Category Archives: Disease Carrying Pests

Why Getting a Cat Isn’t the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems

Why Getting a Cat Isn't the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems
Why Getting a Cat Isn’t the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems

Farms and country homes often keep “mousers” around to control rodent problems, but is that the answer for NJ pest control? Surprisingly, recent studies indicate the solution may not be that simple.

Do Cats Deserve Their “Killer” Reputation?

Domestic cats have long been considered aggressive and effective predators. That view seemed to be supported by a 2017 study which found that cats played a part in the extinction of more than 60 vertebrate species around the world.

However, the fierce reputation of cats took a hit with a study published in the September 2018 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. A team of researchers spent five months observing a colony of approximately 150 rats at a Brooklyn waste management facility with the original intent to study animal pheromones.

Playing the Cat-vs-Rat Game

During the final 79 days, the project evolved into a study of cat-rat interactions. Scientists were taken aback to find that cats attacked a total of only three rats, and one actually survived.

Two possible reasons were suggested for the results:

– Urban rats are notoriously large, so cats may opt for easier prey such as birds and mice.

– Rats tend to seek cover when they sense the presence of cats.

NJ Pest Control Removes All Traces of Mice and Rats

Before you stock up on kitty litter, contact Stern Environmental. Our commercial NJ pest control programs eliminate rodent problems efficiently and discreetly.

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.

Flea-Carrying Rats Are Spreading Typhus in Homeless Camps in Los Angeles County

Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.
Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.

Los Angeles County is being hard-bit by an outbreak of typhus, which is affecting the downtown district of Los Angeles inhabited by homeless people.

The problem is due to filth accumulated on city streets from a variety of sources. In an effort to strike a blow against more typhus outbreaks, the city plans to increase its street cleaning efforts to eliminate the filth that’s attracting rats, which infect people who are bitten by infected fleas that have fed on the rats.

What is Typhus?

Typhus is often confused with typhoid due to the similarity in name, but they are two different diseases.

Typhus is carried by outdoor critters and household pets who are hosting infected fleas. Typhoid is transmitted to humans through either contaminated water or food.

The outbreak of typhus in the city has not only impacted the homeless population, it has also had an effect on business and working people.

Typhus Symptoms

The signs of typhus include abdominal pain, muscle pain, rash, and high fever. It can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it could lead to hospitalization.

Avoiding Typhus

Several things you can do include keeping your pets treated for fleas and block openings into your home. Also have a NJ pest control company do an inspection.

At Stern Environmental, our NJ pest control specialists have experience in handling flea infestations. To be flea-free, call our office and schedule an appointment.

What to Know About the Common Rat or Street Rat

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans
Rats: What to Know

When it comes to dealing with common rats or street rats, the best course of action is letting a professional NJ pest control service handle the situation.

Things to Know About Rats

Throughout history, people have been plagued by rats; literally. The most prolific rat that has managed to survive the ages and become a successful resident on the planet is the brown rat. This brown or grey-coated mammal is also known as the common, street, wharf, sewer, Norway, water, Parisian, and Hanover rat.

The brown rat, for all intents and purposes, is a survivor partly due to its senses, which include extremely acute hearing and an above average olfactory system. While hearing and smelling capabilities are superior, their eyesight is poor.

Generally, the body of a brown rat averages around 11 inches in length with the addition of another estimated 10 inches for the tail. Their body dynamics plus their quick speed and jumping and climbing abilities make them an imposing and scary presence in the home.

Brown rats are adept at swimming above and below water, so outdoor swimming pools may become a point of recreation focus, especially at night as brown rats are nocturnal.

If you’re dealing with an infestation, don’t hesitate to call Stern Environmental. With experienced NJ pest control technicians on the job, you can enjoy your home year-round without unwanted guests. Call today and be rat-free in no time.

Telltale Signs of a New Jersey Rat Infestation

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

With the changing of the seasons approaching fast, outdoor pests such as rats will be looking for warm environments as the temperature drops. Don’t wait until they’ve established a winter home, start looking for signs of rat activity early so your NJ pest control technician can eliminate the problem.

Signs of Rats

Rats leave telltale signs and signatures to let you know they’re out and about. Below are a few of the most common signs you’ll see and hear in and around your home.

Noises – One of the most noticeable signs is a scratching sound. Whether it’s emanating from the ceiling, attic, or walls it’s a good chance the scratching sound is being made by rats.

Rub Marks – A rat’s coat is greasy, which attracts dirt particles. As they pass along and rub up against the baseboard, wall, or windowsill, greasy smudges are left behind.

Rat Droppings – If you see dark-colored feces about the size of a grain of rice, you have most likely found evidence of rat droppings.

Rat Nests – Shredded fabric, paper, and insulation are a sure sign of rats.

Our NJ pest control professionals know what it takes to get rid of a rat infestation. With an inspection, we’ll know the severity of the infestation and provide you with a plan of action. Don’t hesitate another minute, contact Stern Environmental for information on the latest in rat removal technology.