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What Does A Rat Eat?

In comparison to other pesky home invaders, some people might consider that rats that enter a home or business are picky eaters.  Cockroaches after all are happy with any crumb of food that they find.  Cockroaches will nibble a plate clean of any food debris that is left behind.  If a home is too clean for the liking of the pesky cockroach, it will in fact turn to eating non-food items to fill its hungry belly up.  Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals report that cockroaches will turn to eating human or pet hair, paper, glue, soap, toothpaste, leather, and many other obscure items you will find in your home.

Rats on the other hand have a more delicate palate by comparison.  Rats have a lower need for protein for survival in comparison to most other types of mammals report Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals.  In fact, some rats do not consume foods that are high in protein.  Instead, rats prefer to eat other protein rich foods such as tree bark, oats, wheat, and nuts.  Rats also prefer to consume large amounts of vegetables and fruits as part of their daily diet.  Rats also feed upon foods that are rich in carbohydrates as they are instrumental in rat growth and reproduction, but not all carbs have proven to be healthy for the lowly rat.

Rats are known to transmit many different bacteria and diseases to humans and pets.  It is critical to stop invading rats in their tracks as soon as they are discovered.  Call a Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional at the first sign of rats in your home or business.

Rat Bites Man Causing Law Suit

I have no idea how I missed this news story in 2011 and I am still on the hunt to see if there is a final ruling in this case.  Because of its “interesting” nature, I thought I would pass it along to our readers.  If you did not think that rats were a problem in your home…perhaps you will after reading this story!

NBCNEWS.com reported on January 13, 2011 that a man who was being held in a Nassau County jail claims that a rat came out of a hole in his mattress and bit him.  Rat bites are bad news and can be dangerous because of the threat of spreading dangerous diseases.

They are particularly bad when they bite your privates…as this man claims occurred during his stint in jail.  According to reports, the man received medical treatment for his rat bite wound.  He also received rabies shots because of the rat bite.  I know first-hand that rabies shots are miserable, especially as they try to give the shots as close to the bite wound site as possible.  Ouch!  The rabies shots alone are deserving of financial compensation…but I digress.

The man in jail sued for “deliberate indifference to his health and safety in failing to adequately protect him from rodents.”  Nassau County attorneys tried to have the case tossed out but a judge allowed it to remain as there have been plenty of other documented complaints by inmates within the jail about rodent infestations.

Taking rat infestations seriously is imperative.  Call a Monmouth County, NJ pest control expert for help with rats or other types of rodent invasions.

Rats For Free Cell Phones…Sounds Good To Me!

Rats are a problem in many areas of the world.  New York City is well known for their rat problems.  Venture outdoors in the late evening hours and you are sure to find rats roaming the streets looking for tidbits of food or foraging in bags of trash or uncovered garbage cans and dumpsters.  Rats are a well-known occurrence in the NYC subway system as they have taken a liking to living underground.  Able to avoid the oncoming trains with ease and nosh on dropped goodies left behind by humans, the subway system is now a rat haven.  Add in the fact that there are known rooms that are dedicated to trash storage in subways stations throughout New York, and there is now a variable all-night rat buffet.

Johannesburg, South Africa may seem like a world away, but their residents and government officials face the same rat problems that exist in other small and large cities throughout the United States.  Digital Spy reported on November 5, 2012 that a local charity in Johannesburg is pitching in to help knock down the rat populations with in the city.  Reports are that the charity “Lifeline” teamed up with a cell phone company whereas they are offering residents in the city of Alexandra who catch 60 rats a free cell phone.  Free traps are being offered to catch the live prey.  Some people are finding that catching the rats are so easy that they are earning phones for each member of their family.

Animal rights groups have jumped on the band-wagon about the unfairness of catching these rats.  But one must remember that rats are disease transmitting vermin that should not be living among humans.  This charity promotion seems like a great idea, but not one likely that will be used in the lawsuit happy United States!

