A single cockroach can close a restaurant, have health inspectors combing your commercial establishment for code violations, send tenants complaining to the housing authority or worse. And every business owner knows there is no such thing as one cockroach. Cockroach infestations in the greater New York City and northern New Jersey area have been known to destroy professional reputations and send customers fleeing.
German cockroaches are a persistent problem in densely-populated metropolitan areas. Difficult to eradicate, they breed quickly and can easily migrate into your clean facility from neighboring establishments and curbside garbage piles. Keeping cockroaches under control is a never-ending battle for restaurants, day care centers, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, warehouse facilities and commercial enterprises.
Contracting for regular commercial pest management services with a licensed pest control company can keep cockroaches at bay and your professional reputation intact; however, it pays to investigate cockroach extermination options before choosing a pest control professional. Professional-grade pesticide sprays and baits are the most common form of commercial cockroach control offered in the New York City and northern New Jersey area; however, these methods of cockroach control may not be ideal for sensitive environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, daycare centers or pet stores that serve children, ailing seniors or pets.
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Experts have been warning New Jersey residents to expect an inundation of cicadas and mosquitoes this summer, but that won’t be the end of our pest woes. Entomologists at the University of Delaware cooperative extension recently released a list of the top 5 insect pests for the mid-Atlantic states:
- Scale pests. Often overlooked because of their tiny size, parasitic scale insects suck the sap from landscape plants, killing their hosts.
- Wasps. Their painful stings earned wasps the No. 2 spot on this summer’s pest list. While only female wasps sting, their straight stingers allow these pests to sting repeatedly. Wasp stings are painful and can cause severe redness and swelling, as well as life-threatening allergic reactions.
- Bagworms. A perennial landscape pest, bag worms are recognizable the distinctive web-like nests they spin on tree limbs.
- Japanese beetles. Shiny green beetles with copper wings, these pests are deadly to roses, tress and 300 other plant species.
- Stink bugs. These shield-shaped insects cause untoward damage to agricultural and landscape plants and are a persistent nuisance in the fall when they creep inside to overwinter in New Jersey homes and commercial buildings.
When insects bother your home or business, seek the services of a licensed New York and New Jersey pest control professional.
Like termites, New York City and New Jersey carpenter ants swarm in the late spring to expand their colonies. When carpenter ant colonies reach maturity, specialized winged reproductives are produced. Flying off in mating pairs, carpenter ants bite off their wings when they land and crawl off to establish new colonies. Carpenter ants are such poor fliers, reproductives don’t go far, often landing on the same commercial property. Multiple carpenter ant colonies may be located in close proximity, multiplying the amount of damage these wood-destroying insects can do to commercial structures.
Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not ingest wood, they hollow out large galleries in foundation timbers, building trim and wooden structures to house their massive nests and nurseries. Frass, the sawdust-like by-product of their excavation activity, is sometimes found where carpenter ants are active. More often the ants themselves are spotted as they forage for food.
The largest ant species in New York and New Jersey, carpenter ants are typically black and grow to 5/8 inch long. Due to the prodigious numbers, a colony of carpenter ants can cause considerable structural damage to commercial buildings over time. In fact, carpenter ants can be expected to attack 1 in 4 New York and New Jersey buildings. If you notice large black ants in or around your property, you have carpenter ants. Call Stern Environmental for effective commercial pest management.
Carpenter bees can be a problem for New York and New Jersey home and business owners in early spring and summer, particularly if these wood-destroying bees nest near entry doors, garages or backyard decks where people gather and children play. The dive bombing behavior of aggressive male carpenter bees can terrorize children, pets and business customers who come too close to nesting sites.
Unlike honey bees which live in large social colonies, carpenter bees are solitary bees that live in mated pairs. They chew long nesting tunnels into unpainted or weathered woods where they lay their eggs and overwinter. They have a preference for the soft woods typically used to build and shingle homes, such as redwood, cedar, cypress and pine.
Carpenter bees tend to remain in one location throughout their lives, overwintering in nesting tunnels. Multiple pairs frequently colonize the same site and can cause significant damage to wooden porch roofs and eaves, cedar siding, picnic tables and backyard play sets over time. Their presence is distinguished by the perfectly round entry holes these bees drill into wood as they begin each tunnel. Sawdust-like remains of chewed wood under entry holes is another telltale size of a carpenter bee problem.
While only the female bees sting, aggressively attacking males make carpenter bee extermination a job for experienced New Jersey pest control professionals.
Your children aren’t the only ones grabbing lunch at New York City school cafeterias. Rats and cockroaches may also be feasting on cafeteria mac and cheese and hot dogs. In an NBC New York review of health code violations, most city school cafeterias passed periodic health inspections with flying colors. However, some city schools, including public schools in Bushwick, Harlem, Bensonhurst and Far Rockaway, were cited by the public health department for rats in the food area, cockroaches, flying insects, liquid waste, contaminated food, inadequate hand-washing facilities and other stomach-churning violations.
A number of the schools took responsible action and received passing marks when reinspected, but a few schools (NBC singled out Bensonhurst and Far Rockaway) actually fared worse on repeat inspections. When interviewed by NBC, parents of students expressed “shock” and “horror.”
Mice, rats and cockroaches are persistent problems in large metropolitan areas like New York City. These noxious pests carry and spread dangerous diseases and their feces and dried droppings can cause serious health problems, including childhood asthma and deadly Hanta virus.
Stern Environmental provides expert commercial rat and mouse exterminating services and superior commercial cockroach control services. Introduced to fight bed bugs, our cutting-edge Cryonite insect treatment system has proved to also offer extremely effective, non-toxic extermination of cockroaches and other insects.
When pests invade, call Stern Environmental for fast and effective action.