New Jersey rat populations do not slow down in the winter months report New Jersey pest control professionals. In fact, locations that were previously rat free might experience sudden rat infestation issues when environmental changes occur. For example, if an area did not have ample water to support a rat population previously, but was subjected to a period of continuous wet weather, rats may indeed move into the area because they suddenly find it to be a suitable living environment. In addition, if rats were previously located in an area that was subjected to high amounts of rainfall where flooding occurred, it would not be uncommon for rat burrows to become flooded. Rats are very intelligent creatures. Sensing the danger of high waters, rats will instinctively head for higher ground, thereby infesting previously rat-free areas.
Ridgewood-GlenRock Patch reported on December 16, 2011 that 20 rat burrows have been found in three areas within one block in Ridgewood in Bergen County. Reports are that rats have not been a problem for the Village in the past and these burrows are located in the Central Business District of the Village. Unlike other cities where rat infestations are found, this NJ rat infestation is located where a minimal amount of restaurants are located. The Village Manager is hopeful that the pesticides combined with the cold winter months ahead will wipe out the rat population that have moved into the Village. You may read the article here.
Rats live in burrows outdoors so the cold winter weather does not affect them. They are however on the constant hunt for food, which is not aplenty during the winter months. Normally dining on seeds and plants which are gone during the wintertime, rats will turn to homes, businesses, and trash receptacles as a means to gain a meal. Rats are excellent at climbing and can enter a structure via the soffits or attic vents. They have powerful teeth and can chew their way through a variety of different building materials to reach their desired food sources as well. Rats are so resourceful that they can squeeze their body through a hole the size of a quarter.
Rats can be dangerous pests to contend with as they are known disease carriers and can cause fires when they chew on electrical wires. A NJ pest control professional can help you keep rats out of your home or business. Call Stern Environmental Group today for expert rat removal services.