Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street

Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street
Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street

Video footage from NYC subway patrons recently showed a rodent hitching a ride on the train. It’s nothing NYC rodent control teams or residents haven’t seen before. Although it was a little amusing to watch the rat’s excursion on Twitter.

Feet Up!

It’s not uncommon for subway passengers to lift their feet while furry stowaways scamper beneath subway seats. The rodent in question in this event was apparently headed for Manhattan’s 42ndStreet, high-tailing it up subway stairs as if late for a meeting.

Why Are So Many Rats Riding the Subway?

It will come as no surprise if you’re a native New Yorker that NYC has a sanitation problem. Trash is everywhere, offering rodents a hospitable home.

Do Subway Rats Bite?

Rats typically avoid people, preferring to emerge when buildings are quiet, but there are exceptions. When rats do attempt cohabitating with humans, they can become aggressive if cornered or threatened.

Though no bites have been known to cause rabies, rats do carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans via bite. This may lead people to wonder if lifting your feet, desperately trying to climb the subway pole, running through the aisle, or fleeing at the next (wrong) stop may not be an overreaction after all.

Don’t join the crowd. Keep rats out of your home/business with the help of the NYC rodent control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey

Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey
Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey

Residents of the Union Township Community in Union County, New Jersey are blowing up the phone lines of local NJ rodent control services. Rodents are taking over, and residents and the local government can’t seem to agree on who’s at fault.

Hot Spot
Most of the rodent problems are occurring in a single section of town, near Co. Road 509 and Salem Road where gas lines are being replaced. Though Union Township officials have responded to complaints, they are restricted to exterminating rodents on public land only, treating public land and sewers but leaving many area homeowners to shoulder the costs of their extermination.

Invasion
Residents have reported rodents infiltrating homes, burrowing in yards, and dying on their property. The nauseating stench of decaying, poisoned rodents has kept many families staying indoors. Some believe these rodent issues are the result of over-development, including constant road construction, neglected maintenance in a nearby public parking lot, and area residents residing near a recent gas line project improperly storing garbage.

Passing the Buck
The area health department stated it has not identified any commercial sources. Despite years of complaints, Union Township officials have not commented on the source and length of the rodent infiltration. Regrettably, covering trash, setting traps, and adopting cats just haven’t been enough to address this issue.

Tired of rodent rendezvous? Stop the shenanigans with the NJ rodent control services of Stern Environmental today.

New Jersey Restaurant Owners Should Watch for These Cockroaches

You Won't Just See One!
You Won’t Just See One!

In the classic comedy Victor Victoria, Julie Andrews plays a scene with a cockroach in a restaurant for laughs. When it comes to the real world, there’s nothing funny about that scenario. Call our NJ restaurant pest control experts when you find any of these unwelcome guests in your business.

Cockroach Species Commonly Found in New Jersey

• Despite their name, German cockroaches have permeated every corner of the world. They tend to gravitate to restaurants and food-processing facilities. Light brown or tan in color, German cockroaches have wings but prefer running to flying.

• Oriental cockroaches are also known as black beetles due to their dark, glossy color. These pests are sometimes called waterbugs because they’re often found in dark, damp places such as sewers and drains, where they feed on decaying organic materials.

• American cockroaches are the largest of the more common species, both in population and size. The reddish-brown color and distinctive yellow “figure eight” marking on the American cockroach’s head makes them easy to identify.

• As the name implies, brown-banded cockroaches have bands across the wings and abdomen. Brown-banded cockroaches need warmth rather than moisture, but also seek out areas with access to food and multiple hiding places.

Turn to Stern Environmental Group for NJ Restaurant Pest Control

Don’t let cockroaches eat away at your business. Our commercial pest control services are tailored to meet your specific needs. Contact us for more information.

What to Know About the New Jersey Gray Squirrel

What to Know About the New Jersey Gray Squirrel
What to Know About the New Jersey Gray Squirrel

More than just amazing acrobats when it comes to infiltrating your bird feeder, the NJ gray squirrel can also become a household pest. What makes them turn to invading your home when they seem to be plenty busy raiding your bird feeder, pilfering bulbs from your garden, and unwittingly growing a forest of walnut trees in your yard? The NJ gray squirrel control experts at Stern have the 4-1-1 on squirrel shenanigans.

High Metabolism = High Likelihood for Theft

Squirrels require a robust and diverse diet in order to maintain their high metabolism for growth and reproduction. 

Rapid Reproduction = Looking for Family Friendly Real Estate

NJ gray squirrels can reproduce just months after birth. Breeding season is typically in January, then again in the late spring/early summer. If you see squirrels chasing each other, juvenile rodents are likely on their way. Learn how to protect your home from a squirrel invasion. 

Growing Teeth = Structural Dangers

Because these rodent’s teeth constantly grow, they must chew to wear them down, gnawing on your home’s structure, wiring, and more. 

Predators = Squirrels Snacks

If your yard or home hosts NJ gray squirrels, you may see an influx of squirrel predators and pests such as snakes, weasels, raccoons, skunks, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes.

Lower the likelihood of rodent and varmint rendezvous in and around your home. Contact the NJ gray squirrel control at Stern Environmental today. 

What to Do Right Now if You Think You Have Bed Bugs

What to Do Right Now if You Think You Have Bed Bugs
What to Do Right Now if You Think You Have Bed Bugs

Do you fear that bed bugs have infiltrated your home? Don’t wait to take action. Keep bed bugs at bay with these tips from your local NJ bed bug exterminator.

Don’t Assume

Because many bugs bite, bite marks aren’t necessarily indicative of the presence of bed bugs. Finding evidence is key.

Try Some Traps

Bed bugs feed off human blood. Check in close proximity to their source, such as under your box spring and mattress, to confirm their presence. If you don’t see any, try bed bug detectors and traps.

Quarantine Suspicious Items

Bed bugs are hitchhikers by nature. Quarantine and decontaminate suspected transport mechanisms such as luggage, backpacks, and jackets with a 10% bleach solution or insecticidal spray.

Be a Clean Freak

Steam clean and vacuum regularly, keeping containers clean and empty.

Prevent Further Infestation

Treatment can take weeks to months. Safeguard clothing, fabric, and furnishings by washing, drying, and sealing them in large bags.

Don’t Go It Alone

Horrified homeowners often try to treat bed bug problems themselves out of embarrassment. Unfortunately, this often leads to a worsening infestation. Bed bug insecticides are often used incorrectly. Even when correctly used, many pests have developed a resistance to these products. For this reason, city health officials recommend seeking out professional pest control for bed bug eradication.

Don’t let bed bugs take over your home. Evict them fast with the help of a skilled NJ bed bug exterminator. Contact Stern Environmental today.

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