Category Archives: Rodents

The NJ House Mouse Versus A Pest Control Expert

The ground may be covered in glorious white snow in New Jersey and it may look peaceful and calm as the birds flitter about and the squirrels pounce up and down throughout the snow, but don’t be fooled, pesky home invaders are still trying to make their way indoors to seek shelter away from the cold chilly weather.

At times like this, despite my extensive pest management tools and experience, even a New Jersey pest control expert can fall victim to a dreaded New Jersey house mouse invasion.

The holiday time period brings about great fun for certain. We spend ample time preparing fabulous meals and baking special sugary treats to share with family and friends.  It’s at this time of year that our kitchen is turned upside down as many cooking items that lay dormant throughout the year come into play for our festive creations.

While digging through the bottom of two kitchen drawers that are not frequented very often, I discovered the unpleasant surprise of newly left house mouse fecal matter left behind among my kitchen gadgets. I must say, it’s a brave mouse that decides to take up residence in my home, especially with four cats roaming about.

All cooking had to cease of course as the entire area required immediate disinfection.  Mice feces and urine can contain dangerous pathogens like Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning and Hantavirus, which can cause a serious illness or even be fatal.  Proper and swift clean-up and removal of any New Jersey house mouse infestation is essential.

If you find that you have unwelcome houseguests this wintertime, there’s no need to fret.  Allison Pest Control provides expert pest management services for a wide variety of creepy crawlers and furry creatures.  Call us today to rid your home of mice, rats, bed bugs, cockroaches, spiders, ants, termites, stink bugs, fleas, ticks, crickets, carpenter ants and many other types of troublesome pests!

A New Jersey Mice Infestation Can Make You Sick

For some people, having a New Jersey mice infestation in your home might not seem like it is such a big deal.  Being nocturnal creatures, mice are rarely seen or heard, and the average homeowner typically realizes that they have a mice infestation problem in their home when they find blackish oval sized small pellets in areas where mice travel or congregate.  The mice that seek refuge in walls, attics, crawl spaces, and basements are more than just a nuisance though.  These critters are particularly dangerous because they carry with them serious health threats that are harmful to humans.

Despite their pet store looking appearance, having a NJ mice infestation can expose your family and friends to Hantavirus, which then leads to a disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).  It should be noted that in those that have contracted HPS, over 50% have experienced fatal results.

Asthma is a serious health threat in the United States which affects nearly 15 million people from coast to coast.  Of the 15 million affected by asthma, one third is children.  According to studies, asthma is the leading cause of chronic illnesses in children, and it is the third leading cause for children to be hospitalized in the United States.  A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that mouse urine contains allergy causing substances that become airborne.  Once the mouse allergen becomes airborne they are very problematic and have been found to be the leading cause for asthma attacks in children.

In the John’s Hopkins study, 25% of the random homes that were tested contained levels of mouse urine allergens that were high enough to cause problems for a person who suffers from asthma.  Because asthma can be life threatening, this should a concern for all homeowners who have a mice infestation problem.

The best way to protect your family and friends from the dangers from having a NJ mice infestation in your home is to seal all cracks, crevices, and holes to keep mice out of your home.  Make certain that your home is not an “all night buffet” for mice by keeping food locked up tight, and call a licensed NJ pest control specialist who knows how to provide proper treatment for mice if you become infested!

Don’t Let That NJ House Mouse Take Refuge In Your Home This Winter!

Take one step outside of your New Jersey home these days and the cold air will send you indoors in no time at all.  Humans are not the only creatures that are not fond of the cold winter chill that slams the east coast once the leaves hit the ground.  Much to our dismay, one little rodent is always on the hunt for a warm place to snuggle up in when the thermometer drops to its unbearable numbers.  The house mouse is the most common trouble maker for New Jersey residents.  Despite its small size and timid looks, a New Jersey house mouse can bring about huge trouble for homeowners.

A house mouse can easily gain entry into your NJ home by squeezing its flexible body into tiny openings that are as small as ¼ inch in size.  Mice are prolific breeders and will have their babies year round.  Although most people find NJ mice infestations less offensive than rat infestations, they are more common and overall, they cause more damage to New Jersey homes and businesses.

The house mouse can be found in hotels and restaurants as well.  They are known for their constant foraging of food and will contaminate food preparation areas, utensils, and supplies.  Unlike a rat which will follow the same marked trail over and over, the house mouse is very curious creature that will venture into any area of a home or business leaving urine and feces along the way.  They will typically stay in close proximity to their food source though.

Whether in a business or a home, it’s important that you address a New Jersey house mouse infestation as soon as you discover it.  The house mouse is a known carrier of mites, fleas and ticks.  Its urine, feces, and saliva have dangerous pathogens such as Hantavirus, salmonella, and a host of others that you don’t want to encounter! 

