Tag Archives: Disease Carrying Pests

Cockroaches and Restaurants – Where There is One There Are Many!

You Won't Just See One!
You Won’t Just See One!

Restaurant owners must be vigilant to keep cockroaches from invading their building. Just one sighting of a roach by a customer can have a devastating impact on the reputation of your business. German cockroaches are enemy number one for restaurant owners. They’re adaptable, reproduce quickly, and carry bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella.

The German Cockroach

German cockroaches have an average lifespan of about 20 weeks. They mature quickly and are able to reproduce just a few weeks after hatching. Females produce about seven egg capsules in their lifetime with approximately 48 eggs in each capsule. It’s estimated that one female can be matriarch to as many as 35,000 roaches in a year. Cockroaches move around at night. If you see one scurrying about in your restaurant during the day, it likely means their hiding places are overcrowded, you have a major infestation, and it’s time to call Stern for NYC commercial pest control services.

Why Cockroaches Cluster

According to ScienceNews, the gut bacteria (Blattella germanica) in young German cockroaches has a distinct smell that attracts other roaches when it is excreted. This could be why roaches cluster and perhaps gives each roach colony its own aroma.

We have been providing NYC commercial pest control services for more than 17 years and can quickly eliminate any size of cockroach infestation. We will also help you develop a plan to prevent future problems. Contact us today.

What Diseases do Squirrels Carry?

Make Sure Squirrels Don't Bite You!
Make Sure Squirrels Don’t Bite You!

Squirrels are cute, furry and cuddly, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a nuisance. They often find their way inside homes as the weather gets colder in the late fall and winter seasons. Not only can they cause problems in your home, but they can also carry diseases. As your Long Island squirrel specialists, we want you to be aware of the dangers of these pests.

Squirrels and the Diseases They Carry

If you have squirrels living your attic, or other parts of your home, your entire family could be at risk. You could contract:

• Salmonellosis

• Lyme Disease

• Rabies

• Leptospirosis

• Tularemia

Most people don’t realize how dangerous squirrels can be. You also may not know if a squirrel is carrying a disease until you get bit by one.

Leave Squirrel Removal to the Professionals

It’s tempting to buy a squirrel trap and handle the situation yourself. However, this can also be dangerous. Squirrels can be quite vicious if they feel threatened. If one of them has a disease it can become even more aggressive and dangerous.

It’s best to let Long Island squirrel specialists handle any squirrel problems in your home. At Stern, that’s just one of the services we provide to our customers. Having a squirrel in your house can be annoying at best, and quite often, it can also be hazardous. Contact us to get information on how we can help you.

Pest Control Customers Are Concerned About Family and Public Health

Protecting Families from Pests Carrying Disease
Protecting Families from Pests Carrying Disease

NJ & NYC pest control service providers are increasingly being looked upon as a means to protecting the public health. A recent survey shows, as American consumers become increasingly exposed to (and aware of) the integral role pests play in regards to health, they’re looking to the pest control industry as a positive influence in this arena.

Insect Issues
Pests carry a host of diseases, from ticks toting Lyme disease to encephalitis-inducing mosquitoes. There’s the sanity sapping side-effects of bedbugs, not to mention allergen-inducing dust mites and cockroaches and their pollutant poop. Then there’s the wide range of health and psychological issues that can all be addressed by your area pest control pro. Because of these common concerns about public health…

• 78% of survey respondents viewed pest professionals as protectors of public health.

• 80% viewed their services as protective of their home and property.

• 70% viewed regular pest control services as protective of their home and family.

• 87% turned to professional treatment for the knowledge and experience offered in properly identifying and treating every type of pest.

The National Pest Management Association sees this shift in focus as an opportunity to become a major player in the public health arena, and will use this new information to help the industry better meet customer needs.

Are your NJ & NYC pest control needs being met? Connect with pest professionals who care. Contact Stern Environmental today.

Managed Cat Colonies May Be Used to Lower Rat Population in NYC

Cats to manage rodent populations in New York City?
Cats to manage rodent populations in New York City?

Better known for patrolling NYC area subways and communities in their efforts to thwart crime, the legendary Guardian Angels are now tackling the NYC’s 4-legged foes – rats. Rodent control has become big news as of late, given a small but deadly bacterial outbreak back in December that was linked to leptospirosis, which is found in rat urine.

The Plan to Run-Off the Rodents?
Cats. To combat this age-old city problem, feral cats are being established in vacant land areas citywide, aimed at reducing problem areas overrun by rodents. The territorial creatures have been surmised to be an ideal solution for reducing rodent population, and likewise being kept in check and cared for with spay/neuter services, vaccinations, and necessary food and shelter.

The Cat’s Meow
The Guardian Angels are now overseeing 10 colonies of cats in the city, ranging from Astoria to Howard Beach, stating these colonies are a win-win for the city. The kitty commandos – about 150 total, may soon be embarked on a new mission at 750 Grand Concourse, the Bronx building identified as ground zero for the leptospirosis outbreak. Other area residents looking for help have been encouraged to contact the group.

Four-legged felines in your home not toeing the line when it comes to managing your NYC rodent control needs? There’s a safer, easier way to eliminate those annoying and potentially dangerous rodents. Contact Stern Environmental to learn more today.

What You Need to Know About Rat-Carried Leptospirosis

Rats and New York City - Unfortunately They Just Go Together
Rats are Known Carriers of Diseases. Leptospirosis is the Latest and is Particularly Severe.

Most people know that rats carry diseases. This fact alone makes them one of the most dangerous of pests. One disease, which is known as Leptospirosis, can lead to severe health problems if it is contracted and treatment isn’t administered right away. This is just one reason why it’s important to secure NYC rodent control as soon as possible if you have a rat problem.

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a rat-carried disease that can easily be spread to humans. It can cause many symptoms, including:

  • Redness of the eyes
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Headache

As you can see, it might be easy to mistake Leptospirosis for something else, such as a mild virus, or even the flu. Some people don’t even have symptoms at all. It can take between two days and four weeks to develop symptoms after exposure.

If Leptospirosis is left untreated, it can progress even further into problems like kidney failure, liver failure or meningitis. Recovery with treatment can take as long as three weeks, or even longer in some cases. Without treatment, it can take months.

Help From NYC Rodent Control

Ignoring a rat problem can be dangerous, and it can easily lead to disease. Here at Stern Environmental, your NYC rodent control specialists are standing by to provide you with the help you need to rid your property of rats. Contact us for help!