Category Archives: Pest Animal Removal

NYC Rats: Where Do They Go When It Gets Cold?

Where do Rats go During the Wintertime?
Where do Rats go During the Wintertime?

When you own or operate a commercial business, one area that can be problematic is dealing with unwanted rodents entering the building. This is a year-round issue but especially troublesome during the winter months when rats are looking for warm places to hunker down.

What are Rats Looking for in a Hiding Place?

Like other outdoor residents, their primary concern is finding a warm place to inhabit followed by access to food sources and water.

Garbage cans inside and outside of a building are prime targets for food; standing water and dripping faucets provide hydration.

If there are areas inside their targeted building where food is stored, cooked, or eaten, then any opening, crack, or crevice left unattended will allow them to access to these areas.

Where are Prime Hiding Places Located?

Do a visual inspection to find sources of access such as split screens on windows or doors, gaps around doors and windows, behind air conditioning vents, behind the walls, and in the ceiling.

Rats are masters at managing their way into what may seem like an impossible opening. Being aware of popular hiding places allows you to repair/secure these areas.

What Should You Do?

The answer is to schedule an inspection with NYC rodent exterminator specialists. Professional technicians are adept at ferreting out hiding places and eliminating unwanted rodent residents.

If you need the assistance of NYC rodent exterminator experts, contact Stern Environmental.

Bad Weather Displace Urban Wildlife Chasing Animals Into Attics and Homes

Hurricanes and Storms May Leave Pests, Rodents and Animals without Homes
Hurricanes and Storms May Leave Pests, Rodents and Animals without Homes

The people of Houston, Texas got more than they bargained for when Hurricane Harvey struck their communities. Not only did they have to deal with the aftermath of the storm, but they also had to deal with displaced animal pests, rodents, and other pests.

For the families in Houston, it caused them many problems that most were not prepared to deal with. While we may not be dealing with the cleanup of hurricane damages in the Northeast, NJ wildlife control is on hand to help with any similar disasters that may occur here.

Help for Displaced Animals and Affected Families

This situation got way out of control for some people in this area. They were inundated with alligators, snakes, fire ants and other creatures. Of course, the animals and insects were at the mercy of the storm themselves. Many of them were looking for higher ground to escape the floodwaters that resulted from the hurricane. However, it was a very unfortunate situation.

How Our NYC and NJ Pest Wildlife Services Can Help Your Family

In the event of a storm in our local area, having to worry about pests and animals in your home or office should be the last thought on your mind. If you are ever in this situation, please know that here at Stern Environmental, we’re available to help you.

It’s comforting to know that you can call on professionals for assistance. If you would like to get more information on our services, please contact us today.

Rodent Expert Says Rat Populations Are Silently Growing Out of Control

Slow and Steady, and the Rat Population Grows out of Control.
Slow and Steady, and the Rat Population Grows out of Control.

Out of sight and out of mind can lead to an increasing rat problem, according to rodent expert Robert Corrigan. He has a doctorate in urban rodentology from Purdue University and says rat populations are growing largely unnoticed along the entire eastern seaboard of the United States. Corrigan said many people in cities and towns from Boston to Washington, D.C. don’t even realize they have a rat problem. Going unnoticed by humans helps rats live longer, breed more often, and grow in number.

Rats exploit human imperfections

In an interview with The Westerly Sun, Corrigan said rats congregate near riverbanks and trash dumpsters. The rats then move into neighborhoods and people don’t notice that the rodents have invaded. When restaurant employees are negligent about maintaining their dumpster area or keeping the kitchen clean, the rats move in. According to Corrigan, homeowners who don’t maintain their yard or have clutter also unwittingly invite rats into their home. The rats take advantage of these imperfections in human behavior.

What can you do?

Many businesses benefit from our innovative Smart Mouse Monitoring. This innovative and environmentally friendly solution goes beyond just putting a band-aid on the problem. You can identify rodent entry points and block them off to stop future problems. Contact us for more information. We also provide traditional mouse eradication services and mouse inspection services to restaurants, other businesses, multi-family units, and homes.

NYC Rats – Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!

NYC Rats - Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!
NYC Rats – Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!

NYC rat control is a big job – almost as big as the rodents in the crosshairs. Just how big are the rats making up the Big Apple’s rodent population?

Large & In Charge
According to recent research from a doctoral student at Fordham University, some of New York City’s largest rodents are nearly 1 ½ pounds, with some topping the scales at a whopping 2 pounds.

What About Those Giant, Mutant Rats You’ve Heard So Much About?
The study’s leader doesn’t believe there are any 3 pounders, as he’s yet to find evidence of a rodent that rotund. And though much-larger Gambian pouched rats have been found in NYC, they’re believed to be released pets, and not part of an active, breeding population.

The Good News, If Any?
Bigger rats are not more dangerous. And that’s a good thing, because the resident rodent population of NYC’s common species, Rattus norvegicus, tops the charts at a whopping 2 billion according to a 2014 study. Bigger rats are also less commonly out-and-about, leaving their younger progeny to tackle riskier food sources, sticking to their own known and reliable supply.

How Can You Avoid These Supersized Sneaks?
By steering clear of dumpsters and other rat-favored buffet locales – and with a proactive prevention and treatment program.

Have your NYC rat control issues gotten a little larger? Let the pros at Stern Environmental Group cut them down to size.

Wet and Warm Winter Accounts for Spring and Summer Pest Problems

Last Winter's Mild Temperatures Will Lead to Increased Pests this Summer.
Last Winter’s Mild Temperatures Will Lead to Increased Pests this Summer.

Mild winters can be a great respite, but as NJ pest control experts will affirm – they’ll come back to haunt you in the summer. After the past winter’s exceedingly mild temperatures, a little evasive action may be necessary to weather this summer’s swarms.

What Can You Do to Fight Back Against the Burgeoning Pest Population?

• Be on alert.
Regularly inspect the perimeter of your home for pests, indoors and out, keeping food and habitat sources far away. This includes storing firewood 20 feet away, mowing the lawn, mulching, and keeping branches and shrubs trimmed and away from walls.

• Close-up shop.
Open garage and screen doors will allow both airborne and pedestrian pests like cockroaches, mice and rats easy access. Keep them shut out in favor of screened-in cooling options.

• Don’t be hospitable.
As soon as you notice even the smallest wasp or mud dauber nest, knock it down before it can become a dangerous nuisance.

• Don’t let water stand.
Stay on top of standing water to avoid hosting a mosquito breeding ground. Check your entire property, and improve drainage if necessary.

• Be repellent.
We can’t say this enough, from Lyme-disease carrying ticks to Zika and West Nile carrying mosquitoes, when you engage in outdoor activities use spay-on repellents and insect-repelling clothes to stay safe.

Picnic time? Beat bugs to the punch. Contact the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.