The common bug is not so common. Insects are more numerous and more varied than any other form of life on Earth. We share our planet with at least 900 thousand different types of insects and entomologists believe there are millions of insect species yet to be discovered.
Insects outnumber us by 200 million to one! Despite their tiny size, insects also outweigh us. According to the Smithsonian’s BugInfo site, “the world holds 300 pounds of insects for every pound of humans.” Yet these tiny creates can send us fleeing in panic.
Insects play a powerful role in nature. They pollinate plants, aerate the soil and provide food for animals, fish, birds, other insects and even some humans. Efficient recyclers, insects are Mother Nature’s clean-up crew.
There is much to admire about these tiny creatures, but insects get a bad rap. When insects enter our homes or businesses they can create health hazards and damage property. And then there is the “ick” factor.
From “Ick!” to “Wow!”
Help your children develop an appreciation for insects by teaching them about these fascinating creatures:
Visit insect displays at zoos and children’s museums.
Bed bugs are big business. Apple seed-sized insects that creep into our beds to feed on our blood, bed bugs incite fear well out of proportion to their small size. And there are plenty of folks who want to cash in on that fear. Since bed bugs resurfaced in the U.S., bed bug killing products have flooded the marketplace. Some live up to their promises, but many do not.
Stern offers a wide range of useful products designed to fight bed bugs, but there are three products we consider standouts:
1. Protect-A-Bed bed bug proof mattress covers and box spring encasements are designed by pest control experts. Bed bugs cannot bite through or penetrate these specialized mattress and bed spring enclosures, providing a permanent barrier between you and bed bugs.
Bed bugs are the new American horror story. A bed bug report can scare away customers, generate lawsuits and cause long-term damage to business reputations. These blood-sucking insects can set whole communities on edge, and the threat that bed bugs might be sharing your bed is horrifying.
Hire The Right Exterminator
No one wants to deal with bed bugs, but these pests aren’t going away. If bed bugs invade your business or home, hiring the right bed bug exterminator can make a tremendous difference in how quickly, thoroughly and safely your bed bug nightmare ends.
Before hiring a bed bug exterminator, ask the following questions:
1. Is your business state licensed? Stern Environmental Group holds Pesticide Applicator Business Licenses in New York and New Jersey.
2. How much experience do you have exterminating bed bugs?
Bed bugs are a challenging pest to exterminate. Successful extermination takes professional experience coupled with specialized knowledge of bed bug biology and behavior. Stern Environmental has been a New York and New Jersey leader in bed bug extermination for years. Owner Douglas Stern is a recognized bed bug expert frequently consulted by the press.
3. How do you kill bed bugs? Pesticide-resistant bed bugs are on the rise in NYC. Choose a bed bug exterminator that offers advanced extermination services, such as Cryonite, an extremely effective, completely non-toxic, cutting-edge bed bug extermination method available from Stern.
A species of the wasp family and related to the yellowjacket, the bald-faced hornet isn’t a big bug – it tops off at just ¾ inch long – but it carries a big sting.
Easy to identify through its black-and-white markings, this hornet prefers highly wooded areas like meadows, forests and parks. But you may find a nest of bald-faced hornets almost anywhere around your home: in trees and shrubs, in windows and attics, and under stumps and logs. Look for a pear-shaped nest that measures up to 14 inches in diameter.
These insects provide a service as predators of flies, caterpillars and spiders, but once they have established their nest near your home, you are at risk for stings from this highly aggressive and territorial hunter.
The sting of the bald-faced hornet is similar to that of bees and wasps. Symptoms include pain and swelling at the sting site; if you are allergic to bee stings you may also be extra-sensitive to the venom of this yellowjacket species.
If you wish to rid your home of bald-faced hornets, the best option is not to attempt to fight off the powerful hive by yourself. Provoking these wasps can get you stung in a hurry.
Instead, call on the insect control experts in NYC and NJ, where you’ll find 24-hour emergency services and comprehensive wasp control that uses proven processes that rid your home of stinging insects but do not put your family or pets at risk.
If you are hearing scratching noises in the walls, tiny footsteps on the ceiling or echoing from the vents, you may think you’re going mad. You can put your mind at ease somewhat, for what you are experiencing may not be bats in your belfry, but instead, squirrels in your attic. It’s important to take squirrel control measures quickly, for these playful, scampering rodents can wreak havoc in very little time.
Shelter From the Storm
Squirrels don’t hibernate, but in winter they will look for a suitable spot out of the elements. If they find an opening along the roof line or soffit into your attic, they will make themselves right at home. Insulation makes great nesting material and they may stay into the spring when it’s time to start a family.
From Nuisance to Threat
Squirrels are rodents, and as such, bring with them the same unsavory traits as their cousins. They can carry in fleas, ticks and lice. Urine and fecal matter cause odor and bacteria, damaging insulation and ceiling materials. Even worse, squirrels chew anything they can find, including rafters, drywall and electrical wiring.