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Living with rats is not only frightening but also may be hazardous to the health of your family, employees, and customers. Rodents can carry disease and are extremely destructive creatures known to eat through cardboard, wood, plaster and plastic. They also gnaw on electrical wiring which can potentially cause an electrical fire. Not only are they a nuisance, but they can also make you sick. Rodents are known carriers of a number of deadly diseases and have been linked to childhood asthma, aggravated by the presence of rodent dander and feces. A study from The John Hopkins Medical Center shows that rodents are a leading cause of asthma in inner-city children and have also been shown to aggravate allergy symptoms.

Rats in New York and New Jersey

Rats in any type of dwelling would likely not be a pleasant surprise for anyone. NY-NJ Wildlife Removal has been providing expert rodent removal and control services in New York and New Jersey for many years. We are the most responsive wildlife and pest control company in the area – always there when you need us most!

If you live in the New York and New Jersey area, you should know the following about rats:

  • Rodents can squeeze through a hole half the size of a dime
  • Rats and other rodents will bite and scratch to defend themselves if threatened
  • The CDC confirms that rodents have been known to transmit over 35 diseases
  • Rats are smarter than you think and are challenging to eliminate
  • Rodents will tend to walk along walls when surroundings are unfamiliar
  • If you are seeing rodents or rodent droppings, call NY-NJ Wildlife Removal for help

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to eliminate risks and protect yourself from these unwanted guests. New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal believes there are 5 steps to eliminating the infestation

 Rats: Detecting, Trapping, Sterilization, Exclusion, and Prevention

Detecting Rats

Interior and exterior inspection to identify causes and entry points are vital in the process. Just because you don’t actually see a rat does not mean your dwelling is rodent-free. Almost 1 in 3 households in the U.S. experience a rodent problem each year. Rodents are nocturnal creatures by nature, which means they rarely surface during daytime hours unless their environment is disrupted.

Look for these signs:

  • Droppings about a half-inch in size and black in color
  • Footprints and tail drags may be seen in dusty locations
  • Evidence of recent gnawing, especially on packaged goods, cardboard boxes, and areas around pipes, ducts, and vents
  • Check appliances, often rodents make their homes in large household appliances
  • Scampering or gnawing sounds
  • Burrows or nests in the ground along the outside of buildings

If you spot a rat during the day, chances are it’s not alone. Rodents generally live in groups. There may be as many as 20-40 more nearby; and if you see two rats, there could be more than 50 rodents in the vicinity.

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Trapping Rats

The most effective way to get rid of rats in your home or dwelling is to remove all those things that could attract rats inside your property. Rats will often move towards warmth, such as inside your dwelling. Additionally, the availability of food can be very attractive to a rat colony.

Rodents are will generally gravitate towards nesting sites. We can help you identify these and eliminate them. Some simple steps include using metal garbage containers with covers and removing any debris that has fallen to the ground.

Our elimination services are very specific to the infestation. For example, sometimes rodent baits and powders are not the best solutions. This is because dying rats will seek shelter in wall voids and die, creating a foul odor. In these cases, traditional traps are best. We design an elimination plan based on the specific needs of your building or home.

Sterilization After Removal

NY-NJ Wildlife Removal will sanitize and disinfect all areas infested by rodents, using an EPA-registered and FDA and OSHA compliant broad-spectrum disinfectant. It is bactericidal, virucidal, tuberculocidal, and fungicidal; with proven 100% elimination of these diseases. This Disinfectant Solution is effective against Avian (Bird) Flu, Swine Flu, and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

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NY-NJ Wildlife Removal offers solutions for filling in any cracks and crevices rodents can get through. We will recommend structural or sanitation needs that are important for your property. We will search for openings in concrete floors, cracks in the walls, and missing weather stripping. Generally, a young rodent only needs half an inch of space to gain entry.

We will check for and replace all broken or missing drain covers to prevent rats from emerging from drain or sewer systems.

NY-NJ Wildlife Removal will check spaces around pipes, vents, and ducts. Our technicians have been trained and are extremely thorough. We will never leave a job until we secure every point of entry.

Implementing Prevention

Preventing a rodent problem before you actually have one is the best way to help protect yourself against rats.
  • Make sure to keep all areas of the home clean. This is especially important in kitchens and pantries.
  • Keep all food products away and in their proper containers
  • Clean up after pets
  • Remove all nesting stacks of newspapers, cardboard, firewood, and lumber
  • Take things off the floor at the inside and outside of foundation perimeters
  • Keep bushes. plants and hedges trimmed back and away from foundations
Remember the key to rodent control and elimination is early detection and prompt action. NY-NJ Wildlife Removal are elimination and exclusion specialists who correct the situation including the structural problems that have allowed these pests into your home. You need the right professional for the job…
YOU NEED NY-NJ Wildlife Removal

For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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  • New York State Wildlife Management Association
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  • National Trappers Association
  • National Wildlife Control Operators Association - Competence, Integrity, Service
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