Move In Do a Thorough Inspections for Pests.

Think a home empty of humans is empty of pests? Think again. The NJ pest control experts at Stern know that prolonged vacancies can result in squatters. Insects and rodents are quick to move-in when prior residents vacate, making a pre-purchase pest inspection essential to avoiding hair-raising situations.

New & Existing Buildings are Both Affected

When new building construction is delayed, as is common, and wood framing and interior components are exposed to moisture and humidity over time, pests are attracted to and thrive in these moist conditions. In existing homes, overgrown shrubbery and standing water likewise attract pests of all kinds, from rodents and stinging insects, to mosquitoes, creating major infestations in mere weeks.

What Pests Should You Be on the Lookout For?

Common pests in vacant homes and buildings include:

– Beetles feasting on damp wood, floor boards, paneling, drywall, and interior mold.

– Silverfish munching wallpaper paste.

– Springtails and booklice feeding on damp, moldy wood and paper materials.

– Termites hidden in structural framing, flooring, carpeting, wallpaper, and construction debris.

– Carpenter ants, common in new building sites, are attracted to moist construction debris.

– Cockroaches, a particular problem in city homes.

– Massive wolf spiders in homes located in/near wooded areas.

– Rodents near farms and wooded areas.

– Fleas, ticks, and bedbugs from previous occupants.

Ensure a new home that’s a safe haven for you and your family. Schedule a pre-purchase inspection with the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental today.

Do You Have a Raccoon in Your Attic? The Telltale Signs

Do You Have a Raccoon in Your Attic? The Telltale Signs
Do You Have a Raccoon in Your Attic? The Telltale Signs

Raccoons knocking over your trash cans are bad enough. Having one inside your attic is even worse as they present health and safety risks. Raccoons are common in northern New Jersey, where they destroy roofs and walls while spreading disease.

To protect your home from damage and avoid illness from these rabies-carrying intruders, get NJ pest control services to safely handle raccoon removal.

Sounds & Signs of Raccoons in the Attic

Raccoons make enough noise that you’ll probably hear them walking around. They are most active at night, but urban wildlife may cause noise at any time.

Take a flashlight to the attic and shine it around. This helps identify a raccoon nest because their eyeballs will reflect the flashlight.

The smell of raccoon musk, urine, and feces will be obvious. Their poop looks a lot like cat poop. Squirrels leave smaller pellets.

Beware of Raccoon Problems in the Summer

It’s most common to get a pregnant mother raccoon who wants to give birth and raise her young in the safety of the indoors.

Be careful, though, because a concerned mama will be aggressive and defensive. If you block her out with the kids still in the attic, she will destroy whatever she needs to get back in.

NJ pest control professionals offer humane removal, cleaning and disinfecting, and blocking raccoons from getting back inside your home.

Need help removing a raccoon nest from the attic? Contact us at Stern Environmental for NJ pest control by your local wildlife removal experts!

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