Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – What You Need to Know Part Two

Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets - What You Need to Know
Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – What You Need to Know

In our last post we talked about how you can properly identify hornets, wasps and yellow jackets. We also discussed how you can avoid an encounter with them on your property. Of course, sometimes these insects just get out of hand. When that happens, you need the help of NJ & NYC pest control experts.

Taking NJ & NYC Pest Control Into Your Own Hands

Far too many homeowners and business owners make the decision to remove wasps, hornets and yellow jackets themselves. This is a dangerous decision that could result in painful stings.

Destroying nests early on in their development can be effective. However, usually nests aren’t spotted until they’re well underway. You want to avoid doing any of the following:

  • Trying to flood nests under the ground with water
  • Pouring gasoline or kerosene on nests
  • Vacuuming a nest

Also, commercial traps may be little more than a waste of money. Professional pest control keeps you safe, and it gets the job done properly.

The Methods of Experienced Pest Control Pros

Hive removal is the most effective way to take care of your hornet, wasp or yellow jacket problem. The professionals at Stern Environmental understand the best ways to do this. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a worry-free summer without fear of being stung by any of these pests? We can make it happen for you!

If you have questions, please contact us right away!

The Mayo Clinic: Tips for Bee Sting Prevention and Sting Treatment

The Mayo Clinic: Tips for Bee Sting Prevention and Sting Treatment
The Mayo Clinic: Tips for Bee Sting Prevention and Sting Treatment

The warmer months are here, and that means the bees are out. Hopefully, your children are enjoying the nice weather, and you are too. Still, you need to know how to treat bee stings when they happen. You also should know how to prevent your family and loved ones from getting stung. The Mayo Clinic has some great information that you will find quite helpful. Keep in mind that if you’re in need of NJ & NYC pest control, we’re here to help.

Treating Bee Stings

For mild reactions to bee stings, remove the stinger immediately. You can use your fingernails or tweezers to do this. Wash the area and apply an ice pack or a cold compress.

For moderate reactions to bee stings, do all of the above, and also take Ibuprofen or another pain reliever. This will help manage pain and keep the swelling down. You may want to elevate the area or apply an ointment if it itches.

Preventing Bee Stings from Happening

Stay calm if you come across a bees’ nest in your yard. Walk away from it slowly. Also, wearing closed-toed shoes will protect you from getting stung on your feet. You should take care to remove anything from your yard that might attract bees.

NJ & NYC pest control is your best option when dealing with bees. Here at Stern Environmental, we’re happy to help. Please contact us for immediate assistance.

Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – What You Need to Know Part One

Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets - What You Need to Know
Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets – What You Need to Know

Hornets, wasps and yellow jackets are a big problem for many in our area. They build nests rather quickly, and become territorial once they do. Their stings are painful, and if you’re a homeowner or a business owner, they can cause a lot of issues for your property.

At Stern Environmental, we’d like to take some time and give you some more information about these pests. It’s important to know how to identify them, how to prevent them, and most of all, how to get rid of them. If you’re in need of NJ & NYC pest control, we can certainly help you with that.

Identifying Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets

These words are often used to describe the same insects, but they’re all really quite different. For instance:

Hornets – Their bodies are black with pale yellow markings. They’re not aggressive at all.

Wasps – Their bodies are slim with legs that hang down. They will sting when they feel attacked.

Yellow Jackets – Their bodies are shiny and sleek, and they deliver painful stings.

  • Preventing Hornets, Wasps and Yellow Jackets

There are several steps you can take to prevent attacks from these pests. You can:

  • Inspect areas outside for nests
  • Avoid perfumes or colognes
  • Wear light-colored clothing outside

Of course, sometimes these insects need to be controlled. Your NJ & NYC pest control specialists at Stern Environmental are always here to lend a hand. Contact us right away!

NYC Makes it to the Top Four for Mosquito Problems

Plan Ahead for Mosquito Protection
Plan Ahead for Mosquito Protection

A recent study has moved New York City up a notch, from 5th place to 4th, on the list of cities with the worst mosquito problems in America. Keeping NJ & NYC pest control professionals busy, the pests remain an issue across the US, becoming increasingly troublesome as temperatures rise.

Not the Only Victim
Based on the number of residences and businesses seeking mosquito treatment between April 2016 and March 2017, the majority of cities with high-call-ins were in the southeastern US. Atlanta ranked at the top for the fourth year in a row, followed by DC, Chicago, NYC, and Ft. Lauderdale.

A Major Health Concern
A vector for the transmission of various diseases, including chikungunya, encephalitis-inducing West Nile, and most recently Zika, taking precautions in your yard, while outdoors, and during travel is strongly advisable.

Eliminate Breeding Grounds

  • Monitor and empty all standing water โ€“ mosquitoes can breed in just an inch.
  • Change bird baths and fountains weekly, and keep pools properly treated.
  • Keep gutters clean.
  • Trim shrubbery and trees.

Bar Entry

  • Repair (and use) window screens.
  • Address gaps around windows and doors.

Prevent Bites

  • Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and pants. (Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing.)
  • Use EPA-approved mosquito repellants containing DEET, picaridin, or IR3535.

Wish mosquitoes would buzz off? Get the relief you need with the help of the NJ & NYC Pest Control experts at Stern Environmental. Contact us today.