Category Archives: Rats

Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Restaurant

Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Restaurant
Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Restaurant

If you own a restaurant, then you know how important it is to keep pests away. In New Jersey, a lot of restaurant owners are dealing with rodent problems. It seems to be an ongoing problem that’s difficult to solve.

But did you know that there are ways for you to keep both mice and rats away? Let’s talk about what you can do aside from calling an NJ rodent control service.

Seal Up Any Holes

You’ll want to do a careful inspection of your restaurant looking for holes or cracks that mice or rats could get through. Installing doorsweeps, weather stripping and heavier screens on the windows and doors are all good ideas.

Maintain Trash Cans and Dumpsters

If you can, try to position your dumpsters and trash cans as far away from the building as possible. That will discourage any mice or rats who might otherwise be tempted to gain entry. Also, you’ll want to clean them frequently to make them less appetizing.

Keep the Kitchen Clean

Restaurants are required to adhere to certain standards of cleanliness in New Jersey, but we invite you to take that one step further. Make sure your staff is cleaning up any spills, crumbs or messes quickly.

Your NJ Rodent Control Professionals are Here to Help

Sometimes, even with your best efforts, rodents find a way in. We can help you. Please contact us.

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation
Tell Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

No one wants to think about the fact that their home or business could be infested with rats. And yet, in our area of the country, these pests are far too common. Before contacting NJ pest control, it’s helpful to know if what you’re dealing with is in fact a rat problem. There are several ways that you can tell.

How to Identify a Rat Infestation

You’re not likely to see a rat in your home or business, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leave signs behind that can alert you of their presence. Some of the most common signs of a rat infestation are:

– Finding rat droppings near food, including dog or cat food dishes or containers.

– Hearing sounds coming from the attic once it begins to get dark.

– Finding old rat nests near firewood stacks.

– Evidence that rats are eating fruit or nuts that have fallen from trees in the yard.

– Burrows beneath garbage cans or compost bins.

Contacting NJ Pest Control to Help With Your Rat Problem

Because rats are so good at hiding, it can be hard to notice an infestation until it’s gotten out of control. Traps may not be enough to deal with them. You may need the help of the NJ pest control specialists here at Stern Environmental.

No one wants to deal with a rat problem. If you think you might have an infestation, please contact us right away!

Incredible? NYC Says “We Are At War!” – Against Rats That Is

Don't Let the Next Ratatouille Movie Go Down at Your Home!
Don’t Let the Next Ratatouille Movie Go Down at Your Home!

Climate change isn’t just fueling wacky weather patterns. In recent news, it has been pinpointed as the likely cause of New York’s rising rodent epidemic. Buoyed by warmer temperatures, the rat population in the Big Apple is burgeoning, leading to a rise in rat-related complaints.

Surge in Rat Activity Nationwide

Warmer temperatures are lengthening the breeding season, with rat populations rising as the absence of cold temperatures fails to slow reproduction. While NYC and NJ pest control companies have seen an increase in rat-related calls to the city, up 10% in 2016, they are far from alone.

Other big cities, including Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington are also witnessing a surge in rat activity and subsequent complaints. Service requests are through the roof, and beleaguered pest control professionals are struggling to keep up.

This Means War

To combat the pestilence, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $32-million plan in 2017 aimed at eradicating the rodents. In addition to sanitation and building improvement initiatives, city exterminators can now gas rats to death in their burrows in heavily-infested areas rather than resorting to ecologically-damaging poisons.

Despite such tactics, de Blasio fears rodents will prevail, taking advantage of a city that is highly-populated, laden with old, holey-buildings and a wonderland of waste.

Battle weary? Don’t give up yet. Turn the tide against rats with the help of the NJ pest control veterans at Stern Environmental today. 

Why Getting a Cat Isn’t the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems

Why Getting a Cat Isn't the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems
Why Getting a Cat Isn’t the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems

Farms and country homes often keep “mousers” around to control rodent problems, but is that the answer for NJ pest control? Surprisingly, recent studies indicate the solution may not be that simple.

Do Cats Deserve Their “Killer” Reputation?

Domestic cats have long been considered aggressive and effective predators. That view seemed to be supported by a 2017 study which found that cats played a part in the extinction of more than 60 vertebrate species around the world.

However, the fierce reputation of cats took a hit with a study published in the September 2018 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. A team of researchers spent five months observing a colony of approximately 150 rats at a Brooklyn waste management facility with the original intent to study animal pheromones.

Playing the Cat-vs-Rat Game

During the final 79 days, the project evolved into a study of cat-rat interactions. Scientists were taken aback to find that cats attacked a total of only three rats, and one actually survived.

Two possible reasons were suggested for the results:

– Urban rats are notoriously large, so cats may opt for easier prey such as birds and mice.

– Rats tend to seek cover when they sense the presence of cats.

NJ Pest Control Removes All Traces of Mice and Rats

Before you stock up on kitty litter, contact Stern Environmental. Our commercial NJ pest control programs eliminate rodent problems efficiently and discreetly.

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.

Stern Environmental Group: Your Top Choice for NJ Pest Control

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.