When bed bugs, cockroaches or other pests take over one property, they’re bound to show up in neighboring ones at some point. Landlords can do their part in minimizing this risk to neighborhoods with regular NJ pest control services.
Pest Problems in Neighborhoods
Pest problems that occur in one home or apartment building can spread to nearby buildings and homes as pests reproduce and search for food. This can become a big neighborhood problem that affects many people. Tenants don’t always report pest problems, and landlords don’t always take the steps necessary to eliminate problems that are reported. This can make these situations even worse and put more and more neighbors at risk.
Importance of Routine Pest Control
One way to cut down on the risk of developing a major pest problem is by having routine pest inspections and other services done. Setting up monthly inspections can help ensure that pest problems are found as early as possible, which can prevent them from spreading. Buildings can also be treated to keep pests away, lowering the risk of ending up with a pest problem. This helps keep the whole neighborhood as pest-free as possible when everyone commits to doing their part.
If you need to set up routine NJ pest control services for your property, contact Stern Environmental. We offer Integrated Pest Management on a regular basis to help prevent pest problems from occurring.
With the changing of the seasons approaching fast, outdoor pests such as rats will be looking for warm environments as the temperature drops. Don’t wait until they’ve established a winter home, start looking for signs of rat activity early so your NJ pest control technician can eliminate the problem.
Signs of Rats
Rats leave telltale signs and signatures to let you know they’re out and about. Below are a few of the most common signs you’ll see and hear in and around your home.
Noises – One of the most noticeable signs is a scratching sound. Whether it’s emanating from the ceiling, attic, or walls it’s a good chance the scratching sound is being made by rats.
Rub Marks – A rat’s coat is greasy, which attracts dirt particles. As they pass along and rub up against the baseboard, wall, or windowsill, greasy smudges are left behind.
Rat Droppings – If you see dark-colored feces about the size of a grain of rice, you have most likely found evidence of rat droppings.
Rat Nests – Shredded fabric, paper, and insulation are a sure sign of rats.
Our NJ pest control professionals know what it takes to get rid of a rat infestation. With an inspection, we’ll know the severity of the infestation and provide you with a plan of action. Don’t hesitate another minute, contact Stern Environmental for information on the latest in rat removal technology.
What is that smell? You get a whiff of what smells like wet moldy towels left fermenting in the bathroom. It isn’t pleasant and inquiring minds want to know what, why, and where it’s coming from. You may need the help of a NJ pest control company to help you ferret out the cause.
Bed Bugs and Odor
If you’ve determined you don’t have a water leak that causes mold, the next thing to consider is a bed bug infestation. These bloodsuckers are already unwanted visitors to the home with their penchant for dining on humans and pets while you’re getting what should be a good night’s rest.
Bed bugs have a distinctive odor that can’t be missed. It’s been described as smelling “musty”, “moldy”, and like “spoiled fruit”, “almonds”, or “coriander.” Regardless of the odoriferous descriptions, you don’t want them smelling up your house.
Cause of Odor
The most common thought of where the smell originates from is from the droppings the bugs leave behind. While a handful of bed bugs most likely won’t create a distinctive odor, a large infestation most certainly will. If you step on a bed bug, that also creates a strong smell.
What’s that smell? You may be asking yourself this question when an unexpected odor permeates all or part of your home or business. One way to find out is with help from a pest control professional. But first, consider doing a visual check for telltale signs of a mouse infestation and then call in a NJ pest control service.
Just like road signs, mouse signs can point you in the right direction to where they’re located in your home. Here are a few things to look for along the mouse network of internal highways that crisscross your home.
– The smell of mice is distinct. This is due to their urine, which they leave behind when navigating unfamiliar territory resulting in the smell of ammonia. It’s one of their personal “signs” to let them know which way to go.
– What goes along with the urine is feces, which accumulates wherever they have their nests.
– You may notice oily stains and/or smears along baseboards, the bottoms of doors, and walls. This is due to mouse fur as it passes these areas in the night.
Whether you detect mouse activity for certain or you have a sneaking suspicion they’re making tracks throughout your home, contact Stern Environmental for a home inspection by one of our NJ pest control specialists. Call today so you can put up a sign of your own, “no mouse traffic allowed.”
Most everyone likes a good smooch every once in a while but not when it comes via a kissing bug especially since these friendly pests are known carriers of Chagas disease.
About Kissing Bugs
NJ pest control specialists know how to handle these pests that pose health problems via a non-painful bite to feed on your blood.
The bug, triatomines, originated in Latin America and made its way to the U.S. where it is becoming more prevalent with growing populations. So far, 28 states have been documented as having kissing bugs in residence.
Signs and Symptoms
An estimated 70 percent of people do not notice any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may show as rashes, aches, fever, tiredness, and swollen glands. There may be a noticeable bump near the bite mark.
When caught early via a blood test, treatment is handled with medications. If left untreated, it can have life-threatening consequences, which include the development of chronic heart disease, arrhythmias, strokes, and cardiac arrest.
A 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes the disease has infected an estimated 8 million people.
When these bugs invade your home, NJ pest control professionals will stop their blood-sucking shenanigans.
Put a stop to overly-friendly smoochers with help from the pest removal experts at the Stern Environmental Group. Give us a call today and we’ll take care of these overly-friendly pests fast!