Category Archives: Rodent Control

Five Types of Rodents in New Jersey Looking for Ways to Move In with Cooler Weather

Don't Let Your Home Become Like the Movie Ratatouille!
Don’t Let Your Home Become Like the Movie Ratatouille!

As temperatures drop, more rodents make their way into homes and businesses. What furry pests do NJ rodent control professionals most frequently deal with in the fall/winter, and why should you be concerned?

House Mice

They’re grey or brown with small eyes, big ears, and a small body. These common mice carry disease, contaminating food and preparation areas with their droppings.

Deer Mice/Field Mice

Deer mice are typically brown with a white belly, large eyes and ears, and a two-toned tail. They prefer grassy areas, but will invade buildings when their habitat is disturbed. They carry deer ticks and disease.

White-Footed Mice

These light-brown mice have large eyes, distinctly white feet, and a white belly. They frequent wooded areas, but head indoors in the winter. You don’t want these disease and deer-tick-laden pests in your home or business.

Black Rats/Roof Rats/Ship Rats

Black rats have black fur and a lighter belly, with large ears, and a super-long, scaly tail. They are excellent climbers. Black rats can consume massive quantities of food, contaminating surfaces and food stores in the process. These rodents carry many diseases and are quite dangerous.

Norway Rats

The most common American rat, Norway rats are brown or grey with a white belly, small ears, and a blunt nose. They carry numerous diseases and fleas.

Reclaim your space. Give rodents the boot with the help of the NJ rodent control experts at Stern Environmental today. 

Learn About the Gray Squirrel’s Breeding Habits Not to Protect Your Attic from Invasion

Removal of Rodents Can Be Complicated, But We Have You Covered
Removal of Rodents Can Be Complicated, But We Have You Covered

Squirrels are the second most watched wildlife in North America after birds. Lively and brave, they don’t mind getting too close to humans if it means a bite to eat and a warm place to stay. But sometimes these furry marauders get too close for comfort, putting you in need of NJ squirrel removal services.

Tips for Protecting Your Attic from Squirrel Invasion

To keep urban wildlife such as gray squirrels away from your home, pay attention to their breeding habits. What do you need to know to curtail the effects of squirrel courtship complications in your home?

• Gray Squirrels Don’t Hibernate

Gray squirrels are active year-round, raising families and hoarding food for the winter.

• Gray Squirrels Have 2 Breeding Seasons

Gray squirrels mate in January, then again in the late spring or early summer. You’ll know its courtship time when they start chasing each other up and down your trees.

• Gray Squirrels Nest in High Places

Though males don’t raise young, they will build nests at the tops of trees, in birdhouses, and in the attic spaces of homes and outbuildings that look like ‘leaf balls.’ Once established, they return to these same nests year after year.

Gray squirrels may be cute, but they don’t make for great houseguests. Remove them humanely with the help of the  NJ squirrel removal services of Stern Environmental today.

Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Restaurant

Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Restaurant
Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Restaurant

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.

Rats Are Getting Fat in NYC What Are You Doing to Put Them on a Diet?

Incredible? Canadian SPCA Matches Stray Cats with Farms for Rodent Control
Do Your Part to Control Rats

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.

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!