NYC rat control is a big job – almost as big as the rodents in the crosshairs. Just how big are the rats making up the Big Apple’s rodent population?
Large & In Charge
According to recent research from a doctoral student at Fordham University, some of New York City’s largest rodents are nearly 1 ½ pounds, with some topping the scales at a whopping 2 pounds.
What About Those Giant, Mutant Rats You’ve Heard So Much About?
The study’s leader doesn’t believe there are any 3 pounders, as he’s yet to find evidence of a rodent that rotund. And though much-larger Gambian pouched rats have been found in NYC, they’re believed to be released pets, and not part of an active, breeding population.
The Good News, If Any?
Bigger rats are not more dangerous. And that’s a good thing, because the resident rodent population of NYC’s common species, Rattus norvegicus, tops the charts at a whopping 2 billion according to a 2014 study. Bigger rats are also less commonly out-and-about, leaving their younger progeny to tackle riskier food sources, sticking to their own known and reliable supply.
Mild winters can be a great respite, but as NJ pest control experts will affirm – they’ll come back to haunt you in the summer. After the past winter’s exceedingly mild temperatures, a little evasive action may be necessary to weather this summer’s swarms.
What Can You Do to Fight Back Against the Burgeoning Pest Population?
• Be on alert.
Regularly inspect the perimeter of your home for pests, indoors and out, keeping food and habitat sources far away. This includes storing firewood 20 feet away, mowing the lawn, mulching, and keeping branches and shrubs trimmed and away from walls.
• Close-up shop.
Open garage and screen doors will allow both airborne and pedestrian pests like cockroaches, mice and rats easy access. Keep them shut out in favor of screened-in cooling options.
• Don’t be hospitable.
As soon as you notice even the smallest wasp or mud dauber nest, knock it down before it can become a dangerous nuisance.
• Don’t let water stand.
Stay on top of standing water to avoid hosting a mosquito breeding ground. Check your entire property, and improve drainage if necessary.
• Be repellent.
We can’t say this enough, from Lyme-disease carrying ticks to Zika and West Nile carrying mosquitoes, when you engage in outdoor activities use spay-on repellents and insect-repelling clothes to stay safe.
Movie theaters are a great place to get away from the summer heat and share an enjoyable experience with friends and family. You want to briefly escape life’s stresses, not pick up new ones and bring them home with you. Unfortunately, movie theaters are an ideal place for those hitchhiking bloodsuckers, known as bed bugs, to attach themselves to the clothing of movie patrons and ride home with them.
A growing problem
The SunHerald recently reported about a bed bug infestation at the Cinemark 16 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Moviegoers say they began itching while at a screening of “Unforgettable” at the theater. The manager gave the patrons some free movie passes and originally thought the problem might be an allergic reaction to cleaning chemicals used in the theater.
The Cinemark 16 is not the first movie theater to have a bed bug problem. Wherever there are people, there is a high probability that bed bugs are either already there or soon will be.
How to protect yourself
The NYC and NJ bed bug exterminators with Stern Environmental have a wide array of bed bug products to reduce the risk of bringing these worrisome pests into your home and to eliminate a bed bug infestation if it occurs. Follow us on social media to stay current on pest control news and contact us for a consultation with one of our NYC and NJ bed bug exterminators.
Persistent and acrobatic, squirrels might seem cute and fuzzy when they’re playing in your yard, but they’re anything but cute when camping out in your attic. Five-a.m. acorn-rolling contest anyone? What can be done about these playful nuisances?
NJ Squirrel Control Isn’t Easy Squirrels can be aggressive, particularly when defending their young. They’ve been known to remove the tips of people’s fingers when their “territory” (your home) is challenged.
Squirrels typically squeeze in at the roofline of your home to nest between the attic floor and ceiling. They can bring in fleas and ticks, yard debris, and worse yet – chew their way through vinyl siding, hardware cloth, chicken wire, beams, insulation, and eventually your electrical wires. The latter could lead to a fire.
There are several different ways to remove these rascally rodents from your attic, including one-way door-type tubes with a flapper that allows exit but no re-entry, and single or multi-catch squirrel traps. As it is illegal to release captured squirrels onto public or private land without a permit, the latter method typically involves euthanasia.
After the animals have been moved out, however, the battle is not yet over. All potential entry points must be tightly sealed with not just plywood, but heavy-duty aluminum flashing or steel mesh.