Posts Tagged ‘animals’
Frequently I get called in to consult on issues that deal with hoarding, considered a serious health risk to all involved.
Hoarders – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hoarding could have simply remained a symptom and been included under multiple disorders. However, treating the comorbid disorders in a patient often does not eliminate hoarding behaviors. Another significant factor in the disorder’s reclassification was the discovery that more people could be diagnosed with hoarding behaviors than could be diagnosed with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
All sorts of items play into this, mice are often able to set up within the home, as well as insects. If animals are involved the hoarder may only think there are a few when in fact many more are present. In the pictures below there were over 150 cats in this house. The smell of feces and urine permeate the entire structure and had to be dealt with house wide as it had become part of the drywall and the cement within.
If you notice someone within your community please consider the impact on that person and seek help. There are numerous agencies within most communities that can assist.
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.
I have to be honest I think bats are cool, I was out on a trip into the desert many years ago. We were actually on a trip to find some tarantula’s and scorpions and the bats were enjoying the early evening hours. There were many bats and I noticed a lot of flying insects we even threw up a shoe to see if they would go after it and they did. (No bats were harmed with the shoe throw)
So just because something looks creepy doesn’t mean that it is. Don’t harm animals, wildlife or snakes. Call a Pest Management Professional to help remove it and relocate it if possible.
Bats are great and need your love. Here are a few facts & tips:
- Babies are born furless.
- Only mammal to fly.
- Bats eat lots of bugs, disperse seeds and pollinate plants.
- They can eat their body weight in bugs each night, that would be like us eating 80 pizzas.
What can you do to prevent them from making your home theirs and to encourage them at your home.
- Exclusion work must be done out of season and at night.
- Install a bat house around your home Bat Conservation International.
Never pick up a bat, they do bite!