Category Archives: Disease Carrying Pests

Rats Plague NY & NJ Metro Areas in Summer

Rats are a year-round plague in New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas, but they become particularly bold and problematic during the summer months. New York City’s habit of piling trash at curbside for collection contributes to the city’s constant rat problem, enticing rodents to forage in trash bags, frequently in plain site of pedestrians.

For many commercial enterprises, particularly restaurants, hotels and other members of the hospital industry, rodent control is a constant but necessary battle. Not only can a failed health inspection shut down your business, but it only takes a single rat scurrying across a floor to destroy a business reputation and send customers fleeing.

Effective commercial rat control must address both lower and upper levels of a building. Contrary to popular belief, rats are not just sewer dwellers. Norway rats, which are the most common rodent species in urban areas, do frequently colonize sewers and subway tunnels, but they also build nests in buildings and will even nest in wood piles or in ground burrows. However, roof rats, which prefer to live in attics and the upper stories of buildings, are also a problem in New York and New Jersey urban areas. Effective commercial rodent control must address possible rat colonization in both the upper and lower floors of a building.

Track & Trap rodent control systems identify rodent pathways, helping to prevent recurrence of rodent problems.

Promoting Healthy Housing

Living in a healthy housing environment has become a hot topic among several government agencies.  A new plan called “Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action” was unveiled on February 4, 2013.  The combined efforts of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is hoping that new their new strategies will improve the quality of housing and subsequently the health of residents in the United States as well.

The vision of the agencies covers many aspects of home health and safety hazards.  According to HUD

Goals One and Two are…” Establish and Encourage Adoption of Federally-Recognized Criteria for Healthy Homes. The Strategy for Action calls upon federal agencies to develop consensus on the basic concept of a healthy home – building off eight characteristics, including dry, clean, pest free, safe, contaminant free, well ventilated, and well maintained and thermally controlled – and encourage adoption of this consensus across federal agencies, tribal governments, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations.”

Manhattan pest control professionals know first-hand the benefits of living a pest-free life.  Many types of pests are dangerous to live among humans as they are capable of transmitting dangerous bacteria which often times causes serious illnesses.  Living among rats and mice can cause serious consequences.  These disease causing pests have been known to cause Hantavirus, rat bite fever, and a host of other serious and/or fatal injuries.  Rats and mice also chew into food sources and contaminate and destroy stored human and pet food products.

Cockroaches are another serious home or business invader.  Cockroach feces, saliva, urine, bites, and shed skins are known to cause allergic reactions in humans and they contaminate all surfaces that they travel upon.  They are also known to infiltrate stored food products in businesses and homes.

Living with a pest such a bed bugs is known to cause serious allergic reactions in some people as well as high levels of anxiety and depression for those suffering through an infestation.

Pest control experts as well as residents are encouraged to stay tuned to HUDs online portal for more information about the upcoming program from the combined efforts of the alliance of these government agencies.

NYC Dog Owners Stage Vigilante Rat Hunt

Late at night in a dark alley in Lower Manhattan, the hunt is on. Packs of dogs are stalking New York City’s most infamous pests – rats. Unleashed by vigilante owners pledged to rid the streets of rodents, dogs race down the alley, chasing rats from garbage bags as they move in for the kill. By the end of the night’s hunt, a couple of dozen rats will bite the dust.

While obviously not sanctioned by the city, according to an article in the New York Times, the hunts don’t appear to violate city laws or health codes. Conducted on an occasional basis by the appropriately named Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society, or RATS, the rat hunts have been going on for 15 years. Society members are mostly local Manhattan residents, although a few members travel in from the suburbs to join the hunts.

While organizers admit they’re probably not making much of a dent in Manhattan’s rat population, they seem to take pride in doing their part to beat back the city’s rat population; although their claim that the hunts provide mental stimulation for their dogs seems to be the real reason for their covert gatherings.

Taking a vigilante approach to rat extermination comes with real risks as these dangerous rodents carry numerous dangerous diseases. For safe, effective rat control, call the rat extermination pros at Stern Environmental.