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.
It’s not news rats are taking over NYC. But what may surprise you is that the city is not alone. In many cities, rodents have gotten so rotund due to easy access to food they could use a spring diet. It’s no tall tale, some have packed on so many pounds they’re getting stuck in inconvenient places. And the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental just have to share this latest, highly-amusing, rat-related news release with you.
Fat Rat Stuck in Sewer Grate Rescued by Firefighters
It’s okay. We know you want to read it again, and you’re relieved even rodents have a problem with holiday fluff. The rat in question, a stout female, had apparently packed on quite a bit of winter flab. She ended up stuck in a manhole grate in the city of Bensheim, Germany.
Goodbye Skinny Jeans
A large-scale rat rescue operation ensued, involving a rescue attempt by a large-scale, professional animal rescue operation. When this failed, an entire team of firefighters attempted to eject the plump pest. Stuck at the hip, she could not be moved forward or backward. Seven firefighters had to pop the manhole cover to finally lasso her out and let her loose back into Bensheim’s sewer system.
Rats taking over? End the all-you-can-eat buffet. Contact the NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today.
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!
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.
Stern Environmental Group: NJ Pest Control Experts
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.