Cockroaches In Restaurants Leave A Bad Taste In Your Mouth

If a restaurant is found to have cockroaches, the public is quick to determine that the establishment is dirty and disgusting.  Cockroaches are so loathed by people that businesses found to have the pests lurking about will suffer a stigma that will hurt a company’s reputation and can have a devastating effect on their financial stability.

Cockroaches thrive in restaurants because they provide a perfect living environment for the pests.  Cockroaches need food, water, and shelter for optimal survival and reproduction.  The endless stream of food products and good water sources allow cockroaches to thrive with ease within all types of restaurants.

All 50 states have regulations in place declaring that a restaurant must be free of cockroaches and the signs of cockroach infestations.  Health inspectors are trained to look for these signs in all areas of the establishment.  Even low level amounts of cockroaches can cause a restaurant to have their doors shuttered while the infestation is being treated by a licensed pest control professional.

Cockroach infestations must be avoided within all types of environments because of they are considered to be dangerous pests.  Cockroaches, their eggs, fecal matter, exoskeletons, urine, saliva and carcasses not only will attract more cockroaches to the area, they also carry pathogens that have proven to be dangerous to humans.  In particular, the American cockroach is known to cause food poisoning as it spreads Salmonella on the surfaces that it travels upon.  German cockroaches are also problematic as they can transmit Staphylococcus, Hepatitis, Coliform, and Streptococcus to humans.

Because cockroaches are so prevalent in New York City, restaurants would be wise to have regular pest control inspections and treatments by a licensed Manhattan pest control professional with experience in cockroach eradication. Stern Environmental Group provides fast and excellent cockroach elimination to New York City, New Jersey, and other areas of New York.  Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Bed Bugs Have Found Their Way To The Wall Street Journal Headquarters In NYC

It’s been just over two weeks since employees at the Wall Street Journal in New York were informed that their office had been invaded by bed bugs.  According to the Capital on January 14, 2013, employees were informed that a bed bug was found in the video room.  As a precaution reports are that the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) brought in a bed bug sniffing dog which found pay-dirt when the bed bug video hiding place was revealed.

To date there has been no word as to whether these itchy little pests have reared their ugly beaks once again or hitched a ride home with any WSJ employees.  As icky as bed bugs are, the Wall Street Journal has joined other literary big wigs that also dealt with the bloodsucking pests within the past few years.  Bed bugs were previously found creeping along at New York’s Penguin and Time Warner offices as well as major retail stores, theaters, and other office buildings throughout New York City.

Can you escape encountering bed bugs…unfortunately, no!  Bed bugs are now a fact of modern day life report Manhattan pest control professionals.  Many people believe that DDT was the magic bullet that ended bed bug infestations in the United States in the 1940’s-50’s.  Without a doubt, the powerful pesticide was instrumental in kicking bed bugs to the curb, but one cannot discount another important bed bug fact during that time period…the human contribution.

Years ago, generations were raised knowing about bed bugs and how to deal with them.  They were a pest that everyone got from time to time and one that did not carry the stigma of today.  In past years, people worked hard at being proactive to avoid bed bug infestations.  Because people were constantly on the lookout for the pests, residents were quick to respond with eradicating them so that small pockets of bed bugs would not spread into massive infestations.

Interesting Bed Bug Treatment

Manhattan pest control professionals have different ways that they will treat bed bug infestations depending on the severity of the problem.  Heat treatment, Cryonite (freezing), pesticides, bed bug traps, lures, and other bed bug products have proven to be useful tools in the fight against bed bug infestations.

The Litchfield County Times reported on January 24, 2013 that bed bugs have been discovered at a Rose Haven in Litchfield, CT.  To rid their facility of the bloodsucking pests, several steps were taken to get rid of the bugs according to reports.

Most of the seniors at the facility were relocated to another facility while four non-toxic chemicals were used to get rid of the pests.  Additionally, all mattresses, pillows and pillow cases were thrown away as they were bed bug infested.  According to the NPMA, mattresses do not need to be tossed to the curb as they can be safely treated for bed bugs and then encased in a mattress and box spring encasement such as the Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasements.

