Count ‘Em – 15 Diseases Indirectly Carried by Rats

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

From parasites to bacteria to harmful viruses, rats carry a long list of diseases that can be transmitted to humans via their infected urine and feces. Although rats are the best-known offenders, other disease-carrying rodents include muskrats, marmots, groundhogs, mice, tree squirrels, chipmunks, porcupines, and voles.

Each of the categories below lists the infected host that is known to directly transmit the named disease to a rat. In turn, sick rats infect humans through contact with their urine and feces. NYC rat control is vital to keeping your loved ones healthy.

Fleas or Mites

Murine Typhus

Sylvatic Typhus


Scrub Typhus



La Crosse Encephalitis

West Nile Virus

Sand Fly

Cutaneous Leishmaniasis



Colorado Tick Fever

Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis

Lyme Disease

Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever

Powassan Virus

Relapsing Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

This list of fifteen diseases is something that you, as a property owner, do not want to expose yourself, your family, friends, tenants, or pets to a possible infection. To prevent an infestation of infected rats, it’s important to put a plan into place that includes sealing any entry points to your home, trapping renegade rats, eliminating nesting places, and removing all interior and exterior food sources.

With the additional help of a professional NYC rat control specialist, you can keep your property rat free. For help with a current rat control problem, contact us at Stern Environmental Group for assistance.


Seal Up, Trap Up, Clean Up – The CDC Attacks Rats!

Attack The Rats
Attack The Rats

Some helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to rats can be very helpful in dealing with these disease-carrying rodents.

When rats invade your home or property, it’s time to put some crucial steps into place to prevent intrusion and an infestation. To help get you started, consider these three tips.


Rats can get into your home through the smallest of holes. Inspect the exterior and seal any holes or large crevices to eliminate rodent entry points.


Setting traps can capture any you see around your home. This is a great second step in eliminating rodent residents.


Rats are opportunists when it comes to food sources. Remove any outdoor food sources such as bird feed, sunflower seeds, peanuts for squirrels, and food bowls for pets. Indoors, put pet food bowls away and place dry items such as cereal, crackers, and cookies in sealed containers or canisters.

Putting these tips into practice and maintaining them throughout the year will help keep your home clean and safe. If you see rats, call your NYC rat control professional to ensure the problem is solved and the pesky rodents don’t return.

Our NYC rat control specialists are ready and waiting to rid your property of unwanted rodents. Call us at your earliest sign of rats and let one of our Stern Environmental Group specialists take care of your pest problem.

Tips for Getting Rid of Rats at Your Commercial Property

Prevent This Opportunist Today!
Prevent This Opportunist Today!

The last thing any business wants, or needs, is a rat infestation, but it can happen in a short amount of time. Rats are opportunists using whatever items are available to traverse in and around buildings. Electrical wires, railings, ledges, and tree branches are just a few of the pathways rats will use to access buildings. Also keep in mind that rats can squeeze through an opening no larger than ½-inch.

Lines of Defense Against Rats

There are several things you can do as a business owner to incorporate NYC rat control to protect your property and eliminate an infestation. Each step includes protecting the lines of defense at your property.

Perimeter Baiting – stop rats from crossing the lines with tamper-resistant bait stations using block bait. This type of bait is placed inside the station either horizontally or vertically on a rod for easy access by the rat. Use bait that affects rats only, and is non-harmful to other animals.

Interior Baiting – Place stations at approximately 15- to 30-feet apart.

Exterior Baiting – Outside, rats are drawn to spots emitting warm air and the aroma of food. Use bait stations or traps placed between 30 and 50 feet apart and near every door entrance.

For NYC rat control that can do the job from start to finish, contact our staff at Stern Environmental Group for the latest techniques in ridding your business of a rat infestation.


Zika Transmission Causes Travel Alert for Miami

In Miami, Fourteen Cases of the Zika Virus Have Been Reported
In Miami, Fourteen Cases of the Zika Virus Have Been Reported

When insects invade your home and yard, it’s time to call in a NJ pest control company to handle the situation. This is especially true with the incidences of the Zika virus escalating throughout the country.

In Miami, fourteen cases of the Zika virus have been reported and the governor has asked for emergency assistance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

According to the CDC, there are currently 1,658 cases of Zika-infected people in the U.S. including Hawaii. Of these cases, 20 percent are located in Florida resulting in a travel alert for anyone, especially pregnant women living in Miami and those who are planning to travel to Miami.

The mosquito-borne vector species (Aedes aegypti) is found in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 30 U.S. states, which gives them a sizable stronghold and access to a large population for infecting.

There are things you can do to protect your home such as emptying any standing water in your yard, wearing protective clothing, and using insect repellent. As an added precaution, when mosquitoes are buzzing, don’t take a chance that they may be carrying the Zika virus and putting you and your family in jeopardy.

For a thorough inspection and treatment of your property, contact the staff at Stern Environmental Group and let one of our experienced NJ pest control specialists inspect your yard and take action so we keep everyone Zika free.