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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 to Know about NJ’s & NYC’s Asian Cockroaches

We Help You to Recognize the Differences in Cockroach Types.
We Help You to Recognize the Differences in Cockroach Types.

Asian cockroaches are relatively new to the U.S. They were identified in 1986 by a pest control technician in Lakeland, Florida. It was first thought the insects were German cockroaches, but further research determined the pests to be Asian.

In 1981, insects found on Okinawa Island, Japan were identified as Asian cockroaches. Through imports, the bugs made their way to the U.S., and over the years have infiltrated numerous states.

About Asian Cockroaches

Although extremely mobile, easily adaptable to various habitats, and excellent fliers, Asian cockroaches remain relatively low-key during the day. If disturbed, adult cockroaches may become active and take flight.

At sundown, the cockroaches become more active. Bright lighting and light-colored surfaces are two main attractions for the bugs.

Asian cockroaches prefer outdoor habitats where shade, mulched gardens, and landscaped areas with compost provide ideal living conditions and easy access to food sources. Asian cockroaches are also found indoors, but their preference is outdoors.

On average, a female produces 148 eggs during her lifetime, which is around 104 days.

If you’re seeing these pests around your home, it’s time to call in the professionals from the Stern Environmental Group. Our services tackle the problem and eliminate the cause quickly and effectively.

To schedule an appointment for an inspection of your home and discuss the best way to deal with a cockroach infestation, contact us today so we can make your home bug free.

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.