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Archive for the ‘rodents’ Category

U.S. Forest service shuts down National Forest in N.M. why you ask?

The National Forest Service shuts down a National Forest in Northern New Mexico and this little mouse also lives in the White Mountains of Arizona. “Forest Lands closed to protect Mouse

 

Critical areas include portions of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests in both New Mexico and Arizona.

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Photo from www.fs.fed.us provided for information on advisory

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Cooler weather might bring in the rodents.

Well the heat is finally going away and the cooler weather is right around the corner. Thank goodness – I’m not sure it was the heat or that humidity but whatever I’m thankful it is getting cooler.

Termites continue to pop up around the valley and if the weather doesn’t get real cold the pests will continue. So now would be a great time to tackle those little chores around the house to prevent pests from getting in. What can you do?

  1. Home seal.
  2. Check sheds or other structures.
  3. Repair window screens or door screens.
  4. Install door thresholds or sweeps.
  5. Install garage door seals.
  6. Trim trees away from home.
  7. Repair drip or flood irrigation systems.

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Rats and their gnawing dilema

 

Rodents in general need to work down their teeth and this is often done on materials harder than their teeth. Every once in awhile I’ll notice some wiring on pool equipment that looks like it has been chewed on. This last month in Paris, France this habit took on dangerous overtones when a train accident occurred. Rats nibbled on signalling cables and this prevented a light to function correctly. “Rats blamed for rail accident“, luckily no one was killed but 40 people were injured.

 

Photo by Univar

Photo by Univar

Don’t welcome those little critters into your homes.

Every day

 

As the weather begins to change, critters will begin to find warmer areas and this could be your home or business.

In our desert environment they will often times build nest near cactus and often times will use those spines within their nest. I never could understand how they could use those spines without getting stabbed.

They will feed on berries, nuts and any type of vegetable material will find water where available including some plants.

So what can you do to prevent rodents from getting into your structure?

  • Fill in any holes around your structure, check at the roof line as well.
  • Check any holes on your property.
  • If you notice a lot of spines or cactus parts, investigate.
  • If you notice rodents feces or a smell in a garage or shed, investigate.
  • And, of course if you see rodents – investigate.

A new species of rodent discovered

 

New rodent species discovered in Indonesia” and the scary part is that it is carnivorous water rat. I’m often astounded that we are still finding new species across the world and this just goes to show how small our world is.

On the bottoms of its toes are small, fleshy pads that may help it hold onto the streambed when hunting underwater.

So as your hiking or rock climbing and your run across something different, it might be unique and technically something yet to be discovered. Maybe, maybe not?

 

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