Category Archives: Disease Carrying Pests

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.

October Pests for New Jersey – What to Know

October Pests for New Jersey - What to Know
October Pests for New Jersey – What to Know

Fall brings comfortable temperatures and beautiful colors to the northeast region. But NJ pest control experts know there’s a downside to this seasonal shift. With the cooler weather comes an increase in pest problems as the animal kingdom seeks the perfect residence to hole-up for the winter season. Which pests should you be on the lookout for this fall?

Scary Stingers

Bees, wasps and yellow jackets become more active in the winter as they seek out additional food stores and nesting places. Prevent injury with fast stinging insect removal from the pros at Stern.

Funky Flyers

Germ-carrying flies are out in force during the fall season, as are smelly stink bugs, which infiltrate every crack and crevice of your home and automobile.

Creepy Crawlers

As the coming winter chill presses forward, ants, cockroaches, box elders, ladybugs and more seek out the warmth of your home and easy access to food. These pests are notorious for infiltrating even the smallest entry points to your home.

Rascally Rodents

Rats, mice, and squirrels who are already an annoying presence will try your patience to the limit in the fall season, going out of their way to find a way inside your home to hibernate for the winter or nest with their babies.

Don’t feel like snuggling up with pests this fall and winter? Seal them out with the help of our NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today. 

What to Know to Keep Raccoons Out of Your Attic this Fall

Our One Way Tunnels Let Raccoons Out and Not Back Into Your Attic
Our One Way Tunnels Let Raccoons Out and Not Back Into Your Attic

Cooler weather is on its way, and with it urban wildlife, such as raccoons, are moving into area residences and businesses. How can you keep these smart, agile creatures away? The NJ raccoon removal experts at Stern Environmental have a few tips and tricks.

Physical Barriers to Keep Raccoons Out

Nothing short of a prison-grade fence will keep raccoons out of your yard. However, by sealing off easy entry points you can prevent them from taking over your attic. Raccoons fit in gaps as small as 4-inches, so sturdily securing openings around vents, soffits, and roofing is crucial. Heavy material such as metal flashing, sheet metal, or wire mesh should be securely attached to prevent raccoons from tearing off materials.

What to Do If Raccoons Gain Entrance

If raccoons move in, careful removal is essential. Though raccoons can cause serious damage, they also carry rabies and can become aggressive if cornered or with young. Luckily, many will move if given the chance. You can safely deter them with humane harassment tactics:

• Bright Lights

Place bright lights inside/outside their den.

• Talk Radio

Talk radio (not music) mimics human activity.

• Used Litter

This scent deterrent warns of predators.

Verify removal with a ‘newspaper test.’ Never attempt physical removal. If raccoons refuse to vacate, get professional help.

Raccoons making your attic a long-term residence? Move them out fast with the NJ raccoon removal services of Stern Environmental today.

Five Types of Rodents in New Jersey Looking for Ways to Move In with Cooler Weather

Don't Let Your Home Become Like the Movie Ratatouille!
Don’t Let Your Home Become Like the Movie Ratatouille!

As temperatures drop, more rodents make their way into homes and businesses. What furry pests do NJ rodent control professionals most frequently deal with in the fall/winter, and why should you be concerned?

House Mice

They’re grey or brown with small eyes, big ears, and a small body. These common mice carry disease, contaminating food and preparation areas with their droppings.

Deer Mice/Field Mice

Deer mice are typically brown with a white belly, large eyes and ears, and a two-toned tail. They prefer grassy areas, but will invade buildings when their habitat is disturbed. They carry deer ticks and disease.

White-Footed Mice

These light-brown mice have large eyes, distinctly white feet, and a white belly. They frequent wooded areas, but head indoors in the winter. You don’t want these disease and deer-tick-laden pests in your home or business.

Black Rats/Roof Rats/Ship Rats

Black rats have black fur and a lighter belly, with large ears, and a super-long, scaly tail. They are excellent climbers. Black rats can consume massive quantities of food, contaminating surfaces and food stores in the process. These rodents carry many diseases and are quite dangerous.

Norway Rats

The most common American rat, Norway rats are brown or grey with a white belly, small ears, and a blunt nose. They carry numerous diseases and fleas.

Reclaim your space. Give rodents the boot with the help of the NJ rodent control experts at Stern Environmental today.