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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.