Category Archives: Cockroaches

Mold-Carrying Cockroaches Can Increase Allergies

Scientists have known for some time that cockroaches produce allergens than can increase the severity of asthma symptoms, particularly in children. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one in five children in the U.S. is severely sensitive to cockroach allergens. These allergens are introduced into homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies. Now new research indicates that cockroaches may also harbor molds that can trigger allergic reactions.

In research on Madagascar hissing cockroaches — at 3 inches long and up to an inch wide, the King Kong of the roach world — a trio of Ohio doctoral students have found that the giant bugs carry 14 different types of molds. Several of these molds produce spores that can trigger stuffy noses, itching eyes, wheezing coughs and irritated skin in people with allergies. Additional research will be needed to see if common roaches and the hard-t0-kill German cockroaches that bedevil American apartments and homes similarly carry molds.

Allergies generally increase with repeated exposure. Since there is no such thing as a single cockroach, allergy risk increases exponentially if roaches enter your home. Allergens enter the air and then your sinuses and lungs on minute dust particles. Professional cockroach extermination and pest control is needed to eliminate the allergy and asthma risk caused by cockroaches.

New "Green" Pest Control Acts Instantly Without Poisons

People are excited about Stern Environmental Group’s new environmentally-friendly insect extermination treatment — Cyronite. We’ve had so many calls and orders for this revolutionary pest control system that we’re in the process of expanding this part of our business to meet the demand!

Cryonite uses pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) to rapidly freeze and kill insects and their eggs. It’s particularly effective on pesticide resistant bedbugs and hard-to-kill German cockroaches. Popularized in Europe and Australia but just introduced in the United States, the Cryonite system is only available from a select number of pest control companies, including Stern Environmental Group.

Cryonite system uses no toxic chemicals, making it is ideally suited for use in sensitive areas like homes, day care centers, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and restaurants. Cyronite’s instant kill action means that hotel and motel rooms can be rented immediately after treatment. Cruise ships can be treated with no scheduling delay for detoxification or clean up. The hospitality industry is showing major interest in Cryonite. The green pest control system maximizes occupancy rates and lowers down time for infected rooms.

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Don’t Move Out When Roaches Invade! Cryonite to the Rescue!

Comedian Mark Malkoff moved into the Elizabeth, New Jersey IKEA store on Monday while his New York City apartment is being fumigated for cockroaches. If he’d just called Stern, he’d never have had to leave home.

Known for his 2007 video 171 Starbucks, the 31-year-old filmmaker dragged along a camera crew to document his week-long stay at the world’s most famous do-it-yourself furniture store. (Watch the video on While he’s been impressed with the spaciousness of his new IKEA bedroom suite (twice the size of his Queens apartment), he’s already run into a few snags: The sinks don’t work and the toilet is just a prop, as are the refrigerator, TV, washer and dryer. He’s showering in the staff locker room, cooking his meals in the staff cafeteria, and spending his days chatting up the customers. Of course, if his landlord had used Stern’s new Cryonite extermination system, Malkoff could have stayed home.

Cryonite is the green solution to effective pest control. Chemical-free and non-toxic it’s an environmentally friendly way to kill bugs that has proven particularly effective against nasty German cockroaches and pesticide-resistant bed bugs. The Cryonite system works by creating a penetrating carbon dioxide snow that vaporizes to penetrate cracks and crevices, under floorboards, behind baseboards, the undersides of furniture, behind appliances, inside bedding and box springs, and other hard-to-reach places where roaches and bed bugs hide and multiply. It freezes the bugs before they can scurry away and kills them — and unlike many pesticides, Cryonite is effective on bugs in all stages of development, including eggs.

Cryonite application produces no pesticide smells, messy wet residues or health implications. The CO2 used is food grade quality which presents no contamination risk. Click the post title for more information on Cryonite, the green solution to your pest problems.

Scientists Prove Roaches Can Learn!

If you ever took high school biology, I’m sure you’ve heard of Pavlov’s dogs. More than a century ago, Ivan Pavlov was the first to demonstrate that animals could learn to associate food with a noise. Pavlov’s dogs learned to salivate in anticipation of chow time when he rang a bell. Humans are the only other species who can be conditioned to salivate (just think of the last time you saw a burger commercial) — until now.

Japanese scientists at Tohoku University have conditioned cockroaches to salivate when exposed to the scent of sugar syrup. Roaches that can learn! It boggles the imagination! I fancifully envision new breakthroughs in pest management. Perhaps roaches could eventually be conditioned to line up and march to the sound of a flute. Like the pied piper we could come into your home, play a few bars and lead the creepy crawlies outside and far away. I’m sure you’d be willing to help out with flute lessons for the gang in the shop.

Unfortunately that’s unlikely to happen. I can’t imagine what relevance science will find for cuing roaches to salivate on command, but some day it may prove useful. Until then we’re stuck with the tried and true methods of removing these pesky insects from your home or business. If you have a roach problem, don’t delay. Give the insect control specialists at Stern Environmental Group a call today.

Roaches bring disease and bacteria into your home and are a primary cause of the increasing number of asthma cases in our cities, particularly among children. Click the post title to learn more about cockroaches and Stern’s effective pest control program. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.

Cockroaches Linked to Rise in Children’s Asthma

Asthma is a growing problem in children and cockroaches have been proven to be a major factor. Several recent comprehensive studies by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases have confirmed the dangerous connection between cockroaches and asthma in children.

They report that “one in five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which can cause or increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens are most commonly introduced into homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests,” reports the National Pest Management Association in a recent press release.

Homeowners must be vigilant in preventing infestations, which usually increase as temperatures rise in the summer. Cockroaches thrive in warm, dark, moist places and are most active when temperatures reach 70 degrees and above. For more information on these nasty pests, click the post title.

The National Pest Management Association offers homeowners some tips to protect their families against cockroach infestation:

  • Keep food tightly sealed and stored properly, particularly in kitchens.
  • Clean kitchens daily where crumbs and trash are more likely to build up.
  • Dispose of garbage daily or more often and store in sealed containers.
  • Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

If you see a cockroach in your home or suspect you may have a problem, contact Stern Environmental Group immediately. There is no such thing as a single cockroach. If you live in an apartment or other multi-family housing unit and your neighbors complain of roaches, chances are they’ll be invading your home next, if they haven’t already.

You need a qualified pest professional to treat infestations and protect your children and your family. Stern Environmental Group uses safe and effective pest control products that won’t harm your children or pets. Visit our website to find out about our pest control and pest management services. The only good roach is a dead roach! Call our roach control experts today to keep your family and your children safe. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.