Rats and Garbage – Fueling the Spread of Dangerous Typhus in Los Angeles

RatLos Angeles could use the services of NJ pest control technicians in their battle against rats, which are creating a massive health problem for the city.

Typhus Zone

The downtown district near Ceres Street – dubbed Skid Row – and surrounding city blocks (totaling 54) have become a breeding spot for rats and typhus. With over 4,000 homeless people making the streets their home combined with the trash, human waste, discarded food, and clothing, it has earned the name “typhus zone. ”

The number of typhus cases has escalated to 92 since the summer. Some of the cases are in Pasadena and in Long Beach. Overall, the county has estimated around 60 cases each year, which has also increased to double what the county has experienced in past years. This is according to data from the Los Angeles Health Department.

In an effort to clean up the area, the city is using all available resources, such as increasing garbage pickup and utilizing a task force to clean sidewalks.

Rat Prevention

To help prevent a rat infestation in your home or yard, keep food sources unavailable, protect outdoor pets with a preventative flea regimen, and seal entry points to your home. For added prevention, employ the services of a NJ pest control company to inspect and eliminate any current or potential pest problems. Call Stern Environmental to find out more about the processes available to make your home rat-free.

Rat Hepatitis E – the First Transmission Case to a Human Is In Hong Kong

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans
Rat Hepatitis E – the First Transmission Case to a Human Is In Hong Kong

Recently it was discovered by researchers at the University of Hong Kong that hepatitis E, normally found in rats, was transmitted to a human. The 56-year-old Hong Kong resident is the first known person to become infected.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis E

In the past, it was noted that the “E” strain could not be transmitted to monkeys. Since monkeys are similar to humans in regard to susceptibility to diseases and the “E” strain could not be transmitted to the species, it was assumed humans were also not at risk.

On the reverse side, rats cannot be infected with the human hepatitis A virus. The fact the hepatitis E virus has crossed the line to humans shows the risk of this occurring has been underestimated, according to Dr. Siddharth Sridhar.

The infected man had undergone a liver transplant after being ill with a bout of hepatitis B. What researchers wanted to know was how the patient had contracted the hepatitis E virus. After investigating, it was determined a rubbish/garbage area that was used near his home was most likely where infected rats had visited to feed and the pathogen made its way into the man’s system.

NJ pest control services from Stern Environmental can take care of pest problems and infestations. Call today for a free home inspection by one of our NJ pest control technicians who’ll start the process of getting your home pest-free.

Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs

Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs
Boric Acid is Not a Treatment Solution for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become the scourge of the pest population due to their dining habits, which include human blood. At one time, bed bugs were a more dormant species but in recent years, this mobile bug has become more problematic for cities around the world. This is due, in part, to more people traveling and the bed bugs stowing away in their luggage.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

If you ask any NJ pest control professional what the easiest way is to get rid of bed bugs using over-the-counter sprays, they’ll tell you there isn’t a bug spray that’s going to eliminate the bloodsuckers.

Recently, researchers at North Carolina State University conducted tests involving boric acid. The tests were by ingestion and by an external covering of boric acid dust.

The results concluded that when boric acid was ingested by the bed bugs, they expired quickly while the bed bugs that were subjected to a high dose of boric acid externally were minimally affected.

Their goal was to find a way to design an easy-to-use bait system based on boric acid to attract and eliminate bed bugs. In the meantime, if you’re seeing signs of bed bugs, such as stains on bedding as well as red itchy welts on your body, or if you just want to have your home checked, contact Stern Environmental for an inspection by an experienced NJ pest control specialist.

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot
Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio has earned the dubious reputation of becoming a hot spot for bloodsucking bed bugs. That’s not the type of reputation any state wants as it negatively impacts business owners, residents, and travelers.

Ohio is on the Hot Seat

The word “epidemic” is being used frequently to describe the current situation in Ohio. While bed bug infestations occur around the United States, some of the northeastern cities in Ohio have taken on epic proportions of these wily and secretive pests.

Dayton, Columbus, Canton, and Akron are a few of the hardest hit cities and nowhere is immune. Bed bugs have been spotted in schools, doctor offices, and retail stores, just to name a few.

Bed bugs are adept at moving from location to location. Signs of bed bugs, besides the itchy bites, include the yellow skins these pests have shed, and dark stains on sheets, comforters, and mattresses. They hide in dark secure places such as between couch cushions, inside crevices along baseboards, stored boxes, backpacks, and even loose wallpaper.

If you want to avoid being known as the “hottest ticket in town” for bed bugs, get NJ pest control professionals involved. Their expert knowledge and bed bug savvy techniques can ensure a bed-bug-free environment. For an inspection and plan of action, contact Stern Environmental to schedule one of our NJ pest control technicians to give your home the once-over for finding potential pesky problems.

EPA Weighs In on Bed Bugs – Getting Them Out and Keeping Them Out

What the EPA Wants You to Know About Bed Bugs
What the EPA Wants You to Know About Bed Bugs

The bad news; bed bugs are considered a public health pest by the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of Agriculture. The good news; bed bugs are not known as transmitters of disease.

Bed Bug Basics

One reason bed bugs have increased is due to their mobility, which includes being adept at world travel. With thousands of people traveling in and out of cities around the globe, it’s no wonder the bed bug population has increased as the wily bugs stow away in luggage, carry-ons, totes, clothing and anything else that’s handy.

Bed bugs are also masters at hiding as they prefer dark and cozy places. Their small size works to their advantage as they find places to hide and wait for their buffet – served up by humans. They’re focused on finding handy hiding places that range from headboards and desk drawers to storage boxes and under mattresses.

Regular over-the-counter pesticides don’t work; only treatments applied by an experienced NJ pest control service can rid your home of pests so you can avoid red and itchy bites.

Using NJ pest control is the answer when bed bugs invade your home. Once these bloodsucking pests settle in, it takes professional techniques and equipment to get them out and keep them out. For help with eliminating bed bugs and sleeping peacefully again, call Stern Environmental for a free home inspection.

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