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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.

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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.

Winter Weather – Does It Impact NJ and NYC Rats?

Rats and New Jersey Environments
Rats and New Jersey Winter Weather

The winter weather likely has your business hunkering down in your office – and also having more than a few uninvited guests. We’re not talking about your in-laws here. During the winter, its common for your business properties in to be overrun needing a NJ rat control service to deal with rodents infestations.

Why these Furry Fiends are a Winter Worry

Like you, rodents like to be warm and have easy access to food and water, which is scarce in wintertime. This makes your office like the Taj Mahal to unwelcome rats and mice: Your faucets, sinks and tubs an oasis; pantry and crumb-laden break room floors an all-you-can eat buffet; and old boxes, insulation, and more are prime fodder for nesting materials.

How You Can Fight the Invasion

To evict these tiny, unwelcome guests can require gargantuan effort. Even seemingly insignificant cracks offer easy access to rodents, whose nimble bones can squeeze down to nearly nothing.

Gaps around doors and windows, holes where cable, phone, and electrical lines are run, split screens, attic and crawlspace holes and cracks that offer access to interior walls and ventilation can turn youroffice into ‘public domain’ for these trespassing masterminds. Professional assistance ferreting out these popular access points is key to addressing the root causes of infiltration.

Ready for rodents to hit the road? Schedule a office inspection with the NJ rat control service experts at Stern Environmental and evict unwanted rodent guests today.

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.

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans
Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans

Rodents are known carriers of disease and if you are experiencing an infestation in and around your home, there are two things you need to do. First, have a NJ pest control specialist visit your home to assess the problem and create a plan of action. Second, read on to find out why it’s important to have your space free and clear of rodents.

Rodent Diseases

When it comes to rats and mice infesting your home or yard, you don’t want to ignore the problem as these pests can spread more than 35 diseases.

Transmission of the unhealthy germs can occur in a number of ways:

– By handling a live or dead rodent.

– Through direct contact with rodent droppings (urine and feces) and their saliva, and handling nesting materials.

– Via a rodent bite.

– Bites by ticks, mites, or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.

Several of the diseases that rodents can transmit include hantavirus, which can be fatal. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM) symptoms come in two stages. Plague is serious but treatable. Tularemia can be life-threatening but is treatable.

At Stern Environmental, we are dedicated to helping our customers have a pest free home, which includes rats and mice. Our NJ pest control staff have years of experience and know how to address each situation efficiently and with the utmost care. Call today for a free home inspection and peace of mind.

What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like

What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like?
What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like?

What’s that smell? You may be asking yourself this question when an unexpected odor permeates all or part of your home or business. One way to find out is with help from a pest control professional. But first, consider doing a visual check for telltale signs of a mouse infestation and then call in a NJ pest control service.

Mouse Signs

Just like road signs, mouse signs can point you in the right direction to where they’re located in your home. Here are a few things to look for along the mouse network of internal highways that crisscross your home.

– The smell of mice is distinct. This is due to their urine, which they leave behind when navigating unfamiliar territory resulting in the smell of ammonia. It’s one of their personal “signs” to let them know which way to go.

– What goes along with the urine is feces, which accumulates wherever they have their nests.

– You may notice oily stains and/or smears along baseboards, the bottoms of doors, and walls. This is due to mouse fur as it passes these areas in the night.

Whether you detect mouse activity for certain or you have a sneaking suspicion they’re making tracks throughout your home, contact Stern Environmental for a home inspection by one of our NJ pest control specialists. Call today so you can put up a sign of your own, “no mouse traffic allowed.”