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Keep Rodents Out of Your NJ Home This Spring

They Will Find A Way In!
They Will Find A Way In!

Mice and rats are more likely to enter NJ homes as the weather gets warmer and they become more active. Whether looking for food, water or shelter, these rodents can be dangerous to have in your home. Rats and mice can spread harmful germs by biting or leaving feces around. Taking steps to prevent them from coming into your home this spring is important.

  • Seal up food sources. Rats and mice are skilled at getting into boxes and bags of food. Place these types of foods in sealed containers that these rodents can’t rip or tear open.
  • Don’t leave crumbs around. Sweep up crumbs from the floor and wipe them off of counters to discourage rodents. Even tiny crumbs can be enough to attract rats and mice.
  • Empty the trash. Don’t leave trash lying around indoors where rodents can get into it. Place your trash in outdoor garbage cans, especially if you’re throwing out leftovers or other food items.
  • Put cardboard away. Cardboard boxes and other items made from this material can attract rodents. Rats and mice often chew these up to make nests.
  • Schedule preventive rodent control. Have professionals come to your home to lower the risk of rodent infestations.

If you need rodent control services in your NJ home, please contact Allison Pest Control. Our pest control professionals in Monmouth County can get rid of infestations and prevent more from happening.

Rodents Stuck In the Wall Will Create a Stinky Mess

Animals that live outdoors instinctively know that in a short period of time, New Jersey weather will be downright freezing, report Monmouth County NJ exterminators. There are many different types of rodents and wild animals that are nimble enough to accidentally (or not so accidentally) find their way inside of a home.  Squirrels, rats, mice, opossums, and raccoons are always surprising and unwelcome houseguests.  Squeezing into the smallest of holes, cracks, and crevices, critters both big and small will find their way indoors through any breach in a building… some of which they help to exploit.

Rodents and other wild animals that find their way into the attic release a pheromone which notifies other critters where the good life is.  Before long, there can be critters both big and small living together in a small space.

It is very easy for any type of rodent to fall from the beams and become stuck inside of the wall void.  Smaller rodents may be heard squealing and scratching in their attempt to get out, while larger rodents may be heard trying to claw their way to freedom.  Without human rescuing, these animals will surely perish which will create an unpleasant stench and will attract other unwanted creatures that are attracted to the decaying carcass.

A Monmouth County NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control will be able to safely remove all types of rodents and wildlife from your home.  Give us a call today.

Mice Need A Warm Place To Live Too

Fall is the time of year when many types of outdoor animals begin to look for a warm place to bed down for the cold New Jersey winter months.  Mice are one of the types of rodents that NJ homeowners must work to prevent entry into their home and work to rid their home of the pests if the critters happen to find their way inside.

How do mice come inside?

Mice will take advantage of any crack, crevice, breach in foundation, or holes that they encounter as they are scoping out a home.  Their tiny structure and their ability to squeeze into spaces that are much smaller than their size makes entry easy even for a full-grown mouse.  Mice will also squeeze under doors that are not properly sealed as well as windows that do not close properly.  Another entry point for mice that is surprising to most people is through the sewer line.  Sewer mice are able to climb up through the sewer pipes, through household plumbing and then into any home.

How do I keep mice out?

Homeowners should inspect their home for cracks or crevices as each season changes.  Seal all cracks, crevices, and holes with cement or metal as mice can easily bite through other materials.

Mice can transmit dangerous diseases to humans so it is imperative to contact a Monmouth County NJ exterminator at the first sign of mice in your New Jersey home.  The technicians at Allison Pest Control have the skills and training to fully eradicate home invading mice.

Leave the NJ Rat Eradication To The Pros

The Norway Rat (otherwise known as the Brown Rat) and the Roof Rat (otherwise known as the Black Rat) are the most common rats that you will find in North America.  They may seem to be harmless when they are sitting in a corner with no place to scurry off to, but don’t be fooled by their seemingly quiet demeanor.  Rats are dangerous pests that should not exist in any type of home or business environment.

Rats are commonly associated with urban areas as they are mostly found where food is abundant.  Depending on the species of rat, it can live outdoors in burrows that are created underground or make their nests high up in the trees or in bushes.  Rats are extremely resourceful creatures that will go wherever they can find food, indoors or out.  Despite their preference for certain types of foods, rats are scavengers that will eat most anything that crosses their path.  Rats have adjusted well to eating human food and pet food products as well.

Rats are primarily nocturnal creatures that live approximately one year.  They are prolific breeders and often have large litters which is why rat populations easily become out-of-control in a short period of time.

Adult rats can enter a home through a space as small as a nickel.  When rats are in the attic, people often report hearing scratching, scampering, and squeaks overhead.  Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals report that you should never use poison to kill rats in a home or business.  Rats that eat the poison are subject to a painful death.  Dying rats will often become trapped inside of walls, attics, or crawl spaces making them difficult to remove.  The decaying carcass will emit an unbearable stench which can hurt a business and drive homeowners to a hotel.

NJ rat eradication and cleanup should only be handled by a licensed pest control professional like Allison Pest Control.  Call us today for expert rat removal services.

What Does A Rat Eat?

In comparison to other pesky home invaders, some people might consider that rats that enter a home or business are picky eaters.  Cockroaches after all are happy with any crumb of food that they find.  Cockroaches will nibble a plate clean of any food debris that is left behind.  If a home is too clean for the liking of the pesky cockroach, it will in fact turn to eating non-food items to fill its hungry belly up.  Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals report that cockroaches will turn to eating human or pet hair, paper, glue, soap, toothpaste, leather, and many other obscure items you will find in your home.

Rats on the other hand have a more delicate palate by comparison.  Rats have a lower need for protein for survival in comparison to most other types of mammals report Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals.  In fact, some rats do not consume foods that are high in protein.  Instead, rats prefer to eat other protein rich foods such as tree bark, oats, wheat, and nuts.  Rats also prefer to consume large amounts of vegetables and fruits as part of their daily diet.  Rats also feed upon foods that are rich in carbohydrates as they are instrumental in rat growth and reproduction, but not all carbs have proven to be healthy for the lowly rat.

Rats are known to transmit many different bacteria and diseases to humans and pets.  It is critical to stop invading rats in their tracks as soon as they are discovered.  Call a Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional at the first sign of rats in your home or business.

Rat Bites Man Causing Law Suit

I have no idea how I missed this news story in 2011 and I am still on the hunt to see if there is a final ruling in this case.  Because of its “interesting” nature, I thought I would pass it along to our readers.  If you did not think that rats were a problem in your home…perhaps you will after reading this story!

NBCNEWS.com reported on January 13, 2011 that a man who was being held in a Nassau County jail claims that a rat came out of a hole in his mattress and bit him.  Rat bites are bad news and can be dangerous because of the threat of spreading dangerous diseases.

They are particularly bad when they bite your privates…as this man claims occurred during his stint in jail.  According to reports, the man received medical treatment for his rat bite wound.  He also received rabies shots because of the rat bite.  I know first-hand that rabies shots are miserable, especially as they try to give the shots as close to the bite wound site as possible.  Ouch!  The rabies shots alone are deserving of financial compensation…but I digress.

The man in jail sued for “deliberate indifference to his health and safety in failing to adequately protect him from rodents.”  Nassau County attorneys tried to have the case tossed out but a judge allowed it to remain as there have been plenty of other documented complaints by inmates within the jail about rodent infestations.

Taking rat infestations seriously is imperative.  Call a Monmouth County, NJ pest control expert for help with rats or other types of rodent invasions.