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Surprising Research: Empathy For Other Rats Drives Behavior

Rats Work In Teams, If You Have one, You Probably Have More.
Rats Work In Teams, If You Have one, You Probably Have More.

While it may be difficult to fathom, studies have shown that rats have empathy for others who are in a stressful or painful situation.

What the Studies Have to Say

In 1959, Russell Church, a well-known psychologist, conducted a study involving two rats. One was in a cage with an electrified floor and the other was free. The free rat had a choice of food but when it pressed the lever, it sent an electric shock to the cage and caused its occupant pain. Once the rat connected the pressing of the lever with pain to the caged rat, it stopped pressing the lever.

In 2006, more studies were conducted at McGill University that showed rats became more sensitive to the pain of other rats, showing an emotional tie. When caged test rats showed signs of stress and emitted high-pitched alarm calls, their free counterparts reacted by finding a way to release the captive rat.

Several studies have ensued through the years that show rats are empathetic when it comes to others of their species experiencing distress such as pain or being caged in small areas.

Help keep your property rat-free by sealing entry points and by having an inspection by an NYC rodent exterminator.

When you need the help of an NYC rodent exterminator, contact our technicians at Stern Environmental. We have the experience, know-how, and equipment to remove the pests quickly and efficiently.

Rats – Carriers of 1.6 Bacterial Agents and 3.1 Viruses

Rat Facts
Rat Facts

New York City residents have a long history of sharing their streets with rats. As the rat population increases, so, too, do the opportunities for humans to cross paths with the known disease carriers.

Rampant rats not only infect humans and pets through bites, their blood, feces and urine also pose health problems that include both bacterial agents as well as many viruses. In a report by mBio, it was found that two of the most common viruses in NYC are salmonella and bartonella. E. coli took the top honors as the pathogen that affects rats the most.

Another health issue created by rats is hepatitis C. The study showed pathogens associated with the disease were common among the rats in the study.

For your part, look for evidence of rats and inspect your business for any entry points and plug them up. If you have pets nearby, don’t allow food to be left out as an easy resource for rats.

When rats infest an area, NYC rat control professionals are your best form of attack. Not only do they have the necessary knowledge, they also have the experience, skills, and equipment, and treatments to free your business of the unwelcome guests.

Do yourself a favor and eliminate the stress of worrying about rats in your property. Call us at Stern Environmental Group schedule an appointment for one of our NYC rat control specialists to inspect your business.


Why Rats Love New York City

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NYC Rats

If you believe stories about the rats of New York City, the rat population is as large as the human one. According to a March Wired article, inspectors for the city’s Department of Health conducted approximately 95,000 rat inspections in 2013 alone to maintain NYC rat control.

Rats are carriers of fleas, lice, mites and other insects that often carry diseases. Fleas can become plague carriers. Although health inspectors have not found any evidence of plague, rat fleas can become infected with the plague bacteria and transmit it to humans.

At Stern Environmental, we want you to understand how best to keep your employees and customers safe from rat-borne diseases; and your property safe from rat damage.

Rats love New York City because:

  • 1. It is well-known for its trash disposal issues. Rats easily get access to a free buffet any time day or night from litter, dumpsters and trash bags.
  • 2. Rats like to burrow. Trees and shrubbery in parks and near apartment buildings, offices, retail spots, warehouses and factories give them plenty of places to hide when moving above ground and soft soils allow them to create underground tunnels.
  • 3. Tons of existing dark areas and paths exist where rats can travel, hide and breed, such as basements, crawl spaces, sewers and subway tunnels.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call our rat eradication expert technicians at Stern Environmental today!