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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.

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Norway Rats Will Persistently Try to Harbor Inside Your Building

Rats Can Indirectly Carry 15 Different Kinds of Diseases
Norway Rats Will Persistently Try to Harbor Inside Your Building

One thing is certain and two things are for sure, which are that rat’s exist and that they need food and warmth to survive. To achieve this, a rat will take advantage of any and all opportunities.

Wily Rats

Rats have been around for a very long time because they are survivors. They are wily when it comes to finding food resources and just as inventive when it comes to finding ways inside your home to tap into those food sources.

During wintertime when the temperatures make being outside an unpleasant ordeal, rats will take advantage of any opening they can chew or claw their way through to get inside, where it’s warm and cozy. Rats start to put their plan of action to be safe, warm, and well fed during the winter into play during the fall.

Preventing Rats

The first step in eliminating rats from entering your home is to check for any openings and seal them. The next step is to remove any outdoor food sources such as bird and squirrel feeders. Your third step is calling in a NJ pest control company to do a thorough indoor inspection.

Our NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environmental are trained and experienced in eliminating the problem of rats in your home or on your property. For help from one of our NJ pest control professionals, contact Stern Environmental at your earliest convenience.

The Center for Disease Control: Diseases Directly Transmitted by Rats and Rodents

The Center for Disease Control: Diseases Directly Transmitted by Rats and Rodents
The Center for Disease Control: Diseases Directly Transmitted by Rats and Rodents

Whether you see one or two rats or other rodents, keep in mind there are most likely more nearby. As they breed, a situation that starts out as a few renegade rodents can turn into an infestation requiring the services of a professional NJ rodent exterminator.

Rats Rodents and Transmitted Diseases

Rodents are known disease carriers. Some cities have huge populations of rats as well as people making the chances high for humans to come in contact with a number of illnesses.

Some of the diseases are directly transmitted in a variety of ways such as rat bites, direct contact with rat droppings or urine, eating or drinking items contaminated with rat feces, breathing contaminated dust from decaying droppings and dried urine, being bitten by a tick already infected, and, although rare, from direct contact with another person already infected.

Some of the diseases that can affect humans in North America via a virus or bacteria include:

– Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrom

– Leptospirosis

– Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis

– Plague

– Rat-bite fever

– Salmonellosis

– Tularemia

For more information about these diseases as well as those affecting other countries, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click the link for additional information about the disease and its signs and symptoms, the risk of exposure, the region where rodents are found, treatment, and prevention.

For help with rodents, contact Stern Environmental. We’ll send an expert NJ rat exterminator to efficiently eliminate the problem.

What Do New Jersey and New York City Rats Eat?

What Do New Jersey and New York City Rats Eat?
What Do New Jersey and New York City Rats Eat?

Rats are survivors in the wild. They have to be like any other wildlife species that must fend for itself, which means their diet is diverse from day to day depending on what’s available.

Feeding Behavior

Rats eat just about anything when the opportunity arises. Outside, they’ll climb trees to get to the fruit, invade vegetable gardens, enjoy a feeding buffet bonanza at bird feeders, and forage through garbage cans. If you feed squirrels, they’ll eat the nuts and if you feed a pet outdoors, they’ll finish off what’s left in the bowl.

The fast-footed rodent is also a hoarder. They may eat a portion, then, like a squirrel, hide the rest for snacking later. They’re also careful about what they eat since the menu isn’t always the same. To make sure something they aren’t familiar with won’t make them sick, they do a taste test.

When rats get access to the inside of your home, a rat exterminator is the best approach to eliminating these pests. They’ll continue to forage for food scraps in the garbage, pet food bowls, and will eat through food packaging when the opportunity arises.

When a rat exterminator is next on your list of priority things to do, Stern Environmental is just a phone call away. We’ll schedule one of our professional technicians to dispatch rats quickly and efficiently. Call today and send the rat pack on its way.