NYC Rats Love to Eat Out Where You Do Too

Eating Out With Rats
Eating Out With Rats

Was the previous patron at your favorite diner bearing whiskers, fur, and a tail? It’s no surprise that rats are a problem in New York, however it may be surprising to residents that the revolting rodents were found dining at over 900 NYC restaurants in 2014.

A distinguished palette…
What restaurants are the rodents frequenting? A recent study finds rats are often found at American, Chinese, and Japanese themed eateries. Difficult to control due to the formation of colonies or territories, multiple colonies often favorite a single establishment.

Regular clientele
Marking their way through your favorite establishments and leaving behind their own special “tips” in the form of disease-carrying urine and feces, health department inspections showed the pesky patrons quite common, issuing over 1,100 rat-related citations in city restaurants, some of which received citations for both rats and mice.

Takeout takedown
Common in areas where businesses throw garbage to the curb, offending restaurants are typically closed by the health department until rat control issues are addressed, which officials say could be prevented by simply sealing holes and cracks, properly storing food and waste, and using licensed exterminators.

Creepy competition?
If you find the incidence of rats in your favorite NYC eateries disturbing, you probably won’t be too enthused to know rat-related citations are a drop in the bucket compared to those of mice and roaches.

Home or business been ratted out? Contact Stern today.

Insects Are the Inspiration of These Unusual Drones

Inspiration For Drones
Inspiration For Drones

One man’s pest is another man’s inspiration. Think about the strength to body weight ratio of ants, or the flight speed and reaction time of a common housefly. Scientists have been thinking hard about how to unlock the incredible physics in insect bodies to create powerful drones for military and other purposes.

Insect models have inspired drone technology in various ways:

Flies: The fast and lightweight fly has inspired some of the tiniest flying robots. One prototype developed by BAE systems even has a body and wings that resemble a fly. These little drones can weigh less an ounce, yet carry powerful surveillance tools.

Hornets: These hovering creatures have inspired drones that fly like helicopters. The Black Hornet system developed by Prox Dynamics includes a base station and two hornet drones that capture live video and take high-def photos. In rugged and rural terrain, military units can send Black Hornets to places they cannot otherwise access.

Termites: Humans think of termites as a force of destruction, but those pests are actually building their own nests underground after they chew up wood. Researchers have found inspiration in termites to program small drones that can work on construction projects without people on-site.

Bug science sure can be fascinating! Even still, nobody wants mother nature’s drones entering their household. Think of Stern Environmental when you need help from pest experts.

Busting Common Bed Bug Myths

Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs

The fact that bed bugs bite and are incredibly difficult to get rid of is common knowledge. However, there are also several misconceptions about these household pests.

Bed Bugs Are too Small to See

Bite marks aren’t the only visible signs of these insects. Bed bugs are small, but they’re big enough for people to see. In fact, it’s possible to see bed bugs at all stages of life, including eggs and nymphs.

Bed Bugs Are Found in Unsanitary Homes

Bed bugs don’t eat dirt or garbage. Instead, they look for blood to feed on. Even the cleanest homes can have bed bugs, although homes with a lot of clutter make these pests more difficult to get rid of.

Bed Bugs Avoid Light

Bed bugs typically come out when it’s dark, but they don’t actively avoid light. You can still be bitten by them when you leave your bedroom light on at night.

Pesticides Are Enough to Kill Bed Bugs

Using pesticide products in your home doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be free of bed bugs. Professional bed bug control companies typically use more than one method to destroy them and lower the risk of future infestations.

If you’re having problems with bed bugs in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Stern Environmental. We’ll send our bed bug control experts over to get rid of these pests and prevent future problems with them.

Giving the Gift of Termites – Really?

The Gift Of Termites?
The Gift Of Termites?

Perhaps as a child you can remember having an ant farm. You used to love sitting there, watching the ants as they made their way through the dirt. Sometimes you’d even give it a little shake to disrupt all of their hard work. Ant farms provided hours of entertainment for young minds.

One guy has decided that ant farms are a thing of the past, and he’s come up with an even better idea. Termite farms. The termite farms come complete with damp wood termites who feast on their very own hunk of a Douglass fir tree, so they have plenty of food to keep them happy for a long time. When it comes time to add water, you just inject a bit a couple of times a month.

Perhaps you’ve dealt with termites in your home in the past, and you can’t imagine having a termite farm on your desk, or giving your child one to play with and watch. What was the reasoning behind the invention of the termite farm? Its inventor found ants to be boring.

That may be true, but termites probably won’t be welcome in many homes across the country.

If you have a termite problem at your business or multi-family property, it’s important for you to contact a professional right away. This article might have been fun, but termites are a serious problem. We’re here to help you. Give us a call.