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What to Know About Norway Rats and Roof Rats in New Jersey

Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home
Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home

Rats in NJ can cause serious problems for commercial property owners. Norway rats and roof rats are among the more common rodent species in the state. Learning more about these rats, including what they look like, can help you know when to get professional NJ pest control.

Roof Rats

Roof rats are smaller than Norway rats, measuring up to 18 inches long from head to tail when fully grown. These rats have darker coloring and smoother fur with a long, black tail and pointed muzzle. These rats usually stay higher up, such as on rooftops or trees, compared to Norway rats. They also prefer warmer climates.

Norway Rats

Norway rats are large, with a body length that measures up to ten inches long, not including their tail. These rats have a bulkier body than roof rats, along with a shorter tail, blunt muzzle, rougher coat and smaller eyes. They also have a brownish coloring that’s lighter than roof rats’ coloring. Norway rats tend to stay lower down where they search for food.

Both rats can spread disease, chew electrical wiring, contaminate food and cause other problems for building owners. Prompt removal is important when you have an infestation of either of these rodents.

If you have Norway or roof rats in your building, contact Stern Environmental right away. Our NJ pest control experts can get rid of these rodents to prevent damage and disease.

What to Know About Raccoon Breeding Season in New Jersey

What to Know About Raccoon Breeding Season in New Jersey
What to Know About Raccoon Breeding Season in New Jersey

Raccoons can be amusing to watch when they’re outside, but they can be a nuisance indoors. Knowing more about their breeding habits can help you understand what to expect if these critters get into your home. Keep in mind that you’ll need professional NJ raccoon control if they’re living in your attic or walls.

When Do Raccoons Breed?

Raccoons typically breed in late winter and early spring from February to March. However, these animals can breed earlier in winter or later in spring. Raccoons in your home could be breeding as early as December in some cases. If this occurs, you can expect to have a litter to deal with as well.

Raccoon litters usually have between four and six babies, and mothers are known for being fiercely protective of their young. This could result in injuries to you or your pets if you come across these critters in or on your property.

What to Do About Raccoons

Raccoons can put you at risk of injuries or cause damage to your home. You might have raccoons in your attic or walls if they’re looking for a warm area for breeding and raising a litter. You should have professional raccoon control experts handle their removal, so that you won’t get hurt.

If you have raccoons in your attic or walls, contact Stern Environmental. We provide dependable NJ raccoon control services in NJ.

Roaches and Mice, Oh My! More Restaurants in NYC Have Been Hit With Violations This Year.

Roaches and Mice, Oh My! More Restaurants in NYC Have Been Hit With Violations This Year.
Roaches and Mice, Oh My! More Restaurants in NYC Have Been Hit With Violations This Year.

The number of pest-related health violations in NYC restaurants has reached an alarming high. Nearly twice as many restaurants were shut down by city health officials due to unsanitary conditions in 2018 as compared to 2017. Eateries in the city were hit with 12,992 rodent and roach-related violations, a rise of 57%. The NJ pest control crew at Stern has the latest on this unappetizing story.

Who’s Coming to Dinner? 

A total of 10,280 violations were linked to mice and 2,712 were linked to roaches.

Where are the Worst Violations?

Though all boroughs have seen a spike in pest-related citations, the highest incidence appears to be in Queens. Here, violations jumped 70% to 3,138 in 2018 – up from 1,841 in 2017.

Why the Rise?

Some wonder if the pest control crisis in our busy city is getting worse. Others ponder if the jump in pest-related citations is the result of more diligent inspections rather than an increase in mice and roaches in the area. To date, no cause has been identified.

Hope on the Horizon

Despite the rise in restaurant horror stories, 90% of the eateries in all five boroughs still receive A-ratings from the NYC Health Department, giving diners many safe options to grab a bite in the Big Apple.

Uninvited guests? Give rodents and roaches the boot with help from the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Brooklyn Is The Worst Borough For Rat Sightings: What the Maps Tell Us About Rat Infestations

Which Cities are Bed Bug Hotspots?
Which Cities are Bed Bug Hotspots?

Most people are familiar with the fact that those who live in New York City are frequently dealing with rat problems. But unless you live there, or have spent a significant amount of time there, you don’t really understand the scope of the issue. NYC rat control is a serious problem, but just how bad is it, really?

Rat Sightings in New York City

Between January 2010 and September 2017, there were 101,914 rat sightings that were reported. That phrase, that were reported, is key because so many of them go unreported to the city. Therefore, we can conclude that there were actually many more sightings that occurred. What’s even worse is that between these two time periods, there was an increase of 63%. That’s a lot!

On top of that, most of the rat sightings occurred in buildings that housed three or more families. Commercial buildings are not as common for rat infestations, which comes as quite a surprise.

Brooklyn – A Rat’s Safe Haven

According to the latest heat map visualization, Brooklyn is where rats are most often found. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the city is immune to them. They are plentiful, and found just about everywhere.

NYC Rat Control 

The good news is your NYC rat control professionals are on the job. If you have a rat problem, contact us. We have highly effective pest control solutions.

Traps, Poison, Dry Ice – Now There’s New York’s Newest Method To Control Rat Infestations: Drowning

Traps, Poison, Dry Ice - Now There's New York's Newest Method To Control Rat Infestations: Drowning
Traps, Poison, Dry Ice – Now There’s New York’s Newest Method To Control Rat Infestations: Drowning

If you live in New York, you’re no stranger to rats. They seem to be everywhere, and they pop up in restaurants, in the streets, and even on the subway. Over the years, there have been many attempts to control them and decrease their numbers. But those attempts haven’t been successful.

A new method is being considered that involves drowning these pests, and there are those who think it just might work. Could this be the answer we’ve been seeking for NYC rat control?

The Newest Rat Trap in New York City

A man by the name of Eric Adams has come up with a rat control method that he claims to have great faith in. Essentially, the trap is nothing more than a bucket that is filled with a vinegar-like solution. The rats are lured into the bucket, where they drown. When Adams presented his idea, he also presented a bucket that was filled with dead rats.

There are many who discount Adams’ plan, claiming that the dry ice that was attempted a few years ago seemed to be a much better solution. But he disagrees. Time will tell if this pilot program will be implemented once the kinks are worked out.

Stern Environmental – A Real Solution for NYC Rat Control

If your home or business has a rat problem, we offer rock solid solutions. Please contact us to schedule your inspection today.