Archives: July 2018

If you hear the word rat what starts going through your mind? When most people hear the word rat they begin to panic! You may even immediately lift your feet off the ground and frantically search the floor for any sight of the rat that was mentioned. Here in the New York City area rats can be a problem that both business owners and homeowners will likely have to battle at some point.

Norway Rat Invasive Species

There are over fifty different types of rat species in the world. The Norway rat is the most common rat found in New York City. Researchers have discovered that Norwegian rats came over on ships from France and England in the late 1700’s and they have not left since then. Norway rat is actually just one of the many nicknames for what is actually named the brown rat. The brown rat is also referred to as the common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Parisian rat, and the wharf rat. The brown rat is thought to have originated in Northern China but has now spread to all continents except Antarctica.

Norway Rat Identification

How do you know if you are looking at a Norway rat? Norway rats are usually grayish-brown in color, but can vary from pure gray to reddish brown. Due to this variation in color, they are hard to identify by color alone. The average length of the body is 7-10 inches. Some rats have tails longer than their bodies, but the Norway rat’s tail is shorter than body and is typically 6-8 inches. They weigh 10-16 ounces. Their bodies are thick and heavy and they have blunt noses. Their ears are close to their body and are relatively small. In contract, their eyes are large and protruding. Droppings from Norway rats are dark in color, found in groupings, and are ¾ inch long with blunt ends.

Norway Rat Infestations

The reproduction cycle of the Norway rat is one of the reasons they are so hard to completely get rid of. Brown rats reach sexual maturity in 2-3 months. Once they have sexually matured, the female brown rat can have 4-7 litters each year. Their gestation period lasts around 21 days. Each litter will produce 8-12 pups. In addition to all of those reproductive facts, the brown rat can breed indoors and outdoors at any time of year. All of these facts add up to a rat population that can get out of control quicker than you can imagine.

How to Get Rid of Norway Rats

If you have rats at your home or business how can you get rid of them? Since rats will eat just about anything they can you will need to make sure that all food and garbage is sealed. Without food they will have to search for a home somewhere else. There are some home remedies that can be used to try and get rid of Norway rats that have found their way into your home or business. Scouring the internet will show you how moth balls, ammonia, peppermint oil, pepper, bay leaves, onions, dried cat litter, human hair, baby powder, and steel wool can help get rid of your rats.

Rodent Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

Unfortunately most home remedies do not effectively get rid of Norway rats once they have gotten into your home or business. Professional help is normally required to effectively get these pesky rodents out of your home or office. Here at Always Ready Pest Control we can help you with your rat infestation. We service Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Give us a call today for your free quote!

There are many different types of pests from insects, arachnids, to wildlife and rodents. Rodents are among the worst infestations to have. Rodents are not only destructive and cost homeowners in structure, utility, and personal property damage, as well as destroy and contaminate food, but rodents are also a high-risk for spreading disease, viruses, ailments, bacteria, and germs. As rodents can be a problem, homeowners and businesses should be aware that New York commonly has Norway Rats, House Mice, and Deer Mice. Today, we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to share the fundamentals of house mice.

Mice Infestation Risks

House mice, like most rodents, generally wander inside in an effort to find food, water, and possibly escape the extreme weather conditions; although house mice prefer to be outside. These mice are generally black, gray, or brown in color and feature white or lighter colored bellies. House mice will eat anything but frequently diet on nuts and seeds. House mice are likely to be more active at night but will be spotted during the day if they are desperate for their needs. House mice are especially capable of reproducing at an extraordinarily fast rate. Should you neglect investing in rodent control from a professional at the first sign of house mice, you can be dealing with a deep infestation sooner than later.

How Do You Know if You Have a House Mouse Infestation? Common Signs

Below, Always Ready Pest Control has comprised a list of signs that suggest you have house mice invading your home.
1) Scratching noises. With their scratching and pitter-patter noises of their footsteps, people can hear their activities in the walls where the hide out. In addition to behind the walls, people can also hear them above the ceiling.
2) Mice urine and feces. House mice, like any rodent, will urinate and poop whenever the feel the need no matter where they are at. In places they frequently travel, where they forage for food and/or nesting materials, you will find their droppings that look like tiny pellets.
3) Crumbs. From where packaged food or readily available food left out looks obviously gnawed into and crumbs are around the area and trail off, is an indication of their infestation. Mice can easily conquer cardboard, paper, and thin plastic food packaging with their teeth and claws. The food crumbs will be more obvious around the packaged food area, such as the cupboards, pantries, and drawers. You can actually see tiny teeth marks.
4) Darting movements. House mice will usually establish specific and predictable travel patterns when coming out of their hiding place. Typically, by hugging the walls to offer more protection. With their incredible speeds, you can catch glimpses of them in your peripherals. More often than not if you think you saw a house mouse, you probably did.
5) Nesting remnants. Mice will construct nests in preparation to give birth. They will collect debris and insulation looking items that look damaged by their teeth and claws to carry off the remnants to build these nests.

