Do you think NJ pest control in your home or office is something that you can handle on your own? A class action lawsuit against the makers of an over-the-counter anti-rodent device may change your mind.
“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”
In 2015, several women in Palm Desert, CA and Woodville, TX filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against BHH, LLC. Plaintiffs claimed they bought the company’s Ultrasonic Pest Repellers, sold under the brand name Bell+Howell, based on promotional claims that the product was “fast and effective” in repelling mice and other pests.
Lawyers for BHH asked to have the lawsuit dismissed, but U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III allowed the suit to proceed after viewing pictures of mice lounging on and around the device. Pauley noted that the packaging included disclaimers about possible interference with the ultrasonic signals, but stated it was up to a jury to decide if the devices were falsely marketed.
The lawsuit also seeks to represent other consumers who purchased more than 2.4 million of the devices. Plaintiffs cited numerous studies published prior to 2011 indicating that the pest repellers are ineffective.
Stern Environmental Group: NJ Pest Control Experts
It’s no secret that NJ pest control specialists have seen their fair share of rodent problems all over the state. They are always a big nuisance; especially during the fall, winter and early spring. There are many ways to deal with rodents, including using poison. But is that really the best solution?
Using Poison to Control Rats and Mice
Poison sounds like it might be a great method for getting rid of rodents in your business. But the reality is that you could end up with a lot of dead mice or rats hidden within your floors or walls. Poison can also kill other animals, including cats, dogs, raccoons or squirrels. That’s certainly something you will want to avoid.
Getting a Cat
Getting a cat can be an effective way to deal with a rodent problem, but this solution doesn’t always work. There are always those cats who would rather play with the mice than kill them. Also, a rodent can sometimes avoid them if they’re careful enough.
Choosing NJ Pest Control
Both mice and rats can multiply at incredible rates. That’s why their populations get out of control so quickly. At Stern Environmental, we pride ourselves on the methods we use to treat mice or rat infestations. We know where they like to hide, and we’re determined to rid you of them quickly and efficiently.
Farms and country homes often keep “mousers” around to control rodent problems, but is that the answer for NJ pest control? Surprisingly, recent studies indicate the solution may not be that simple.
Do Cats Deserve Their “Killer” Reputation?
Domestic cats have long been considered aggressive and effective predators. That view seemed to be supported by a 2017 study which found that cats played a part in the extinction of more than 60 vertebrate species around the world.
However, the fierce reputation of cats took a hit with a study published in the September 2018 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. A team of researchers spent five months observing a colony of approximately 150 rats at a Brooklyn waste management facility with the original intent to study animal pheromones.
Playing the Cat-vs-Rat Game
During the final 79 days, the project evolved into a study of cat-rat interactions. Scientists were taken aback to find that cats attacked a total of only three rats, and one actually survived.
Two possible reasons were suggested for the results:
– Urban rats are notoriously large, so cats may opt for easier prey such as birds and mice.
– Rats tend to seek cover when they sense the presence of cats.
NJ Pest Control Removes All Traces of Mice and Rats
HPS is a severe respiratory illness transmitted exclusively by rodents, primarily deer mice, which are the most abundant mammal in North America. Symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, progressing to coughing and shortness of breath. Roughly 50 percent of HPS patients also suffer abdominal distress such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection spread through rodent urine, either directly or through food and water contamination. Some patients have no symptoms at all, while others may experience symptoms such as fever, chills and vomiting that can be mistaken for other diseases.
Rat-Bite Fever (RBF)
As the name implies, fever is one of the predominant symptoms of RBF. Approximately half of patients also experience joint pain and rashes. RBF is usually transmitted through bites or scratches from infected rodents, but it can also spread through direct contact with urine and droppings or with contaminated surfaces.
Stern Environmental Group: Your Top Choice for NJ Pest Control
The winter weather likely has your business hunkering down in your office – and also having more than a few uninvited guests. We’re not talking about your in-laws here. During the winter, its common for your business properties in to be overrun needing a NJ rat control service to deal with rodents infestations.
Why these Furry Fiends are a Winter Worry
Like you, rodents like to be warm and have easy access to food and water, which is scarce in wintertime. This makes your office like the Taj Mahal to unwelcome rats and mice: Your faucets, sinks and tubs an oasis; pantry and crumb-laden break room floors an all-you-can eat buffet; and old boxes, insulation, and more are prime fodder for nesting materials.
How You Can Fight the Invasion
To evict these tiny, unwelcome guests can require gargantuan effort. Even seemingly insignificant cracks offer easy access to rodents, whose nimble bones can squeeze down to nearly nothing.
Gaps around doors and windows, holes where cable, phone, and electrical lines are run, split screens, attic and crawlspace holes and cracks that offer access to interior walls and ventilation can turn youroffice into ‘public domain’ for these trespassing masterminds. Professional assistance ferreting out these popular access points is key to addressing the root causes of infiltration.
Ready for rodents to hit the road? Schedule a office inspection with the NJ rat control service experts at Stern Environmental and evict unwanted rodent guests today.