Cockroaches to Termites What’s Next?

The Trouble With Cockroaches
Termites From Cockroaches?

Two of the most hated insects on the planet likely share a common origin, according to the National University of Singapore’s sciences department. Researchers believe the voracious termite evolved from the highly prolific and resilient coach roach about 170 million years ago. This means termites were around long before the dinosaurs and are likely to continue thriving for many years ahead. What does this all mean to you?

They are getting tougher and smarter

Cockroaches have learned to avoid sweet-tasting traps. The termites and coach roaches know you do not want them in your home. Roaches are highly evasive and typically on move about at night. If you see them during the day, it is probably due to overcrowding, and the problems is bigger than you realize. Termites are active year-round. They eat non-stop and virtually unnoticed. They move from the ground to the wood of your home in areas you don’t go or look. These little pest and their disease-carrying ancestors can cause serious illness in your home and thousands of dollars in repair cost.

Trust the experts

While you spend very little of your time thinking about them, cockroaches and termites are constantly striving for survival of themselves and their eggs. Over-the-counter insecticides never fully get rid of them. For a thorough eradication and to keep all manner of pests from coming back, trust the pest control experts at Stern Environmental Group.

The Real Health Impacts of Untreated Cockroach Populations

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Health Consequences of Untreated Cockroach Populations are Real.

In NYC, cockroach control is often a part of daily life. But there’s more to this need than simply reducing their creepy crawly presence. Cockroaches are bad for your health.

What health risks to cockroaches present?

  • Disease causing germs.
    Roaches can cause gastrointestinal illness from carrying E. coli, Salmonella, six parasitic worms, and many more human pathogens.
  • Allergy and asthma risks.
    Cockroach debris – old shells, body parts, saliva, and droppings – can trigger asthma attacks in those sensitive to cockroach antigen, proteins found in this cockroach debris.
  • Chemical hazards resulting from improper DIY pest management.
    Professional cockroach control can minimize these risks – and more effectively reduce populations.

What’s the best way to handle NYC cockroach control?

  • Don’t leave food and drinks out.
  • Keep all surfaces clear of food and crumbs.
  • Immediately clean up after spills.
  • Store food and garbage in tightly sealed containers.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes out overnight.
  • Control moisture levels and leaks, particularly in the kitchen and bath, where roaches like to congregate.
  • Keep inside and outside areas of your home clean of boxes, cardboard, and newspapers, which roaches can both eat and take up residence.
  • Cut down on clutter to eliminate shelter and hiding places.
  • Seal cracks and crevices around plumbing, electrical, gas lines, around cupboards, baseboards, and more to deny roaches access to your home.

NYC cockroach control problems driving you buggy? Stern can help. Contact us today.

German Cockroaches Flock to Food Preparation Areas

German Cockroaches can be hard to control.
German Cockroaches can be hard to control.

Food prep areas used to be notorious for German cockroach infestation. The cockroaches used to come in from the suppliers, in bags, boxes, hidden under pallets and such, and in these ways, they would travel from one food preparation position to another.

However, through modern inspection and control methods, this type of infestation now only accounts for about 5% of all cockroach problems. Yet cockroaches still remain a problem. So, where are all of the German cockroaches coming from?

Home Made Pests

It has been found that employees are actually carrying cockroaches, their nymphs and eggs, into food processing plants and food preparation sites. Truly, 95% of German cockroach infestation in these areas, is brought in by the employees themselves through personal items.


  • Use an outside cleaning service for uniforms. They should never be taken home.
  • Personal items should not be taken into locker rooms or break rooms. Personal clothing should never be worn in food areas.
  • Regular cleaning should be done in all locker rooms and break rooms
  • Training should be given to employees about the risks of bringing cockroaches in
  • A strong and proactive cockroach monitoring program should be put in place, particularly in food and vending areas.

For more and detailed information about cockroaches in your food processing areas, contact the  Stern Environmental Group. We can offer programs to combat German cockroach infestation, in both prevention and eradication.

Find More About This “Crazy” Ant – the Tawny Crazy Ant

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Send help now, our office has been inundated by ants!

Tawny crazy ant may sound like a creature from a ’50s horror movie, but they’re all too real. While these insects themselves are not actually crazy, they can drive home and business owners to madness with their opportunistic habits.

Here are some facts about this pest that made its way up to the United States from central Brazil.

  • Tawny crazy ants are reddish-brown with a hairless, shiny head. Their colorful name comes from dense patches of yellow hair on their thorax and abdomen.
  • A colony may include several nests and several queens. As the queens leave the original nest to form new ones, the result may be a super colony where workers exhibit a strong sense of community, mixing freely between nests and sharing resources.
  • The ants are omnivorous, feeding primarily on aphids, mealy bugs and other insects that excrete a sugary liquid known as honeydew. They also eat sweet plants such as overripe fruits as well as caterpillars, spiders, termites and even small animals.
  • Their pest status comes from their tendency to infest buildings and greenhouses. Tawny crazy ants are attracted to electricity and sometimes cause equipment failures.

Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to deal with ants or other pests in your NYC business. Contact us for information about our state-of-the-art commercial pest management services that can be scheduled to accommodate your particular needs.

The Tick Primer: Common Ticks Found in New Jersey

NJ Ticks Carry Pathogens
NJ Ticks Carry Pathogens

Ticks have become one of the most feared biting pests — they are not insects, and are, in fact, related to spiders and scorpions — because of their ability to transmit Lyme Disease. But of the most common ticks in the New Jersey area, only one of them transmits the disease, and the others are relatively harmless when they bite.

Lone Star Tick

This tick is so named because adult females, the ones who bite, have a small white spot on their backs, which essentially looks like a little star. Males and nymphs have no star, and all of their bodies are rounded.

American Dog Tick

This is another harmless tick that has an oblong body shape. Adult females have a white collar across the top of their backs, while adult males have blotches of white on theirs. Nymphs are a uniform dark color.

Blacklegged Tick

Of the common ticks found around New Jersey, this is the tick that carries Lyme Disease. Only the females and nymphs feed and therefore, transmit the disease to a human host. They have a teardrop shape, and females have a dark red lower abdomen. Nymphs are uniformly reddish-brown in color

For more information on ticks in the New Jersey area, contact the  Stern Environmental Group. We have the latest on how to identify and protect yourself against these pests, and we can answer all of your tick related concerns.