It’s not your imagination. The rat and mice sightings in New York City and immediate are are up 30 percent from 2019 to 2021. In some neighborhoods it is much higher. But this rodent problem isn’t limited to just NYC and its 5 boroughs, the rat problem in Nassau and Long Island is bad too.
Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases. The evidence of higher rat activity and cases of disease spread are all up amid the pandemic in our area. When restaurants closed due to forced shutdowns, rats had to scavenge outside more. This led them to look elsewhere for shelter.
Last year, there were 15 cases of leptospirosis (highest rate since 2006) that causes severe liver and kidney damage. This disease can be spread through rat urine, according to health officials. One such case was fatal.
There is no time like the present to get a move on preventing mouse and rat infestations in your home or place of business. Beside the spread of disease, rodents can cause many other problems for humans. They have the ability to damage a building from the inside out.
Both rats and mice are notorious for chewing on electrical wires, causing outages and fire hazards. Besides the fact that they are just plain messy and smelly.
Be Proactive About Rodent Control
The good news is there are tried and true methods for preventing mouse and rat infestations. Learn how to remove rodents from your home and prevent them from returning.
5 Ways to Prevent Rodent Infestations:
1. Cut Off Entry
Seal up any access a rodent might use to invade your interior spaces. It is harder and more detrimental to your health should a rodent actual make its way inside.
2. Eliminate Food Sources
Eliminate easy access to food and water by incorporating a sterile and clean environment. Seal off all access to food sources and keep garbage bins covered tightly. Avoid leaving unattended food around and clean up thoroughly after every meal.
Tightly Seal all Pet Food and Bird Seed Containers – Rodents do not care whether a food source is meant for humans, dogs, cats or birds. They will eat anything. Tightly seal all your pet food or birdseed in plastic or tin canisters.
3. Bait Stations
Set up bait stations with poison to trap any rodents OUTSIDE the property to keep on top of the issue. Be sure rat bait is in an enclosed station and always follow label directions. KEEP the bait out of reach of children and pets.
4. Set Traps Inside
Commercially available traps, such as cage traps, are available to trap rats inside your home that are not dangerous to pets or children.
5. Call a Professional
If you are finding that a rodent invasion is out of control, it is time to call a professional exterminator that has access to commercial grade pesticides and with the expertise to quickly deal with your rodent problem.
The most effective step for eliminating rats or mice is to call on professional exterminator when you see evidence of an infestation. It is best to hire an expert that will help give you much better results than working on your own.
The Bug Stops Here is a full service pest control and exterminator company serving Bohemia and Nassau County, New York and businesses located in Long Island, New York serving all of New York City; Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and surrounding area. For twenty years, our team at Pest Control team has been comprised of professional exterminators who provide high quality pest control services for both commercial and residential properties throughout New York. Our team of extermination professionals can get rid of a variety of pests, ranging from cockroaches, termites, ticks & fleas, bees, wasps,hornets, rodents, ants to bed bugs. Our goal is to provide you with the best pest control services that exceed both your standards and those of the industry as a whole.