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Tips For Preventing Mosquito Bites – and West Nile Virus

Because our area is such a breeding ground for West Nile virus, we wanted to provide you with additional information on how to prevent this disease. Here is the best advice from the Centers of Disease Control:

• The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to put insect repellents on exposed skin. The CDC  recommends four ingredients: DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (or PMD), and IR3535 (its latest addition to the list). In addition, permethrin—which can be used on clothing, shoes, camping gear, and bed nets, but not skin—is an option.

• Stay indoors at or near dawn and dusk, when West Nile infections tend to occur. “Try and avoid mosquito bites at these times,” says Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.

• Eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home. These include small pools of water such as a birdbath that’s not cleaned out, water at the bottom of a flowerpot, and old buckets or tires with standing water. “Any kind of container can breed mosquitoes,” Petersen says. Emptying such containers once or twice a week should do the trick.

• Put screens on your windows and doors—and repair the screens if they have holes in them. Also, use air conditioning so you can keep the windows closed.

• Use mosquito netting on infant carriers when taking a baby outdoors.

West Nile virus is a serious health threat. Call an experienced NJ, NYC pest control expert to ensure your family’s health and safety.

It’s West Nile Season

Mosquito bites can be more than an annoyance. For the unlucky, getting bitten can lead to West Nile virus, a potentially serious illness that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is very likely underdiagnosed and underreported. With West Nile season getting underway, and mosquitoes and birds recently testing positive for the virus from coast to coast, the agency is spreading the word on prevention.

West Nile virus first appeared in the northeastern United States during the summer of 1999, in the New York metropolitan area, and it quickly spread through much of the continental United States. In New Jersey, scientists isolated the virus from humans, birds, horses, gray squirrels, an eastern chipmunk, a striped skunk and bats

In June 2000, the New York State Health Department announced that a pair of crows found in Rockland County, New York, was infected with the virus. That same day, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reported that a crow found in Bergen County, New Jersey, had also tested positive for the West Nile virus.

West Nile virus continues to be a cause for concern in this area. West Nile is usually spread by infected mosquitoes, which pick up West Nile by feeding on infected birds and can then transmit the illness to people and animals.  While you can help prevent mosquitoes breeding by eliminating standing water around your home, if there’s an infestation of mosquitoes, call in an expert NJ, NYC pest control company.

National Pest Management Month

April brings many new things around the United States.  The snow is a distant memory, the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, it’s getting warmer each day, and many seasonal pests are rearing their ugly heads.  It is so appropriate that the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has designated April as “National Pest Management Month.”  This observance has been recognized for the past thirty years by each sitting United States President.

This recognition is greatly warranted because the pest control industry plays a key role in protecting people’s health and homes from significant pest borne threats around America.  According to Missy Henriksen, Vice President of Public Affairs for NPMA, “National Pest Management Month continues to be an important way to highlight and publicly acknowledge the hard work that pest professionals do day in and day out.  Protecting our valued customers’ homes and families is not something this industry takes lightly and NPMA is pleased to honor this important work with a month-long celebration.” 

Additionally, consumers are encouraged to visit a newly developed online website that will serve as a great resource for pest information.  On the site you will find a podcast series where visitors can hear expert information on selecting a pest professional.  It is easy to download the information for free by visiting Pestworld.org and iTunes.  Consumers will also find specific information on how to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on the site.

If you are plagued with any pest problem that needs attention, check out what Stern can do for you.

Recession Causes NYC Cockroaches and Mice to Thrive

The New York Times recently published an article about NYC cockroaches and NYC mice thriving in a recession. No, they’re not running a Ponzi scheme, they are doing well because people are cutting costs due to the recession and pest control services for these particular critters have been eliminated or decreased by some residential and commercial customers. Apartment and office building owners are cutting back services. You probably won’t have a mouse doing the backstroke in your clam chowder in your favorite NYC restaurant due to restaurant owners being concerned about big fines.

One customer was quoted in the article saying “We’ll step on the bugs and kick the mice. The exterminating almost becomes a luxury item.” Stepping and shoving will probably work better than tickles and pinches.

Pest control experts suggest that cutting back on exterminating services will cost businesses and residence owners more money in the long run. Sure you can kick a mouse but after he stops being befuddled he will probably find a way to produce more mice and the problem gets bigger. He may produce more mice just to be spiteful. It’s obvious a stepped on NYC cockroach will be making babies a few hours later.

If you have cockroaches or mice call a NJ, NYC pest control expert to get rid of them.

NJ, NYC Schools and Reducing Pesticide Risks

Perhaps NJ and NYC residents should be concerned about pest problems in their NJ and NYC schools. Over 50 studies have been completed since 1994 regarding the problems with pest infestations and the unsafe pesticide use practices in the nation’s schools.

The EPA is recommending Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to reduce the risks associated with pesticides and the exposure of kids to the chemicals. IPM includes simple strategies such as reducing or eliminating food, water and shelter for pests in school facilities and the landscape. Schools participating in an IPM pilot program have been able to reduce by over 70% the amount of complaints and the amount of pesticides used. The program also calls for parents, school administrators, teachers, custodians and others in the school community to be involved in the program. Teaching students the benefits of an IPM program is also recommended by experts.

It’s 2009 and more than 50 critical reports have been issued about the pest and pesticide problem in schools since 1994. Why haven’t the school systems in the country implemented an IPM program to make the schools safer for kids? Hopefully the IPM plan will get a lot of attention by school administrators.

Call a NJ, NYC pest control company to eliminate the critters.