Warm Weather Heralds Ants’ Return

As I was opening the patio door to let in the warm air and sunshine, there they were. Snaking slowly across the patio, a few big-bodied scouts in front, creeping toward the corner of the door, their little antennae twitching, headed for the apple pie on the counter. Yep, spring must be close, the ants are back!

There are more than 20,000 different species of ants and they’ve called Earth home for more than 100 million years. There are ants that construct huge mounds of dirt or sand that tower above the ground. Some live in rotted wood. Army ants travel in constantly moving packs, continuously searching for new food sources. In colder climates like ours, ants burrow deep into the ground, often 15 feet or more, creating a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. They wait out the cold, hibernating through the winter in the lower chambers of their tunnel system. As the earth warms, the ants awaken with the daffodils and tulips to start a new construction season. Which brings us back to the apple pie on my kitchen counter — the workers and the queen must be fed!

With millions of ants in a single colony, there are a lot of hungry mouths to feed. And once the scouts discover your kitchen, the parade of invaders will seem endless. By touching antennae ants will communicate the discovery of this fabulous new “supermarket” to their pals. They lay down pheromones, creating a scent trail so their buddies can join them in the lunch line. They have numbers, determination, and instinct on their side. You and your little can of Raid haven’t got a chance.

Due to the adaptive nature of ant colonies — and their often immense size — professional pest control and management services are your best opportunity for controlling the problem and eliminating them from your home. For fast, efficient and EFFECTIVE pest control services, call the experts at Stern Environmental Group. Click the post title to learn more about ant control. Visit the Stern Environmental Group website for a complete list of our professional insect and wildlife control and management services. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.

Raccoons in the Attic

My daughter thought there were ghosts in the attic. At night from the corner of her ceiling would come these intermittent scratching and scraping noises. It was so occasional, it was days before I heard it too. To me, it sounded like branches from the oak tree scraping against the house and I shrugged it off. Then the wailing started. Shrill, high-pitched, LOUD, it jolted us from sleep in the middle of the night. It was relentless — never-ending banshee cries coming from the ceiling!

In the cold light of morning, I dragged the ladder out of the garage, wedged it against the closet door and prepared to investigate. All was quiet as I nervously edged open the 2-foot plywood square that served as the gateway to our attic crawl space. Balancing precariously on the top rung, I peered into the twilight space. Two eyes glinted from the corner. Then with a low, menacing growl, the huge raccoon charged. I barely had time to slide the plywood home before I felt her angry thump. Unfortunately, I didn’t tumble down the ladder fast enough to entirely avoid the shower of urine with which she announced that the attic was now hers!

In search of a cozy nest, Mama raccoon had somehow squeezed her gigantic body through the attic vent cap, ripping out the protective screen and bending the steel fan blades. In the corner over my daughter’s bedroom, she had ripped huge three-foot shards out of the rafters sharpening her claws. We found three hungry, squint-eyed babies nestled in the insulation near the attic door. For several yards around the nest, the insulation was soaked with urine which had started to permeate the ceiling wallboard. Raccoons always have an alternate nest we learned. It turned out to be our chimney. While my young daughters were fascinated by the baby raccoons, repairs kept the local handyman industry solvent for the next couple of weeks.

Raccoons are nothing to mess with. Fierce and aggressive, they can cause powerful damage to your home. They are a major carrier of rabies and distemper and harbor fleas, ticks and mites. Removal is a job for professionals. If you have raccoons nesting in your attic, getting cozy under your porch, or hiding in your storage shed, call the professionals at Stern Environmental Group. Click the post title for more information on our wildlife removal services. Visit our website to find out more about our extensive pest management and pest control services. You’ll sleep well tonight,when you get “Stern” with your pests.

Stern Will Send Residential Pests Packing

There is nothing like a few unwelcome guests invading your home to make life miserable. Occasionally insects or wildlife may decide to come calling and, charmed by your gracious hospitality, decide to stay awhile. Stern Environmental Group provides expert residential pest control and pest management services guaranteed to send such unwelcome guests packing in a hurry.

Your home is one of the single largest investments you’ll make in your lifetime. Protecting it from the destruction and health hazards caused by invading insects or wildlife is a job for the experts at Stern Environmental Group. Utilizing the most effective products and methods available, our highly trained and experienced professionals will ensure that your family and home are safe and secure from unwanted pests.

