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Incredible? NYC Says “We Are At War!” – Against Rats That Is

Don't Let the Next Ratatouille Movie Go Down at Your Home!
Don’t Let the Next Ratatouille Movie Go Down at Your Home!

Climate change isn’t just fueling wacky weather patterns. In recent news, it has been pinpointed as the likely cause of New York’s rising rodent epidemic. Buoyed by warmer temperatures, the rat population in the Big Apple is burgeoning, leading to a rise in rat-related complaints.

Surge in Rat Activity Nationwide

Warmer temperatures are lengthening the breeding season, with rat populations rising as the absence of cold temperatures fails to slow reproduction. While NYC and NJ pest control companies have seen an increase in rat-related calls to the city, up 10% in 2016, they are far from alone.

Other big cities, including Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington are also witnessing a surge in rat activity and subsequent complaints. Service requests are through the roof, and beleaguered pest control professionals are struggling to keep up.

This Means War

To combat the pestilence, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $32-million plan in 2017 aimed at eradicating the rodents. In addition to sanitation and building improvement initiatives, city exterminators can now gas rats to death in their burrows in heavily-infested areas rather than resorting to ecologically-damaging poisons.

Despite such tactics, de Blasio fears rodents will prevail, taking advantage of a city that is highly-populated, laden with old, holey-buildings and a wonderland of waste.

Battle weary? Don’t give up yet. Turn the tide against rats with the help of the NJ pest control veterans at Stern Environmental today. 

Keep Out Winter Warmth Seeking Pests with These Tips

Keep Out Winter Warmth Seeking Pests with These Tips
Keep Out Winter Warmth Seeking Pests with These Tips

It’s no secret that the winter months are a “hot” time for certain pests. Mice are among the most common critters that are seen in New Jersey homes. A lot of people have just come to think of them as par for the course this time of year. But there are several ways to keep them out.

How to Keep Mice Out During Winter

If you see a mouse in your house, you can bet there are more, somewhere. They multiply quickly, which is why if you see one, you need to act quickly. Prevention is always the best solution, so follow these tips:

– Take down any birdfeeders that are outside your home.

– Keep hedges and bushes well trimmed.

– Walk around the outside of your house and close any cracks or holes with caulk.

– Seal up any food that is in your kitchen.

Taking these simple steps can drastically cut down on any rodent problems you might have this winter.

When to Contact NJ Residential Pest Control

There are some rodent problems that can be difficult to control on your own. Sometimes even the best prevention steps don’t work for one reason or another. But NJ residential pest control can take on those tough problems.

At Stern Environmental, we pride ourselves on a job well done. Our goal is to rid your home of mice giving you your peace of mind back. Contact us today.

What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?

What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?
What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?

Rodents are annoying, destructive and major carriers of disease, which makes them a serious threat to health and property. Our NJ pest control experts share information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the more common diseases transmitted by mice and rats.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

HPS is a severe respiratory illness transmitted exclusively by rodents, primarily deer mice, which are the most abundant mammal in North America. Symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, progressing to coughing and shortness of breath. Roughly 50 percent of HPS patients also suffer abdominal distress such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection spread through rodent urine, either directly or through food and water contamination. Some patients have no symptoms at all, while others may experience symptoms such as fever, chills and vomiting that can be mistaken for other diseases.

Rat-Bite Fever (RBF)

As the name implies, fever is one of the predominant symptoms of RBF. Approximately half of patients also experience joint pain and rashes. RBF is usually transmitted through bites or scratches from infected rodents, but it can also spread through direct contact with urine and droppings or with contaminated surfaces.

Stern Environmental Group: Your Top Choice for NJ Pest Control

Our innovative rodent treatment program safely and effectively eliminates mice and rats from your home or business. Contact us for prompt assistance from our experienced technicians.

What to Know About the Nesting Habits of Raccoons in New Jersey

What to Know About Nesting Raccoons.
What to Know About Nesting Raccoons.

The black-masked critters roaming your yard or nesting in your attic have definitely earned their description as “bandits”. Raccoons are a cute-looking species with their black and gray striped coat, bushy tail, and their distinctive face mask. However . . .

Raccoons and Your Property

First and foremost, never attempt to remove raccoons on your own. They are wild animals and will protect themselves the same as you would do if cornered. It’s best to contact a NJ pest control professional to evaluate the situation, provide options, and/or humanely remove the raccoons to a more suitable location.

Raccoons are usually most active at night but they have been seen out and about during the day. When nesting, they look for quiet, dark, and secure dens, which could be under the house, in the attic, or in a shed or garage.

They’ll eat anything available, including grubs, and for the most part only need access to water and a safe place to raise their young. Their babies aren’t mobile for at least eight weeks, so if raccoons have set up a nest anywhere on your property, chances are mom won’t be able to move her babies any time soon.

With an inspection by a NJ pest control specialist from Stern Environmental, we can address your situation safely, and that includes removing nuisance raccoons. Give us a call and schedule an appointment to put an end to your raccoon problem.

NYC Tried It and Now New Hampshire has Approved “Rat Ice”

NYC Tried It and Now New Hampshire has Approved "Rat Ice"
NYC Tried It and Now New Hampshire has Approved “Rat Ice”

NYC rat control has taken a positive turn with the use of dry ice. New York along with other major cities that include Boston and Chicago are using dry ice as a method of extermination.

About Rat Ice

In 2016, dry ice pellets were placed in known rat burrows serving as a means of displacing the oxygen level resulting in suffocation. The process had a positive effect on reducing the rat population but because the dry ice was not registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as required by law, that method had to be discontinued.

The Bell Laboratory

To utilize the dry ice approach to extermination, “Rat Ice” was developed by the Bell Laboratory. Following the required registration with the EPA, the product was approved for use. Any state that wants to allow the use of the product must also register with the EPA.

In 2018, New Hampshire decided to take rat extermination to another level and registered for approval to use the new product.

The use of “Rat Ice” should only be applied to a home or business by a professional pest control service as it is dangerous when it is not administered properly.

At the Stern Environmental Group, NYC rat control is just one of the services we provide. Contact us for an inspection and let our experienced technicians take care of a rat infestation safely for your family and pets.