Archive for the ‘rodents’ Category
The Phoenix area doesn’t often have issues with fleas, I think mainly due to humidity but other areas of Arizona need to pay attention to fleas. If you travel to those areas just be safe and pay attention to your pets, they may interact with other wildlife.
The northern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys leucogaster) is rather squat and blocky, has a white tummy and a white tip to its short tail. They’re not fast runners but are very agile – able to twist and turn to subdue prey in their longer-and-stronger-than-average jaws.
Isn’t it great to hear and read about cool stuff like this, thank goodness they aren’t real big. But anyway that’s why I’m here, to pass along stories like these.
This story is from Grant County, Washington and just highlights the need to understand rodents. I have on occasion had people tell me “I don’t care if I have rodents or birds in my attic”. “I don’t care if they are under my crawlspace, they are not bothering me”. Well maybe not today but how about tomorrow? What happens when they leave, what parasites do they leave behind? What damage can be done to the structure? “911 outage in Grant County possible caused by rodents”
- Rodents incisor teeth continue to grow and they need to keep them in check.
- Fleas, ticks and other critters make their homes in the nest or on the bodies of wildlife.
- Animals/wildlife seek shelter within our homes but it is very important to keep them out. They produce feces, urine and other bodily secretions daily – you don’t want or need them in your home.
- Mice urinate almost continuously, if this becomes airborne you have the chance to breath it in. This is how Hanta Virus is spread.
Home-sealing is a key to keeping them out.
Oh yes they are, and we all need to be aware they are always out there and wanting into our cozy warm homes. What can you do to keep them out?
- Seal all holes coming into your home.
- Repair screens.
- Install door sweeps.
- Install garage door seals.
- Close flue dampers or at least check them.
- Pay attention to wiring around homes, rodents need to keep their teeth from growing to long.
- Seal weep holes and check attic often.
- When brining stuff down from attic, open boxes outside – prevents anything from getting loose within the house.