Three Tips to Protect Your Office Building from Summer Pests

Protect Your Building
Protect Your Building

Summer is here and unfortunately, so are the pests. Here are three simple preventative tips that will help keep your building running and pest free all summer long:

1. Keep your shrubs and trees neatly trimmed and a safe distance from the building. During the spring and summer, your landscaping will take off and sprout all sorts of new growth. While this can be a real testament to your green thumb, it also creates new pathways for insects, including destructive termites, to gain access to your home.

2. Look out for places where standing water can gather. Wherever water has accumulated, you are sure to find a treasure trove of mosquitoes. Be sure to survey the outside of your building and clean up any pots, trash cans or other objects that may be collecting rain water and providing a breeding ground.

You may also want to consider filling in any low spots on the property. Even a rain puddle that accumulates and takes a few days to dry up can be enough for bugs to thrive.

3. Seal any cracks around windows and doors. Not only will this cut down on your utility bills by preventing cold air from seeping out, it will also make it harder for insects to access the building.

If it is too late for preventative measures and you need help, call Stern Environmental for all your NJ pest control needs.

Brace Yourself for a Summer Plague of Insects Due to Wet Weather

Humidity Brings Insects
Humidity Brings Insects

While the summer months mark the beginning of longer days and warmer weather, they can also signal the onset of annoying and potentially dangerous bugs. Because of an exceptionally wet spring, this summer, in particular, is on course to be a plagued by insects. Here are some important facts and tips from Stern Environmental that will help keep you, your employees and your costumers safe and comfortable.

Dangers of Biting Insects

Most insects will simply leave an itchy and annoying bite, but mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks have the potential to pass on serious diseases and cause health problems. Ticks alone are know to transmit Lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever and trigger other life threatening reactions. That is why it is especially important to take real measures to fight back against the robust insect population that is infesting the area.


If you or your employees are spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure to take advantage of the wide range of effective bug sprays on the market. You can choose between formulas that contain DEET or use more natural repellents.

Protective clothing can also reduce bites. Simply wearing pants and long sleeves can keep bugs away from your skin.

Finally, NYC pest control services can help you control the pest population around your business and employees. Safe, affordable and effective treatments can help you stay safe during this summer of bugs and bites.

Summer Bee & Wasp Sting Treatment Tips

Honey Bees
Stinging Insects

It’s that time of year again to be careful around wasps and bees. These insects can give you a nasty sting, and if you just happen to be allergic either always keep some Benadryl antihistamine around to counteract any adverse reactions fast.

Safety First

If any of the symptoms after a bee or wasp sting include  trouble breathing, being faint or feeling dizzy, hives and/or a swollen tongue, call 911 immediately. Safety first is always the best medicine.

Basic Treatment

  • Remove the stinger — Use a tweezers or scrape it out with a fingernail
  • Ice it — Use ice to control swelling. Elevate arms or legs if they were stung.
  • Treat the sting — Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen if the sting is painful. Apply a baking soda paste or calamine lotion to the affected area. Take an antihistamine (Benadryl) for itching relief.
  • Keep it clean — It may take several days before the area returns to normal, so wash it regularly and keep it clean to avoid infection.

If the site does not heal, it becomes inflamed or you have any doubts about the persons health and well being, call 911 or go to your local hospital emergency room.

For more information on bee and wasp sting treatment, contact the  Stern Environmental Group. We have the latest on how to avoid these pests, and can answer all of your wasp and bee related questions.

Yikes – 10% of Those Infected with the Powassan Virus Carried by NJ Ticks Will Die

NJ Ticks
NJ Ticks

The newest tick-borne illness to watch for is called the Powassan Virus. The first signs of this infection are showing up in the New Jersey area, and it is proving to have a 10% mortality rate of those who are afflicted. Because it is a virus, just like a cold or flu, there is no immediate cure. You’ll have to weather the storm, with help from your local doctor or hospital, until the virus runs its course. Here is what to look for if you become infected.

Warning Signs

Much like Lyme disease, people infected with the Powassan Virus will exhibit signs of fever, a rash where the tick was attached and headaches. If antibiotics are given, but the symptoms do not go away, the chances are that the person has been infected with the Powassan Virus.

Prevention is the Only Cure

Not being bitten by a tick that harbors the virus is the only real cure. Always check your body after being outside, particularly in places like arm pits, navels and on your head. Spray your clothing with a 20% to 30% deet-based insect repellent before going outside, and avoid contact with bushy or woody areas where ticks might be lurking.

For more information on ticks, the Powassan Virus and the ways of prevention, please contact Stern Environmental Group. We have the answers to all of your tick and Powassan Virus related questions.

It’s War! – Says NYC Government to Neighborhood Rats

Rat Facts
War On Rats

Whether you live in the city, condo, a residential neighborhood or a high rise, rats can become uninvited guests. The price of your property or where it’s located has nothing to do with rat infestations.

These four-legged creators are all about survival which includes food, water and shelter. All of these are readily available at any buidling, any time, and anywhere.

If you live in a condo with a yard and landscaping, rats will consider your property ideal for finding water and shelter. They’ll use vines and trees as a network to run to and from your building, garage, or shed in the search for food and shelter which includes garbage cans, pet food, birdseed or empty or partially empty out buildings.

For city dwellers, rats are always on the hunt. For them overflowing garbage cans from restaurants and businesses waiting to be collected, trash with food bits thrown on the grown, and available water sources are all attractive. These rats will sniff out and hunt down food scents even it it means climbing drain pipes or support beams to get to your balcony.

Several solutions are available to remove rats such as natural pest control, traps, and professional pest control services. Businesses are declaring war on NYC rats. When rats invade your space, it’s time to call in the experts at Stern Environmental Group. With years of experience and qualified technicians on the job, rats won’t be a problem.