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NYC Mice Found to Carry Dangerous Drug Resistant Diseases

Mouse Control
Don’t Let Disease Carrying Mice Take Over Your Establishment!

Research undertaken in New York City by microbiologists focused on collecting the furry creatures and analyzing the bacteria and potential diseases they carry. Several of the city’s boroughs were the target for collection of the specimens, which were gathered from residential and commercial buildings.

The Findings

It’s a known fact that mice carry a variety of diseases such as Leptospira, Shigella, Clostridium difficile, E. coli, and salmonella.

During the research project, a total of 36 viruses were found. Among these, six were new. Although the six new viruses did not pose a threat to humans, other bacteria in the mice could be spread to humans.

The Idea

Drug-resistant disease-causing bacteria is a concern and the research brought to light the extent that this antibiotic resistance may be.

Because New York is one of the most visited cities in the U.S., it is important that research continue to be developed to explore and understand these diseases and their potential effect on humans.

Whether you live in a house, apartment, or condominium, or your job brings you to the city, having a NJ Pest Control inspect and treat your space is a smart step to take to promote good health.

If you’re concerned about mice inside or outside your home or business, get some peace of mind with a NJ pest control specialist from Stern Environmental who will inspect your property. Call today to schedule an appointment.

What Do New Jersey and New York City Rats Eat?

What Do New Jersey and New York City Rats Eat?
What Do New Jersey and New York City Rats Eat?

Rats are survivors in the wild. They have to be like any other wildlife species that must fend for itself, which means their diet is diverse from day to day depending on what’s available.

Feeding Behavior

Rats eat just about anything when the opportunity arises. Outside, they’ll climb trees to get to the fruit, invade vegetable gardens, enjoy a feeding buffet bonanza at bird feeders, and forage through garbage cans. If you feed squirrels, they’ll eat the nuts and if you feed a pet outdoors, they’ll finish off what’s left in the bowl.

The fast-footed rodent is also a hoarder. They may eat a portion, then, like a squirrel, hide the rest for snacking later. They’re also careful about what they eat since the menu isn’t always the same. To make sure something they aren’t familiar with won’t make them sick, they do a taste test.

When rats get access to the inside of your home, a rat exterminator is the best approach to eliminating these pests. They’ll continue to forage for food scraps in the garbage, pet food bowls, and will eat through food packaging when the opportunity arises.

When a rat exterminator is next on your list of priority things to do, Stern Environmental is just a phone call away. We’ll schedule one of our professional technicians to dispatch rats quickly and efficiently. Call today and send the rat pack on its way.

Summer is Nesting Time for Squirrels – What to Know

Be Careful: Squirrels Will Eat Just About Anything!
Be Careful: Squirrels Will Eat Just About Anything!

Squirrels are one of the more entertaining creatures to watch as they make their way through the treetops leaping, jumping, and climbing their way along the branches. Their acrobatic techniques, fast-flying feet, agile paws, and inquisitive eyes just add to their personality and appeal.

Squirrel Nests

If you have tall trees in your yard, chances are, they have been the home of a squirrel’s nest. Squirrels have an affinity for choosing sturdy trees that provide plenty of coverage and security for their young.

One place you’ll find a squirrel nest is in a tree cavity den. These are usually created by woodpeckers for their young, or it may be a naturally hollowed out cavity. These enclosures provide optimum protection from the elements.

The second nesting place is found nestled in the fork of sturdy tree branches, which provide stability against the wind. These nests are constructed of leaves, moss, twigs, tree bark, grass and other materials the squirrels deem appropriate and are located high in the branches away from roving predators.

The squirrel weaves together the material creating a base then a framework or outer shell, which is then filled and lined with additional material.

Additional nests may be in nearby trees and are used as resting places, food storage hideaways, or hiding spots.

Stern Environmental provides efficient squirrel removal services when needed. Call today and a squirrel removal specialist will be on their way.

Be Careful: Squirrels Will Eat Just About Anything!

Be Careful: Squirrels Will Eat Just About Anything!
Be Careful: Squirrels Will Eat Just About Anything!

A New Jersey household recently discovered the ostentatious appetites of an area, tree-faring rodent. The Maplewood family never suspected the area squirrel of burglary, but the furry felon was caught on tape red-handed, wreaking havoc on neighborhood cheer.

Smooth Criminal
When expensive gourmet chocolates and lip balm, intended as holiday treats for area delivery drivers, started disappearing, the family went to work, worried an area Grinch had plans to steal their Christmas gifts. Setting out a surveillance camera, they were shocked at the culprit. It seemed they didn’t need law enforcement after all, but local NJ squirrel removal services!

Picky Pest
The portly rodent was so overweight, he appeared to be packing the pounds away for a decade of winters, and was caught-in-the-act pocketing choice chocolates and lip balms. The Maplewoods said discovering the bold-faced bandit brought them a mountain of joy. They tried to redirect the stout squirrel to nuts, seeds, and popcorn, repackaging the chocolate into a jar that required opposable thumbs, but the cheeky culprit could not be swayed, tossing the seeds in lieu of other flavors.

Serious Shenanigans
The Maplewoods were not alone. Officials in nearby Sea Girt discovered the area’s annual Christmas lighting thwarted by tattered wiring. Rushing to rectify the situation, police quickly uncovered another rascally rodent.

NJ squirrel removal needs? No matter the reason or the season, the humane services of Stern Environmental have you covered.

Don’t Poison Squirrels – Use Catch and Remove Instead

While squirrels may be fun to watch as they scurry from tree to tree or maybe you enjoy feeding them peanuts or sunflower seeds, they can become a nuisance and do damage to your home.

This is especially true during the winter when they prefer the attic in someone’s home where it is relatively warm versus facing the cold elements of the outdoors. They also look for cozy places to build nests and raise their young until they’re old enough to move outside.

Removing Squirrels

NJ squirrel removal is best left to the professionals who know how to find entry points and then trap the squirrels to be moved to another location. It’s best to remember that squirrels are wild and very agile. If cornered, they have the ability to jump, which may be on you, as well as bite and scratch.

Do not attempt to remove squirrels yourself as it could be dangerous and you should never use a poisonous substance as it isn’t effectual or humane. With a catch and remove approach, squirrels can be safely trapped in specially designed cages and removed by experts.

When NJ squirrel removal is necessary for the protection of your home, contact the professionals at Stern Environmental Group. Our services provide fast and efficient humane squirrel trapping and removal. Call us today about squirrels in the attic and let us take care of making your home squirrel-free.