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Roaches and Mice, Oh My! More Restaurants in NYC Have Been Hit With Violations This Year.

Roaches and Mice, Oh My! More Restaurants in NYC Have Been Hit With Violations This Year.
Roaches and Mice, Oh My! More Restaurants in NYC Have Been Hit With Violations This Year.

The number of pest-related health violations in NYC restaurants has reached an alarming high. Nearly twice as many restaurants were shut down by city health officials due to unsanitary conditions in 2018 as compared to 2017. Eateries in the city were hit with 12,992 rodent and roach-related violations, a rise of 57%. The NJ pest control crew at Stern has the latest on this unappetizing story.

Who’s Coming to Dinner? 

A total of 10,280 violations were linked to mice and 2,712 were linked to roaches.

Where are the Worst Violations?

Though all boroughs have seen a spike in pest-related citations, the highest incidence appears to be in Queens. Here, violations jumped 70% to 3,138 in 2018 – up from 1,841 in 2017.

Why the Rise?

Some wonder if the pest control crisis in our busy city is getting worse. Others ponder if the jump in pest-related citations is the result of more diligent inspections rather than an increase in mice and roaches in the area. To date, no cause has been identified.

Hope on the Horizon

Despite the rise in restaurant horror stories, 90% of the eateries in all five boroughs still receive A-ratings from the NYC Health Department, giving diners many safe options to grab a bite in the Big Apple.

Uninvited guests? Give rodents and roaches the boot with help from the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey

Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey
Rats and Mice Overrun Union Township in New Jersey

Residents of the Union Township Community in Union County, New Jersey are blowing up the phone lines of local NJ rodent control services. Rodents are taking over, and residents and the local government can’t seem to agree on who’s at fault.

Hot Spot
Most of the rodent problems are occurring in a single section of town, near Co. Road 509 and Salem Road where gas lines are being replaced. Though Union Township officials have responded to complaints, they are restricted to exterminating rodents on public land only, treating public land and sewers but leaving many area homeowners to shoulder the costs of their extermination.

Invasion
Residents have reported rodents infiltrating homes, burrowing in yards, and dying on their property. The nauseating stench of decaying, poisoned rodents has kept many families staying indoors. Some believe these rodent issues are the result of over-development, including constant road construction, neglected maintenance in a nearby public parking lot, and area residents residing near a recent gas line project improperly storing garbage.

Passing the Buck
The area health department stated it has not identified any commercial sources. Despite years of complaints, Union Township officials have not commented on the source and length of the rodent infiltration. Regrettably, covering trash, setting traps, and adopting cats just haven’t been enough to address this issue.

Tired of rodent rendezvous? Stop the shenanigans with the NJ rodent control 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.

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. 

What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?

What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?
What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?

Rodents are annoying, destructive and major carriers of disease, which makes them a serious threat to health and property. Our NJ pest control experts share information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the more common diseases transmitted by mice and rats.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

HPS is a severe respiratory illness transmitted exclusively by rodents, primarily deer mice, which are the most abundant mammal in North America. Symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, progressing to coughing and shortness of breath. Roughly 50 percent of HPS patients also suffer abdominal distress such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection spread through rodent urine, either directly or through food and water contamination. Some patients have no symptoms at all, while others may experience symptoms such as fever, chills and vomiting that can be mistaken for other diseases.

Rat-Bite Fever (RBF)

As the name implies, fever is one of the predominant symptoms of RBF. Approximately half of patients also experience joint pain and rashes. RBF is usually transmitted through bites or scratches from infected rodents, but it can also spread through direct contact with urine and droppings or with contaminated surfaces.

Stern Environmental Group: Your Top Choice for NJ Pest Control

Our innovative rodent treatment program safely and effectively eliminates mice and rats from your home or business. Contact us for prompt assistance from our experienced technicians.