Managed Cat Colonies May Be Used to Lower Rat Population in NYC

Cats to manage rodent populations in New York City?
Cats to manage rodent populations in New York City?

Better known for patrolling NYC area subways and communities in their efforts to thwart crime, the legendary Guardian Angels are now tackling the NYC’s 4-legged foes – rats. Rodent control has become big news as of late, given a small but deadly bacterial outbreak back in December that was linked to leptospirosis, which is found in rat urine.

The Plan to Run-Off the Rodents?
Cats. To combat this age-old city problem, feral cats are being established in vacant land areas citywide, aimed at reducing problem areas overrun by rodents. The territorial creatures have been surmised to be an ideal solution for reducing rodent population, and likewise being kept in check and cared for with spay/neuter services, vaccinations, and necessary food and shelter.

The Cat’s Meow
The Guardian Angels are now overseeing 10 colonies of cats in the city, ranging from Astoria to Howard Beach, stating these colonies are a win-win for the city. The kitty commandos – about 150 total, may soon be embarked on a new mission at 750 Grand Concourse, the Bronx building identified as ground zero for the leptospirosis outbreak. Other area residents looking for help have been encouraged to contact the group.

Four-legged felines in your home not toeing the line when it comes to managing your NYC rodent control needs? There’s a safer, easier way to eliminate those annoying and potentially dangerous rodents. Contact Stern Environmental to learn more today.

What You Need to Know About Rat-Carried Leptospirosis

Rats and New York City - Unfortunately They Just Go Together
Rats are Known Carriers of Diseases. Leptospirosis is the Latest and is Particularly Severe.

Most people know that rats carry diseases. This fact alone makes them one of the most dangerous of pests. One disease, which is known as Leptospirosis, can lead to severe health problems if it is contracted and treatment isn’t administered right away. This is just one reason why it’s important to secure NYC rodent control as soon as possible if you have a rat problem.

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a rat-carried disease that can easily be spread to humans. It can cause many symptoms, including:

  • Redness of the eyes
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Headache

As you can see, it might be easy to mistake Leptospirosis for something else, such as a mild virus, or even the flu. Some people don’t even have symptoms at all. It can take between two days and four weeks to develop symptoms after exposure.

If Leptospirosis is left untreated, it can progress even further into problems like kidney failure, liver failure or meningitis. Recovery with treatment can take as long as three weeks, or even longer in some cases. Without treatment, it can take months.

Help From NYC Rodent Control

Ignoring a rat problem can be dangerous, and it can easily lead to disease. Here at Stern Environmental, your NYC rodent control specialists are standing by to provide you with the help you need to rid your property of rats. Contact us for help!

NYC to Crack Down on Rodents to Prevent Dangerous Spread of Diseases

Rats are Spreading Dangerous Diseases
Rats are Spreading Dangerous Diseases

NYC rodent control can be a disgusting job, but sometimes it can be downright dangerous. A rare disease has taken its toll on NYC, killing one, and severely sickening 2 others. Disseminated by the city’s ever-burgeoning rat population, the NYC Health Department has been spurred into action.

The Area of Highest Risk
A cluster of the rare bacterial infection, leptospirosis, has been identified within a one-block radius of the Concourse area of the Bronx. The building in question is owned by the 5th worst landlord in the city, Ved Parkash, also known for 5 other buildings with violations. It is the first such cluster ever identified in the city.

A Dirty Job
A team was dispatched, that quickly identified obvious garbage management and rodent infestation issues on-site. Working through the day, they inspected apartments, disposed of improperly handled garbage, set traps, and plugged holes in walls and pipes.

Thwarting the Spread
Leptospirosis is commonly spread via contact with infected rat urine – rarely from person to person. City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett stressed it’s a very rare infection, noting 26 cases in the city since 2006.

What NYC rodent control procedures should you follow to ensure safety? Avoid contact with affected areas. Clean them with a 10% bleach solution, protecting your hands, feet, and eyes with safety gear. Wash your hands after any contact, and contact your local Stern pest control expert for fast rat eradication.