Category Archives: Mice

Innovative Track and Trap Provides Eco-Friendly Mouse Control

It was a little disconcerting when the paper in the trash can started to rustle. I was eating lunch at a friend’s shop during her break. Her boutique is fashionably small in keeping with NYC rents. There’s the main showroom, a closet bathroom, and a small storeroom in which she keeps a card table and chairs for sorting product, doing paperwork — and eating lunch. Uneaten crusts, sandwich wrappers, empty yogurt containers all go into an open trash can in the corner to be emptied once a week.

It was from the rubble of empty styrofoam boxes and fast food bags that the rustling came yet again. We stopped talking and in fascinated horror watched a little gray mouse pop his head up out of the mess, a crust of desiccated burger clutched in his mouth, peer at us out of his beady black eyes, leap onto the floor and scurry away. Definitely time to call Stern!

My friend is a perfect candidate for Stern Environmental Control’s innovative smart mouse control program, the Track and Trap system. The amazing Track and Trap system allows our pest control experts to find the entry holes mice are using and seal them up tight, preventing mice from getting in and solving your problem. It’s the perfect solution for rodent problems in restaurants, industrial settings, multi-family units and homes.

By luring mice into a food box coated with a fluorescent chemical, Track and Trap allows our pest control experts to literally follow their tracks and find all entry and exit points so they can be permanently sealed. Click here for a detailed explanation of the Track and Trap system and amazing photographs of the system in operation.

While Stern also provides traditional mouse and rat control and eradication programs, the new Track and Trap is smart, innovative, environmentally friendly and fast way to solve your rodent problems. Track and Trap has been so successful in eradicating mice that a system is under development for rats. If you have a rodent problem, call the pest control experts at Stern Environmental Control today. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.

A Mouse in the House!

Gross! When I went into the kitchen to make breakfast, there was black “rice” on the counter — mouse turds. Disgusting! A trip to my in-laws’ cottage is supposed to be a relaxing weekend, not a scubfest. Nevertheless, out came the scrub brush and bucket. Before breakfast I scoured down every surface and checked every cupboard and closet. We definitely had a mouse, (at least, I was hoping there was only one).

Not native to North America, mice arrived with early European settlers and quickly spread throughout the country. Typically nocturnal, mice eat grains, fruits, vegetables and refuse. Only two to three inches long (with a tail nearly twice that length), they can squeeze through the tiniest holes to gain entrance to your home and the “gourmet buffet” waiting in your kitchen.

Mice are inexhaustible breeders which means that my single mouse will soon be joined by a growing family. Though mice only live about a year (rats up to 2 years), a single female mouse can produce more than 70 offspring in her lifetime! A typical mouse can produce 60 droppings in a day. You do the math; even a single mouse equals a big problem. Mice spread disease, E. coli, fleas, microbes, and other nasty things that you don’t want in your house or near your children.

Stern Environmental Group uses a revolutionary new Track & Trap system to eradicate mice. Using UV light, the system pinpoints where mice are entering your home so they can be trapped and all entry points sealed. (See our May 10, 2007 blog post for more info and pictures.) Visit our website to learn about Stern’s pest and wildlife control services; just click the post title. Call our experienced professionals to find out about the new Track & Trap solution to your mouse problem. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.

Stern Introduces Innovative Track & Trap Mouse Eradication Solution

Do you have mice nibbling in your pantry? Do you find little brown mouse turds in your silverware drawer (ugh!)? Do your cereal boxes have gnaw marks on them? Stern Environmental Group can get rid of your mouse problems fast using our innovative smart Track & Trap solution! We don’t just trap a mouse or two. With our new system, we find the entry hole and seal out ALL of the mice, completely solving your problem. Our new mouse eradication system is perfect for restaurants, industrial settings, multi-family units and homes. It’s safe, environmentally friendly and highly effective.
How does it work?
  • First, Stern mouse control experts install a special mouse tracking box packed with tasty mouse treats that the little critters find irresistible. Unbeknownst to the mice, the box housing the snack bar also contains a special powdered fluorescent chemical. While the mice jostle around the buffet table, the chemical adheres to their feet and bodies.
  • When the mouse is stuffed and waddles home, he leaves a telltale trail our mouse experts can follow. (See photos.)
  • Our mouse eradication experts track the glowing paths using a special UV light to pinpoint the exact locations of entry points and nests. We completely seal all access points so mice can’t get in. If the nest is located in the home, the tracking system tells us where to set our traps to remove every last critter from your home, safely and without dangerous chemicals that could harm your children or pets.

To learn more about our innovative Track & Trap mouse eradication solution, click the post title. If mice are nibbling at your patience, call the pest control experts at Stern Environmental Control today. You’ll sleep well tonight when your get “Stern” with your pests.

Dust from Toxic Rat Droppings on Food Containers Can Kill!

In Maui, Hawaii, a stock clerk was sent to clean up a storeroom. It was filthy and he noticed dried mouse or rat droppings in some areas. A couple of days later, he called in sick with what he thought was the stomach flu — sore joints, headaches, vomiting. He went to bed and never got up! Within two days the clerk was severely ill and weak. His face and eyeballs turned yellow and his blood sugar plummeted. He was rushed to the emergency room where he suffered massive organ failure and died within hours.

A fast-acting virus in the dried rat/mouse droppings killed this young man. Once dry, the droppings disintegrate into a dust that can easily be breathed in or ingested if protective gear is not worn and if exposed skin is not thoroughly washed. The clerk was exposed while sweeping the storeroom.

It’s a cautionary tale for the rest of us. At some time between manufacture and consumption, canned and boxed food stuffs are stored in a warehouse. Warehouses and sometimes even supermarkets may harbor rats or mice, even those in upscale neighborhoods. Protect yourself and your family from possible infection by ALWAYS carefully washing off the tops of canned sodas or canned foods with soap and running water and wiping off pasta packaging, cereal boxes, etc.

If you can’t wash off a beverage can before drinking from it, use a straw. An investigation by the the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta discovered that the tops of soda cans can be encrusted with dried rat urine which is toxic and can be lethal. Canned drinks and other food stuffs may be infected by rat droppings or urine during storage in warehouses. They are rarely properly cleaned before being transported to retail outlets and plunked on the shelves to be purchased by unwary consumers.

Protect yourselves and your family. It takes but a moment to remove any potentially harmful residue from food packaging. You wouldn’t think of eating an apple from the market without washing it first. Remember that the next time you reach for a soda.

For information on pest control and management, visit the Stern Environmental Group website. If you’re a store or warehouse owner, call us if you think you might have a rodent problem. Make sure you do everything you can to protect your customers. Click the post title for information about our commercial pest control and pest management services. You — and your customers — will sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.