Cryonite = Kryptonite for Bugs!

Cryonite is the newest, most innovative, non-toxic pest control system on the market. It’s the kryptonite of the pest world, felling even super bugs that are resistant to ordinary pesticides. Stern Environmental Group is proud to be one of the first pest control companies to bring this revolutionary pest control system to America. Used extensively in Europe and Australia, Cryonite uses rapid freezing to kill pesticide-resistant bed bugs and most other insects.

Unlike many traditional pesticides, Cryonite kills bugs in every stage of development. Bugs can’t hide from the pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) “vapor” that seeps into cracks and crawl spaces to knock bugs dead instantly. Cryonite has proved to be extremely effective in killing pesticide-resistant super bed bugs and tough-to-treat German cockroaches and their egg cases. Cryonite works by applying thin layers of pressurized CO2 “snow.” As the CO2 hits surfaces, it vaporizes, causing extreme instant cooling of any organism with which the gas comes in contact. In effect, it freezes the cells of insects, crystallizing the water in their cells on contact. The insect is instantly immobilized and it takes only moments for death to occur. Bugs cannot scurry away and escape Cryonite. For full details, click the post title.

Squirrel Antics in the Attic

My daughter loves peanuts in the shell so I had them in the house over the holidays. She nibbles like a squirrel so there were plenty left when she went home. I put the remainder out on the lawn under the bird feeder this morning. It’s been pretty cold here and there’s a bit of snow on the ground; but even so, I was surprised to find seven squirrels chasing each other around the yard. Each one seemed to feel the peanut cache was his personal pot of gold and tried to ward off newcomers from stealing a nut or two. It was fun to watch them leaping around the yard and doing their tightrope act on the electric wires along the back lot line. Fortunately there seemed to be enough peanuts to go around and carrying them off kept the furry critters busy for most of the afternoon.

As I was watching the fun, I noticed one squirrel scamper up my neighbor’s roof and disappear. Awhile later I saw him scamper back, choose another nut and scurry off, leaping from the fence to my neighbor’s patio trellis and up the roof again, disappearing into the shadows of the eave as before. Mmmm. Having had squirrels in my attic before, this didn’t bode well for my neighbor. Cute as they are scampering around your yard, they’re a downright nuisance nesting in the insulation in your attic. They made a mess of my attic a few years back, urinating and defecating in the insulation, leaving rotting wormy nuts around, and bringing fleas and parasites. Nothing I’d wish on a friend. A quick call to my neighbor verified that they had heard the scamper of tiny feet across the bedroom ceiling last night and wondered what was going on.

A scampering noise in the ceiling or wall is never a good thing. When it’s cold, animals look for a toasty place to snooze and your attic (or basement) are ideal. If you hear footsteps overhead, it’s time to call the exterminator!

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Cat Lovers vs Birders: No Win Situation

Stalking big cats may be considered sport in Africa, but in Texas it could put you behind bars. Bird lover James Stevenson, founder of the Galveston Ornithological Society, faced two years in jail and a $10,000 fine for taking aim at feral cats. A retired teacher, Stevenson operates a bed and breakfast that caters to the more than 500,000 birders who come to the Gulf Coast island to enjoy hundreds of bird species. The problem is that feral cats come to the island for the same reason — only their idea of enjoyment includes a mouthful of feathers. When Stevenson decided to take the law into his own hands, he touched off a nationwide debate: birders vs cat lovers. In Texas, the result was a hung jury, but the debate — and the problem — rages on.

Cats are cute and playful — I have four and I keep them indoors where they can’t be a nuisance to my neighbors. I also have a bird feeder in my backyard. The cats and I enjoy watching the birds come to the feeder, though I’m sure for different reasons. Unfortunately, we also have a fair number of feral cats in our neighborhood and they, too, like to watch my feeder. About once or twice a year I find a pile of feathers in the yard that reminds me of the law of nature.

The problem is that feral cats aren’t part of the natural ecosystem. Feral cats have become a serious problem in bird sanctuaries, including those in New Jersey. In a city neighborhood like mine, they can be a downright nuisance: spraying and marking porches and front doors, turning flower beds into litter boxes, leaving fleas on porch swing cushions, and carrying diseases that can be passed to household pets. While I don’t think adding cats to the hunting calendar is the answer, it’s time for communities to take action.