NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Homes in northern New Jersey are being invaded by mice and rats, looking to get away from the heat, according to experts.

Those experts pointed to the record-breaking summer temperatures and the lack of rain as the main reason why the rodents were making an appearance in many homes as unwelcome guests.

Dr. Changlu Wang, an urban entomologist and pest control experts at Rutgers University spoke to 1010 WINS Tuesday to shed some light on the issue.

Rats and mice always try to find the water and the food. When outside sources are not available or less available, they will certainly intend to go to homes or garages or any places that are cooler and have a water source,” Wang said.

Wang also advised people to make sure all holes, vents and pipes in your home are sealed. He specifically mentioned holes behind dryers and utility pipes. In addition, he suggestion that a space between a door and the floor be blocked with a door sweep.

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