Category Archives: Feral Cats

Bad Weather Displace Urban Wildlife Chasing Animals Into Attics and Homes

Hurricanes and Storms May Leave Pests, Rodents and Animals without Homes
Hurricanes and Storms May Leave Pests, Rodents and Animals without Homes

The people of Houston, Texas got more than they bargained for when Hurricane Harvey struck their communities. Not only did they have to deal with the aftermath of the storm, but they also had to deal with displaced animal pests, rodents, and other pests.

For the families in Houston, it caused them many problems that most were not prepared to deal with. While we may not be dealing with the cleanup of hurricane damages in the Northeast, NJ wildlife control is on hand to help with any similar disasters that may occur here.

Help for Displaced Animals and Affected Families

This situation got way out of control for some people in this area. They were inundated with alligators, snakes, fire ants and other creatures. Of course, the animals and insects were at the mercy of the storm themselves. Many of them were looking for higher ground to escape the floodwaters that resulted from the hurricane. However, it was a very unfortunate situation.

How Our NYC and NJ Pest Wildlife Services Can Help Your Family

In the event of a storm in our local area, having to worry about pests and animals in your home or office should be the last thought on your mind. If you are ever in this situation, please know that here at Stern Environmental, we’re available to help you.

It’s comforting to know that you can call on professionals for assistance. If you would like to get more information on our services, please contact us today.

The Trouble With Feral Cats Part 2 Of 3

In continuation from Wednesday…

Feral cats are susceptible to a variety of different diseases that are transmitted from cat to cat, and ones that are transmitted from animal species to humans.  Feline AIDS, FIP, Feline Leukemia, and the most notable and worrisome disease is rabies.  Rabies is contracted from cat to human via the bite of a cat.

This week my teen daughters and I made a run to the grocery store.  One of the workers that we know happened to mention that there were two kittens outside under the grocery carts that were abandoned by the mother cat.  Being cat lovers, my daughters asked if they could go see them.  It did not occur to me that they were in any sort of danger so I said they could go.  Oddly, a wildlife rescue person and her son also arrived who wanted to capture the two kittens.  While I finished shopping they all scurried around trying to wrangle the two balls of fluff.  As I walked outside, my I heard my daughter say “I got it” as she was pulling a kitten out from under the carts.  Within a second the docile kitten turned on her and repeatedly dug its teeth deep into the flesh of her hand with claws tearing up her other hand and arm.  Wanting to free my daughter, I ran to help and tried to grab the feral cat by the scruff.  It was then that I was horribly bitten as well on the thumb.

The wildlife rescue lady rushed over, took possession of the kitten and put it in her car.  As she continued to look for the second cat, we proceeded to gush blood profusely.  A trip in the store yielded some help at the pharmacy where we were told that we must go to the hospital immediately because feral cats could have rabies.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.

Twitter’s Been Hacked!

Stern Environmental Group would like to take this opportunity to apologize to our faithful customers and readers.  We were recently notified by some of our customers that they had received some very strange email messages which initially looked like they were coming from our company.  Once investigated, we realized that our Stern Twitter account had been hacked by some unscrupulous people on November 4th and November 9th!  Hacking into someone’s online business sources is completely shameful and unethical!

We would like all of our customers and readers to know that Stern never participates in spaming or phishing schemes.  We will never contact you to ask you for any password or credit card information either. Stern strives to provide our readers with the most updated information about bed bugs, bed bug products, bed bug services, and other important pest and urban wildlife information.  Through our extensive research and experience, we are able to bring you interesting and sometimes even funny stories that are directly linked to the industry that we are so passionate about.

If you ever receive any communication from Stern Environmental Group that seems to be out of the ordinary or meets any of the above criteria; we ask that you please contact us immediately so that we can take measures to stop this deceitful practice of others.

We do encourage you all to stop by our Twitter page and view some of our interesting topics and links.

Watch Out For Wildlife

Stern-Raccoon 2As suburbia continues to spread outwards, more and more residents are encountering raccoons and other dangerous wildlife in their every day life.  Raccoons, along with opossums, rats, mice and other rodents are responsible for transmitting dangerous diseases to humans.  Eight residents in Long Beach, California with ages ranging from 1 to 59 years old have recently been diagnosed with typhus.  Typhus is not transmitted from human to human contact; rather it is spread by fleas that have hosted on various animals like the ones mentioned above.  Luckily for these folks in California, although typhus is unpleasant to contract, it rarely causes death and can be treated with antibiotics.

When dealing with wildlife, rabies should always be a top concern.  Rabies is most commonly found in raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes, but any warm blooded animal can pass rabies onto people.

You should always try to avoid direct contact with wildlife; but if they do happen to enter you home or business, you should not try to remove them yourself.  Contacting a nuisance pest control removal specialist is the key to a humane and safe removal of wildlife instead.  Stern Environmental Group offers expert wildlife removal services to most of New Jersey, all of NYC, parts of CT and most of Long Island, NY.

Reducing the Population of Feral Cats in NYC

While feral cats can be valuable to neighborhoods in New York City, they can be a public nuisance as well. They can help to reduce the rat problem that is causing great concern for New Yorkers, but they are known to make a lot of noise when they are fighting and mating, which can make people lose sleep and peace of mind. Also, some feral cats carry rabies as well as parasites that can cause various health problems.

Feral cats live in colonies. They can reproduce rapidly and create lots of problems in the neighborhoods. The Feral Cat Initiative has been established to manage the feral cat problems in NYC in a humane way. Teams are sent to various neighborhoods to catch feral cats and send them to centers where they will be vaccinated and neutered or spayed. Then, they will be returned to their colonies. This will control the population of feral cats as well as the spread of rabies, and it will make the neighborhoods quieter too.