Humane Squirrel Removal By A NYC/NJ Pest Control Pro

For some people, squirrels are entertaining critters that frolics and play in the yard. For others, squirrels are menacing pests that are likened to a rat with a fluffy tail.

Squirrels are members of the rodent family. The Eastern Gray Squirrel is the most common squirrel within the United States. They are most comfortable living high among the tree tops and build their nests out of twigs, leaves, and even pet hair that they find. They feed on a variety of different outdoor food sources such as seeds, berries, fruits, nuts, and fungi. Much to a homeowner’s dismay, these sneaky little devils are often found invading backyard birdfeeders as well.

Squirrels have adapted well to living among humans. Their excellent climbing and jumping abilities, as well as their natural curiosity, has made them a formidable pest for home and business owners. Due to the squirrel’s natural instinct of seeking suitable shelter, any breach in a structures roof, venting, or soffit is an open invitation for cleaver squirrels to come inside.

It is not uncommon for a squirrel to discover a small breach (hole) and chew a larger hole so that they can move into an attic or soffit to escape the cold, rain, snow, icy, or wind. Squirrels breed year-round, but have two primary peak breeding periods…one in the winter and one in the summertime. Gestation time is six weeks after which two to four baby squirrels are born. Those babies remain in the nest for approximately three months.

Despite their cuteness, squirrels do have destructive behavior once they invade a structure. Their nest building materials are a fire hazard, especially if the nesting material is placed near electrical wiring. Squirrels like to chew through electrical wiring which has been known to cause power outages and structural fires report NJ pest control professionals. Squirrels are known to carry fleas, ticks, and other parasitic insects on their body which will cause an infestation in a building as well. Squirrel feces and urine will not only cause a horrific smell, over time, it is not uncommon for ceiling material to collapse on the occupants below.

Squirrel elimination is difficult and should only be handled by a licensed pest control professional. For 24 hour emergency squirrel removal services contact Stern Environmental Group. We specialize in the humane removal of squirrels in the New York City metropolitan region, parts of New Jersey, and parts of Long Island.

Insects…An Interesting Way To Think About Them

NJ pest control professionals know first-hand that insects are part of every American’s daily life.  Even in the winter months in New Jersey and beyond, insects still exist and thrive in their complex and interesting world.  The exception to the rule would likely be Antarctica.

Here’s an interesting story about insects coming from across the pond from our friends in London, England.  An interesting exhibit in London called “Who’s the Pest?” is a mobile arts festival which is a collaboration of efforts created by “Pestival” and the “Wellcome Collection”.

The idea of Pestival was concocted in 2004.  “Pestival is a cultural organization exploring our relationship with insects and the natural world.”  The interesting presentation that is open to the public focuses on “examining insect-human interactivity in bioscience, through paradigms of contemporary art, cinema, music and comedy as well as direct scientific demonstration and educational projects.”

This year’s Pestival of “Who’s the Pest” events will run from April 18, 2013 through May 16, 2013, and for the most part, they are not for the squeamish.  Here are the highlights of the events that will be held…

• Participants will learn about the historical relationships between humans and insects.  A special focus will be held on bloodsuckers where attendees will hear interesting information from scientists about the creatures.

• Attendees will learn about “Entomophagy” otherwise known as … eating insects.  Most people in Western society would rather eradicate insects than eat them, but participants will learn about the benefits of making insects a potential sustainable food source.

• Another part of the program that is offered will allow participants the opportunity to learn about the actual preparation of insects for the purposes of dining.  World renowned chefs will be on hand to create an interesting insect filled culinary experience.

• There is also a fun “Who’s the Pest” game this is sure to be entertaining for the kids and adults alike.  It is available for download on Apple products or can be played on PC’s.

No matter how you feel about insects, this website is not only entertaining, but it is also thought provoking.

Spikey Leaf Found To Impale Bed Bugs

Always on the hunt for a new remedy to eradicate bed bugs in the United States, scientists believe that they are on to something new.  Well maybe not something new after all as scientists are looking to the past for help with bed bugs.

