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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.

White Baby Squirrel Makes the New Jersey News

White Squirrels Exist?! Yes They Do, But They Can Still be Pests.
White Squirrels Exist?! Yes They Do, But They Can Still be Pests.

As any property owner who has had to have NJ squirrel removal services knows, these mammals can be major pests at times. Squirrels can damage gutters, spread parasites and cause other problems. However, these furry pests can also be adorable at times, as one baby squirrel in NJ shows.

Special Baby Squirrel

A litter of orphaned squirrels got some special attention last year when rescuers discovered that one of them was born with all white fur. Baby squirrels are usually gray, which helps them stay hidden from predators. One of the five orphans found in NJ had pure white fur instead, which is the rarest color for squirrels to be. This coloring results from genetic anomalies or mutations that also cause white squirrels to have red eyes rather than dark ones.

Life in the Sanctuary

The orphaned squirrels are being cared for at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, where they are safe from predators and kept well-fed. This is important for the white baby squirrel, since it’s harder for squirrels of this color to hide from predators. Fortunately, this little squirrel will likely be able to continue living in safety at the sanctuary.

If you have squirrels on your property that are being a nuisance, our NJ squirrel removal services can help. Contact Stern Environmental to learn more about these services for your property.

When It Comes to Rats, New Orleans May be Worse than NYC

Cities Have Become A Breeding Ground For Pests Like Rats. Contact Us, We Can Help!
Cities Have Become A Breeding Ground For Pests Like Rats. Contact Us, We Can Help!

While cockroaches, rats and mice are a common sight in the New York City area and New Jersey, other places in the U.S. have worse pest problems. That might seem hard to believe, especially for those who have needed NYC or NJ pest control in the past, but the numbers prove it.

New Orleans Is Number One

New Orleans tops the list of pest-infested cities, according to the results of a 2013 American Housing Survey. In this city in the deep South, more than 35 percent of households had cockroach sightings and 2.5 percent had rat sightings. Compare that to New York City, where under 20 percent of households had cockroach sightings and 1.7 percent had rat sightings. In fact, NYC came in at eighth place on the list. Cities with more rats, mice and cockroaches include Birmingham, Tampa, Houston, Memphis, San Antonio and Austin. Cities with fewer pests include Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Charlotte.

Although NJ and NYC aren’t as pest-infested as New Orleans and other southern cities, rodent and bug infestations are still common. Don’t hesitate to take pest control prevention measures to protect your property from these critters. Some of them can damage your property, while others spread disease.

If you need NJ pest control, contact us at Stern Environmental. We use safe and dependable forms of pest control to get rid of rodents, bugs and other pests.