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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. 

It’s Stink Bug Season – How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion

It's Stink Bug Season - How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion
It’s Stink Bug Season – How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion

Any type of bug infiltrating your home is not pleasant and when it has a name like “stink bug” attached, that’s a double whammy you aren’t going to want to deal with.

While you may think you have the arsenal to conquer these miniature armored bugs, it’s really a job for NJ pest control professionals.

About Stink Bugs

Before the fall season checks in, now is the time to start preparing your home for an impending invasion. Once the weather starts to make its change from the comfort of warm summer days, stink bugs instinctively know winter is just around the corner. They’ll begin making plans to get inside and get comfortable before the inclement weather is an everyday occurrence.

There are a couple of things to do to prevent stink bugs from entering your home.

Things to Do

– Begin with a visual inspection looking for cracks and crevices providing entry points. These may be around doors and window sills, and drain pipes in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.

– Use a shop vac to thoroughly vacuum your home and empty the canister immediately.

With NJ pest control technicians on the job, these potentially smelly bugs won’t make your home their winter quarters. To help keep your home smelling fresh as a daisy, contact the Stern Environmental Group. We know what it takes to keep everything smelling like a bed or roses. Call us today.

Get Ready for a Plague of Stink Bugs this Summer!

This Voracious Eater Can Cause Serious Crop Damage
This Voracious Eater Can Cause Serious Crop Damage

Stink bugs may not be a high priority on your pest radar, but this little bug is a voracious eater of plants, particularly the fruiting kind, ornamentals and other edibles.

In fact, the stink bug annually causes millions of dollars of crop damage per year and is considered a major agricultural pest on the West Coast.

A particular type, called the brown marmorated stink bug, was first discovered in Pennsylvania during the 1990’s. It is originally from Asia, so it has few natural enemies in the U.S., and it’s also resistant to a wide variety of pesticides. In other words, it is difficult for consumers to control.

They Love Warmth

They thrive in warmer weather, and over-winter inside buildings. There are true stories of people hauling stink bugs out of their attics in gallon buckets. That’s how prolific they are.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are easy to identify. They have flattened arrow-shaped bodies with white stripes on their antennae. In the summer they will be out and about, but come fall, they will be looking for a place inside buildings to hide from the coming cold weather.

If you have any questions about stink bugs, or find them in your house or attic, contact the Stern Environmental Group. We offer detailed information and programs to combat virtually any type of pest infestation for both residential and commercial applications. For NYC stink bug control, think Stern Environmental.

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.

Brace Youself It’s Stink Bug Season

Prepare For Stinkbugs In Your Home
Prepare For Stinkbugs In Your Home

Stink bugs have infiltrated 41 states. These thick body, triangular shaped bugs have infested homes and gardens. Stink bugs  are especially bothersome in the mid-Atlantic states. The bugs are a major agricultural nuisance in New Jersey and New York, ruining fruit and vegetable crops and they also cause problems for home and business owners.

The Halyomorpha halys or brown marmorated stink bugs and green stink bugs have hitched rides on goods transported to the U.S. from Asia. These nasty invaders give off an odor from glands in the thorax. They have sharp, piercing mouthparts that suck liquid from fruits and vegetables that eventually dry up and die.

The stink bugs invade homes and offices by crawling in through doors and windows. They nest and they can create four generations of bugs within a year.

Removal and prevention

There are steps that can be taken to prevent an infestation:

  • Keep doors and windows sealed
  • Crawl spaces and cracks should also be sealed
  • Grow plants that attract larger predators.

The best way to remove an invasion of these unwanted bugs is to call in an exterminator. Stern Environmental Group can rid your office or property of these pests using Cryonite, a CO2 substance that freezes the bugs. This treatment has also worked on bedbugs, cockroaches and other beetles.

Call us for a consultation if you find stink bugs, bed bugs or other invasive insects in your home or garden. We have various non-toxic means of eradicating these pests.