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Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Restaurant with Our Tips

We Have Some Tips for You On How to Prevent Cockroaches in Your Restaurant!
We Have Some Tips for You On How to Prevent Cockroaches in Your Restaurant!

As a restaurant owner, one bad review can result in serious problems for your business. If you have a cockroach problem, that might be enough to send people to Facebook, Yelp or Google to tell others. But don’t worry because your NJ cockroach treatment specialist is here to help with these tips.

Tip #1: Inspect Your Restaurant Regularly

There are various places where cockroaches might be found in your business. You’ll want to inspect any possible hiding places for them, or signs of them. You might only see egg casings or droppings because they do tend to stay out of sight. You’ll want to check the following areas:

• Sink drains

• Garbage cans and the areas around them

• Kitchen equipment

• Electrical outlets

• Any cracks or crevices

Tip #2: Clean Regularly

Keeping a dirty kitchen – even for a day – is enough to make cockroaches come calling. Make sure your kitchen is clean and that your staff is diligent about keeping it that way.

Tip #3: Seal Up Potential Entry Points

It’s a good idea to use weather stripping or caulk to seal up areas where cockroaches might get into your restaurant. Also, inspect these spots regularly to make sure they’re still sealed up tight.

If you’re in need of an NJ cockroach treatment specialist, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We promise to do our part to make sure that all of your reviews are stellar. Contact us!

Cockroaches Typically Found in New Jersey

Identifying Different Types of Cockroaches
Identifying Different Types of Cockroaches

What cockroach breeds could be scoping out your business as the perfect place to set up shop? Your local NJ commercial exterminator has quite the list of suspects:

American Cockroaches

American cockroaches have a large, oval-shaped, reddish-brown body, and may be up to 2-inches long. The back of their heads is yellowish and marked with a figure-8 pattern. They live in trees and garden beds beneath mulch, and also in sewers where they can pick up bacteria and disease.

German Cockroaches

Difficult to eliminate, German cockroaches have light brown bodies and two horizontal black stripes on the back of their heads. They prefer warm, moist areas like the kitchen and bath, and are frequently transported in (used) electronics and furnishings.

Oriental Cockroaches

Small like Germans, but dark brown and squat in appearance, with short wings, Asian cockroaches feed on decaying plant and animal matter. They frequent basements/crawlspaces, septic/sewer, and waste receptacles, emitting a foul odor and harboring dangerous bacteria that can cause serious disease.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches

These tiny, brown-banded roaches are ½-inch long. They prefer warm, dry environments, and are often found gathering around heat-emitting appliances in attics.

Smoky-Brown Cockroaches

Dark brown and around 1.5 inches long, these roaches are excellent flyers. Like others, they carry dangerous bacteria and can cause asthma/allergic reactions.

Are your employee sick days rising with the cockroach population? Contact a local NJ commercial exterminator at Stern Environmental today.

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.

Residual Moisture & Wet Forecast Lead to an Increased Flying Pest Population this Summer

Wet Weather Impacts Pest Populations
Wet Weather Impacts Pest Populations

NJ pest control pros expect a busy summer ahead. The National Pest Management Association’s bi-annual ‘Bug Barometer’ is forecasting higher than normal activity for a number of pests nationwide. Which bugs will be more bothersome in your region?

An Early Spike in a Number of Pests Nationwide

Abnormally wet weather patterns and their impact on pest biological behaviors will cause an early spike in a number of pest populations according to entomologists. Continued precipitation, which has been predicted for most of the country for the upcoming spring and summer seasons, will help pests thrive and multiply.

An Increase in Stinging Insects for the Northeast Region

In the New Jersey area, a long, wet winter leaving residual moisture followed by what is expected to be a rainy spring and mild, wet summer will create the ideal habitat for stinging insects. Residents of the northeastern U.S. should also expect increased tick activity due to favorable humidity, and an influx of rodents in homes and businesses as these pests search for warmer, dryer conditions. 

Get a jump on spring and summer pest control tasks with the help of the local NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental. We have the solutions to help you protect your family or business patrons from painful stings. Learn more about our dependable, affordable services, including 24-hour emergency bee and wasp hive removal. Protect your home or business today.

Are Spiders Good or Bad For Your Commercial Property?

What to Know About Spiders
What to Know About Spiders

Arachnophobic workers raising concerns about spiders at your business? The NJ pest control pros at Stern want you to understand the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of a building that hosts spiders. 

Benefits of Spiders

Spiders help control populations of other nuisance insects in your business by eating ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, moths, aphids, earwigs, and other smaller spiders. One spider can consumer 2,000 per year. This helps stop the spread of diseases and reduce the number of crop-destructive pests. Because of these benefits, leading arachnid researchers cite the absence of spiders could lead to famine. 

Drawbacks of Spiders

Before you put pest control measures on hold, however, be forewarned. Hosting spiders isn’t ideal. Buildings that have spiders most likely host other insects, which act as a food source to draw the arachnids in.

Though most species are not poisonous, all spiders bite. Spider bites can cause large, painful welts, which if not medically treated can lead to complications. Eliminating spiders reduces this risk. Spider webs can also make the work environment look worn and unkempt to potential customers, effecting your reputation. 

While beneficial in some instances, spiders do not make for good coworkers. Eliminate and prevent spiders and the nuisance insects attracting them to your business with the help of the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental. Contact us to learn more today.