Tag Archives: Rodent Control

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.

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.

NYC Mice Found to Carry Dangerous Drug Resistant Diseases

Mouse Control
Don’t Let Disease Carrying Mice Take Over Your Establishment!

Research undertaken in New York City by microbiologists focused on collecting the furry creatures and analyzing the bacteria and potential diseases they carry. Several of the city’s boroughs were the target for collection of the specimens, which were gathered from residential and commercial buildings.

The Findings

It’s a known fact that mice carry a variety of diseases such as Leptospira, Shigella, Clostridium difficile, E. coli, and salmonella.

During the research project, a total of 36 viruses were found. Among these, six were new. Although the six new viruses did not pose a threat to humans, other bacteria in the mice could be spread to humans.

The Idea

Drug-resistant disease-causing bacteria is a concern and the research brought to light the extent that this antibiotic resistance may be.

Because New York is one of the most visited cities in the U.S., it is important that research continue to be developed to explore and understand these diseases and their potential effect on humans.

Whether you live in a house, apartment, or condominium, or your job brings you to the city, having a NJ Pest Control inspect and treat your space is a smart step to take to promote good health.

If you’re concerned about mice inside or outside your home or business, get some peace of mind with a NJ pest control specialist from Stern Environmental who will inspect your property. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Raccoons Are Dangerous When They Move Into Your Home!

Don't Let Rodent Pests Make Your Home Their Home.
Don’t Let Rodent Pests Make Your Home Their Home.

Most folks are entertained when watching masked bandits in a movie, but when the four-legged variety invade your home, that’s a different story. Raccoons are cute with their black masks and fun to watch their fastidious ways when cleaning their paws, but the fact is they cause damage.

Raccoon Renovation

That’s right. When raccoons move into your home whether it’s the basement, attic or garage, you have a problem that could result in needed renovations to insulation, wiring, cables, flooring, or anything else raccoons can chew on or foul due to using the area for nesting and bathroom facilities.

Many people don’t realize that raccoons are very adaptable. They can move into an urban or suburban community with ease. As long as there’s access to water and food sources as well as a place to nest and be protected from harsh weather, they’re like relatives who come to stay indefinitely.

Raccoon Intervention

As with any wildlife, whether they’ve moved into your home or set up housekeeping in your yard, it’s always best to hire NJ and NY raccoon removal professionals. These specialists have the knowledge and equipment to safely and humanely remove the animals out of your home.

When you have wildlife using your address as home, it’s time to call in specialists for NJ and NY raccoon removal. At Stern, we have the experts who can send your resident wildlife packing. Call us today!

The Real Risk of Squirrels In Your Home – Disease, Smell, and Damage

Squirrels Can Cause Much Damage to Your Home.
Squirrels Can Cause Much Damage to Your Home.

No matter how much we enjoy watching the antics of squirrels running willy-nilly through the trees, the fact is, these clever cuties cause damage.

Health and Home

Health-wise, squirrels can pose a problem such as spreading ticks and fleas, salmonella, and Leptospirosis. Rabies is not a known issue with squirrels but it’s better to be safe than sorry and take precautions to keep squirrels out of your home, garage, or shed.

Because squirrels are usually heavily infested with fleas and ticks, if they set up housekeeping in your attic, for example, you can plan on dealing with a flea and tick infestation. If you have pets, an infestation in your home will have an adverse effect on them too. When an infestation occurs, you need a NJ squirrel removal specialist for the job.

Squirrels are adept at finding entrances into a home’s attic. This is a great place to get away from winter weather and to build a nest and have babies.

As the babies grow and become more mobile, they’ll begin to chew on whatever is available as well as make poop messes throughout the attic. These droppings are the cause of Leptospirosis and salmonella. Both pose a health risk: Leptospirosis causes flu-like symptoms and salmonella is defined as food poisoning.

If you need squirrels trapped and removed, contact Stern and we’ll send a trained NJ squirrel removal expert to handle the job. ?????