Category Archives: Rodent Control

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.

Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic

Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic
Tips for Humane Removal of Squirrels from Your Attic

Maybe you’re hearing the pitter-patter of little feet running across the ceiling or there’s scratching sounds emanating from the attic. If so, this could only mean one thing: squirrels.

Getting Rid of Squirrels in the Attic

There have always been bats in the belfry and right along with them are squirrels in the attic. Whether they’ve moved in for warmth during the cold season or to have their babies in a safe environment, the fuzzy-tailed critters can cause damage to your home.

Tips for NJ Squirrel Removal

Consider these do-it-yourself tips to help alleviate the problem.

– Place wire mesh over exterior ventilation vents leading to the attic.

– For homes with a chimney, cover the chimney cap with wire mesh or a chimney cap.

– If there are holes leading into your home large enough for a squirrel to squeeze through, repair them.

– Secure any openings that may exist between the attic and any and all rooms in the home.

– If squirrels are present in the attic, they need a way in and out. When sealing potential entry spots, leave a hole open to lure the squirrels out; then seal it to prevent reentry.

When unwanted critters invade your home, you need the services of a professional NJ squirrel removal service. That’s where Stern Environmental can help. With humane removal techniques, we’ll take care of getting your home squirrel-free. Call us today for a home inspection.

 

Living the Good Life? Rat Squirms Into ATM and Eats $18,000 in Cash.

Rat Eats Cash Inside an ATM
Rat Eats Cash Inside an ATM

Rats are known for causing all kinds of trouble in NJ, but one adventurous rat in India managed to mess up an ATM. Learn more about this incident and why it’s so important to have professional NJ pest control handle rodent problems as quickly as possible.

A Diet of Cash

The rat that found its way into the inside of an ATM machine wasn’t just looking for a place to hide. This rodent ended up chewing up $18,000 in cash while it was in the machine. When the ATM machine wasn’t working for three days, bank technicians opened it up and found the rat surrounded by a pile of shredded bills. The rat didn’t make it, but it seems to have had a filling meal of money.

Rodent Control in NJ

The ATM incident in India is a good reminder of just how talented these rodents can be at getting into places. You can keep them out of your building by sealing up gaps and openings, such as cracks around doors and windows. If you do end up with a rat problem, you should have pest control experts handle it for you as soon as possible to prevent them from causing damage.

Don’t let rats ruin your property or cause a health hazard for customers, tenants or guests. Contact Stern Environmental to get more information on our NJ pest control services for rodents.

Address in the Bronx is the Most Rat Infested Building in New York City

And the Most Rat Infested Building Is...
And the Most Rat Infested Building Is…

Years ago when a person was aggravated or exasperated about something, they’d throw up their hands and say “Rats!” Today when someone says the word rats, especially in certain buildings in New York City, it means they’re actually seeing the disease-carrying rodents in their community.

And the Winner Is!

Data by Localize City from public information have declared several buildings in NYC as locations playing “hostess to the mostest” when it comes to the number of annual complaints being called in. While winning a competition is gratifying, in this case, it’s just the opposite.

Residents have kept the 311 phone line busy with complaints about roving rats and open garbage cans. Some of the top locations include Brooklyn’s Crown Heights and the Bronx. One of the worst is Bedford-Stuyvesant who’ve racked up over 1,800 complaints.

The data shows over 28,000 complaints registered regarding rats. The most were lodged in Brooklyn with over 10,000 and in second place, Manhattan with over 6,000. The war on rats is in full swing with the mayor of NYC leading the charge.

As it stands, the city seems to be losing ground while the rats are conducting successful food raids and terrorizing residents from youngsters to senior citizens.

Stern Environmental is committed to providing NJ pest control services that extend to NYC. Rats are known disease carriers and why you need to call for a Stern pest control inspection today.