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October Pests for New Jersey – What to Know

October Pests for New Jersey - What to Know
October Pests for New Jersey – What to Know

Fall brings comfortable temperatures and beautiful colors to the northeast region. But NJ pest control experts know there’s a downside to this seasonal shift. With the cooler weather comes an increase in pest problems as the animal kingdom seeks the perfect residence to hole-up for the winter season. Which pests should you be on the lookout for this fall?

Scary Stingers

Bees, wasps and yellow jackets become more active in the winter as they seek out additional food stores and nesting places. Prevent injury with fast stinging insect removal from the pros at Stern.

Funky Flyers

Germ-carrying flies are out in force during the fall season, as are smelly stink bugs, which infiltrate every crack and crevice of your home and automobile.

Creepy Crawlers

As the coming winter chill presses forward, ants, cockroaches, box elders, ladybugs and more seek out the warmth of your home and easy access to food. These pests are notorious for infiltrating even the smallest entry points to your home.

Rascally Rodents

Rats, mice, and squirrels who are already an annoying presence will try your patience to the limit in the fall season, going out of their way to find a way inside your home to hibernate for the winter or nest with their babies.

Don’t feel like snuggling up with pests this fall and winter? Seal them out with the help of our NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today. 

Keep Fall Pests From Moving into Your Building

Keep Pests Out of Your Home This Fall and Winter
Keep Pests Out of Your Home This Fall and Winter

Along with beautiful fall weather, cool temperatures, colorful leaves and holiday events, there’s also an on-going parade of unseen pests making their way inside your home or business in preparation for winter temps.

Preventing Fall Pests

Fall pests include a variety of visitors from beetles and bugs to mice and assorted wildlife. All are on the hunt for a warm place to snuggle down when the temperatures drop.

There are quite a few things you can do that will prevent pests from entering the premises.

• Seal and/or repair any openings into your home such as replacing deteriorated weather stripping around doors and windows.

• Repair any damaged screens in windows and doors.

• Add a door sweep to prevent entry.

• Install screens on openings to chimneys and attic vents. Both are invitations for visitors.

• Caulk outside cracks and crevices using standard caulk or steel wool. Pests are savvy and can squeeze through small openings.

• If you use firewood, store it away from your home.

• For those who enjoy feeding the birds and squirrels, or provide a dish of food for outside pets, remove any uneaten food.

• Don’t leave water standing around. Like food, pests need water too.

• Hire the services of a NYC pest control company.

If your building is experiencing an influx of unwanted fall residents, contact our knowledgeable staff at Stern Environmental. Our NYC pest control technicians know how to evict and eliminate seasonal pests.

Brace Yourself, It’s Stinkbug Season!

Keep Stinkbugs Out Of Your Home
Keep Stinkbugs Out Of Your Home

At Stern Environmental Group, we know all about bugs and that includes the stinky kind. Stinkbug season is upon us and with our help, we’ll have your office fresh as a daisy,

Stinkbug Profile

The unusual shape of these bugs makes them look like a miniature armored tank. The brownish colored bug is a native of Japan, China and Taiwan. They made their debut in the U.S. around 1998 and have continued to call America home.

Stinkbugs are considered agricultural pests, no matter the season, and enjoy feeding on fruit and vegetable crops. If you have a garden or lush landscaping, the bugs will feed on the tasty leafy goodies starting in May or June.

You can tell if stinkbugs are pilfering your garden products by checking for dimpled areas on the outer surface of fruit or veggies or leaves. The dimpling is due to the sucking process of the pulp by the bugs. The bugs signature “odor” is often described as smelling like coriander and emitted whenever a bug feels threatened.

Winter Woes

When the fall season starts to make an appearance, stinkbugs pack their bags and move into homes and offices to hibernate throughout the winter. Cracks and crevices, around door and window frames, down chimneys, or any small opening is the perfect entrance for stinkbugs.

If you have an infestation in your property, contact our staff at Stern Environmental Group to set up an appointment to remove the problem.

Three Fun Facts About Lady Bugs


For today’s post, we thought we’d take a little break from the doom and gloom of the growing bedbug epidemic and talk about ladybugs. Just about everyone loves them, and they’re so pretty to look at, but do you know much about them? Here are three fun facts you might not have known before.

Fact #1: Ladybugs keep your garden healthy – That’s right! If you have plants in your office, or a growing flower garden, don’t try to get rid of the ladybugs you see there. They actually get rid of the insects you don’t want, so in a way, they are nature’s own pest control specialists.

Fact #2: Ladybugs can bleed from their knees – This is probably a defense mechanism, but ladybugs have hemolymph, which is a fluid in their knees that seeps out when they get startled. It can make them appear to be sickly, and it smells terrible.

Fact #3: Ladybugs can become cannibalistic – A hungry ladybug isn’t likely to wait long for a meal. They eat a lot of insects; as many as 50 aphids a day! So, when a ladybug is hungry, there’s no hesitation when it comes to eating a weaker or younger ladybug who can’t defend itself.

Ladybugs really are cute, and it’s great that they’re so good for your garden and plants. However, there are plenty more insects out there that aren’t. If any of them are bugging you, contact us today!

Fall Pests To Be On the Watch for at Your Business

Fall Pests
Fall Pests

As temperatures begin to fall, pests start looking for warm places to spend the winter. Your building may be an attractive option. Once inside, they will start colonies and before too long you will have a full-blown infestation.

New Jersey Fall Pests

  • The Norway Rat
    These omnivorous, disease-carrying rodents are common and can build colonies in a few weeks. They can enter buildings through holes that are less than an inch wide. They are nocturnal so daytime sightings indicate an extensive infestation.
  • Box Elder Bugs
    These fall pests do not carry disease or bite but they are a nuisance. Box elder bugs are about half an inch long and are black with orange markings. Their droppings can stain surfaces and since they feed on plant fluids, they may harm your plants.
  • Crickets
    Like the other pests on this list, these insects will enter your property to wait out the winter and may even breed. Crickets can get into your walls and can also cause damage to upholstery and fabric. Crickets are known carriers of certain diseases and therefore an infestation is a health threat.

DIY methods may catch some of the pests in your building; however, it is unlikely that they will affect large infestations. To keep fall pests from overwintering in your building, you will need the services of a professional. Stern Environmental has the tools and expertise to remove insects and rodents and to prevent winter infestations.