Cockroaches – More Than You Wanted to Know

The Trouble With Cockroaches
The Trouble With Cockroaches

Cockroaches are known for surviving everything, which is why business owners need professional help exterminating them. Consider the long, strange history of roaches:

  • Cockroaches have existed since about 80 million years before the first dinosaurs!
  • Some cultures used to consider cockroaches good luck. People even brought roaches into new homes as housewarming gifts.
  • In some places, people eat cockroaches with oil and garlic as a digestive aid.

Cockroaches are hardy:

Here’s why cockroach problems turn into infestations overnight:

  • Some cockroaches can lay over 2 million babies in a year.
  • Many species reproduce less — but still about 10,000 babies per mother.
  • Female roaches can get pregnant once, and stay pregnant for the rest of their lives!

Cockroaches are hard to eliminate:

Roach killer products found in stores tend to bring mediocre results at best, followed by a complete return of the infestation. Here’s why professional cockroach exterminators are needed:

  • You can’t starve them: cockroaches live weeks without water and a month without food.
  • You can’t swat them: cockroaches can grow back legs. Some live for weeks with their head cut off!
  • You can’t simply poison them: some roaches won’t take bait, others will survive certain chemicals. Often, pesticide and sterilization chemicals get the best results.

Cockroaches have a reputation for difficult, disgusting infestations. Keep your company’s reputation intact and contact the roach control experts at Stern for fast, safe extermination.

Our Traveler’s Guide to Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Tips For Travel
Bed Bug Tips For Travel

Bed bug infestations in hotels are on the rise not just in the U.S. but around the world. This is due to the pests hitching a ride inside luggage, clothing, purses, planes, trains, or anything mobile that provides a warm place for an undisturbed journey.

The blood-thirsty bugs do not discriminate when it comes to a good meal. Adults, teens, and children are all of the bed bug menu. The result of a bed bug bite results in red, itchy welts. Most people have no reaction to the bite other than itching while others suffer from an allergic reaction.

Before and during your travel time, there are some tips to help keep bed bugs at bay.

  • Before booking a hotel at your destination location, check online for customer reviews. These will give you an idea of what to expect and if the hotel, motel, hostel, or bed and breakfast has had a bed bug problem.
  • Spray your luggage with a bed bug control product, inside and out.
  • Pack clothing in sealed storage bags.
  • Inspect the hotel room including bedding, baseboards, drawers, and headboard.
  • Keep luggage off the floor and closed.
  • If bed bugs are present, contact management immediately.

When you want to help bed bugs pack their bags and take a one-way trip out of town, call the professionals at Stern Environmental Group. They’ve got just the ticket to send bed bugs on their way.

Five Fun Facts About Bed Bugs

Fun Facts About Bed Bugs
Fun Facts About Bed Bugs

Whether you’re currently dealing with a bed bug infestation, or you’re hoping you never have to, it pays to know a thing or two about these pests. Here are a few fun facts about bed bugs that you may not have known before.

Fact #1: A bed bug’s eating habits are flexible – Baby bed bugs, or nymphs, need to feed to grow to their next stage. However, bed bugs are pretty flexible as far as when they eat next. They can go long periods of time without a meal, which helps them survive when you move out.

Fact #2: Bed bugs have evolved for survival – These pests are well aware of their need for survival, which is why they’ve adapted to make sure they live on. Their mating rituals are one example, and even though they are physically able to mate in a conventional way, the males will pierce the abdomens of the females instead.

Fact #3: Bed bugs leave clues behind – As many as 50% of people who are bitten by bed bugs don’t realize it, but these bugs usually defecate while feeding or right after, so if you suspect an infestation, bloods stains are a clue.

If you’re in need of NJ bed bug control services, make sure you’re only working with a company with an excellent reputation for bed bug treatment and elimination. To make an appointment for your inspection, contact us.

Mice Biology and Factoids

Mouse Control
Mouse Control

A mouse may look cute in a cartoon, but mice are a nuisance when they infiltrate your apartment, office building, restaurant and store. They are dirty and they can carry diseases.

Here are a few facts about mice:

  • The house mouse is called Mus musculus and commonly found in residences and commercial buildings.
  • There are many other varieties of mice including field, wood, spiny, zebra and dormouse.
  • Mice are nocturnal meaning they come out at night seeking anything edible.
  • They eat 15 to 20 times in 24 hours.
  • The average mouse is one to seven inches long and weighs about a pound.
  • The female mouse can have a litter of four to a dozen baby mice every month.
  • Female mice build nests in dark places chewing up paper, wire, clothing and insulation.
  • Storage rooms of food stores and restaurants are favorite nesting places since food is readily available.
  • They can chew through bags.
  • Their dried droppings can carry harmful pathogens causing disease.

Mice must be eradicated to keep your commercial property safe and clean.

Stern Environmental Group sells a special mouse tracking program that finds mice nests and eliminates them. The mice enter a food-based trap that contains florescent powder that provides an ultra-violet track to their nests where they are eradicated.

Contact us today to learn more about this method of eliminating  mice in your commercial buildings in New York City and New Jersey.