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Restaurants: Know Your Top Insect and Rodent Problems

What Pests do you have hiding in your restaurant? Here are the top ones to look for.
What Pests do you have hiding in your restaurant? Here are the top ones to look for.

When you own a restaurant, one of the worst problems to deal with is the presence of pests. Rodents and bugs can cause major health hazards that could make customers and employees sick while also harming your business. Find out more about some of the most common restaurant pests that you might need NJ pest control services for.

Rats and Mice

Rodents, such as mice and rats, can get into your food preparation area and the main dining area in your restaurant. This creates a big problem in terms of public health hazards for your customers and employees. Rodents can spread infectious diseases through their urine, feces and bites. They can also contaminate your food supplies, dishes, utensils and equipment.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can get into your restaurant through the tiniest cracks or gaps in walls. They can spread germs throughout the kitchen and dining area as they roam around looking for food. Cockroaches can also trigger asthma attacks and cause other health problems.

Pantry Pests

These pests, such as certain kinds of beetles, can get into stored food products and ruin them. While most don’t spread disease, they can still be harmful to your restaurant. Wheat, rice and other stored foods can become contaminated or infested with the eggs of these insects.

Don’t let pests cause problems for your restaurant. Contact Stern Environmental Group for more information about our NJ pest control services.

New Research on Bed Bug Transmission of Chagas Disease

When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists - Stern Environmental Group!
When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

Bed bugs are well known as irritating pests that cause red, itchy welts on humans once they’ve been the feeding buffet for these bloodthirsty bugs.

Bed bugs have had a reputation of not being a disease-carrying pest and don’t pose life threatening health issues to humans. However, recent research is finding this may not be the case.

New Findings

Researchers at New Mexico State University have been investigating whether bed bugs can carry the protozoan known as Trypanosoma cruzi (T.cruzi) that results in Chagas disease.

In a report published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, lab experiments proved that not only could bed bugs host the protozoan, but the T.cruzi was able to survive even after a bed bug went through its molting process.

What made this even more interesting is that nymphs go through the molting process five times before becoming adults. If a way for the protozoan to not survive the molting process was found, it would be a head start in controlling populations carrying the T.cruzi before they reach adulthood.

When a home or business is infested with the tiny insects, it’s best to contact a NJ bedbug exterminator sooner than later.

At Stern, our NJ bed bug exterminator staff is well-versed in what it takes to get rid of the pests through proven methods and techniques. When you need experts on the job, contact us. We’ll take care of the problem.

What Other Insects “Look” Like Bed Bugs?

What Other Insects "Look" Like Bed Bugs?
What Other Insects “Look” Like Bed Bugs?

Think you’ve seen – or heard reports of – creepy, crawly bed bugs in your home or establishment, but you’re not finding any supporting evidence? The NYC bed bug specialists at Stern want you to be aware of these bed bug look alikes:

Bat Bugs
Bat bugs resemble bed bugs very closely, but feed on the blood of bats. Expert identification with a microscope is often necessary to tell this species from its human-feasting counterpart. Bat bugs will feed on other mammals when bats are absent. It’s believed they cannot reproduce without their preferred host.

Booklice
Commonly mistaken for bedbug nymphs, these bugs are found under wallpaper and around windows are smaller and white/gray/brown in color.

Cockroach Nymphs
Most active at night, reddish-brown cockroach nymphs dwell near food, warmth, and moisture. However compared to apple-seed shaped bed bugs, they have a more cylindrical body.

Spider Beetles
Shiny, oval, dark brown/reddish brown, and the shape and size of a flea, these pests often look bloated when found. They are not filled with blood – but pantry goodies – their preferred treat!

Carpet Beetles
These small, round, brown pests have distinct wings. Hair on larvae, which look like fuzzy caterpillars, may cause welts/dermatitis on contact.

Bed bug or a doppelganger? The NYC bed bug specialists at Stern Environmental can help you set the record straight. Identify and eradicate the pests that are plaguing you. Contact us today.

Cockroaches and Restaurants – Where There is One There Are Many!

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

Restaurant owners must be vigilant to keep cockroaches from invading their building. Just one sighting of a roach by a customer can have a devastating impact on the reputation of your business. German cockroaches are enemy number one for restaurant owners. They’re adaptable, reproduce quickly, and carry bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella.

The German Cockroach

German cockroaches have an average lifespan of about 20 weeks. They mature quickly and are able to reproduce just a few weeks after hatching. Females produce about seven egg capsules in their lifetime with approximately 48 eggs in each capsule. It’s estimated that one female can be matriarch to as many as 35,000 roaches in a year. Cockroaches move around at night. If you see one scurrying about in your restaurant during the day, it likely means their hiding places are overcrowded, you have a major infestation, and it’s time to call Stern for NYC commercial pest control services.

Why Cockroaches Cluster

According to ScienceNews, the gut bacteria (Blattella germanica) in young German cockroaches has a distinct smell that attracts other roaches when it is excreted. This could be why roaches cluster and perhaps gives each roach colony its own aroma.

We have been providing NYC commercial pest control services for more than 17 years and can quickly eliminate any size of cockroach infestation. We will also help you develop a plan to prevent future problems. Contact us today.

Wet and Warm Winter Accounts for Spring and Summer Pest Problems

Last Winter's Mild Temperatures Will Lead to Increased Pests this Summer.
Last Winter’s Mild Temperatures Will Lead to Increased Pests this Summer.

Mild winters can be a great respite, but as NJ pest control experts will affirm – they’ll come back to haunt you in the summer. After the past winter’s exceedingly mild temperatures, a little evasive action may be necessary to weather this summer’s swarms.

What Can You Do to Fight Back Against the Burgeoning Pest Population?

• Be on alert.
Regularly inspect the perimeter of your home for pests, indoors and out, keeping food and habitat sources far away. This includes storing firewood 20 feet away, mowing the lawn, mulching, and keeping branches and shrubs trimmed and away from walls.

• Close-up shop.
Open garage and screen doors will allow both airborne and pedestrian pests like cockroaches, mice and rats easy access. Keep them shut out in favor of screened-in cooling options.

• Don’t be hospitable.
As soon as you notice even the smallest wasp or mud dauber nest, knock it down before it can become a dangerous nuisance.

• Don’t let water stand.
Stay on top of standing water to avoid hosting a mosquito breeding ground. Check your entire property, and improve drainage if necessary.

• Be repellent.
We can’t say this enough, from Lyme-disease carrying ticks to Zika and West Nile carrying mosquitoes, when you engage in outdoor activities use spay-on repellents and insect-repelling clothes to stay safe.

Picnic time? Beat bugs to the punch. Contact the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.