Category Archives: Rodent Control

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.

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans
Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans

Rodents are known carriers of disease and if you are experiencing an infestation in and around your home, there are two things you need to do. First, have a NJ pest control specialist visit your home to assess the problem and create a plan of action. Second, read on to find out why it’s important to have your space free and clear of rodents.

Rodent Diseases

When it comes to rats and mice infesting your home or yard, you don’t want to ignore the problem as these pests can spread more than 35 diseases.

Transmission of the unhealthy germs can occur in a number of ways:

– By handling a live or dead rodent.

– Through direct contact with rodent droppings (urine and feces) and their saliva, and handling nesting materials.

– Via a rodent bite.

– Bites by ticks, mites, or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.

Several of the diseases that rodents can transmit include hantavirus, which can be fatal. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM) symptoms come in two stages. Plague is serious but treatable. Tularemia can be life-threatening but is treatable.

At Stern Environmental, we are dedicated to helping our customers have a pest free home, which includes rats and mice. Our NJ pest control staff have years of experience and know how to address each situation efficiently and with the utmost care. Call today for a free home inspection and peace of mind.

What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like

What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like?
What Does a Mouse Infestation Smell Like?

What’s that smell? You may be asking yourself this question when an unexpected odor permeates all or part of your home or business. One way to find out is with help from a pest control professional. But first, consider doing a visual check for telltale signs of a mouse infestation and then call in a NJ pest control service.

Mouse Signs

Just like road signs, mouse signs can point you in the right direction to where they’re located in your home. Here are a few things to look for along the mouse network of internal highways that crisscross your home.

– The smell of mice is distinct. This is due to their urine, which they leave behind when navigating unfamiliar territory resulting in the smell of ammonia. It’s one of their personal “signs” to let them know which way to go.

– What goes along with the urine is feces, which accumulates wherever they have their nests.

– You may notice oily stains and/or smears along baseboards, the bottoms of doors, and walls. This is due to mouse fur as it passes these areas in the night.

Whether you detect mouse activity for certain or you have a sneaking suspicion they’re making tracks throughout your home, contact Stern Environmental for a home inspection by one of our NJ pest control specialists. Call today so you can put up a sign of your own, “no mouse traffic allowed.”

Tips On NOT Attracting Rodents to Overwinter in Your Home

Have a Rat Problem? Call Us. We're On It.
Have a Rat Problem? Call Us. We’re On It.

When rodents are looking at your home with eager eyes for a wintertime retreat, there are a few things you can do to keep them moving on to the next piece of real estate.

Tips To Keep Rodents Away

The winter season can be extremely harsh for any outdoor species, which includes rodents looking to set up a cozy inside nest to ride out winter storms.

Rodents are adept at finding their way in through cracks, crevices, ripped screens, broken fascia, and any other sliver they can wriggle through. Consider these tips to remove the attraction of your home and be rodent-free.

– Remove natural ladders providing access to the roof. Cut back trees, vines, and shrubbery to deter climbing.

– Address anything that creates standing water such as a leaky faucet or water accumulated in containers. Even a birdbath can be a source for thirsty rodents.

– Bird or squirrel feeders provide nutrients rodents look for during the winter because food sources are scarce. When they feed, you can be sure some of the feed will fall to the ground creating a nice buffet for rodents. Removing the feed can help.

– Don’t stack grass and tree limbs as these make a nice hiding place. Instead, bag them up.

Our NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environment have the experience to make your home pest-free. Call today and keep rodents away with help from NJ pest control professionals.

NYC Tried It and Now New Hampshire has Approved “Rat Ice”

NYC Tried It and Now New Hampshire has Approved "Rat Ice"
NYC Tried It and Now New Hampshire has Approved “Rat Ice”

NYC rat control has taken a positive turn with the use of dry ice. New York along with other major cities that include Boston and Chicago are using dry ice as a method of extermination.

About Rat Ice

In 2016, dry ice pellets were placed in known rat burrows serving as a means of displacing the oxygen level resulting in suffocation. The process had a positive effect on reducing the rat population but because the dry ice was not registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as required by law, that method had to be discontinued.

The Bell Laboratory

To utilize the dry ice approach to extermination, “Rat Ice” was developed by the Bell Laboratory. Following the required registration with the EPA, the product was approved for use. Any state that wants to allow the use of the product must also register with the EPA.

In 2018, New Hampshire decided to take rat extermination to another level and registered for approval to use the new product.

The use of “Rat Ice” should only be applied to a home or business by a professional pest control service as it is dangerous when it is not administered properly.

At the Stern Environmental Group, NYC rat control is just one of the services we provide. Contact us for an inspection and let our experienced technicians take care of a rat infestation safely for your family and pets.