Additionally, their constant gnawing has caused fires and costly repairs to appliances.  The best alternative is to have a NJ pest control expert rid your home of the house mouse before you have hundreds living in your walls, cabinets, and attic!

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome – What To Watch Out For

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a disease that was discovered in November of 1993 when a sudden outbreak of Hantavirus occurred in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. During the Hantavirus outbreak, many previously healthy people suddenly became ill with acute respiratory symptoms, which resulted in death for half of those that were affected. After months of research by the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, it was discovered that deer mice were carrying a different strain of Hantavirus.

Deer mice can be a problem pest for New Jersey residents as they can often be found to be living in close contact with humans. Deer mice can be found living in homeowner’s gardens or neighboring fields. These disease ridden rodents will not hesitate to invade human living quarters at any time of year as they are always in search of a good food and water source as well as shelter opportunities.

Humans may contract Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) when they inadvertently come in contact with Hantavirus which is transmitted via mice or rat urine, saliva, or feces. Symptoms of the disease include fatigue, fever and muscle aches that occur in thighs, hips, back and shoulders. Some people also report dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and abdominal pain. Many times this dangerous disease is contracted and mistaken for influenza as the symptoms are similar.

No types of the Hantaviruses can be transmitted from person to person, only via rats and mice. Preventing the transmission of Hantavirus and contracting the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is critical. You can lessen your chances of encountering deer mice in New Jersey if you hire a licensed NJ pest control professional that is trained in the trapping, removal, and exclusion of dangerous rodents. Call Allison Pest Control for expert NJ mice and rat eradication and related services!

Pick A NJ Pest Control Specialist That Can Provide Proper Pest Identification

The proper identification of bed bugs, or other types of pests, is essential by a NJ pest control specialist if you are suffering through any type of creepy infestation.  Many types of annoying household pest’s exhibit similar behavioral patterns and can even share a similar appearance.  Many New Jersey homeowners and business owners are often surprised to find that what they thought was one type of pest that is causing an uproar is actually a different type of pest.

Pests may look the same to the untrained eye and incorrect pest control treatments can complicate pest elimination as some pests will simply scatter to other locations when they are incorrectly dealt with.

Recently a family in New York City suspected that they had bed bugs.  They hired a NYC pest control company that listened to their pest issues.  It was decided that bed bug treatment should commence as soon as possible.  The family went through the painful decision to throw away 40 bags of clothing, all of their baby’s toys, and an expensive bed.  Despite rigorous cleaning and pest control treatment, their irritating nighttime bites continued.  After spending $3,500 for bed bug treatment, the frustrated family contacted another pest control specialist who was able to get to the root of their pest troubles.  Instead of bed bugs, it was later determined that the family was receiving continuous bites each night from rodent mites that were infesting their building.

Allison Pest Control is considered an expert NJ pest control company.  Our technicians are able to properly identify all types of problem pests so that a correct treatment plan can be implemented.  With our New Jersey pest control expertise, we will be able to examine your home or business to locate annoying pests, find their entry points, and their nesting locations so that proper pest control treatment can be followed.

Hantaviruses – A Dangerous Encounter

Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that are carried by various rodents, specifically, rats and mice.  Unfortunately contacting a Hantavirus is quite easy for humans and should be avoided.

Hantaviruses can be found in the saliva, urine, and droppings of rodents.  Humans become exposed to these dangerous viruses by accidentally inhaling the contaminated dust that is created when rodent droppings or nests are being removed, cleaned, or accidentally disturbed.  Often times, people become infected with a virus when they are working or living in a rodent infested setting without realizing that the area has a rodent infestation problem.

There is no sure way to tell how long Hantaviruses are infectious within a particular environment as there are many different variables to take into consideration when dealing with rodent droppings.  Environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, sun exposure, as well as whether the droppings are found indoors or are outdoors all affects the length of time that the virus is active and dangerous.  Even the rodent’s diet affects the chemistry of the urine, so all rodent droppings should always be considered unsafe to handle.  Pest control specialists are trained to deal with risky ongoing rodent infestations, rodent urine, and droppings to eliminate a person’s risk to dangerous Hantaviruses.

The best way to avoid becoming ill is to keep rodents out of your home or workplace.  Windows, doors, gaps in foundations, attic vents, and unsealed pipes are all easy places for unwanted rodents to gain access indoors. 

Exclusion of rodents should include sealing any cracks or crevices that are larger than ¼ of an inch.  The basic rule of thumb to follow is that if a rodent can fit its head into a space, it will be able to squeeze its body into the space as well.

In New Jersey, Allison Pest Control offers expert rodent monitoring, exclusion and trapping services to Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties.  Give us a call today so we can help keep your unwanted rodents away!