Stern Environmental Group provides bed bug extermination, carpenter bee control, nuisance wildlife control, capture and removal of squirrels, raccoons, skunks, feral cats, and many other insects and nuisance urban wildlife. If it creeps, crawls, skitters, scampers or slinks, we can get rid of it for you. We are a member of the New Jersey and New York Pest Control Associations and provide insect and wildlife control and management services in most of New Jersey, all of New York City, most of Long Island, and parts of New York State and Connecticut.

Visit our website for complete information on the services we offer. Click the post title to learn more about our residential services. We also provide commercial pest control and pest management services. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests!

Stern Provides Effective Commerical Pest Control Services

Nothing drives customers away faster than a few bugs skittering about or some stray four-legged critters running amok at your business. At Stern Environmental Group we understand your need to rid your establishment of these pests as quickly, efficiently and economically as possible. Our licensed and trained pest control technicians can provide your business with effective quality pest control and pest management services at a level that is appropriate to your needs. We serve businesses of all sizes, large and small. Numbered among our clients are restaurants, hotels, motels, hospitality properties, retail stores and office buildings. We service all kinds of commercial accounts.

At Stern Environmental Group we use the most up-to-date equipment and chemical supplies to provide the most effective pest control or extermination treatment. To insure the safety of your employees and customers, we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques in most commercial establishments. Stern Environmental Group complies with all local, state and federal laws.

To find out more about our superior commercial services, click the post title or link. Stern Environmental Group also provides residential pest control and pest management services. Visit our website for a complete guide to all the services we provide. Get “Stern” with your pests!

Squish, squash, SPLAT! The Only Good Roach Is a Dead Roach!

I keep a gigantic size 15 man’s shoe in my basement. It’s sole purpose is to squish bugs. Like many people, I’m squeamish about bugs, but cockroaches are my particular nemesis. My daughter lives in Brooklyn where, like in any big city, roaches seem to be a fact of life. If I think one might be lurking in her kitchen, all my senses go on high alert and I’m poised to flee at the slightest skitter.

I know it’s ridiculous. I’m what? at least a thousand times bigger than a common city cockroach? Doesn’t matter. They’re ugly and creepy and quick and don’t belong in my house. Like many people, cockroaches send me into panic mode.

Cockroaches were here long before man came on the scene and will probably still be here long after we’re gone. They have an annoying sense of entitlement and can be found nearly everywhere on Earth. Prolific producers, there is no such thing as one roach. As they forage for food they leave chemical trails for their buddies to follow until, before you know it, the whole clan has joined the party and your kitchen is crawling with the nasty buggers. And they eat anything. They’ll eat your cereal and when it’s gone, make of feast of the glue on the box!

Roaches pose a serious health threat. They are known to spread 33 types of bacteria, 6 varieties of parasitic worms and at least 7 other human viral and bacterial pathogens. They spread germs as they crawl through decaying garbage and sewage, picking up and depositing bacteria and viruses on their legs and bodies.

Their excretions combine with molt carcasses to create a biological dust that has been shown to trigger asthma and allergies. They are considered a significant contributing cause to the increase of asthma among city dwellers, particularly children. My own daughter developed serious asthma in part because of a horrendous roach infestation caused when an elderly neighbor became mentally incapacitated and allowed garbage to accumulate in her apartment. At least the roaches did alert my daughter and other neighbors to the problem so they could get help for the unfortunate woman, but at what a price to all concerned. Living with the infestation was a nightmare and extermination seemed to take forever. I wish her complex had called Stern Environmental Group, but they didn’t. It was months before my daughter could sleep peacefully. And that’s one of the big issues with cockroach and other insect infestations. Not only do they create a serious physical health threat, but the mental anguish can be extremely upsetting.

The highly trained professionals at Stern Environmental Group understand both the health/safety and emotional need to control cockroach and other insect infestations quickly and effectively. Stern Environmental is a fully licensed and insured pest management company providing insect control services to residential and commercial customers in all of New York City, most of Long Island and New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and New York State. Bed bugs are our specialty. Click the post title to learn more about our insect control services. We also provide wildlife control services. Visit our website for a full explanation of our pest management services. If you have a pest problem, call Stern Environmental Group today. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.

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