Seeing rats in New York City is just about as common as seeing people. They’re everywhere, and it’s hard to take a walk to a corner store without coming across a dozen or more in some neighborhoods. A lot of people speculate that the gentrification of the city is to blame for their increasing numbers, and it’s an explanation that seems to make sense. Your NJ pest control experts are here to explain this a bit further.
The Role of Gentrification in NYC’s Exploding Rat Population
New York City is all about progress, and it seems like there is always a multitude of construction projects taking place. But what people don’t realize is that those projects often result in rats losing their homes. When construction workers dig up the ground, they’re also digging up the rats’ burrows. They have no other choice but to come to the surface.
The Many Ways Rats Thrive in New York City
Once the rats have lost their homes, they see what excitement awaits them in the Big Apple. For example, the milder winters of the last few years have resulted in population increases. The amount of food that is available to rats in the city offers plenty of meal options too.
Do You Have a Rat Problem? Contact NJ Pest Control
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Seeing a rat scurrying around every now and then might not seem like a big problem. However, keep in mind that there are likely to be a lot more of these rodents around. In fact, you might need NJ rat control services to eliminate a local colony on your property.
Rat Colonies in NJ
Rats do form colonies in NJ, which means you could be dealing with a large population in the area. It doesn’t take long for rats to reproduce, and they’re able to do so many times. This can lead to a huge rat colony that creates a major health hazard on your property.
Rats are known to carry diseases and cause damage to buildings. They also contaminate food supplies kept in pantries, cupboards and other storage areas.
What to Do About a Rat Problem
What should you do if you have a rat colony on your property? Professional pest control technicians can find where the colony is located in order to get rid of it and stop these rodents from continuing to invade your property.
Keep in mind that rats can rapidly build a huge colony, so it’s better to have rat control done right away. This helps keep your property safe from the diseases these rodents can spread.
If you’re dealing with a rat problem, contact Stern Environmental as soon as possible. Our team provides dependable NJ rat control services.
It’s not news rats are taking over NYC. But what may surprise you is that the city is not alone. In many cities, rodents have gotten so rotund due to easy access to food they could use a spring diet. It’s no tall tale, some have packed on so many pounds they’re getting stuck in inconvenient places. And the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental just have to share this latest, highly-amusing, rat-related news release with you.
Fat Rat Stuck in Sewer Grate Rescued by Firefighters
It’s okay. We know you want to read it again, and you’re relieved even rodents have a problem with holiday fluff. The rat in question, a stout female, had apparently packed on quite a bit of winter flab. She ended up stuck in a manhole grate in the city of Bensheim, Germany.
Goodbye Skinny Jeans
A large-scale rat rescue operation ensued, involving a rescue attempt by a large-scale, professional animal rescue operation. When this failed, an entire team of firefighters attempted to eject the plump pest. Stuck at the hip, she could not be moved forward or backward. Seven firefighters had to pop the manhole cover to finally lasso her out and let her loose back into Bensheim’s sewer system.
Rats taking over? End the all-you-can-eat buffet. Contact the NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today.
Who doesn’t love the luscious taste of chocolate? Apparently even rodents have a fondness for the sweet treat. Could chocolate become an effective tool in our NJ pest control treatments?
The Lure of Chocolate
In an effort to reduce use of poisons, the biosecurity team in Greater Wellington, NZ has been conducting a novel experiment using chocolate as bait in self-setting rodent traps. Testing is taking place at Te Ahumairangi Hill, a heavily wooded area running through the Town Belt of Wellington.
Results are being tracked by ink-covered cards placed in tunnels to capture footprints. So far the test has been a success, with the rodent population remaining at low levels.
Benefits of “Sweet” Traps
Senior Biosecurity Officer Paul Horton explains the benefits of using chocolate as a rodent lure:
– Birds aren’t attracted to the smell of chocolate, making them less likely to get caught in traps.
– Chocolate bait lasts for six months and traps can kill two dozen rodents before being replaced, reducing the need for staff to spend time checking them.
Urban Ecology Manager Daniela Biaggio adds that this innovative plan is a safe way to maintain diversity of wildlife in an urban environment.
A new rodent control program dubbed as ‘incredible’ seems common sense to NJ Pest control experts and the area’s residents.
The SPCA of Ontario, Canada recently placed an ad looking for an employer for its latest four-legged job candidates. To manage cat overpopulation in the region, the organization is rehoming stray cats that are feral (wild) and incompatible with the in-house, laptop lifestyle of the typical housecat.
These furry felines are being relocated to warehouses, breweries, and farms where they can serve as rodent control. However, demand for the kitties is low at a time when the SPCA is experiencing an influx of felines: The long, cold winter weather that makes suitable shelter scarce.
Seeking Full-Time, Feline-Friendly Work
Though the program has been around since 2015, it has been expanding annually, and currently at about 50 cats per year. What the stray kitties lack in cuddles, they are said to more than make up for with their rodent maintenance capacities.
As many cat-lovers know, the idea of using cats for mouse monitoring is far from novel. However, the program is doing a wonderful job of meeting the increased need to humanely control cat overpopulation in a region where over twice as many cats are admitted to shelters as dogs.
Cat lying down on the job? Rid yourself of rodents now. Contact your NJ pest control team at Stern Environmental today.