NJ Pest Control Pro’s Warn Of Yellow Jackets

As the springtime approaches, many pests that have been off of our radar throughout the frigid months will suddenly make their presence known once again.  Like a light switch being turned on, creepy crawling bugs, knife-stabbing mosquitos, oodles of ants, and the never ending fly-by’s of the aggressive yellow jackets will make you wonder why you wished for spring in the first place!  With the anticipation of the upcoming spring, summer and autumn pest’s arrival, yellow jackets, hornets, and bees are ones that many people tend to worry about.

New Jersey pest control professionals are often called to homes and businesses to remove yellow jacket nests.  Unlike the docile honey bee, yellow jackets are indeed the most aggressive wasp that you will encounter.

Yellow jacket nests begin in the springtime with a single wasp, the queen.  She becomes active when the weather becomes warm enough for her survival.  Emerging from her nest in the late months of winter or early months of spring, the hungry queen will feed and then begin her new nest.  Yellow jackets are considered to be beneficial creatures, and predators, because they kill large numbers of nuisance flies and plant-feeding insects.  During the early months the larvae requires a large amount of protein in order to survive.  By the summertime, to maintain the developing larvae and queen, sweets are collected by the foraging workers.

New Jersey pest control experts find yellow jacket nests deep in abandoned rodent burrows or within buildings.  Indoors, wall voids, ceilings, and attics are favorable nesting sites for yellow jackets.  Besides being aggressive, yellow jacket colonies will become quite large each season.  Depending upon the species of yellow jackets, colonies can range in size from between 1,500 to 15,000 per season!

You can keep yellow jackets from harassing your family or business in New York or New Jersey by calling Stern Environmental Group.

Cockroaches Are Bad For Business

When New York or New Jersey pest control professionals arrive on the scene to service a business and see cockroaches during the daytime hours, they know that they have a serious cockroach infestation on their hands.

Cockroaches are typically nocturnal creatures.  They are sneaky pests that prefer to live, breed, and feed in dark areas.  They depend on an abundance of moisture to survive and breed.  You can find them living under, inside or behind cabinets or walls.  Cockroaches can also be found living behind major appliances, under floor drains, and inside the motors of refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, and stoves.  Cockroaches absolutely despise cold temperatures.  Cockroaches will move inside of a refrigerator when there is a massive cockroach infestation and a competition for food sources.

The presence of cockroaches is not limited to only seeing the actual creepy insects running to and fro.  You’ll know you have an infestation on your hands if you see cockroach feces when an inspection is performed.  Adult cockroaches have cylinder shaped feces that are about 1/64 inch long.   Younger cockroaches produce feces that appear to be the size of black pepper or coffee grounds.  Like other types of pest infestations, you can expect that the higher the amount of feces that are found, the larger the infestation within the building.  Certain species of cockroaches release pheromones.  This “scent” can be considered “unpleasant” by those that encounter it.  The scent of a cockroach is described as a strong musty odor.

If you see any signs of cockroaches it is important to contact a New York or New Jersey pest control professional as soon as possible to discuss the options for killing these bacteria ridden pests.  Stern Environmental Group provides expert cockroach removal services to businesses in New Jersey, New York City, as well as the surrounding areas.

Raccoons In The Attic Need A NYC And NJ Pest Control Professional

They may look adorable if you happen to be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them frocking in your backyard late at night.  Their masked faces and the furry ringed tails make them look like a delightful family pet.  Outdoors, raccoons are just fine.  The trouble begins when raccoons decide that your home should be their home.

It’s now mating season for raccoons, so they are quite active looking for a good spot to raise their kits.  Raccoons desire the same things that humans do…food, water, and shelter from the elements, so our human habitats provide the perfect nesting spot for a growing raccoon family.

Raccoons are extremely intelligent creatures.  Because of their strength, agility, and cleverness, it is very difficult to keep a raccoon out of your home once they have decided that it is a suitable place to live.  Raccoons can enter your home through tiny openings.  They have extremely strong almost human-like claws that enable them to grab onto material and tear their way through many types of material.  Raccoons are not afraid of other types of wildlife that they may encounter such as birds, squirrels, or opossums.

You don’t have to be living in out in the country or in the woods to have raccoon encounters.  They are typically nocturnal, and do indeed thrive in small and large cities just as well as they do in dense wilderness area.  There has been an ongoing raccoon problem in the New York City and surrounding areas for many years.

Raccoons living in your attic, walls, or crawl space should be considered a serious problem that warrants a call to a licensed NYC or NJ pest control professional.  Stern Environmental Group offers humane raccoon removal services, and nest and feces removal services in New York and New Jersey.