Category Archives: Pest Animal Removal

Super Rats Or Super Sickly Rats? Could Urban Pest Control Be Influencing Evolution?

How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?
How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?

With humans, efforts to eradicate illnesses sometimes result in development of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses. Scientists are finding a similar situation with NJ pest control, which appears to have some far-reaching impacts on the rat population.

Are Rat Extermination Efforts Counterproductive?

Rat infestation takes a physical, mental and economic toll on affected communities. While improvements in technology have created highly efficient rodent-killing solutions, many cities around the world are actually seeing an increase in their rat populations.

Impact of Extermination Methods on Rat Population

Once an extermination campaign ends, the results are generally temporary as rat populations quickly rebound, a phenomenon dubbed the “boomerang effect.” Rats themselves have been undergoing a couple of significant changes.

• Rats who survive extermination attempts tend to have genetic traits that make them better equipped to avoid danger. One specific gene that’s been identified actually makes rodent-killing chemicals ineffective. As these traits are passed on through reproduction, generations of “super rats” are developing.

• On the other hand, reduction in rat population causes a corresponding reduction in genetic variation, which in turn hinders their ability to respond to changing environments. Reproduction within this limited gene pool creates a type of inbreeding, leading to weak and sickly rats less likely to survive.

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What to Know About Attic Raccoons in New Jersey

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

Female raccoons, much like their human counterparts, have a strong nesting instinct when it comes to raising a family. But what happens when mama raccoon chooses your home for her nest? Here’s why NJ raccoon control is so important during nesting season.

What’s That Noise in the Attic?

If you discover a raccoon in your attic, chances are good that it’s a female who’s seeking a comfy home for her brood. While nesting season can vary in different parts of the country, March is usually the peak time for raccoon births. Unfortunately, male raccoons kill babies that don’t belong to them, which is another reason for females to seek shelter.

Unlike squirrels and other wildlife, raccoons don’t build elaborate nests. The mother raccoon will simply shred insulation in the attic until there’s a sufficient amount to burrow inside. Raccoons create “latrines” around nests for depositing their feces and urine, which often carry parasites and bacteria that pose a serious health threat to humans.

Maternal Instinct of Female Raccoons

If you find a raccoon prowling around your home, always assume there are babies nearby. Separating a mother from her brood is never a good idea, so it’s best to seek help from NJ raccoon control professionals for safe removal.

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Our trained technicians have extensive experience removing raccoons, squirrels and other wildlife invaders. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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.

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.