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 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.
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.