Families point the finger at Sandy for rat infestations

Even though it has been over a year since Hurricane Sandy hit, effects of the storm are still causing cities and families headaches, especially with rat infestations.

The number of calls for rat control in NJ has gone up crucially since Sandy. Many phone calls have been made to pest control companies for rat removal.

Rodents carry diseases, not only by biting, but they carry diseases in their feces, saliva, and urine. We are being exposed to salmonella, the plague, etc. when rats are infesting homes. Some believed that the hurricane would reduce rat infestation with the floods, but rats can climb and are very good swimmers. Rats can start infesting areas they never did before.

Families have been noticing rat droppings in their bedroom area, holes in their walls, ripped couches, etc. There have been a couple families that have moved out of their homes due to rat infestations that arose after Sandy.

People have been calling for a rat exterminator in NJ and in New York to help them get rid of this problem that has became a big issue for many families.

The rodent increase has occurred due to empty buildings that were being fixed and re-constructed. Home owners can help reduce rodent problems, by not leaving food around and discarding trash responsibly.



Jersey City man forced out of flea infested house

Jersey City police had to force a man out of his home due to his house having a flea infestation. The man was asked repetitively to go into the decontamination tent that was placed outside his house. The man refused until four Emergency Service Unit officers grabbed the man by his arms. After he was forced into the decontamination tent, that is when he became compliant. The woman who lived at the house willingly complied. EMTs had came across the infestation when they arrived on the scene to help the female resident of the home. She had fallen and could not get up, according to police officer.

EMTs stated they could smell the stench of dog feces before they reached the door of the home. Inside, police found two dogs infested with fleas. The fleas had infested the entire house and there was dog feces everywhere.

The couple had to have a flea exterminator in NJ exterminate their home due to all the fleas that had reproduced on the dog and the home itself. The couple were living off of Social Security, so they were not able to afford it. The police said the city health officials planned to board up the house and send the dogs to an animal shelter to be decontaminated.

Neighbors say the man who was escorted out of his home with force, had lost his house for not having flea control exterminate his old home. He then moved in with the woman and it happened again.

Got Termites?

Termites cause over $2 billion dollars of damage each year. Termites have been labeled as the “silent destroyer,” and most of the time, they go unnoticed for a long period of time.

There are different types of termites. The Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most common termite in America. These are the only termites found in Northern New Jersey.

When underground, each termite has a specific role – reproductive, worker, or soldier. The workers and the soldiers are almost blind. Since they spend their lives in the dark, the have no need to develop operative eyes. The reproductive termites are the only ones that need eye and use their eyesight. They need it in order to fly to find mates and a new home to feed off of.

Termites hide beneath flooring, behind siding, walls and wood trim. They also eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Without the eye of a termite exterminator in NJ, the damage it can create on someone’s home is traumatic.

One in five homes in New Jersey are expected to be invaded by these pests. Termite control companies are frequently being called to save a person’s home from being destroyed.

Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Middlesex, New Jersey

In Metuchen, NJ, health services are reporting that raccoons are being tested positive for rabies.

This has been the 13th case reported within Middlesex county for 2013. Recently, a skunk was tested positive for rabies in Plainsboro.

Animal Control in NJ responded to a complaint that a pet dog killed a raccoon in a yard of a resident’s home. The raccoon was sent to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for examination.

A couple days after the raccoon was brought to the lab for testing, it was reported that the animal was tested positive for rabies.

The pet dog was brought to a vet and received rabies vaccinations and was left there for 45 days for observation.

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services was administering flyers and fact sheets in the area about rabies. They also had an animal removal company discarding dead animals around for residents who reported wild animals, showing unusual behavior.

Residents were told by the Health Department to avoid contact with wild animals and to immediately report any bites from a wild animal to a local health department and consult their primary doctor.

Bedbugs, roaches, dogs, 22 cats & woman evacuated from her home

A downtown Jersey City resident was removed from her home after inspectors found her house infested with bed bugs, roaches, cats, and dogs. The house was scattered with animal feces. The landlord than decided to call the police and was trying to get her out of the house in order to get a bed bug exterminator to get rid of the severe problem.

James Boor, the city’s chief health officer, stated “The conditions were horrible and the stench was unbelievable.” ” It was hard to breathe inside. The smell was overpowering”. The tenant was a 60 year old lady with 20 cats and two dogs.

