Raccoons…The Houseguest That Never Wants To Leave

Raccoons are interesting animals to watch.  They are nocturnal, so being able to view them foraging for food, climbing a tree, or playing with each other is a special treat.  For many people, the adorable masked faces of a raccoon makes them look like they are an animal to make friends and cuddle up with, but in reality, they are wild animals that humans should not interact with.

Raccoons are intelligent critters that adapt well to human surroundings.  They enjoy nibbling on pet food that is left outdoors and any trash can that is not secured serves as an all-night buffet for a hungry raccoon.  They have extremely strong paws with five long skinny toes which are quite similar to human hands.

Because of their keen mind, clear-cut will, and strong paws, a raccoon will look for ways to gain access to a structure to escape the elements report NJ pest control professionals.  Female raccoons find crawl spaces, attics, chimneys, and under porches, to be great places to rear their young as they are well protected from the cold, wind, rain, and from predators.

Once raccoons have made your home or business their home, you cannot just chase it off and then seal off the entry hole.  Many have tried this tactic only to find in a short time that the raccoon has returned and has caused an even greater amount of damage than what originally occurred.

Convincing a raccoon that your New Jersey home or business is not a good place to be has proven to be useless.  You need the help of a licensed pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group.  Our technicians are trained to humanely trap raccoons so they are no longer a problem for you.

Is New Hampshire’s New Bed Bug Bill On The Verge Of Passing The Senate?

CTPOST.com reported on April 2, 2013 that the New Hampshire Senate heard from landlord and tenant groups, pest control workers, and affordable housing advocates about the bed bug issues that plague the state and about actions that should be taken to curtail the bloodsucking pests.

According to reports, testimony was given about an elderly man who sat outside all night to avoid being bitten by bed bugs, while another man slept in his car to avoid the pests.  Another story was told of a young mother who asked for emergency assistance at a shelter instead of returning to her bed bug infested rental unit after giving birth to her newborn baby.

The New Hampshire House has already passed new bed bug legislation which is now being decided by the Senate.  If passed through the Senate, landlords would be responsible for bed bug eradication services, but they would be able to seek reimbursement for the services if tenants were found to be responsible for the infestation.  As has been seen before, this is quite a difficult task to prove as bed bugs can arrive from many different locations.  The fact that they can remain in a rental unit for over a year without a blood meal will make it difficult to prove that a tenant brought the pests into a unit as well.  Adding this phrasing into the new Bill could easily bring about lawsuits from both landlords and tenants.

The new Bill would also allow for “cities and towns to enact ordinances aimed at preventing the spread of bed bugs. Making some infestations a violation of minimum quality standards protects low-income tenants, who might not be able to fight an infestation on their own.”

Everyone seems to be in agreement that this bed bug legislation should pass through the New Hampshire Senate.  As has been proven in the states that have enacted bed bug legislation, the bed bug laws have helped to outline everyone’s responsibilities in eradicating the pests.

Keep Yellow Jackets Away

As springtime approaches New Jersey residents must keep in mind that as the weather becomes warm, many outdoor pests will rise to the surface or hatch from new eggs that are laid.  Spring is a time of rebirth for flowers, grass, leaves, and all types of insects report NJ pest control professionals.

One type of animal that won’t initially be considered a pest, but will eventually end up being a pest, is the yellow jacket.

A yellow jacket nest begins when one single female emerges from her overwintering hide-a-way. Initially she will spend her time feasting upon nectar and insect prey.  Once her ovaries become enlarged she will then search for a suitable place underground or up in a tree to begin to build her nest.  Once her nest is built she will lay her eggs.  The workers that emerge from the eggs will soon continue to build on to the nest and forage for food while the queen continues to lay eggs.

There are different species of yellow jackets in New Jersey. The species which only feed upon live prey are not considered to be pests unless they reside too close to humans.  Pest yellow jackets are the ones that feed upon human food sources.  You will find pest yellow jackets at parks, ball fields, amusement parks, picnics, backyard barbeques, or any other place where people gather outdoors to consume food.

As the summer months move one, yellow jacket nests become more populated, which means that there is less food availability for all colonies.  The lack of food availability is one of the reasons why yellow jackets become so aggressive.  For a yellow jacket, a human biting into a burger or piece of watermelon is considered to be an aggressive move and worthy of a sting from its backside!

For those that are allergic to bees, yellow jacket stings are extremely dangerous and will result in emergency room visits.  Businesses should hire an experienced NJ pest control professional to eliminate any yellow jacket nest as soon as it is noticed.