Rockaway is a borough in New Jersey. It shares its name with the Rockaway River and the nearby Rockaway Township. With hot humid summers and cool winters, Rockaway is characterized by its hills and creeks. Its town, Rockaway Township is a town in Morris country NJ. It is home to rivers, streams, state parks and a prosperous community of homes and businesses. The local climate provides four different seasons which determines the dominant pest activities at a particular period of time. Rockaway provides a comfortable habitat for certain organisms. Mosquitoes and bugs in the summer, stinging insects in the fall and don’t think you’re safe in winter as rodents storm the area with full force.
Rodent Control Rockaway | Rodents are Pests
Generally, when we hear the word “rodent”, the word “pest” also pop up in our minds. Not all rodents are pests. But given that about forty percent of mammal species are rodents, the single largest group of any mammalian order, the infestation of a few species can be appalling. Rodents are animals that gnaw with their continuously growing incisors. They inhabit every continent of the world except Antarctica. They are a group of nuisance pests that contaminate food, damage property and act as carriers of disease causing organisms.
Rodent Control Rockaway | Common Species
Arguably the most common specie and the most encountered rodents are the rats. There are many species of rats in the United States but we want to narrow it down to those that cause harm to homes and offices. The Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus) and the roof rat (Rattus rattus). The Norway rats also known as sewer rats are brownish and larger than the black roof rats. Rodents generally are active at night and have a well-developed sense of smell. Rats are omnivores and will feed on many types of vegetation and insects. They may prey on fish, small reptiles or amphibians, poultry and can go as far as gnawing at your wooden furniture. They contaminate foodstuff with feces and urine making their impact more destructive. When they get into people’s homes, they immediately look for secure locations like ceilings, cabinets, walls, holes and dark less frequented places to hide themselves. A rat colony often starts with a single pregnant female. They are usually not noticed until there are lots of them or food is scarce. Pregnancy lasts about 21 days and a single female can have up to 6 young rats.
Rodent Control Rockaway | Signs of Infestation
What are the signs of rodent infestation? Since they are nocturnal animals, you’d probably be asleep during their active and hunting hours. But they’re not smart enough to cover their tracks. Rat droppings is a sure way to spot an infestation-black pea sized fecal droppings around food stores. Holes in the ground are also evidence of rat appearance. As rats gnaw and chew on wood and other hard surfaces in order to keep their teeth chiseled down, they leave gnaw marks which can be easily spotted.
To control rodents, use traps, rat repellants and other mechanical means. Perform interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that support them. Fumigation might be necessary. Seal holes and pits that give them entrance. Seek professional assistance. Morris town offers a good number of pest control agencies.