Bed bugs have plagued human homes since humans created homes.  The New York Times reported on April 9, 2013 that Eastern European housewives used to surround their beds with bean leaves on the floor each night.  In the morning they would awake to bed bugs stuck to the bean leaves.  The leaves were collected each morning and burned.

The use of bean leaves was a folk remedy of the Balkans, and bean leaves for bed bug control was written about by a German entomologist in 1927.  A scientist from the US Department of Agriculture wrote about the use of bean leaves for bed bugs in 1943, but thoughts of using it was put by the wayside with the creation, ease of use, and popularity of DDT.  At the time, nobody knew that bed bugs would eventually become resistant to DDT.

Now scientists at California State University – Irvine and The University of Kentucky have been studying how those kidney beans stopped bed bugs in their tracks.  The amazing realization is that the bean leaves do indeed work at stopping the bloodsuckers.  Apparently kidney bean leaves have tiny, sharp, hook like hairs that protrude from the underside of the leaves.  They are called “trichomes”.  Now that scientists know that the kidney bean plant works for certain on trapping bed bugs, they are working to find a synthetic surface that will mimic the same impalement for the bloodsucking creature.  So far, the bed bug has escaped their entrapment…but hopefully not for long!

There Are Mice Living In My Car!

People with children may agree that it can be difficult at times to get an honest answer when you first ask a question.  Having four children can be challenging when you find something strange has occurred.  I am often faced with the “It wasn’t me scenario”.

Last week I reached into my glove compartment to retrieve something and found a napkin that was shredding into hundreds of pieces.  I sighed and thought “who did that?”  This weekend my car battery (which is located in the trunk) had to be replaced.  The mechanic called me over during installation to show me that he had found a large nest located in the compartment under the spare tire. Inside the nest that he found was the same shredded napkins, acorn shells, granola bar wrappers, and my dog’s hair.  Further inspection of the nesting site revealed that it was a mouse, or mice that had invaded my car!  The fecal matter gave it away.

There is a good chance that I would have crashed my car if a mouse would have run up my leg or across my body while I was driving.  I am so thankful that my battery died and that I did not know how to change it!

The car provided the perfect nesting place for the mouse/mice.  It was warmer than the garage.  It obviously had some food products, and the napkins and dog hair (which the mice brought in) made a great bed for the furry pest.

Always remember, mice can invade any space as they can fit into a space as small as a pencil head.  Even cars are an inviting place for NJ mice!  Call a NJ pest control professional for fast mice eradication services.


Honey Bees Vs. Yellow Jackets…Which Should I Fear

Bees are distant relatives of hornets and wasps.  While both have stingers, which will carry a painful sting as well as an allergic reaction in many people, there are many differences between the types of flying insects.  Honey bees are known for their docile behavior.  They will sting, but only when they feel threatened.  Unlike wasps and hornets, the honey bee dies after it stings its victim.

Honey bees are also known to swarm, usually during the spring, which can cause quite a panic for New Jersey residents report New Jersey pest control professionals.  Honey bees are a protected species of bees within New Jersey.  It is illegal to kill or harm honeybees, but they can be relocated to new areas with the help of a local bee keeper.

NBC New York reported on March 18, 2018 that over 2000 honey bees had swarmed from their colony to form another colony.  The worker bees followed the new queen to an Arlington, Texas home where the honey bees took refuge upon a mailbox as worker bees sought out a new location for the bee colony to exist. The homeowners report that it took several hours for the bees to arrive.  A bee keeper agreed to come and collect the bees to add to her personal hive.

New Jersey residents are reminded that while honey bees are considered to be docile bees, yellow jacket wasps are not.  Honey bees are the only type of bees that will swarm in New Jersey.  Yellow jackets are considered to be an aggressive species of bee that are known for their tendency to sting without cause.  Most yellow jacket nests are found in the ground, but some paper like nests are found hanging from trees, bushes, or the edges of a structure.

Yellow jackets are a dangerous species of insect to deal with which requires the help of a licensed NJ pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group.