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NYC Rats: Where Do They Go When It Gets Cold?

Where do Rats go During the Wintertime?
Where do Rats go During the Wintertime?

When you own or operate a commercial business, one area that can be problematic is dealing with unwanted rodents entering the building. This is a year-round issue but especially troublesome during the winter months when rats are looking for warm places to hunker down.

What are Rats Looking for in a Hiding Place?

Like other outdoor residents, their primary concern is finding a warm place to inhabit followed by access to food sources and water.

Garbage cans inside and outside of a building are prime targets for food; standing water and dripping faucets provide hydration.

If there are areas inside their targeted building where food is stored, cooked, or eaten, then any opening, crack, or crevice left unattended will allow them to access to these areas.

Where are Prime Hiding Places Located?

Do a visual inspection to find sources of access such as split screens on windows or doors, gaps around doors and windows, behind air conditioning vents, behind the walls, and in the ceiling.

Rats are masters at managing their way into what may seem like an impossible opening. Being aware of popular hiding places allows you to repair/secure these areas.

What Should You Do?

The answer is to schedule an inspection with NYC rodent exterminator specialists. Professional technicians are adept at ferreting out hiding places and eliminating unwanted rodent residents.

If you need the assistance of NYC rodent exterminator experts, contact Stern Environmental.

Rodent Expert Says Rat Populations Are Silently Growing Out of Control

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

Out of sight and out of mind can lead to an increasing rat problem, according to rodent expert Robert Corrigan. He has a doctorate in urban rodentology from Purdue University and says rat populations are growing largely unnoticed along the entire eastern seaboard of the United States. Corrigan said many people in cities and towns from Boston to Washington, D.C. don’t even realize they have a rat problem. Going unnoticed by humans helps rats live longer, breed more often, and grow in number.

Rats exploit human imperfections

In an interview with The Westerly Sun, Corrigan said rats congregate near riverbanks and trash dumpsters. The rats then move into neighborhoods and people don’t notice that the rodents have invaded. When restaurant employees are negligent about maintaining their dumpster area or keeping the kitchen clean, the rats move in. According to Corrigan, homeowners who don’t maintain their yard or have clutter also unwittingly invite rats into their home. The rats take advantage of these imperfections in human behavior.

What can you do?

Many businesses benefit from our innovative Smart Mouse Monitoring. This innovative and environmentally friendly solution goes beyond just putting a band-aid on the problem. You can identify rodent entry points and block them off to stop future problems. Contact us for more information. We also provide traditional mouse eradication services and mouse inspection services to restaurants, other businesses, multi-family units, and homes.

NYC Should Put Rats on Birth Control to Solve the Infestation Problem

Is Birth Control For Rats the Solution To Overpopulation of These Disease Carrying Pests?
Is Birth Control For Rats the Solution To Overpopulation of These Disease Carrying Pests?

Could putting rats on ‘the pill’ offer NYC and NJ pest control professionals a safe, humane, and environmentally-friendly new way to put a stop to the area’s rodent infestation problems? The Big Apple is currently working with a biotech company to put an end to their ongoing pest plague.

Goodbye Petrifying Poisons
Biotech firm SenesTech has developed a substance called ContraPest, designed to hit the rodents where it hurts – putting an end to their inane ability to prolifically procreate. Human and pet-safe, the new technique is designed to tackle the root of the problem.

The is fact that despite our large size and cranial capacity, humans are no match for a population of the estimated 2 million rats that call the New York area home. Just 4 breeding pairs and their offspring could create up to 15 million rats in a single year.

Hello Clinical Trials
With the new non-lethal, tasty bait, however, menopause is triggered early in females, in just weeks degrading ovarian function until no longer able to reproduce. In males, sperm production is likewise impaired. The chemical, 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide, becomes inactive after digestion and does not persist in droppings. NYC and NJ pest control trials began this year, following successful trials on farms and transit systems in Chicago and New York.

Stay-tuned for further information on this product from the experts in pest control, Stern Environmental as it becomes increasingly available.

NYC Pets Can Catch Leptospirosis – What You Need to Know

Don't Let Your Pet Catch This Disease from City Rats!
Don’t Let Your Pet Catch This Disease from City Rats!

One individual has just died from Leptospirosis in the Bronx. This is an infection that’s caused by coming into contact with rat urine.

Considering the fact that there are so many rats in New York City, it’s understandable that many people are fearful. They’re not only concerned about themselves, they’re also concerned about their pets – specifically their dogs. For dog owners, NYC rodent control is an absolute must.

One Unconfirmed Canine Death in NYC

There has been one unconfirmed canine death due to Leptospirosis in the Bronx. Veterinarians say that the condition is rare, and they usually only see a few cases a year. In this particular case, the dog was said to have received a vaccine for the infection, but still died from it.

Protecting Your Dog From Leptospirosis

Dog rescue groups are urging dog owners to protect their dogs from this infection. Any dog that spends a lot of time outside should receive the vaccine.

Rats often urinate in soil, in puddles, and even in lakes and ponds. Any of these can quickly become contaminated, making it easy for dogs to contract Leptospirosis. Once they have it, they can easily pass it on to their human owners.

At Stern Environmental, we know the importance of NYC rodent control. Our goal is to protect you and your best friend as much as possible. If you have a rat problem, we can help. Contact us.

Video Shows Norway Rats Harboring in Tree Roots

Rats Can Indirectly Carry 15 Different Kinds of Diseases
Rats Can Indirectly Carry 15 Different Kinds of Diseases

Here’s some information that property owners may not be aware of: a rat’s ability to live in the massive root system of large trees. In Boston, rodentologist Bobby Corrigan shared his expert observation of just such an occurrence in a city park.

At the base of old, mature trees within the park, a network of roots created the opportunity for rats to tunnel into holes and access a network of openings around the tree. Evidence showed that the rats used multiple openings for entry and exit routes as well as bringing in food sources and nesting material. It was estimated the “tree house” would hold up to a dozen rats.

If your property has trees with massive above ground root systems, it’s recommended you hire a NYC rodent specialist to inspect the area. With proven systems, methods, and techniques, whether a single tree or multiple trees are affected, the extent of the root-based rat population can be determined and eliminated.

Having a rat infestation in your home or business or anywhere on your property creates an unhealthy situation. If you suspect there’s a problem, don’t allow the rat population to expand, which could result in rodents finding their way inside your home or business.

For fast, efficient help with rodent removal, contact a NYC rodent specialist at Stern Environmental. Our experienced staff will suggest a plan of action to make your property rodent-free.