Category Archives: Residential Services

Rats and Garbage – Fueling the Spread of Dangerous Typhus in Los Angeles

RatLos Angeles could use the services of NJ pest control technicians in their battle against rats, which are creating a massive health problem for the city.

Typhus Zone

The downtown district near Ceres Street – dubbed Skid Row – and surrounding city blocks (totaling 54) have become a breeding spot for rats and typhus. With over 4,000 homeless people making the streets their home combined with the trash, human waste, discarded food, and clothing, it has earned the name “typhus zone. ”

The number of typhus cases has escalated to 92 since the summer. Some of the cases are in Pasadena and in Long Beach. Overall, the county has estimated around 60 cases each year, which has also increased to double what the county has experienced in past years. This is according to data from the Los Angeles Health Department.

In an effort to clean up the area, the city is using all available resources, such as increasing garbage pickup and utilizing a task force to clean sidewalks.

Rat Prevention

To help prevent a rat infestation in your home or yard, keep food sources unavailable, protect outdoor pets with a preventative flea regimen, and seal entry points to your home. For added prevention, employ the services of a NJ pest control company to inspect and eliminate any current or potential pest problems. Call Stern Environmental to find out more about the processes available to make your home rat-free.

Rat Hepatitis E – the First Transmission Case to a Human Is In Hong Kong

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans
Rat Hepatitis E – the First Transmission Case to a Human Is In Hong Kong

Recently it was discovered by researchers at the University of Hong Kong that hepatitis E, normally found in rats, was transmitted to a human. The 56-year-old Hong Kong resident is the first known person to become infected.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis E

In the past, it was noted that the “E” strain could not be transmitted to monkeys. Since monkeys are similar to humans in regard to susceptibility to diseases and the “E” strain could not be transmitted to the species, it was assumed humans were also not at risk.

On the reverse side, rats cannot be infected with the human hepatitis A virus. The fact the hepatitis E virus has crossed the line to humans shows the risk of this occurring has been underestimated, according to Dr. Siddharth Sridhar.

The infected man had undergone a liver transplant after being ill with a bout of hepatitis B. What researchers wanted to know was how the patient had contracted the hepatitis E virus. After investigating, it was determined a rubbish/garbage area that was used near his home was most likely where infected rats had visited to feed and the pathogen made its way into the man’s system.

NJ pest control services from Stern Environmental can take care of pest problems and infestations. Call today for a free home inspection by one of our NJ pest control technicians who’ll start the process of getting your home pest-free.

Regular Pest Control Services Keep Neighbors Happy

When bed bugs, cockroaches or other pests take over one property, they’re bound to show up in neighboring ones at some point. Landlords can do their part in minimizing this risk to neighborhoods with regular NJ pest control services.

Pest Problems in Neighborhoods

Pest problems that occur in one home or apartment building can spread to nearby buildings and homes as pests reproduce and search for food. This can become a big neighborhood problem that affects many people. Tenants don’t always report pest problems, and landlords don’t always take the steps necessary to eliminate problems that are reported. This can make these situations even worse and put more and more neighbors at risk.

Importance of Routine Pest Control

One way to cut down on the risk of developing a major pest problem is by having routine pest inspections and other services done. Setting up monthly inspections can help ensure that pest problems are found as early as possible, which can prevent them from spreading. Buildings can also be treated to keep pests away, lowering the risk of ending up with a pest problem. This helps keep the whole neighborhood as pest-free as possible when everyone commits to doing their part.

If you need to set up routine NJ pest control services for your property, contact Stern Environmental. We offer Integrated Pest Management on a regular basis to help prevent pest problems from occurring.

It’s Stink Bug Season – How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion

It's Stink Bug Season - How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion
It’s Stink Bug Season – How to Prepare for the Annual Invasion

Any type of bug infiltrating your home is not pleasant and when it has a name like “stink bug” attached, that’s a double whammy you aren’t going to want to deal with.

While you may think you have the arsenal to conquer these miniature armored bugs, it’s really a job for NJ pest control professionals.

About Stink Bugs

Before the fall season checks in, now is the time to start preparing your home for an impending invasion. Once the weather starts to make its change from the comfort of warm summer days, stink bugs instinctively know winter is just around the corner. They’ll begin making plans to get inside and get comfortable before the inclement weather is an everyday occurrence.

There are a couple of things to do to prevent stink bugs from entering your home.

Things to Do

– Begin with a visual inspection looking for cracks and crevices providing entry points. These may be around doors and window sills, and drain pipes in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.

– Use a shop vac to thoroughly vacuum your home and empty the canister immediately.

With NJ pest control technicians on the job, these potentially smelly bugs won’t make your home their winter quarters. To help keep your home smelling fresh as a daisy, contact the Stern Environmental Group. We know what it takes to keep everything smelling like a bed or roses. Call us today.

The Center for Disease Control: Diseases Directly Transmitted by Rats and Rodents

The Center for Disease Control: Diseases Directly Transmitted by Rats and Rodents
The Center for Disease Control: Diseases Directly Transmitted by Rats and Rodents

Whether you see one or two rats or other rodents, keep in mind there are most likely more nearby. As they breed, a situation that starts out as a few renegade rodents can turn into an infestation requiring the services of a professional NJ rodent exterminator.

Rats Rodents and Transmitted Diseases

Rodents are known disease carriers. Some cities have huge populations of rats as well as people making the chances high for humans to come in contact with a number of illnesses.

Some of the diseases are directly transmitted in a variety of ways such as rat bites, direct contact with rat droppings or urine, eating or drinking items contaminated with rat feces, breathing contaminated dust from decaying droppings and dried urine, being bitten by a tick already infected, and, although rare, from direct contact with another person already infected.

Some of the diseases that can affect humans in North America via a virus or bacteria include:

– Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrom

– Leptospirosis

– Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis

– Plague

– Rat-bite fever

– Salmonellosis

– Tularemia

For more information about these diseases as well as those affecting other countries, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click the link for additional information about the disease and its signs and symptoms, the risk of exposure, the region where rodents are found, treatment, and prevention.

For help with rodents, contact Stern Environmental. We’ll send an expert NJ rat exterminator to efficiently eliminate the problem.