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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

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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.

Five Types of Rodents in New Jersey Looking for Ways to Move In with Cooler Weather

Don't Let Your Home Become Like the Movie Ratatouille!
Don’t Let Your Home Become Like the Movie Ratatouille!

As temperatures drop, more rodents make their way into homes and businesses. What furry pests do NJ rodent control professionals most frequently deal with in the fall/winter, and why should you be concerned?

House Mice

They’re grey or brown with small eyes, big ears, and a small body. These common mice carry disease, contaminating food and preparation areas with their droppings.

Deer Mice/Field Mice

Deer mice are typically brown with a white belly, large eyes and ears, and a two-toned tail. They prefer grassy areas, but will invade buildings when their habitat is disturbed. They carry deer ticks and disease.

White-Footed Mice

These light-brown mice have large eyes, distinctly white feet, and a white belly. They frequent wooded areas, but head indoors in the winter. You don’t want these disease and deer-tick-laden pests in your home or business.

Black Rats/Roof Rats/Ship Rats

Black rats have black fur and a lighter belly, with large ears, and a super-long, scaly tail. They are excellent climbers. Black rats can consume massive quantities of food, contaminating surfaces and food stores in the process. These rodents carry many diseases and are quite dangerous.

Norway Rats

The most common American rat, Norway rats are brown or grey with a white belly, small ears, and a blunt nose. They carry numerous diseases and fleas.

Reclaim your space. Give rodents the boot with the help of the NJ rodent control experts at Stern Environmental today. 

Learn About the Gray Squirrel’s Breeding Habits Not to Protect Your Attic from Invasion

Removal of Rodents Can Be Complicated, But We Have You Covered
Removal of Rodents Can Be Complicated, But We Have You Covered

Squirrels are the second most watched wildlife in North America after birds. Lively and brave, they don’t mind getting too close to humans if it means a bite to eat and a warm place to stay. But sometimes these furry marauders get too close for comfort, putting you in need of NJ squirrel removal services.

Tips for Protecting Your Attic from Squirrel Invasion

To keep urban wildlife such as gray squirrels away from your home, pay attention to their breeding habits. What do you need to know to curtail the effects of squirrel courtship complications in your home?

• Gray Squirrels Don’t Hibernate

Gray squirrels are active year-round, raising families and hoarding food for the winter.

• Gray Squirrels Have 2 Breeding Seasons

Gray squirrels mate in January, then again in the late spring or early summer. You’ll know its courtship time when they start chasing each other up and down your trees.

• Gray Squirrels Nest in High Places

Though males don’t raise young, they will build nests at the tops of trees, in birdhouses, and in the attic spaces of homes and outbuildings that look like ‘leaf balls.’ Once established, they return to these same nests year after year.

Gray squirrels may be cute, but they don’t make for great houseguests. Remove them humanely with the help of the  NJ squirrel removal services of Stern Environmental today.

Rats Are Getting Fat in NYC What Are You Doing to Put Them on a Diet?

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Do Your Part to Control Rats

It’s not news rats are taking over NYC. But what may surprise you is that the city is not alone. In many cities, rodents have gotten so rotund due to easy access to food they could use a spring diet. It’s no tall tale, some have packed on so many pounds they’re getting stuck in inconvenient places. And the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental just have to share this latest, highly-amusing, rat-related news release with you.

Fat Rat Stuck in Sewer Grate Rescued by Firefighters

It’s okay. We know you want to read it again, and you’re relieved even rodents have a problem with holiday fluff. The rat in question, a stout female, had apparently packed on quite a bit of winter flab. She ended up stuck in a manhole grate in the city of Bensheim, Germany. 

Goodbye Skinny Jeans

A large-scale rat rescue operation ensued, involving a rescue attempt by a large-scale, professional animal rescue operation. When this failed, an entire team of firefighters attempted to eject the plump pest. Stuck at the hip, she could not be moved forward or backward. Seven firefighters had to pop the manhole cover to finally lasso her out and let her loose back into Bensheim’s sewer system.

Rats taking over? End the all-you-can-eat buffet.  Contact the NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today.