Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Cockroaches

Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Cockroaches
Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Cockroaches

Cockroaches. These ancient pests obviously know how to adapt to their environment since they’ve been around for an estimated 280 million years and continue to be a challenge for commercial pest control services in NYC. With that in mind, here are a few facts about these durable pests.

Cockroach Facts

1. Cockroaches know how to party as they are attracted to beer and alcoholic beverages. Most likely, the sugar and hops tantalize their taste buds.

2. Cockroaches are tough to eliminate for three reasons; they have the ability to be submerged for at least 30 minutes and survive, have a 40-minute time-frame for holding their breath, and survive being headless for at least a week.

3. Three common cockroach species out of over 4,000 inhabiting the planet include the German, American, and brown banded.

4. While not providing food sources for cockroaches may seem like the fastest way to eliminate the pests, that is not the case. A cockroach can survive for at least a month without eating. On the flip side, they cannot survive more than a week without being hydrated.

5. Cockroaches in the U.S. average between 1/2-inch to 2-inches, while South America has the largest roach in the world, which has a 6-inch body and a wingspan that spreads to one-foot wide.

If you’re experiencing a cockroach infestation, contact Stern Environmental. Our commercial pest control services in NYC are ready to help.

The History of Bedbugs Part Two

The History of Bed Bugs
The History of Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs have been part of the environment for thousands of years, during the 1940s and 50s, infestations in the U.S. were minimal. This was due in part to an increased usage of vacuums and washing machines along with available products designed to eliminate the thirsty bloodsuckers.

Increase in the Bed Bug Population

During the 1990s, international travel became more common, which led to bed bugs hiding away in luggage and being transported back into the U.S. to homes and hotels. Anywhere people who had picked them up abroad and then traveled in the U.S. could become a target for bed bugs. This included airplanes, trains, cruise ships, subways, vehicles, and public buses.

Facts and Stats

A survey conducted in 2015 showed 99.6 percent of pest control professionals, including your NJ bed bug specialist, had been contacted to treat bed bug infestations. The percentage was the same for 2013 but was higher than the previous 5-15-year range.

According to experts, the three areas with the highest population of bed bugs include hotels and motels, apartments and condominiums, and single-family homes.

Summer seems to be the season with the most bed bug activity, which means it would be a good time to schedule an inspection with an NJ specialist.

When you’re in need of a professional pest expert, contact Stern Environmental. We have the experienced staff and products to make your space bed bug free.

The History of Bedbugs Part One

Did you Know?
Did you Know?

In the history of naming bugs, it only stands to reason bed bugs most likely got their name due to their standard operating procedure of dining on humans while tucked away snug and cozy for what should be a restful night’s sleep.

History of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs, also referred to as “wall lice,” “red coates,” and “mahogany flats,” have been an issue as far back as the Pyramids, which means these bloodsucking pests have been enjoying human buffets for over 3,000 years.

As explorers began traveling the high seas in search of new continents, and colonists began moving from Europe to the United States, the pests moved along with them.

A Bed Bug Myth

The thought that bed bugs only inhabit unclean places is a myth as any NYC bed bug specialist will tell you five-star resorts and multi-million-dollar homes are no exception. Bed bugs are avid travelers taking any opportunity to find a mode of transportation to new locations where they set up household and start planning nightly menus.

Bed Bug Hiding Places

If you ask an NYC bed bug specialist where bed bugs may be found in your home, you’ll get a list of places that include mattresses, headboards, behind walls, in drawers, suitcases, backpacks, computer cases, or on a person’s clothes.

If you have a concern about bed bug infestations, contact Stern to schedule an appointment with an experienced NYC specialist.

NYC Rats: Where Do They Go When It Gets Cold?

Where do Rats go During the Wintertime?
Where do Rats go During the Wintertime?

When you own or operate a commercial business, one area that can be problematic is dealing with unwanted rodents entering the building. This is a year-round issue but especially troublesome during the winter months when rats are looking for warm places to hunker down.

What are Rats Looking for in a Hiding Place?

Like other outdoor residents, their primary concern is finding a warm place to inhabit followed by access to food sources and water.

Garbage cans inside and outside of a building are prime targets for food; standing water and dripping faucets provide hydration.

If there are areas inside their targeted building where food is stored, cooked, or eaten, then any opening, crack, or crevice left unattended will allow them to access to these areas.

Where are Prime Hiding Places Located?

Do a visual inspection to find sources of access such as split screens on windows or doors, gaps around doors and windows, behind air conditioning vents, behind the walls, and in the ceiling.

Rats are masters at managing their way into what may seem like an impossible opening. Being aware of popular hiding places allows you to repair/secure these areas.

What Should You Do?

The answer is to schedule an inspection with NYC rodent exterminator specialists. Professional technicians are adept at ferreting out hiding places and eliminating unwanted rodent residents.

If you need the assistance of NYC rodent exterminator experts, contact Stern Environmental.