Fall Pests To Be On the Watch for at Your Business

Fall Pests
Fall Pests

As temperatures begin to fall, pests start looking for warm places to spend the winter. Your building may be an attractive option. Once inside, they will start colonies and before too long you will have a full-blown infestation.

New Jersey Fall Pests

  • The Norway Rat
    These omnivorous, disease-carrying rodents are common and can build colonies in a few weeks. They can enter buildings through holes that are less than an inch wide. They are nocturnal so daytime sightings indicate an extensive infestation.
  • Box Elder Bugs
    These fall pests do not carry disease or bite but they are a nuisance. Box elder bugs are about half an inch long and are black with orange markings. Their droppings can stain surfaces and since they feed on plant fluids, they may harm your plants.
  • Crickets
    Like the other pests on this list, these insects will enter your property to wait out the winter and may even breed. Crickets can get into your walls and can also cause damage to upholstery and fabric. Crickets are known carriers of certain diseases and therefore an infestation is a health threat.

DIY methods may catch some of the pests in your building; however, it is unlikely that they will affect large infestations. To keep fall pests from overwintering in your building, you will need the services of a professional. Stern Environmental has the tools and expertise to remove insects and rodents and to prevent winter infestations.

Are Termites A Four Seasons Pest

Year Round Termites
Year Round Termites

New Jersey has one kind of termite, the eastern subterranean termite. While there is only one type, it happens to be extremely destructive. Reticulitermes flavipes is destructive because it is hard to control. They live underground and come up to devour wood and other cellulose-based materials within your building.

Are Eastern Subterranean Termites Active in Winter?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is yes. Because the eastern subterranean termite lives underground, they are protected from even the harsh New Jersey winters. Their tunnels are well below the frost line. They enter via small cracks in the foundation and once established, they go to work. Within the heated spaces of your building, they become active and will work 24 hours a day eating everything from wood to paper.

Do You Need a Stern Termite Professional for Your Business?
The fact that these termites live underground makes infestations difficult for most people to spot. Furthermore, DIY control methods are often ineffective and you will never be certain that you have eliminated the threat. Termite control professionals from Stern Environmental have the skills and tools to identify and eradicate this dangerous and persistent pest.

Termites often swarm in the spring and summer, which may lead to the mistaken perception that they are a warm-weather problem. While they do thrive in warm weather, they are active no matter the season. This means that termite control should be a year-round endeavor on your property.

Get Bed Bugs Packing with Help from Stern!

Catch The Bedbugs
Catch The Bedbugs

You go to bed at night and when you get up in the morning, you have a red, itchy rash and you don’t why, chances are your home, apartment, or hotel room has been invaded by bed bugs. These tiny crawling bugs are major blood suckers who make their home in a variety of places in residences and commercial businesses.

Bed bugs like warm, dark places, so any place offering this type of environment is a good place for them to call home. Here are just a few of the places bed bugs like to infest.

  • Along the lining of quilts, bedspreads and comforters
  • Mattress and box spring covers
  • Inside crevices of the bed frame
  • In the dark recesses of a desk, night table or chest of drawers
  • Curtain shams
  • Behind baseboards, molding and trim
  • Picture frames
  • Under carpet

If you’re experiencing an infestation of bed bugs, you’ll need the professional experts at Stern Environmental Group. As our website says, we’ve been a leader in removing bed bugs for more than 17 years.

Bed bugs are definitely not your best bed bud and Stern has the experts to send your pests packing using Cryonite, a non toxic, environmentally green product, to freeze and instantly kill the bugs.

Other options include bed bug heaters, detectors, traps, beacons, interceptors, domes and bed bug monitors.

Call us today and we’ll get started on a plan of action to put pests where they belong.

NJ Cockroach Crisis

Cockroach Problems
Cockroach Problems

Cockroaches are a nuisance, on many level. They’re creepy, crawly, and carry a variety of germs, and now they’re in your multi-family property or business.

Whenever you see cockroaches zipping up the wall, skittering across the floor, or exploring your break room counter, it’s time to call Stern Environmental Group for an inspection.

These pesky insects are known carriers of bacteria, disease and allergens that increase the severity of asthma attacks, especially in children. According to the National Pest Management Association, “one in five children in the U.S. have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which can cause or increase the severity of asthma symptoms.” This is not good news.

Cockroaches are heat seekers. They prefer moist locations that offer both warmth and darkness. The summer is the height of the infestation season because of increased temperatures. Once established in your property, you’ll see the pesky insects throughout the year.

With help from Stern Environmental Group, our professional technicians will implement a pest control program that works effectively to eradicate your cockroach problems. One of the products Stern uses is Cryonite, a non toxic, odorless, green control system that kills cockroaches instantly.

If your multi-family units are being overrun by six-legged cockroaches or other types of bugs, flying insects, rodents, or wildlife is roving your open spaces, we have a program designed to handle your specific situation.

Contact us by phone, email, or our online form if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Do Bed Bugs Become Dormant in the Winter?

Do Bedbugs Hibernate
Do Bedbugs Hibernate

If you’re familiar with bed bugs, you know they don’t like the cold. In fact, when temperatures start to dip you might be thinking you can put your bed bug worries away for the winter. However, it just doesn’t work that way.

Bed bugs need to find a warm place to stay for the winter, and your nice, warm house provides the perfect atmosphere for them to survive and thrive. If you’re concerned about a bed bug infestation this winter, it’s important to take the necessary precautions right now.

Monitor for Bed Bugs

Bed bug monitors are actually very effective for alerting you of an infestation before it gets out of hand. If you see any bed bugs in the monitors, you can be sure there are more hiding in your bed, behind the walls, or in another close spot.

Use Caution When Traveling, Even Locally

You’re careful when you visit a hotel, and you always inspect the room for bed bugs before you enter. However, did you know that you also need to use caution when you travel locally? Bed bugs are great hitchhikers, and it’s becoming more and more common to find them on public transportation.

Contact a Pest Control Specialist

As soon as you think you have a problem, contact a pest control specialist for an inspection. The sooner you act, the sooner your issues can be dealt with. We’re eager to help you so contact us!