Pest Concerns Are High Across The United States

During the winter months it’s easy to believe that our homes are pest free.  The winter months are only a brief reprieve from most home invading pests.  As the spring arrives, so do a multitude of annoying and dangerous home and property invaders.  It is no surprise that the warmer winter weather has sparked an early spring arrival.  Pest control professionals in Monmouth County, NJ expect termites to swarm earlier than usual, and ant, tick, mosquito and rodent populations to be in abundance.

PRWeb reported on April 26, 2012 that a study was recently completed by the third largest residential pest control company in the United States.  The survey consisted of 1319 respondents across the US, all of which owned homes.  The goal of the study was to “uncover the current trends and beliefs related to pests and pest control.”

The study revealed that one in four homeowners are worried about termite infestations, and 13% of homeowners across the United States reported seeking treatment for termites in the past 12 months.  Close to 22% of the respondents claimed to have experienced structural damage to their homes as a result of a pest problem.

You can read more about this interesting study by reading this article.

The national study revealed that 80% of homeowners are most concerned about termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, rats, and mice. A pest control expert in Monmouth County, NJ can help keep your home pest free this spring and summer season by protecting the perimeter of your property.  Our trained technicians will use their extensive expertise to keep all types of household pests out for a more comfortable and safe living environment for your family and pets.

More Insects Expected for 2012…Oh No!

For most parts of the United States, it has been a strange winter thus far.  Many locations that typically are under a deep freeze for what seems like endless months have enjoyed a mild, almost non-existent winter season for 2011-2012.

The Valley Breeze Newspapers reported on February 28, 2012 that more insects should be expected this year once springtime sets in.  They reported that an entomologist stated that the previous three year acorn production boom came to a screeching decline in 2011.

Without the proper food sources, squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents that depend on the nuts will have a difficult time surviving throughout the year.  It is expected that without a food source, many will meet their demise.  Because there will a lack of squirrels and other rodents to feed upon, it is anticipated that humans and pets will become the target for bloodsucking pests such as ticks.  Entomologists also believe that because 2012 will bring about more tick bites, 2012 will also bring about more cases of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans and pets through the bite of a deer tick, which is otherwise known as the blacklegged tick.  Although the bite may be painless the symptoms from Lyme disease are not.  Typical symptoms include headache, fatigue, fever, and a bulls-eye skin rash where the tick has delivered its bite.  Infection can spread to the nervous system, joints and heart if the disease is left untreated.

Allison Pest Control can help you keep your family safe from all types of New Jersey pests and the diseases that they cause.  We will gladly provide you with a free pest inspection and will happily answer all of your pest control questions.  Call us today for quality New Jersey pest control service in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.

Pest Management Professionals Wear Many Hats

NJ Pest Control professionals are called upon by customers to complete a variety of different pest control tasks.  Some pests are fairly straight forward in their treatment options and others require some creative maneuvers to get rid of them.  Some pests are so difficult to treat that NJ Pest Control professionals are often placed in the roll of a fact finding detective.  Rats, mice, cockroaches, and bed bugs all require pest control technicians to use their sleuthing expertise to find where the critters are hiding and figure out the best way to provide eradication services.

In the case of bed bug infestations, many customers call a NJ Pest Control professional in complete hysteria after discovering the bloodsuckers in their home.  Despite their small size, these little vampires that strike in our time of slumber invoke extreme fear, anxiety, and insomnia in many people who encounter the pests.  Pest control experts must convince customers NOT to panic while a plan is devised to decimate the critters.

Bed bug information is aplenty in today’s world.  Television, print, and internet sources have covered the topic in great detail.  Despite the vast amount of information that is currently available, many American’s still have misconceptions about bed bugs.  Industry experts report that bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans, yet many American’s still incorrectly believe that they do.

The roll of a pest management professional is not only that of a technician who comes in a home or business to provide pest removal services.  A good pest management professional will help the customer become educated about the pest that is plaguing their home so they can help avoid infestation issues in the future.  In doing so, a good pest management professional must be well-versed in the pests that they are dealing with.  The technicians at Allison Pest Control will be able to provide ample pest education and excellent pest control services to New Jersey residents in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties.