Surprising Research: Empathy For Other Rats Drives Behavior

Rats Work In Teams, If You Have one, You Probably Have More.
Rats Work In Teams, If You Have one, You Probably Have More.

While it may be difficult to fathom, studies have shown that rats have empathy for others who are in a stressful or painful situation.

What the Studies Have to Say

In 1959, Russell Church, a well-known psychologist, conducted a study involving two rats. One was in a cage with an electrified floor and the other was free. The free rat had a choice of food but when it pressed the lever, it sent an electric shock to the cage and caused its occupant pain. Once the rat connected the pressing of the lever with pain to the caged rat, it stopped pressing the lever.

In 2006, more studies were conducted at McGill University that showed rats became more sensitive to the pain of other rats, showing an emotional tie. When caged test rats showed signs of stress and emitted high-pitched alarm calls, their free counterparts reacted by finding a way to release the captive rat.

Several studies have ensued through the years that show rats are empathetic when it comes to others of their species experiencing distress such as pain or being caged in small areas.

Help keep your property rat-free by sealing entry points and by having an inspection by an NYC rodent exterminator.

When you need the help of an NYC rodent exterminator, contact our technicians at Stern Environmental. We have the experience, know-how, and equipment to remove the pests quickly and efficiently.

NJ Squirrels: Where Do They Go When It Gets Cold?

The Secret Life of the Squirrel
The Secret Life of the Squirrel

Squirrels are intriguing characters. They’re multi-talented acrobats who can “fly through the air with the greatest of ease.” People are entertained by their antics, enjoy the opportunity to provide peanuts, and generally relax while these whirlwinds of energy bounce from tree limb to tree limb.

Squirrels and Cold Weather

While the spring, summer, and fall are comfortable times with plenty of sunshine, blue skies, and warm temperatures for squirrels to take advantage of, what happens during the winter when the temps drop and snow covers the landscape?

According to information provided by registered nurse and squirrel rehabilitator William Sells, they find their closest friends of the same sex and curl up together and sleep around 18 to 20 hours a day. The community sleep-in provides ample warmth as all of the squirrels in the den are sharing their body warmth. Very smart survival tactic on the part of this inquisitive species.

Squirrels have also built up a 3-year stash of food that they’ll venture out to dine on when there is a break in the cold weather. This is yet another survival tactic for winter cold snaps.

While squirrels are entertaining, they can do damage if they enter your attic and set up winter housekeeping. In this case, you’ll need the services of NJ squirrel removal experts.

At Stern Environmental, we provide humane NJ squirrel removal. Call us and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Cockroaches

Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Cockroaches
Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Cockroaches

Cockroaches. These ancient pests obviously know how to adapt to their environment since they’ve been around for an estimated 280 million years and continue to be a challenge for commercial pest control services in NYC. With that in mind, here are a few facts about these durable pests.

Cockroach Facts

1. Cockroaches know how to party as they are attracted to beer and alcoholic beverages. Most likely, the sugar and hops tantalize their taste buds.

2. Cockroaches are tough to eliminate for three reasons; they have the ability to be submerged for at least 30 minutes and survive, have a 40-minute time-frame for holding their breath, and survive being headless for at least a week.

3. Three common cockroach species out of over 4,000 inhabiting the planet include the German, American, and brown banded.

4. While not providing food sources for cockroaches may seem like the fastest way to eliminate the pests, that is not the case. A cockroach can survive for at least a month without eating. On the flip side, they cannot survive more than a week without being hydrated.

5. Cockroaches in the U.S. average between 1/2-inch to 2-inches, while South America has the largest roach in the world, which has a 6-inch body and a wingspan that spreads to one-foot wide.

If you’re experiencing a cockroach infestation, contact Stern Environmental. Our commercial pest control services in NYC are ready to help.

The History of Bedbugs Part Two

The History of Bed Bugs
The History of Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs have been part of the environment for thousands of years, during the 1940s and 50s, infestations in the U.S. were minimal. This was due in part to an increased usage of vacuums and washing machines along with available products designed to eliminate the thirsty bloodsuckers.

Increase in the Bed Bug Population

During the 1990s, international travel became more common, which led to bed bugs hiding away in luggage and being transported back into the U.S. to homes and hotels. Anywhere people who had picked them up abroad and then traveled in the U.S. could become a target for bed bugs. This included airplanes, trains, cruise ships, subways, vehicles, and public buses.

Facts and Stats

A survey conducted in 2015 showed 99.6 percent of pest control professionals, including your NJ bed bug specialist, had been contacted to treat bed bug infestations. The percentage was the same for 2013 but was higher than the previous 5-15-year range.

According to experts, the three areas with the highest population of bed bugs include hotels and motels, apartments and condominiums, and single-family homes.

Summer seems to be the season with the most bed bug activity, which means it would be a good time to schedule an inspection with an NJ specialist.

When you’re in need of a professional pest expert, contact Stern Environmental. We have the experienced staff and products to make your space bed bug free.

The History of Bedbugs Part One

Did you Know?
Did you Know?

In the history of naming bugs, it only stands to reason bed bugs most likely got their name due to their standard operating procedure of dining on humans while tucked away snug and cozy for what should be a restful night’s sleep.

History of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs, also referred to as “wall lice,” “red coates,” and “mahogany flats,” have been an issue as far back as the Pyramids, which means these bloodsucking pests have been enjoying human buffets for over 3,000 years.

As explorers began traveling the high seas in search of new continents, and colonists began moving from Europe to the United States, the pests moved along with them.

A Bed Bug Myth

The thought that bed bugs only inhabit unclean places is a myth as any NYC bed bug specialist will tell you five-star resorts and multi-million-dollar homes are no exception. Bed bugs are avid travelers taking any opportunity to find a mode of transportation to new locations where they set up household and start planning nightly menus.

Bed Bug Hiding Places

If you ask an NYC bed bug specialist where bed bugs may be found in your home, you’ll get a list of places that include mattresses, headboards, behind walls, in drawers, suitcases, backpacks, computer cases, or on a person’s clothes.

If you have a concern about bed bug infestations, contact Stern to schedule an appointment with an experienced NYC specialist.

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