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Super Rats Or Super Sickly Rats? Could Urban Pest Control Be Influencing Evolution?

How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?
How Is the Urban Environment Changing its Animal Inhabitants?

With humans, efforts to eradicate illnesses sometimes result in development of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses. Scientists are finding a similar situation with NJ pest control, which appears to have some far-reaching impacts on the rat population.

Are Rat Extermination Efforts Counterproductive?

Rat infestation takes a physical, mental and economic toll on affected communities. While improvements in technology have created highly efficient rodent-killing solutions, many cities around the world are actually seeing an increase in their rat populations.

Impact of Extermination Methods on Rat Population

Once an extermination campaign ends, the results are generally temporary as rat populations quickly rebound, a phenomenon dubbed the “boomerang effect.” Rats themselves have been undergoing a couple of significant changes.

• Rats who survive extermination attempts tend to have genetic traits that make them better equipped to avoid danger. One specific gene that’s been identified actually makes rodent-killing chemicals ineffective. As these traits are passed on through reproduction, generations of “super rats” are developing.

• On the other hand, reduction in rat population causes a corresponding reduction in genetic variation, which in turn hinders their ability to respond to changing environments. Reproduction within this limited gene pool creates a type of inbreeding, leading to weak and sickly rats less likely to survive.

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Flea-Carrying Rats Are Spreading Typhus in Homeless Camps in Los Angeles County

Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.
Rats Can Carry Infectious Diseases of their Own, on Top of Being Flea-Carriers.

Los Angeles County is being hard-bit by an outbreak of typhus, which is affecting the downtown district of Los Angeles inhabited by homeless people.

The problem is due to filth accumulated on city streets from a variety of sources. In an effort to strike a blow against more typhus outbreaks, the city plans to increase its street cleaning efforts to eliminate the filth that’s attracting rats, which infect people who are bitten by infected fleas that have fed on the rats.

What is Typhus?

Typhus is often confused with typhoid due to the similarity in name, but they are two different diseases.

Typhus is carried by outdoor critters and household pets who are hosting infected fleas. Typhoid is transmitted to humans through either contaminated water or food.

The outbreak of typhus in the city has not only impacted the homeless population, it has also had an effect on business and working people.

Typhus Symptoms

The signs of typhus include abdominal pain, muscle pain, rash, and high fever. It can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it could lead to hospitalization.

Avoiding Typhus

Several things you can do include keeping your pets treated for fleas and block openings into your home. Also have a NJ pest control company do an inspection.

At Stern Environmental, our NJ pest control specialists have experience in handling flea infestations. To be flea-free, call our office and schedule an appointment.

Rats and Garbage – Fueling the Spread of Dangerous Typhus in Los Angeles

RatLos Angeles could use the services of NJ pest control technicians in their battle against rats, which are creating a massive health problem for the city.

Typhus Zone

The downtown district near Ceres Street – dubbed Skid Row – and surrounding city blocks (totaling 54) have become a breeding spot for rats and typhus. With over 4,000 homeless people making the streets their home combined with the trash, human waste, discarded food, and clothing, it has earned the name “typhus zone. ”

The number of typhus cases has escalated to 92 since the summer. Some of the cases are in Pasadena and in Long Beach. Overall, the county has estimated around 60 cases each year, which has also increased to double what the county has experienced in past years. This is according to data from the Los Angeles Health Department.

In an effort to clean up the area, the city is using all available resources, such as increasing garbage pickup and utilizing a task force to clean sidewalks.

Rat Prevention

To help prevent a rat infestation in your home or yard, keep food sources unavailable, protect outdoor pets with a preventative flea regimen, and seal entry points to your home. For added prevention, employ the services of a NJ pest control company to inspect and eliminate any current or potential pest problems. Call Stern Environmental to find out more about the processes available to make your home rat-free.

NYC Reminds Residents “Do Not Feed Rats” They Are a Health Hazard

Slow and Steady, and the Rat Population Grows out of Control.
Slow and Steady, and the Rat Population Grows out of Control.

Some things are just too obvious and that’s the case with the “do not feed rodents” campaign in New York. Mayor de Blasio is at the helm of the campaign to educate New Yorkers about rats in an attempt to get the population under control.

How’s it Working for You?

That’s the question being bantered around as residents of the most affected areas – Brooklyn, Manhattan, and The Bronx – want to know why the city is spending so much time and effort on talking when what residents want is more action.

Currently, PEP officers are spending their time in the city parks speaking to people about the rat population, the importance of not feeding them, and the effect litter is playing as a food source. The job of a PEP officer is to patrol the 30,000 acres that comprise the park area, not educate patrons of obvious information.

While the city did purchase over 300 rat-proof garbage cans, no information has been released noting if the cans made any difference.

A simple suggestion by a resident was instead of wasting a PEP officer’s time, why not increase garbage pick-up times? Seems like a simple enough solution.

For help with a rats, contact Stern and we’ll send a NJ pest control specialist to conduct an inspection. Our NJ pest control staff is experienced and trained in the matter of rat control and elimination. Don’t hesitate; call today.

Even the Rats Like Chipotle – Claim Location Neighbors

Don't Let Rats Take Over Your Property
Don’t Let Rats Take Over Your Property

In Brooklyn Heights, it’s obvious businesses could use the help of their NJ pest control neighbors. It seems the area is being overrun by cat-sized rodents.

The Problem

There are two problems that have resulted in the increase of the area’s rat population. The first deals with a Chipotle restaurant that has a penchant for putting their garbage outside in plastic bags.

Plastic bags are not a deterrent for rats with very sharp teeth. The rotund rodents feast as often as there’s a bag of food. Evidently, they have a taste for south of the border cuisine.

The second problem that the Chipotle manager feels started the feast-a-thon is a nearby construction site. The belief is the rat’s habitat was disturbed and so they ventured out to find some food.

Neighbors have complained to the restaurant’s management team and suggested an obvious solution; use metal trash cans versus plastic trash bags. To appease the neighbors, who are also potential customers, management has stated secure garbage cans will be used.

Rats are bacteria and disease-carrying pests. Keeping homes and businesses rat-free is a priority both for health and the environment.

NJ pest control is standard operating procedure at Stern Environmental. Our technicians get in quick, do an inspection, devise a plan, then put it into action. If you have a problem with rats, we’ve got the solution. Call us today, so we can be there tomorrow.