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What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?

What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?
What Diseases Are Directly Transmitted by Rats and Mice?

Rodents are annoying, destructive and major carriers of disease, which makes them a serious threat to health and property. Our NJ pest control experts share information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the more common diseases transmitted by mice and rats.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

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.

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What We Can Learn from History and Rat Eradication Tactics

What We Can Learn from History and Rat Eradication Tactics
What We Can Learn from History and Rat Eradication Tactics

NYC rat control is in the news along with four other major metropolitan cities across the globe experiencing an excessive rat population. In an effort to get the rats under control, these cities have gone to extreme lengths to find a solution.


According to officials, in 2007 Brooklyn had the worst rat infestation. The cities solution was to populate the borough with opossums. Sounds good except the rats outran the opossums creating their own excessive population.


In 2000, the Windy City addressed the problem with another four-legged predator; coyotes. In a test program, the city felt a group of Wiley coyotes could clean up the city; and they have.

Paris, France

The City of Lights has an estimated eight million furry creatures roaming the streets. That’s more than the cities human population times four. Each spring, the city has a campaign called “Le Smash” where teams scour the public parks and citizens check their homes to take care of business.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, like Paris, is overrun and their solution is a Spring Rats Elimination Campaign where hundreds of people lay traps.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scots have taken rat control to another level using rat birth control methods with success.

NYC rat control is one of the specialties of Stern Environmental. With expert technicians, equipment, and treatments rats can become a thing of the past in your home. Call today; be rat-free tomorrow.

Animal Planet Names NYC Top Problem Location for Rats

NY Rats
NY Rats

New York City isn’t just known as the city that never sleeps. It’s now capturing fame as being the locale for the worst rat infestation in the world. In a recent episode, Animal Planet named the Big Apple the worst city for these rodents on the entire globe. Brown rats are taking over NYC at alarming rates.

The Problem Grows Quickly

If you have just one rat making its home in your office, you can expect it to breed up to 200 times in just one year. That’s a fast rate for any pest, and one that you need to take care of as soon as possible. Stern Environmental Group can help rid your home of rats, and help to put measures in place that will prevent your home from becoming a nesting ground for the brown rat.

It’s Not Your Fault

Don’t feel that it reflects badly on you if you find a rat in your NYC office building. Rats have been known to navigate through sewer lines and enter directly through the toilet. There are even estimates that there are twice as many rats in New York City as there are humans.

You don’t have to be a victim to these pests. The pros at Stern Environmental Group, a premier NYC pest control company, can get rid of any existing rats on your property, and help you maintain a rat-free living environment.

They’re Here… NYC’s Gambian Pouched Rat Measures 3 Feet Long

3 Foot Rats?!?
3 Foot Rats?!?

The smell of feet certainly wasn’t a deterrent for a massive, three foot long rat found dead in a NYC Foot Locker. The photo, recently shared via Twitter, was allegedly snapped last autumn.

Could there be more?
Experts think the rodent in question is a Gambian pouched rat, a common breed resembling a Chihuahua in size, capable of growing up to 3 feet long and over 4 pounds and living up to 8 years.

Escaped pets
The rodent is known not only as a pest in NYC, but previously as a pet nationwide. It’s not the first time this giant breed has been spotted in NYC, however it is doubtful area residents will want to give these robust rodents a pat. Imports on the animal were banned in 2003 following a monkeypox outbreak linked to the animals, and they are known to become invasive following escape.

Not your average bear-sized rat…
Gambian pouched rats get their namesake from their hamster-like cheek pouches, which they can stuff with so much food they often have difficulty re-entering their burrows. In the wild they live in groups of up to 20, each rat capable of producing four litters of up to 6 offspring per year by the age of 6 months. Males may be territorial and aggressive.

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