Reports are that their pest control professional recommended that “Rose Haven took the extra precaution of encasing the new mattress with tape to ensure there will be no possible infestation for at least one year. Rose Haven plans to do this on an annual basis with mattresses.”  This technique of taping a mattress is an interesting one.  Using a mattress encasement is not only easier; it would save the facility from having to use tape year after year.  Time will tell if this method of taping a mattress is effective at keeping bed bugs out.

The Litchfield County Times reported that the staff is confident that the bed bugs are gone from the facility now that treatment has commenced.  But as many Manhattan bed bug specialists know, bed bugs are sneaky and robust creatures which often make a reappearance after the first round of bed bug treatment.

What Kind Of Damage Can A Groundhog Do?

For many people, groundhogs are interesting furry critters that are fun to watch scurry around to and fro.  Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks and whistle dogs.  Despite them being ground dwelling critters, they are members of the squirrel family.  Unlike other animals such as raccoons, they are not typically an aggressive species when they come in contact with humans or pets.

Although it can be neat watching these wild animals up close near our home, there is a danger to having them living on your property.  A single groundhog is capable of moving up to 700 pounds of soil as it completes its tunneling system.  Depending on where the tunnel runs are, the lack of soil can undermine the foundation of a home, shed, garage, deck, gazebo, or patio area.

Groundhogs are also known for their voracious appetites. Feeding in the morning and evening hours, it is not uncommon for one groundhog to consume two pounds of fresh vegetation each day.  To an avid gardener, this can quickly put an end to a vegetable garden or special landscaping.  Besides consuming various types of fruits and vegetables, groundhogs will also eat expensive ornamental plants if they find them to be tasty treats.

Homeowners often try groundhog repellents, which rarely work at keeping groundhogs away.  Once groundhogs begin to breed in April or May, there will soon be baby groundhogs to contend with as well.  Babies only stay with their mother for about five weeks before venturing off on their own.  They do not stray far though. Baby groundhogs often dig up nearby tunnels for their new den in the same area as their mother resides…and the cycle repeats itself.

NJ pest control professionals know that the only way to rid an area of groundhogs is to hire licensed pest control professional with experience in wildlife removal.  Stern Environmental Group has the expertise to properly remove groundhogs in a humane way.  Call us today for fast service.

Raccoons Are Cute But Dangerous To Handle

Raccoons are common creatures that live throughout all areas in North America. NJ pest control professionals report that they are in fact more commonly found in urban areas than in rural areas.

NJ raccoons are a difficult animal to deal with as adults will reach large sizes and weigh 50 pounds, often heavier than most household pets.  They are not afraid of any size dog or cat that they encounter near a home and will not hesitate to steal food that is left out, or enter a home to devour food that is left out for fluffy or Fido.  Because of their intelligence and resourceful hands, it is not uncommon for the cleaver raccoon to open stored pet food containers and eat until they are stuffed.  An exterior pet door is an open invitation for the raccoon to return each night for its daily meal.  If they don’t make a mess, many homeowners might not even know that they have been in their home.

Raccoons are crafty creatures that are primarily nocturnal critters.  Most people believe that a raccoon that is seen during the day is rabid, but that is not always the case.  Although it is true that raccoons with rabies do act erratic, and off of their normal routine, some raccoons and other nocturnal wildlife are found roaming due to the spread of suburbia.  As more homes, stores, schools, and restaurants are being built, wildlife is forced to find new ways of surviving in their new surroundings.  Often times that means a clash between home and business owners.

Raccoons may look adorable with their masked faces and ringed tails, but they are not an animal that any human should try to make friends with. Raccoons that have made their way into the attic in most instances have baby raccoons hidden in the attic as well.  Raccoon removal should only be handled by a licensed pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group.  We will be able to humanely remove raccoons that have invaded any space and collect any babies that are hidden as well.