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Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation
Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

No one wants to think about the fact that their home or business could be infested with rats. And yet, in our area of the country, these pests are far too common. Before contacting NJ pest control, it’s helpful to know if what you’re dealing with is in fact a rat problem. There are several ways that you can tell.

How to Identify a Rat Infestation

You’re not likely to see a rat in your home or business, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leave signs behind that can alert you of their presence. Some of the most common signs of a rat infestation are:

– Finding rat droppings near food, including dog or cat food dishes or containers.

– Hearing sounds coming from the attic once it begins to get dark.

– Finding old rat nests near firewood stacks.

– Evidence that rats are eating fruit or nuts that have fallen from trees in the yard.

– Burrows beneath garbage cans or compost bins.

Contacting NJ Pest Control to Help With Your Rat Problem

Because rats are so good at hiding, it can be hard to notice an infestation until it’s gotten out of control. Traps may not be enough to deal with them. You may need the help of the NJ pest control specialists here at Stern Environmental.

No one wants to deal with a rat problem. If you think you might have an infestation, please contact us right away!

Some Bees Build Nests Underground – What to Know

Some Bees Build Nests Underground - What to Know
Some Bees Build Nests Underground – What to Know

For many people, the idea of nesting bees usually brings to mind a vision of a beehive with resident bees buzzing in, out, and around the opening. This is true of some, but other bee species prefer the ground to set up their nests.

Signs of Ground Nesting

One prolific species found in the midwestern and northeastern portions of North America is Colletes. This busy bee is a loner, meaning the female takes care of constructing her nest. While she is considered to be solitary, it is not uncommon for a multitude of females to build their nests’ side by side.

In this case, you may find small mounds of soil or sand with a hole in the middle where the female lays her eggs. Depending on the landscape, the nests may be visible.

The Handling of Bees

Not all bees can sting. For example, the male Colletes inaequalis does not have a stinger, and the female uses her stinger only if being attacked.

Bees serve an important ecological service in providing pollination for fruit, trees, and flowers. Therefore, using chemicals to eliminate them is not always the best option. NJ pest control specialists are aware of this and take precaution when removing bees from a property.

For information about bee removal, the type of services we provide, and an inspection, contact Stern Environmental. Our NJ pest control experts handle problems quickly, efficiently, and safely.

How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property

How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property
How to Keep Wasps, Hornets and Bees from Building Hives on Your Property

When bees, hornets, or wasps invade your home’s structure, it’s important to address the situation as quickly as possible. Removing stinging insects is not something you want to attempt and why contacting a NJ pest control service is necessary.

Eliminating the “Sweet Zones” of Your Home

Most everyone has come across a beehive, wasp or hornet’s nest dangling from the eave of a roof or seen the insects flying in and out of crevices in a wall’s exterior. These “sweet spots” are the perfect location when bees, hornets, and wasps are on the lookout for prime real estate locations to build their nests.

One way to make the prospective location a less than desirable building spot is to apply a bug spray specifically formulated for these three insects. If there are no signs, yet, of any insect activity, spray along the eaves, around windows and doors, and any other place you’ve previously seen the insects. Douse the areas thoroughly so the scent will dissuade the insects from building.

If bees, wasps, or hornets have already set up a residence, contact a NJ pest control service immediately.

At Stern Environmental, we take our job seriously to provide the best services available. If you’re experiencing a hornet, bee, or wasp problem, our NJ pest control technicians are trained specialists who can take care of the situation. Call to set up an immediate appointment and be sting free.

They Call Them “Velvet Ants” But They’re Really Wasps

Ant or Wasp?
Ant or Wasp?

Don’t let the name “Velvet Ants” fool you. While they may have some of the characteristics of an ant in color and size, in actuality, they belong to the Mutillidae (wasp) family.

About Velvet Ants

The female is especially ant-like due to her velvety exterior, which has a furry texture. Most are black or brown, like ants, and may be marked with red, orange, or yellow rings. While females are wingless, males do have wings and look more like wasps. Other species are known for their excruciating sting and some are capable of making a squeaking sound.

Studies on velvet ants show the insects are prone to attacking flies and beetles. Females spend much of their time hunting wasps and bees in their ground nests where she’ll lay eggs inside wasp or bee pupa. When the young wasps hatch, they feed on the pupa. Velvet ants produce young once a year.

Their stings are very painful and may cause a rash or an allergic reaction.

Velvet ants are difficult to control, especially if attempting to do it on your own. For the best results in NJ wasp abatement, you need a professional pest control service.

NJ wasp abatement is one of the services we handle at Stern Environmental Group. If you’re experiencing problems with velvet ants, let our experienced staff take care of the problem safely. Call us today to schedule a free home inspection.