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Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait

Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait
Incredible? Chocolate Being Tested as Rodent Control Bait

Who doesn’t love the luscious taste of chocolate? Apparently even rodents have a fondness for the sweet treat. Could chocolate become an effective tool in our NJ pest control treatments?

The Lure of Chocolate

In an effort to reduce use of poisons, the biosecurity team in Greater Wellington, NZ has been conducting a novel experiment using chocolate as bait in self-setting rodent traps. Testing is taking place at Te Ahumairangi Hill, a heavily wooded area running through the Town Belt of Wellington.

Results are being tracked by ink-covered cards placed in tunnels to capture footprints. So far the test has been a success, with the rodent population remaining at low levels.

Benefits of “Sweet” Traps

Senior Biosecurity Officer Paul Horton explains the benefits of using chocolate as a rodent lure:

– Birds aren’t attracted to the smell of chocolate, making them less likely to get caught in traps.

– Chocolate bait lasts for six months and traps can kill two dozen rodents before being replaced, reducing the need for staff to spend time checking them.

Urban Ecology Manager Daniela Biaggio adds that this innovative plan is a safe way to maintain diversity of wildlife in an urban environment.

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Incredible? Canadian SPCA Matches Stray Cats with Farms for Rodent Control

Incredible? Canadian SPCA Matches Stray Cats with Farms for Rodent Control
Incredible? Canadian SPCA Matches Stray Cats with Farms for Rodent Control

A new rodent control program dubbed as ‘incredible’ seems common sense to NJ Pest control experts and the area’s residents.

Career Kitties

The SPCA of Ontario, Canada recently placed an ad looking for an employer for its latest four-legged job candidates. To manage cat overpopulation in the region, the organization is rehoming stray cats that are feral (wild) and incompatible with the in-house, laptop lifestyle of the typical housecat.

These furry felines are being relocated to warehouses, breweries, and farms where they can serve as rodent control. However, demand for the kitties is low at a time when the SPCA is experiencing an influx of felines: The long, cold winter weather that makes suitable shelter scarce.

Seeking Full-Time, Feline-Friendly Work

Though the program has been around since 2015, it has been expanding annually, and currently at about 50 cats per year. What the stray kitties lack in cuddles, they are said to more than make up for with their rodent maintenance capacities.

As many cat-lovers know, the idea of using cats for mouse monitoring is far from novel. However, the program is doing a wonderful job of meeting the increased need to humanely control cat overpopulation in a region where over twice as many cats are admitted to shelters as dogs.

Cat lying down on the job? Rid yourself of rodents now. Contact your NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today.

Winter Weather – Does It Impact NJ and NYC Rats?

Rats and New Jersey Environments
Rats and New Jersey Winter Weather

The winter weather likely has your business hunkering down in your office – and also having more than a few uninvited guests. We’re not talking about your in-laws here. During the winter, its common for your business properties in to be overrun needing a NJ rat control service to deal with rodents infestations.

Why these Furry Fiends are a Winter Worry

Like you, rodents like to be warm and have easy access to food and water, which is scarce in wintertime. This makes your office like the Taj Mahal to unwelcome rats and mice: Your faucets, sinks and tubs an oasis; pantry and crumb-laden break room floors an all-you-can eat buffet; and old boxes, insulation, and more are prime fodder for nesting materials.

How You Can Fight the Invasion

To evict these tiny, unwelcome guests can require gargantuan effort. Even seemingly insignificant cracks offer easy access to rodents, whose nimble bones can squeeze down to nearly nothing.

Gaps around doors and windows, holes where cable, phone, and electrical lines are run, split screens, attic and crawlspace holes and cracks that offer access to interior walls and ventilation can turn youroffice into ‘public domain’ for these trespassing masterminds. Professional assistance ferreting out these popular access points is key to addressing the root causes of infiltration.

Ready for rodents to hit the road? Schedule a office inspection with the NJ rat control service experts at Stern Environmental and evict unwanted rodent guests today.

What to Know About the Common Rat or Street Rat

Rodents: Diseases They Carry and Can Transmit to Humans
Rats: What to Know

When it comes to dealing with common rats or street rats, the best course of action is letting a professional NJ pest control service handle the situation.

Things to Know About Rats

Throughout history, people have been plagued by rats; literally. The most prolific rat that has managed to survive the ages and become a successful resident on the planet is the brown rat. This brown or grey-coated mammal is also known as the common, street, wharf, sewer, Norway, water, Parisian, and Hanover rat.

The brown rat, for all intents and purposes, is a survivor partly due to its senses, which include extremely acute hearing and an above average olfactory system. While hearing and smelling capabilities are superior, their eyesight is poor.

Generally, the body of a brown rat averages around 11 inches in length with the addition of another estimated 10 inches for the tail. Their body dynamics plus their quick speed and jumping and climbing abilities make them an imposing and scary presence in the home.

Brown rats are adept at swimming above and below water, so outdoor swimming pools may become a point of recreation focus, especially at night as brown rats are nocturnal.

If you’re dealing with an infestation, don’t hesitate to call Stern Environmental. With experienced NJ pest control technicians on the job, you can enjoy your home year-round without unwanted guests. Call today and be rat-free in no time.

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.