Do you think NJ pest control in your home or office is something that you can handle on your own? A class action lawsuit against the makers of an over-the-counter anti-rodent device may change your mind.
“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”
In 2015, several women in Palm Desert, CA and Woodville, TX filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against BHH, LLC. Plaintiffs claimed they bought the company’s Ultrasonic Pest Repellers, sold under the brand name Bell+Howell, based on promotional claims that the product was “fast and effective” in repelling mice and other pests.
Lawyers for BHH asked to have the lawsuit dismissed, but U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III allowed the suit to proceed after viewing pictures of mice lounging on and around the device. Pauley noted that the packaging included disclaimers about possible interference with the ultrasonic signals, but stated it was up to a jury to decide if the devices were falsely marketed.
The lawsuit also seeks to represent other consumers who purchased more than 2.4 million of the devices. Plaintiffs cited numerous studies published prior to 2011 indicating that the pest repellers are ineffective.
Stern Environmental Group: NJ Pest Control Experts
Last September the technicians were making the rounds of rodent traps they had set in the San Messina neighborhood of Weston, FL. They were surprised to find a loaded rifle clip and spare bullets inside a trap located in a relatively quiet area.
Traps are rebaited once a month, so the ammo had likely been there for less than four weeks. But since the items were rusty, police believe ammo had been in the trap for at least several days.
Who’s Behind It?
For safety purposes, the traps are locked, but the ammo appeared to have been placed inside via the pest portal. Police took possession of the items and they’re concerned that someone, possibly even a child, was attempting to hide the ammo.
William Black, one of the technicians, expressed concern about their find. He termed it “creepy,” particularly in light of the violent acts that have been in the news over recent years.
The impact of global warming on humans and the environment has been a controversial topic for some time. What implications does global warming hold for NJ pest control? Experts predict the results could produce a ripple effect touching other environmental issues.
Some Like It Hot
In general, warmer temperatures tend to boost insect appetites and stimulate their reproduction. Pests currently consume 20 percent of corn, wheat, rice and other crops cultivated for food. But for every increase of 2°F above global historical average, that amount is projected to increase 10 to 25 percent.
Fighting Higher Pest Populations
There are a couple of options that may mitigate this change with varying degrees of success:
– Farmers may increase use of pesticides, but that could present even greater risk of environmental damage. In addition, scientists believe there’s a possibility that insecticides have already reached optimum effectiveness.
– Populations of predatory insects such as spiders, grasshoppers and beetles will also grow due to higher temperatures. Their presence can serve as a natural suppression of more destructive pests.
Year-Round NJ Pest Control Services from Stern Environmental
It isn’t enough to come up with the best ways to provide NJ pest control services. While we use the most modern methods, we have to admit that it’s necessary to go even deeper into the problem. That means being able to control and manipulate the way certain pests breed. That is exactly what researchers have done.
Introducing a New Gene Editing Tool
CRISPR is the new gene editing tool that is being used to change some of the key genes that determine sex and fertility among certain types of insects. It uses a precision-guided sterile insect technique, or pgSIT. When altered eggs are inserted into populations of the insects, the result is astounding. Only adult males that are sterile emerge.
What Insects are Being Targeted?
The New World Screwworm Fly is one insect that was actually eradicated because of the use of this type of technology. Today, mosquitoes are being considered as the most likely candidate for it. They have the ability to spread so many diseases, and CRISPR could change that drastically.
For Now, NJ Pest Control is Here to Help
It may be some time before we see this technology come to fruition. At Stern Environmental, we want you to know that we’re here to assist with any of your pest control needs. Whether you’re bothered by mosquitoes in the summer, or you have a rodent problem during the winter. Contact us.
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.