Is That Coriander or a Bed Bug Infestation?

Is it the Smell of Your Spice Drawer or Bed Bugs?
Is it the Smell of Your Spice Drawer or Bed Bugs?

Our five senses keep us in tune with our surroundings, with one sense often compensating for the limitations of another. When it comes to bed bugs, it may be your nose, not your eyes, alerting you to the need for NJ pest control.

Out of Sight but Not out of Mind

Bed bugs are tiny enough to move around undetected and hide in the smallest cracks and crevices. While it’s a common myth that bed bugs are a sign of poor housekeeping, these pests can easily enter any building via luggage, packages, food items or even attached to clothing.

If you do spot a bed bug, chances are it’s a sign of a full-blown infestation. Female bed bugs lay approximately three eggs per day, which mature into adults in roughly seven weeks.

The Nose Knows

Dark or rust-colored spots on linens, mattresses and bed clothes from blood or excrement are a common visual sign of bed bugs, but one unmistakable tip-off is the smell. When bed bugs are frightened or disturbed, they emit odors called alarm pheromones that have been likened to the smell of coriander. The musty scent also comes off bed bug excrement.

Eliminate Bed Bugs with NJ Pest Control from Stern Environmental

You can’t fight what you can’t see, but our safe and innovative extermination methods will remove all traces of bed bugs and other pests. Contact us to learn more.

Super Rats Or Super Sickly Rats? Could Urban Pest Control Be Influencing Evolution?

How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?
How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?

With humans, efforts to eradicate illnesses sometimes result in development of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses. Scientists are finding a similar situation with NJ pest control, which appears to have some far-reaching impacts on the rat population.

Are Rat Extermination Efforts Counterproductive?

Rat infestation takes a physical, mental and economic toll on affected communities. While improvements in technology have created highly efficient rodent-killing solutions, many cities around the world are actually seeing an increase in their rat populations.

Impact of Extermination Methods on Rat Population

Once an extermination campaign ends, the results are generally temporary as rat populations quickly rebound, a phenomenon dubbed the “boomerang effect.” Rats themselves have been undergoing a couple of significant changes.

• Rats who survive extermination attempts tend to have genetic traits that make them better equipped to avoid danger. One specific gene that’s been identified actually makes rodent-killing chemicals ineffective. As these traits are passed on through reproduction, generations of “super rats” are developing.

• On the other hand, reduction in rat population causes a corresponding reduction in genetic variation, which in turn hinders their ability to respond to changing environments. Reproduction within this limited gene pool creates a type of inbreeding, leading to weak and sickly rats less likely to survive.

Choose Stern Environmental for Effective NJ Pest Control

Our NJ pest control methods for insects and wildlife are safe, humane and effective. Contact Stern Environmental for more information.

Bed Bugs Released in a Pennsylvania Walmart Causes Panic

Next Time You Go Shopping, Make Sure to Check for Bed Bugs!
Next Time You Go Shopping, Make Sure to Check for Bed Bugs!

A recent incident at a Walmart in Pennsylvania is a good reminder that bed bugs can show up anywhere. Whether you’re a homeowner or a commercial property owner, it’s important to keep an eye out for these pests in case you end up needing NJ pest control to eliminate them.

Walmart Bed Bugs

Someone at a Walmart store in Edinboro, PA set bed bugs loose in a men’s dressing room. Rather than accidentally bringing them into the store from home, authorities determined that this was done deliberately. Pill bottles containing bed bugs were found in the store, including in the pocket of a clothing item that was for sale.

While the authorities are focusing on finding out who did this, the store has had pest control done to ensure that there are no more of these pests lurking around.

Bed Bug Control

Having someone release bed bugs in a building on purpose isn’t common, but it’s still a good idea to watch for signs of these pests. Getting prompt pest control done is crucial if you do spot any signs of bed bugs. Keep in mind that these bugs can easily travel from building to building or to different units in an apartment building.

If you need dependable NJ pest control, contact Stern Environmental Group. Whether you have bed bugs or other pests in your building or home, our experts can help.