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Rodents are a classification of animals in various species. They are not all the same, and they come in various forms and sizes. In New York, the rodents we normally see would be rats and mice. Mice on their own have domesticated and wild versions. Rats are understandably wild versions of rodents. New York is teaming with coastal areas, parks and areas and of course city infrastructures full of crevices in which rodents can be attracted to staying and surviving.
Rodents, especially the wild ones can be considered as survivors and they are extremely capable of surviving in the most inhospitable places due to their size and sheer tenacity. They will eat almost anything and though they do not have the most capable sense of sight, they have enhanced senses from hearing and touch as well as smell.
In New York, rodents are big problems. As one of the biggest, most advanced and heavily populated cities across the world, there is a great chance that homes, clean or dirty will be inhabited by mice. If there is a crevice from the outside of the house and an opening for rodents to enter, they will consider themselves as uninvited guests. The fact is that they aim to survive and they are cunning creatures. They have survived centuries of mass destruction from the bubonic plague and other plagues that are connected to rodent issues. Total eradication is futile. Control is possible.
In New York, extra effort is being done by non profit and government establishments to ensure that the rodent issue is addressed with much vigor. Rodents are not mere house pets. The wild rodents that travel in the nastiest dumps, the dirty ground and the sewage are the ones you would not want lurking by your ceiling space, your wall cavities and eating your cereals or other food they may find around your house. They can cause diseases and they can also lead to many infrastructure damages as well as extra expenses on food since they will tear up carton containers and spoil your food. They will leave droppings everywhere, most especially on corners and in dark areas.
The increasing volume of wild rodents is a problem in New York and that is why there is a need for high rise apartment owners as well as their tenants to address the issues. The problem is not the mere existence of rodents. As said earlier, one can control their numbers and their area of activity but eradicating them all could be quite a chore that could last for many years. The rules about rodent infestation for apartment and condominium areas are strict and to the point. Some buildings are considered condemned because of rats and mice lurking across the walls and ceilings of the building. It takes effort on the part of the owner and the tenants to address the issue. If a rodent problem can make people head out of their homes, then there is a big rat problem at hand.
Eradicating rats is a complex problem. Rats and mice are part of our nature. Using chemicals and other kinds of poison for rats are not the best primary options for rodent control. The reason is that many homes in New York right now have many pets as well as kids running around. Poison can be contacted if the pet eats the rat poison or if they have come in contact with the menace itself. There is a chance for first and second hand poisoning. If you have dog food and the mouse that was poisoned defecates or urinates in that area, which they would normally do anywhere around they will transmit poison so it will make your pet sick.
The best rodent control tool is the manual use of traps. Now if an apartment has a small amount of rodents, you are able to just set up traps in the mean time on key locations. Rodents usually do not go on the central areas of the home. They usually stay close to walls. They stay close on walls since they use their whiskers to detect direction since they have poor vision. Setting traps all over the floor is not a good idea. Make sure that you place traps on adjacent walls and on areas where there is a concentration of droppings or rat urine. This will help in controlling the infestation if it were a minor one.
You need to get help from professionals if the issue is bigger and more complex just like in a high rise apartment building where every floor is run down by rodents. Trapping is undeniably the best and only way for really big rat problems. If you kill them, they will smell, rot and become very nasty to clean up. If mass poisoning happens, you would end up with a building that is a health risk. That is the reason why poisons and dangerous pest chemicals are not allowed in the US. Pest control professionals are well aware of the risks that are connected to rodent control so they know that the best way is to have a visual of the area and to analyze any openings where rats may go and how to trap them.
Most professionals will use baits for rat control. These baits range in a variety of forms from attracting males or females with pheromones to using food and highly intoxicating scents. Of course proper placement of traps is necessary. Shiny things also attract rats and so use of foil and other metallic things can be used to lure the pests. Remember that with massive infestation in an apartment complex, you cannot do it alone. Professionals are needed for this task.
Health officials and city officials conduct information drives to give public awareness about the dangers of living in rodent infested areas. Urine and droppings contain infectious elements that could go through open wounds and even the pores causing skin rashes and worse, bigger issues like leptospirosis. Food stuff that is infected by that excrement can also be hazardous. Furniture and the whole space can also be subject to infrastructure failure. People are kept aware of the issue at hand. It is important for apartment owners to understand that the case of pests can be liable for lawsuits. Making sure that the area is safe and clean as well as free from rodents is a responsibility of the building owner and the tenant.
Pest infestation from rodents is really big issue in cities like New York. No matter how clean you make your home interiors, if you do not address issues about openings where rats can enter, there will be a possibility of rat infestation. Everyone should take part of the cause in rat control. There are no concrete rules about it but it is part of the home management and building sanitation codes to make living areas free from the pests. Remember that pests can be quite dangerous and though they will not directly assault you, it would be best to keep them out of your home. If you suspect that your house or apartment space is being run down by pests, ask your landlord. They should make a thorough inspection of the area.
If the landlord does nothing about the infestation and you always follow the rules of the contract that you have made, you can file for a lawsuit. This rule is valid even if there are no specific written documents included, no matter what kind of pests you have; you deserve to live in a space that is not crawling with disease carrying pests like rodents. If the landlord does make an effort, you should do your part as well. You should make sure that the space is livable. You should not risk the lives of the people who live in your area most especially if there are kids in your area as well as pets.
There will always be pests in the most inhospitable places in big cities. There is no denying that you cannot eradicate them all as if you use a massive attack on the rodents, it could also hurt the balance of nature. Rodents are part of nature. They are just trying to survive as much as we are trying to survive in the city. Controlling their population is the only thing we can do to stop them. You need to take part of the cause as each and every one of us can potentially catch any diseases they may carry and the inconvenience caused by rodents. There are so many rodents and they vary in their species.
As there are really no rules about killing rodents on sight, it is the role of the community to keep the places safe and clear from the rats. Landlords should always make routine checkups of the area to make sure that the tenants are always given the best kind of service and security, as well as peace of mind. Controlling the rodent population is a battle that everyone is fighting every day just by living in New York, and we can all do something about this issue.
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