Winter Means Squirrels All Season Long

Winter Means Squirrels
Winter Means Squirrels

My apologies to the Game of Thrones fans among you, but it is not that complicated to realize that winter is starting to rear its frosty head – even the squirrels outside my doorstep understand the coming situation. Even more, these little critters understand all too well that they need to prepare for the coming season.

To this end, they start looking for warmer quarters where they can stockpile a little food and otherwise overwinter throught the worst that Mother nature can deliever. Unfortunately, for homeowners in New Jersey and other northern states, this often means a stay inside a suburban home.

While squirrels may look all cute and cuddly, they are an untamed animal that will fiercely protect their home from any intruders – even those like you with the best intentions. In addition, they bring a decidedly “wild” odor with them that doe not really make for a festive holiday season. In short, it is best to proactively protect your home against a squirrel intrusion and to get professional pest control help if you find that they have already taken up residence in your home.

For more information on NJ squirrel control in particular and on the elimination of residential pests in general, please contact us at Stern Environmental Group. We can be found online at or reached directly at 888.887.8376.

Essential Oils Are Just Snake Oil When It Comes to Killing Bed Bugs

Snake Oils
Snake Oils

Essential oils are being celebrated as the answer to any problem. That’s why it’s not surprising that they are being used in the battle against bed bugs. However, a recent study was conducted to test the theory that essential oils were effective bed bug killers, and the results weren’t very promising.

Eleven different natural, essential oil-containing products were used in the study. They contained various ingredients, such as peppermint, cinnamon and lemon grass oil. Bed bugs were sprayed in a petri dish and they were checked several times over the course of ten days. One product, EcoRaider, seemed to out-perform the rest of the natural sprays, however it took five days for 88% of the bugs to die. By the end of the ten days, all of the bugs had died.

The other sprays in the study were ineffective at killing most of the bugs, leading researchers to believe that the hype surrounding essential oils is just that – hype; at least when it comes to bed bug control.

The problem with do-it-yourself NJ bed bug control is that you never really know the size of your infestation. Bed bugs can hide in the smallest of places, and missing just one in the course of your treatments can spell failure.

If you’re in need of NJ bed bug control, Stern Environmental is the company to trust. To make an appointment for an inspection, please contact us.

Yikes Don’t Pick Up That Spray or Oil to Treat Bed Bugs!

Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs

Bedbugs are on the move across the U.S. with multiple cities seeing an increase in the tiny pests that make life miserable with their incessant hunger for human blood. They’re found in homes, restaurants, hotels, buses, trains, schools, churches, luggage, tables, headboards, drapes and bedding. No place is safe.

A study by Rutgers University based on nine essential oil-based products shows that over-the-counter insecticides aren’t enough to eradicate bedbugs.

Each product was tested by directly spraying the adult bugs and eggs in various stages of growth. Of the nine products, only two had high percentages for killing eggs and nymphs. While this seems like an impressive result, researchers point out that since the testing was conducted in a controlled environment, the percentages would be higher than the results of using these products in actual situations.

In an actual situation, chances of directly spraying all the bedbugs is minimal since the spray would most likely not penetrate all of the areas such as cracks, behind walls and baseboards, crevices or creases where bedbugs reside.

The prolific pests require stronger methods to keep them at bay. At Stern Environmental Group, we use the innovative non-chemical method of freezing. Cryonite® is a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly process that kills the bugs and their eggs immediately. Quick, efficient, and no residue make this a method of choice.

If bedbugs are becoming  or have already become problematic, contact Stern Environmental Group. The professional technicians have the knowledge, know-how, and expertise to address infestation from top to bottom.

Keeping Pests Out of Your Business Requires Vigilance

Keep Pests Out
Keep Pests Out

After a long day, you are ready to take a break from the stresses of work and enjoy time with your family. That doesn’t meant that all activity at your business location halts. Many rodents and insects are just starting to bustle about. Be proactive about preventing an infestation and eliminating pest in your place of business.

1. Keep your trash in dumpsters that have lids and are at least 15 feet away from your building. Power wash the dumpsters frequently.

2. Eliminate standing water from gutters, plumbing leaks, and any area that would quench the thirst of pest.

3. Mulch is an attractive ground cover, but also a great hiding spot for pest like termites. Wood mulch should be a foot or more from your foundation and landscaping pebbles may be a better choice.

4. Floors should be cleaned of crumbs and grease buildup daily.

5. Any food in you business should be stored in airtight containers with metal lids.

6. Schedule regular inspections and treatment services with expert pest control professionals.

Many insects and pest are becoming resistant and immune to traditional baits and pesticides that you buy at the local big box store. Stern Environmental Group has been providing commercial pest control services in New York, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut for more than 17 years. Contact us for the latest and most effective pest control options available.