Norway rats weren’t always a problem for business owners in the NJ and NYC areas. However, these invasive rats have become a big issue in our region. Knowing more about their behavior can help you understand why they’ve been so successful at building large populations and why they’re such a menace to local business owners.
High Birth Rates
Norway rats don’t have a long life span. In fact, they only live for about a year in the wild. However, these rodents make up for that short life span by having a high rate of birth. Norway rats were found to have a birth rate that falls between one and six percent per month when conditions favor their reproduction. This allows them to maintain larger populations in many areas even if individual rats don’t live very long. These large populations also make professional NJ rat control a must for business owners who have an infestation of these rodents.
Norway rats in the wild sometimes live completely apart from humans, but this usually doesn’t last long. These rats have learned that food is easy to find around human dwellings and businesses, causing them to hang around dumpsters or get into restaurants, homes and other buildings.
If Norway rats are invading your building, Stern Environmental can provide prompt help. Contact us to learn more about our NJ rat control services.
With the changing of the seasons approaching fast, outdoor pests such as rats will be looking for warm environments as the temperature drops. Don’t wait until they’ve established a winter home, start looking for signs of rat activity early so your NJ pest control technician can eliminate the problem.
Signs of Rats
Rats leave telltale signs and signatures to let you know they’re out and about. Below are a few of the most common signs you’ll see and hear in and around your home.
Noises – One of the most noticeable signs is a scratching sound. Whether it’s emanating from the ceiling, attic, or walls it’s a good chance the scratching sound is being made by rats.
Rub Marks – A rat’s coat is greasy, which attracts dirt particles. As they pass along and rub up against the baseboard, wall, or windowsill, greasy smudges are left behind.
Rat Droppings – If you see dark-colored feces about the size of a grain of rice, you have most likely found evidence of rat droppings.
Rat Nests – Shredded fabric, paper, and insulation are a sure sign of rats.
Our NJ pest control professionals know what it takes to get rid of a rat infestation. With an inspection, we’ll know the severity of the infestation and provide you with a plan of action. Don’t hesitate another minute, contact Stern Environmental for information on the latest in rat removal technology.
What’s that smell? You may be asking yourself this question when an unexpected odor permeates all or part of your home or business. One way to find out is with help from a pest control professional. But first, consider doing a visual check for telltale signs of a mouse infestation and then call in a NJ pest control service.
Just like road signs, mouse signs can point you in the right direction to where they’re located in your home. Here are a few things to look for along the mouse network of internal highways that crisscross your home.
– The smell of mice is distinct. This is due to their urine, which they leave behind when navigating unfamiliar territory resulting in the smell of ammonia. It’s one of their personal “signs” to let them know which way to go.
– What goes along with the urine is feces, which accumulates wherever they have their nests.
– You may notice oily stains and/or smears along baseboards, the bottoms of doors, and walls. This is due to mouse fur as it passes these areas in the night.
Whether you detect mouse activity for certain or you have a sneaking suspicion they’re making tracks throughout your home, contact Stern Environmental for a home inspection by one of our NJ pest control specialists. Call today so you can put up a sign of your own, “no mouse traffic allowed.”
Years ago when a person was aggravated or exasperated about something, they’d throw up their hands and say “Rats!” Today when someone says the word rats, especially in certain buildings in New York City, it means they’re actually seeing the disease-carrying rodents in their community.
And the Winner Is!
Data by Localize City from public information have declared several buildings in NYC as locations playing “hostess to the mostest” when it comes to the number of annual complaints being called in. While winning a competition is gratifying, in this case, it’s just the opposite.
Residents have kept the 311 phone line busy with complaints about roving rats and open garbage cans. Some of the top locations include Brooklyn’s Crown Heights and the Bronx. One of the worst is Bedford-Stuyvesant who’ve racked up over 1,800 complaints.
The data shows over 28,000 complaints registered regarding rats. The most were lodged in Brooklyn with over 10,000 and in second place, Manhattan with over 6,000. The war on rats is in full swing with the mayor of NYC leading the charge.
As it stands, the city seems to be losing ground while the rats are conducting successful food raids and terrorizing residents from youngsters to senior citizens.
Stern Environmental is committed to providing NJ pest control services that extend to NYC. Rats are known disease carriers and why you need to call for a Stern pest control inspection today.