Rodent Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

If you believe you have house mice or any other rodent infesting your home or business, call in the specialists of Always Ready Pest Control.

In 2014, scientists measured the rat population in New York City. They measured that the entire city’s rat population was approximately 24% of the number of humans. In other words, there were about 2 million rats to New York’s 8.4 million people when the study was done. The brown rat dominates this rat population. They are also known as the Norway rat or sewer rat. Brown rats have made New York City parks, alleys, basements and homes since the late 1700’s and made their way from Asia sometime between 1750 and 1770. Rats in New York City carry pathogens that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and fever. These pathogens can carry bacteria that can be spread through contact with rat feces, urine and saliva. Rats also carry disease-causing viruses. You do not want to share your home with rats.

Brown Rat Appearance & Behavior

Brown rats have fur that is coarse and mostly black with scattered black on the upper areas and a yellowish-white to gray belly. They are 13 to 18 inches, including tails that can be 6 to 8 ½ inches long and weigh 12 to 16 ounces. They have bald ears, small beady eyes and a scaly tail that is shorter than the length of their head and body. They prefer proteins like insects, meat, fish and pet food, but will also consume fresh grains and need at least ½ ounce of water every day. Out homes provide all they need to survive. Brown rats live in colonies and breed all year round, more frequently in the warmer months. Signs that you have Brown rats include droppings and urine stains, fresh gnawing to maintain their ever-growing incisors and burrows and runways next to buildings. Brown rats can also emit a particular odor that is different than that of mice infestations. Squealing, gnawing, scrambling and rustling noises are also common when rats are present.

How to Prevent Rodent Infestations

Proper sanitation and elimination of possible entry points into your home is key in preventing brown rat infestations. Sanitation includes cleaning spills right away, storing food in sealed containers and taking the trash out before it builds up. Exclusion steps include sealing cracks and holes, plugging openings around utility pipes, placing metal grates over drains and making sure window screens fit snuggly.

How to Get Rid of Brown Rats in the Walls & Outside of Your House

The best way to remove brown rats from your home is to use traps and/or bats. Rats can be very hard to get rid of and chances are you will need professional help. There are situations where certain baits only work with specific rats and some baits only work as long as the rats have access to a constant supply for several days or even weeks. Baits can also be dangerous for pets and children if they are exposed to them.

Rat Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

If you suspect a brown rat infestation, the best thing you can do is contact the professionals at Always Ready Pest Control. We can implement a plan to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back in the future. Give us a call today.

When you walk in the pet store you are sure to find cute little critters all over. There are dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets and even mice and rats! You may be wondering if they can sell a mouse to you as a pet why are they a problem in your house? You can get one and put it in a cage with toys, food and water and give him a new name. If this is all true then you should be okay with mice in the house living their life. You can just call them your pet and you didn’t even have to pay for them. That all sounds like a great plan but there is a big difference between a mouse you may find at the store and one that infests your home. You want to make sure that any unwanted mice are treated and removed from the house by a pest control technician.

Always Ready Pest Control Lists Reasons Mice Are Bad to Have in Your Home

Mice Chewing Electrical Wires is a Fire Hazard: When you buy a mice at the store you leave it in the cage where it can nest and create its own space. When you allow a mouse that is not bred as a pet in your home they will find an area to use to nest. This means they will go around the house and in the walls looking for products and materials to use. This is usually insulation, wiring and clothes that they will chew pieces off and secure in position. The problem is that as they chew through the wires in your walls they are leaving an exposed hot wire. If they then start to collect their materials in the area of the exposed wire it will create a potential fire hazard. The heat can increase enough that the material will ignite and your house will be on fire.
Mice Carry Diseases: The mice that you are purchasing have been born and raised in captivity. That means they have not been exposed to disease that they might then be a carrier of. The mice that will come to your home and invade will likely be carrying disease that they can infect your family with. The problem is that the disease that they carry does not transfer from a bite but from their feces. That feces will be all around your house and you can be exposed by a simple touch. They also will walk on surfaces that have contaminants that they can then spread around your house such as salmonella.
Mice are a Problem: Lastly they are a problem because they sleep when we are awake and are awake when you try and sleep. They will wait for the lights to go down and then start their nesting and food collecting. You can often hear them scurrying around the walls and across the floors which is enough noise that will keep you awake at night. For peace of mind it is best to get them out of your house.

Mice Inspections, Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

Always Ready Pest Control has the tools and expertise to come to your home and inspect for a treat for unwanted mice. Call us today!