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What to Know About Norway Rats and Roof Rats in New Jersey

Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home
Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home

Rats in NJ can cause serious problems for commercial property owners. Norway rats and roof rats are among the more common rodent species in the state. Learning more about these rats, including what they look like, can help you know when to get professional NJ pest control.

Roof Rats

Roof rats are smaller than Norway rats, measuring up to 18 inches long from head to tail when fully grown. These rats have darker coloring and smoother fur with a long, black tail and pointed muzzle. These rats usually stay higher up, such as on rooftops or trees, compared to Norway rats. They also prefer warmer climates.

Norway Rats

Norway rats are large, with a body length that measures up to ten inches long, not including their tail. These rats have a bulkier body than roof rats, along with a shorter tail, blunt muzzle, rougher coat and smaller eyes. They also have a brownish coloring that’s lighter than roof rats’ coloring. Norway rats tend to stay lower down where they search for food.

Both rats can spread disease, chew electrical wiring, contaminate food and cause other problems for building owners. Prompt removal is important when you have an infestation of either of these rodents.

If you have Norway or roof rats in your building, contact Stern Environmental right away. Our NJ pest control experts can get rid of these rodents to prevent damage and disease.

Brooklyn Is The Worst Borough For Rat Sightings: What the Maps Tell Us About Rat Infestations

Which Cities are Bed Bug Hotspots?
Which Cities are Bed Bug Hotspots?

Most people are familiar with the fact that those who live in New York City are frequently dealing with rat problems. But unless you live there, or have spent a significant amount of time there, you don’t really understand the scope of the issue. NYC rat control is a serious problem, but just how bad is it, really?

Rat Sightings in New York City

Between January 2010 and September 2017, there were 101,914 rat sightings that were reported. That phrase, that were reported, is key because so many of them go unreported to the city. Therefore, we can conclude that there were actually many more sightings that occurred. What’s even worse is that between these two time periods, there was an increase of 63%. That’s a lot!

On top of that, most of the rat sightings occurred in buildings that housed three or more families. Commercial buildings are not as common for rat infestations, which comes as quite a surprise.

Brooklyn – A Rat’s Safe Haven

According to the latest heat map visualization, Brooklyn is where rats are most often found. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the city is immune to them. They are plentiful, and found just about everywhere.

NYC Rat Control 

The good news is your NYC rat control professionals are on the job. If you have a rat problem, contact us. We have highly effective pest control solutions.

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.