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Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street

Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street
Too Smart: Rat Rides the Subway and Exits at 42nd Street

Video footage from NYC subway patrons recently showed a rodent hitching a ride on the train. It’s nothing NYC rodent control teams or residents haven’t seen before. Although it was a little amusing to watch the rat’s excursion on Twitter.

Feet Up!

It’s not uncommon for subway passengers to lift their feet while furry stowaways scamper beneath subway seats. The rodent in question in this event was apparently headed for Manhattan’s 42ndStreet, high-tailing it up subway stairs as if late for a meeting.

Why Are So Many Rats Riding the Subway?

It will come as no surprise if you’re a native New Yorker that NYC has a sanitation problem. Trash is everywhere, offering rodents a hospitable home.

Do Subway Rats Bite?

Rats typically avoid people, preferring to emerge when buildings are quiet, but there are exceptions. When rats do attempt cohabitating with humans, they can become aggressive if cornered or threatened.

Though no bites have been known to cause rabies, rats do carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans via bite. This may lead people to wonder if lifting your feet, desperately trying to climb the subway pole, running through the aisle, or fleeing at the next (wrong) stop may not be an overreaction after all.

Don’t join the crowd. Keep rats out of your home/business with the help of the NYC rodent control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Why Getting a Cat Isn’t the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems

Why Getting a Cat Isn't the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems
Why Getting a Cat Isn’t the Answer to Rat and Mouse Problems

Farms and country homes often keep “mousers” around to control rodent problems, but is that the answer for NJ pest control? Surprisingly, recent studies indicate the solution may not be that simple.

Do Cats Deserve Their “Killer” Reputation?

Domestic cats have long been considered aggressive and effective predators. That view seemed to be supported by a 2017 study which found that cats played a part in the extinction of more than 60 vertebrate species around the world.

However, the fierce reputation of cats took a hit with a study published in the September 2018 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. A team of researchers spent five months observing a colony of approximately 150 rats at a Brooklyn waste management facility with the original intent to study animal pheromones.

Playing the Cat-vs-Rat Game

During the final 79 days, the project evolved into a study of cat-rat interactions. Scientists were taken aback to find that cats attacked a total of only three rats, and one actually survived.

Two possible reasons were suggested for the results:

– Urban rats are notoriously large, so cats may opt for easier prey such as birds and mice.

– Rats tend to seek cover when they sense the presence of cats.

NJ Pest Control Removes All Traces of Mice and Rats

Before you stock up on kitty litter, contact Stern Environmental. Our commercial NJ pest control programs eliminate rodent problems efficiently and discreetly.

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.

What We Can Learn from History and Rat Eradication Tactics

What We Can Learn from History and Rat Eradication Tactics
What We Can Learn from History and Rat Eradication Tactics

NYC rat control is in the news along with four other major metropolitan cities across the globe experiencing an excessive rat population. In an effort to get the rats under control, these cities have gone to extreme lengths to find a solution.

Brooklyn

According to officials, in 2007 Brooklyn had the worst rat infestation. The cities solution was to populate the borough with opossums. Sounds good except the rats outran the opossums creating their own excessive population.

Chicago

In 2000, the Windy City addressed the problem with another four-legged predator; coyotes. In a test program, the city felt a group of Wiley coyotes could clean up the city; and they have.

Paris, France

The City of Lights has an estimated eight million furry creatures roaming the streets. That’s more than the cities human population times four. Each spring, the city has a campaign called “Le Smash” where teams scour the public parks and citizens check their homes to take care of business.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, like Paris, is overrun and their solution is a Spring Rats Elimination Campaign where hundreds of people lay traps.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scots have taken rat control to another level using rat birth control methods with success.

NYC rat control is one of the specialties of Stern Environmental. With expert technicians, equipment, and treatments rats can become a thing of the past in your home. Call today; be rat-free tomorrow.

NYC Rats – Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!

NYC Rats - Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!
NYC Rats – Everything is Bigger in the Big Apple!

NYC rat control is a big job – almost as big as the rodents in the crosshairs. Just how big are the rats making up the Big Apple’s rodent population?

Large & In Charge
According to recent research from a doctoral student at Fordham University, some of New York City’s largest rodents are nearly 1 ½ pounds, with some topping the scales at a whopping 2 pounds.

What About Those Giant, Mutant Rats You’ve Heard So Much About?
The study’s leader doesn’t believe there are any 3 pounders, as he’s yet to find evidence of a rodent that rotund. And though much-larger Gambian pouched rats have been found in NYC, they’re believed to be released pets, and not part of an active, breeding population.

The Good News, If Any?
Bigger rats are not more dangerous. And that’s a good thing, because the resident rodent population of NYC’s common species, Rattus norvegicus, tops the charts at a whopping 2 billion according to a 2014 study. Bigger rats are also less commonly out-and-about, leaving their younger progeny to tackle riskier food sources, sticking to their own known and reliable supply.

How Can You Avoid These Supersized Sneaks?
By steering clear of dumpsters and other rat-favored buffet locales – and with a proactive prevention and treatment program.

Have your NYC rat control issues gotten a little larger? Let the pros at Stern Environmental Group cut them down to size.