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Asian Lady Beetles Proliferate in the Fall

Asian Lady Beetles

Colorful and harmless ladybugs serve a purpose in the food chain and many cultures consider them signs of good luck. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their cousins, Asian lady beetles. Our NJ pest control technicians explain why you should be on the lookout for this fall invader.

Difference Between Lady Asian Beetles and Ladybugs

Ladybugs are more accurately known as lady beetles, and their colors and markings are similar to their Asian counterparts. The latter can be distinguished by a white spot behind the head along with a M-shaped black mark.

Why Asian Lady Beetles Are Not Welcome Visitors

As temperatures cool down in fall months, Asian lady beetles join other insects seeking shelter inside warm homes. Once inside, they’re not gracious house guests.

• Unlike the less aggressive native species, Asian lady beetles will bite. While not painful, their bite can result in allergic reactions such as hives, coughing and conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye.

• All lady beetles secrete a yellowish, foul-smelling fluid that can stain walls, furniture and carpeting.

• In rare instances, Asian lady beetles have been eaten by dogs who then developed ulcers in the mouth and esophagus.

Rely on Stern Environmental for Year-Round NJ Pest Control

Our NJ pest control technicians can safely and effectively handle unwanted insect and wildlife visitors from bed bugs and mice to raccoons and squirrels. Contact Stern Environmental to learn more.

University of Kentucky: What to Know About Lice, Mites, and Bed Bugs

Keep a Close Eye Out For Lice, Mites, and Bed Bugs!
Keep a Close Eye Out For Lice, Mites, and Bed Bugs!

Lice, mites and bed bugs are some of the more frequent targets of our NJ exterminator services. Experts from the University of Kentucky share important facts you need to know about these common household pests.

Lice

Parents of young children may be all too familiar with lice, a parasite that feeds on human or animal blood. Approximately 10 percent of school-age children are infested with head lice each year. Treatment requires used of a specially formulated shampoo, while clothing and linens should be laundered with hot, soapy water.

Mites

There are two species of mites primarily affecting humans.

* Chiggers are larvae that tend to inhabit damp, overgrown areas. A soapy bath and application of antiseptic cream relieves the irritation of chigger bites.

* Scabies burrow into skin, particularly around fingers, elbows and knees. Transmission occurs through personal contact, so if someone develops a scabies infestation, all family members should be checked. Medical attention is recommended for scabies treatment.

Bed Bugs

While bed bugs do feed on human blood, they’re not parasites. Their small size enables them to live in cracks and crevices, usually in a bedroom where they can feed at night. Since bed bugs hide in so many places, professional exterminator services are the best solution.

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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.