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What to Know to Keep Raccoons Out of Your Attic this Fall

Our One Way Tunnels Let Raccoons Out and Not Back Into Your Attic
Our One Way Tunnels Let Raccoons Out and Not Back Into Your Attic

Cooler weather is on its way, and with it urban wildlife, such as raccoons, are moving into area residences and businesses. How can you keep these smart, agile creatures away? The NJ raccoon removal experts at Stern Environmental have a few tips and tricks.

Physical Barriers to Keep Raccoons Out

Nothing short of a prison-grade fence will keep raccoons out of your yard. However, by sealing off easy entry points you can prevent them from taking over your attic. Raccoons fit in gaps as small as 4-inches, so sturdily securing openings around vents, soffits, and roofing is crucial. Heavy material such as metal flashing, sheet metal, or wire mesh should be securely attached to prevent raccoons from tearing off materials.

What to Do If Raccoons Gain Entrance

If raccoons move in, careful removal is essential. Though raccoons can cause serious damage, they also carry rabies and can become aggressive if cornered or with young. Luckily, many will move if given the chance. You can safely deter them with humane harassment tactics:

• Bright Lights

Place bright lights inside/outside their den.

• Talk Radio

Talk radio (not music) mimics human activity.

• Used Litter

This scent deterrent warns of predators.

Verify removal with a ‘newspaper test.’ Never attempt physical removal. If raccoons refuse to vacate, get professional help.

Raccoons making your attic a long-term residence? Move them out fast with the NJ raccoon removal services of Stern Environmental today.

Flea-Carrying Rats Are Spreading Typhus in Homeless Camps in Los Angeles County

Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.
Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.

Los Angeles County is being hard-bit by an outbreak of typhus, which is affecting the downtown district of Los Angeles inhabited by homeless people.

The problem is due to filth accumulated on city streets from a variety of sources. In an effort to strike a blow against more typhus outbreaks, the city plans to increase its street cleaning efforts to eliminate the filth that’s attracting rats, which infect people who are bitten by infected fleas that have fed on the rats.

What is Typhus?

Typhus is often confused with typhoid due to the similarity in name, but they are two different diseases.

Typhus is carried by outdoor critters and household pets who are hosting infected fleas. Typhoid is transmitted to humans through either contaminated water or food.

The outbreak of typhus in the city has not only impacted the homeless population, it has also had an effect on business and working people.

Typhus Symptoms

The signs of typhus include abdominal pain, muscle pain, rash, and high fever. It can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it could lead to hospitalization.

Avoiding Typhus

Several things you can do include keeping your pets treated for fleas and block openings into your home. Also have a NJ pest control company do an inspection.

At Stern Environmental, our NJ pest control specialists have experience in handling flea infestations. To be flea-free, call our office and schedule an appointment.

Restaurant Owners – Indoor Flies More Than a Nuisance

Don't Let Pests Get the Better of You in Your Business. We Can Help!
Don’t Let Pests Get the Better of You in Your Business. We Can Help!

Whether you’re dining at home or enjoying a delicious meal at a local restaurant, you don’t want a bombardment of flies to be on the menu. Even a solo bombardier isn’t a welcome guest. When flies are an issue, NJ restaurant pest control should be the first item being served.

Information About Flies

We see them all the time diving, flying, walking, and buzzing around various types of food sources. Indoors, flies are usually found in moist areas such as drains or even the garbage can where they breed and lay their larvae.

Flies range in size from small house flies to very large blowflies. There are also fruit flies, phorid flies, soldier flies, drain flies, moth flies, fungus gnats, and carrion flies.

If you aren’t certain what of pest you’re seeing, keep in mind each type of fly has its own distinctive body structure and coloring. For example, an adult fly has only two wings, while flies in the larvae stage – also referred to as maggots – are nearly translucent and legless. The lifespan of a house fly depends on the temperature, which can mean living for a week to several months. Avoid fly infestations by removing food sources.

NJ restaurant pest control is another professional service provided by Stern Environmental. Our pest control experts will inspect your property and seize the moment to clip the wings and eliminate the aerial acrobatics of fast-flying flies.

New Research on Bed Bug Transmission of Chagas Disease

When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists - Stern Environmental Group!
When You Need Help Call the Bed Bug Specialists – Stern Environmental Group!

Bed bugs are well known as irritating pests that cause red, itchy welts on humans once they’ve been the feeding buffet for these bloodthirsty bugs.

Bed bugs have had a reputation of not being a disease-carrying pest and don’t pose life threatening health issues to humans. However, recent research is finding this may not be the case.

New Findings

Researchers at New Mexico State University have been investigating whether bed bugs can carry the protozoan known as Trypanosoma cruzi (T.cruzi) that results in Chagas disease.

In a report published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, lab experiments proved that not only could bed bugs host the protozoan, but the T.cruzi was able to survive even after a bed bug went through its molting process.

What made this even more interesting is that nymphs go through the molting process five times before becoming adults. If a way for the protozoan to not survive the molting process was found, it would be a head start in controlling populations carrying the T.cruzi before they reach adulthood.

When a home or business is infested with the tiny insects, it’s best to contact a NJ bedbug exterminator sooner than later.

At Stern, our NJ bed bug exterminator staff is well-versed in what it takes to get rid of the pests through proven methods and techniques. When you need experts on the job, contact us. We’ll take care of the problem.

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.