The apartment had a very bad infestation with the roaches and bed bugs. The roaches were mixed in with the cat food and the cats were eating the roaches with the food. The health officer stated, that was the worst situation he has seen in a long time and an exterminator in NJ was needed ASAP to fumigate the house.

The tenant was offered medical treatment as a preventative measure, due to the conditions the tenant was living in, but she denied the treatment.

The tenant was given a summon for creating a public hazard. She may be cited for animal cruelty. This was not the first time city inspectors have reported to the tenants residences.

Long Island Nursing Home Infested with Bed Bugs

The infestation in the nursing home is so bad, the workers keep moving patients from room to room to try to escape and avoid these bed bugs.

Many workers, patients, and visitors are very upset because most of them were not notified about the infestation they had going on at Avalon Gardens nursing home in Smithtown, NY. Visitors were concerned because the nursing home did not get a bed bug control to eliminate the infestation they had going on. They were visiting their parents almost everyday and could have brought a bed bug to their home.

Due to the nursing home not getting a Bedbug exterminator to treat the building, the state Health Department confirmed they are investigating a complaint.

According to one of the workers, Cindy, the nursing home officials continue to move residents from one room to another while new patients are being brought in.

Dogs Sniff for Bed Bugs in Dorms

Colleges are taking precautions to keep bed bugs out of dorms. Specific schools have an exterminator with bed bug sniffing dogs going through dorms to make sure students can sleep with out getting bit.

In Wisconsin, they are using a beagle to sniff out the critters roaming around their colleges.

The dogs are being trained to sniff bed bugs by professionals and are being handed off to exterminators in NJ and other exterminators in different locations.

There has been an out break of bed bugs across the country. Bed bugs are multiplying like never before. Many schools and colleges are doing everything they can to prevent this problem.

Students are noticing that their health and well being are being cared about. Even though bed bugs do not transmit anything infectious, they do bite you when you are asleep. They also multiply fast.

Schools want students and parents’ minds at ease so they can move into a clean and sanitized environment and if there is a problem they can handle it immediately.

House Caught on Fire Trying to Kill Bed Bugs

In Woodbury, NJ, a homeowner set his house on fire trying to kill bed bugs. Instead of getting a bed bug exterminator in NJ to treat the home, he decided to do a treatment of his own.

The homeowner used a space heater, hair dryer and heat gun to try to kill the bed bugs. He knew exterminators in NJ used heating products to kill bed bugs, but he thought he was able to do it on his own.

When the homeowners’ house caught on fire, fire fighters rushed over to put out the fire, but 30 minutes later the house caught on fire again. They later found out that none of the devices were unplugged after the first fire which caused the house to catch on fire again.

Three firefighters were injured and the home owner was hospitalized when they were fighting the fire.

Bed Bugs Attack NYC Schools

In New York City schools, people are saying the bed bug situation is getting worse. Children are learning a tough lesson about bed bugs because they have found their way of life in many classrooms.

A teacher of 23 years stated he has never seen it this bad. Kids are required to now take their book bags and coats, put it in big blue bags, zip them up and hang them up. In the first two months of this school year there were 330 confirmed cases of bed bugs in NYC schools, compared with last year, there were only 135.

Bed bugs have been spreading and the city has been cutting back on exterminators. Nine years ago there were 77 exterminators and 149 pest control aids. Now there are only 33 exterminators and 28 pest control aids. Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, stated, “No wonder bed bug are winning and thriving in schools”.

The school employees were told if they see a bed bug, they are to catch them, put them in an envelope and mail it to the department of education. When they confirm it is a bed bug, that is when an exterminator will be sent out to exterminate the school. Many parents are upset because they feel as if the bites show enough proof that there are bed bugs.

Landlords Responsible For Bed Bug Exterminations

Legislation that would make landlords responsible for paying for bedbug exterminations has passed an Assembly panel.

Landlords who do not take action and get an exterminator to treat an infestation would face fines of $300 per infested apartment and $1,000 per infested common area.

Reports of bedbug infestations have increased by almost 500 percent in the last decade, due to foreign travelers. Pest control companies in NJ are very busy due to the high population of bed bugs.

It is now a renters’ responsibilities to inform their landlords if bed bugs are detected.