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Top Five Spring Pests to Be on the Lookout For

Keep an Eye Out for Increased Pests This Spring and Summer
Keep an Eye Out for Increased Pests This Spring and Summer

You’re not the only one who can’t wait to get out and enjoy the spring weather. Spring pests are also jumping at the opportunity to enjoy the warmth, coming out of hibernation and creating NJ pest control nightmares. Luckily, you can prevent warm weather pest problems with early identification. What are the top spring pests to be on the lookout for?

Carpenter Ants

Insects such as carpenter ants seek food and shelter when weather warms, infiltrating and destroying the structure of your home. Piles of wood shavings beneath holes and rustling sounds within walls indicate an infestation.

Termites

Termites swarm and reproduce in the spring. They can cause a lot of damage in a short time, munching on your home or business. Swarmers, piles of wings, mounds, mud tubes on exterior walls, and crumbling wood should be an immediate concern.

Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites aren’t just irritating, they can make you and your pets very sick. Combat them and reclaim your yard with mosquito treatments.

Spiders

Spring season is spider season, and although most are harmless, poisonous and potentially deadly brown recluse and black widows require immediate attention.

Rats

Rats can transmit a number of diseases and pose a serious health threat. Close holes and gaps larger than a quarter quickly and seek timely treatment.

Put a freeze on spring pest problems. Identify problems fast with the help of the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental today.

Brace Yourself – Warm Wet Winters Cause High Levels of Spring Insect Pests

Warm Wet Winters Cause a Proliferation of Spring Insects
Warm Wet Winters Cause a Proliferation of Spring Insects

Everyone always gets excited when a warm spell hits during the cold winter months. It’s good to have a few nice days when you can open the doors and windows and let the fresh air come in. The problem is that with those really warm days, there is often a price to pay later on. Your NJ pest control specialists expect this spring to be prime for pests.

But what does that mean for you? Will your pest problems be out of control this year because of the nice weather you’re enjoying right now?

What Pest Populations Will Spike?

There are several types of pests that tend to see an increase in their populations when winter is warmer and wetter than usual. Among them are:

– Mice

– Mosquitoes

Cockroaches

– Termites

– Stink bugs

This is never good news for a New Jersey homeowner, but unfortunately, it is quite typical for this part of the country.

Your NJ Pest Control Specialist is Here to Help

At Stern Environmental, we understand the stress you feel when you find out you have a pest control problem. While we can’t do anything to change the weather conditions, there is a lot we can do to help you prepare for the upcoming spring. Along with giving you pest prevention tips, we can also assist you if you do encounter a pest control problem this year.

Contact us today so we can help!

Cockroaches Want to Hang with “Friends” Too!

You Won't Just See One!
You Won’t Just See One!

Most people may not give much thought to the physiological mechanisms that drive the reproductive strategies of cockroaches. That is okay. Scientists at Hokkaido University are researching it to benefit all of us. By understanding more about how cockroaches breed and live, we’re able to constantly improve our NJ commercial pest control services and utilize only the most effective methods to exterminate cockroaches and prevent future infestations.

Cockroaches breed better in groups

The Hokkaido University’s research was recently published in the Zoological Letters journal. You should first know that those prolific female cockroaches can reproduce just fine for several years without a male. Scientists discovered that asexual reproduction in cockroaches is better when females are in groups. Isolated females take longer to produce eggs. Lead scientist Hiroshi Nishino said that the group dynamic promotes asexual egg production.

Cockroaches are seldom alone. If you see one, there are likely many more that you didn’t see. Cockroaches can contaminate food and any surface they walk across with bacteria like Salmonella. They regurgitate on the food they eat and will also defecate on it. They are one of the most common causes of year-round allergy and asthma attacks.

Cockroaches put the well-being of your employees and customers at risk. You don’t want your business to have a reputation as infested with bugs. Contact Stern Environmental for a free consultation and the most effective NJ commercial pest control services.

Cockroach Control is All About Sanitation

Cockroach Control Focuses on Proper Sanitation.
Cockroach Control Focuses on Proper Sanitation.

When thinking about things that are as American as apple pie, the last thing that comes to mind is cockroaches. Unfortunately, these ancient insects have been around for over 300 million years, which makes sense that they are one of the most common bugs around.

About Cockroaches

One thing about cockroaches that makes them stand out from the crowd is their adaptability. This has earned them the distinction of being extremely successful when it comes to changes in their environment.

Worldwide, there are over 3,000 cockroach species with over 50 percent making their home in the U.S. Some of the most prevalent seen in this country include the American, Oriental, German, and brown-banded species.

When it comes to size, the American species is the largest at 1-1/2 inches long. These winged insects are reddish brown with yellow edges at the thorax.

Behavior and Longevity

To find cockroaches lurking indoors or outdoors, there are several places to look. Cockroaches like areas that are dark and warm with an element of moisture. Prime places include floor drains, around bathtubs, inside clothes hampers, sewers, and basements.

American cockroaches are sturdy with the ability to survive without food from two to three months. They do require water monthly. Some of their menu items include leather, beer, and bookbindings.

NYC & NJ cockroach exterminators are experts at insect treatment. For an inspection by NYC & NJ cockroach exterminators, contact Stern Environmental Group.

NYC Makes it to the Top Four for Mosquito Problems

Plan Ahead for Mosquito Protection
Plan Ahead for Mosquito Protection

A recent study has moved New York City up a notch, from 5th place to 4th, on the list of cities with the worst mosquito problems in America. Keeping NJ & NYC pest control professionals busy, the pests remain an issue across the US, becoming increasingly troublesome as temperatures rise.

Not the Only Victim
Based on the number of residences and businesses seeking mosquito treatment between April 2016 and March 2017, the majority of cities with high-call-ins were in the southeastern US. Atlanta ranked at the top for the fourth year in a row, followed by DC, Chicago, NYC, and Ft. Lauderdale.

A Major Health Concern
A vector for the transmission of various diseases, including chikungunya, encephalitis-inducing West Nile, and most recently Zika, taking precautions in your yard, while outdoors, and during travel is strongly advisable.

Eliminate Breeding Grounds

  • Monitor and empty all standing water – mosquitoes can breed in just an inch.
  • Change bird baths and fountains weekly, and keep pools properly treated.
  • Keep gutters clean.
  • Trim shrubbery and trees.

Bar Entry

  • Repair (and use) window screens.
  • Address gaps around windows and doors.

Prevent Bites

  • Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and pants. (Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing.)
  • Use EPA-approved mosquito repellants containing DEET, picaridin, or IR3535.

Wish mosquitoes would buzz off? Get the relief you need with the help of the NJ & NYC Pest Control experts at Stern Environmental. Contact us today.