Category Archives: Rodent Control

What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?

What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?
What Type of Tree Squirrel do You Have in Your Attic?

We’ve reached the time of year when the squirrels are waking up from their winter naps and they’re about to become active again. This means that in addition to seeing them scampering around your yard, you’re likely to hear them in your attic as well. While the best course of action may be to call NJ pest control specialists, you may be interested to know that there are several different types of tree squirrels.

Types of Tree Squirrels in New Jersey

Not all squirrels are the same. If you live in New Jersey, you could be dealing with any of the following:

Fox squirrels – These are the largest types of squirrels, and they tend to be brown/gray in color with an orange/brown belly. They reproduce twice a year and can have as many as three babies per litter.

Gray squirrels – These tend to be mostly gray with a white belly. They are typically found in larger hardwood forests, but they can be seen in New Jersey’s urban areas.

Red squirrels – Red squirrels are smaller with a red/brown coat and a white belly. They tend to prefer evergreen forests.

Flying squirrels – This is the smallest variety, and their bodies allow them to glide through the air.

Your NJ pest control specialists understand how quickly squirrels can become a nuisance. We can help you deal with them if they’ve taken up residence in your home. Contact us!

Incredible? Class Action Lawsuit Proceeds After Judge Sees Mice Lounging on Pest Control Device in Question

You Know a Pest Repellent Doesn't Work When Said Pest is Lounging on it.
You Know a Pest Repellent Doesn’t Work When Said Pest is Lounging on it.

Do you think NJ pest control in your home or office is something that you can handle on your own? A class action lawsuit against the makers of an over-the-counter anti-rodent device may change your mind.

“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”

In 2015, several women in Palm Desert, CA and Woodville, TX filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against BHH, LLC. Plaintiffs claimed they bought the company’s Ultrasonic Pest Repellers, sold under the brand name Bell+Howell, based on promotional claims that the product was “fast and effective” in repelling mice and other pests.

Lawyers for BHH asked to have the lawsuit dismissed, but U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III allowed the suit to proceed after viewing pictures of mice lounging on and around the device. Pauley noted that the packaging included disclaimers about possible interference with the ultrasonic signals, but stated it was up to a jury to decide if the devices were falsely marketed.

The lawsuit also seeks to represent other consumers who purchased more than 2.4 million of the devices. Plaintiffs cited numerous studies published prior to 2011 indicating that the pest repellers are ineffective.

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Incredible? Pest Tech Finds Rifle Loaded Clip and Extra Bullets Inside Rodent Trap in Florida

Crazy Rodent Pest Control Story
Crazy Rodent Pest Control Story

Our NJ pest control experts are used to dealing with a wide range of insects and wildlife. A pair of technicians in Florida recently made an unexpected “catch” when they discovered one of their traps containing live ammunition.

An Unusual Form of “Bait”

Last September the technicians were making the rounds of rodent traps they had set in the San Messina neighborhood of Weston, FL. They were surprised to find a loaded rifle clip and spare bullets inside a trap located in a relatively quiet area.

Traps are rebaited once a month, so the ammo had likely been there for less than four weeks. But since the items were rusty, police believe ammo had been in the trap for at least several days.

Who’s Behind It?

For safety purposes, the traps are locked, but the ammo appeared to have been placed inside via the pest portal. Police took possession of the items and they’re concerned that someone, possibly even a child, was attempting to hide the ammo.

William Black, one of the technicians, expressed concern about their find. He termed it “creepy,” particularly in light of the violent acts that have been in the news over recent years.

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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. 

Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait

Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait
Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait

Who doesn’t love the luscious taste of chocolate? Apparently even rodents have a fondness for the sweet treat. Could chocolate become an effective tool in our NJ pest control treatments?

The Lure of Chocolate

In an effort to reduce use of poisons, the biosecurity team in Greater Wellington, NZ has been conducting a novel experiment using chocolate as bait in self-setting rodent traps. Testing is taking place at Te Ahumairangi Hill, a heavily wooded area running through the Town Belt of Wellington.

Results are being tracked by ink-covered cards placed in tunnels to capture footprints. So far the test has been a success, with the rodent population remaining at low levels.

Benefits of “Sweet” Traps

Senior Biosecurity Officer Paul Horton explains the benefits of using chocolate as a rodent lure:

– Birds aren’t attracted to the smell of chocolate, making them less likely to get caught in traps.

– Chocolate bait lasts for six months and traps can kill two dozen rodents before being replaced, reducing the need for staff to spend time checking them.

Urban Ecology Manager Daniela Biaggio adds that this innovative plan is a safe way to maintain diversity of wildlife in an urban environment.

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