Archive for the ‘rodents’ Category
Are the rats getting the better of you and your home? Some days we might think that the pests are winning, but it doesn’t have to be so. Pest Management Professionals and Wildlife Professionals are Public Health Protectors.
The key to living with animals and wildlife is to not allow them to reside in our homes and businesses. Sometimes this does take a lot of work but it can and must be done. Not only do they carry disease, they also carry parasites and pests and they can damage or contaminate food and foodstuffs.
So seal up and holes into your home or business, we have some critters here in Arizona that dig holes so keep an eye out for them. Keep those trees from touching the home and never stack firewood against the home.
A recent article “Global Pest Control Services Market: Trends and opportunities (2013-2018)“. talks about the growing trend in green type pest control.
My concern is that most people truly don’t understand what makes green GREEN. What is organic and what makes a service green is open to debate. My definition of Green may just be Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and ProBest strives to do this everyday. We promote the use of less pesticide inside, while doing everything we can from the outside – to keep pests out. If you can keep out the pests and keep down their food, this might equal less pests getting into your home or business.
So if you need a Green service – find out what the pest company considers GREEN or better yet check out a GreenPro company :
Rats and mice nomally can squeeze through small opening (mice – dime and rats – quarter), I think this guy just had a bad day. I suppose it ate some bait or got bit by something, cause it looks like it has some room to wiggle. Just a caution on mice/rats, rodents in general they have teeth and aren’t afraid to use them. They will gnaw on electrical wiring around pool pumps, car engines and equipment of all sorts. By the way this also goes for rabbits, they will also go after wiring. So what precautions can you take:
- Check you home monthly for signs of pests, I know I say it often but eventually you might listen to my advice.
- Check for holes or loose screening, including those weep holes at the roofline.
- If you see bees flying in and out, check it out but use caution.
- Don’t stack firewood against the house.
- Don’t let trees or bushes touch the house, super highway for rodents and ants.
- Have a Professional Termite company do an inspection for termites.
Did you know Rodents encompass 43% of all mammals on earth, the mouse is #2 and Norway rat is #3.
There are about 4260 species of mammals known on this planet at the moment, though taxonomists are still arguing and species are still being found.
Diseases directly transmitted by rodents (thanks to the CDC)
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
- South American Arenaviruses
Diseases indirectly transmitted by rodents (thanks to the CDC)
- California Serogroup Viruses
- Colorado Tick Fever
- Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
- Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis
- Lyme Disease
- Murine Typhus
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Powassan Encephalitis
- Scrub Typhus
- Relapsing Fever
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Sylvatic Typhus
- Western Equine Encephalitis
“New Mexico reports second human case of Plague of 2013 in Torrence County Girl” Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. It is found in animals throughout the world, most commonly rats but other rodents like ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, rabbits and voles. Fleas typically serve as the vector of plague. Human cases have been linked to the domestic cats and dogs that brought infected fleas into the house.
So did you think that Bubonic Plague was a long forgotten disease, or how about Hanta Virus, Lyme disease or Rabies? Every once in awhile these little diseases pop up around the U.S. and we all need to remind ourselves of their potential to kill.
Rub marks where rats are getting into the structure.