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Posts Tagged ‘pack rats’

Have you watched those shows where the dogs finds the Porcupine?

This story immediately reminded me of that nightmare both for the dog, the owners oh and I guess the Porcupine too. “This rodents eats with needles” So to start this debate are Woodrats related to Pack Rats and the answer is yes. Pack rats are often called woodrats, pack rats build nests or middens and can collect quite the trove of neat stuff.

 

I didn’t know this but the cactus with the spines have a  higher protein content.

Kohl and his colleagues believe that the rodent is choosing spines over an easier meal because the flesh of spiny cacti generally has a higher protein content and less fiber compared with naturally non-spiny cacti. In that sense, the woodrats are using the spines almost as a simple nutrition label.

Read more: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/10779/20141128/rodent-eats-needles.htm#ixzz3KgU2ofxr

 

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I don’t understand Pack Rats, do you?

 

So yesterday I mentioned that you needed to understand your enemy, often times I think I do and then this happens. See these pictures below, I just don’t understand why rodents like to gather cactus, I would think it would be harmful.

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The “jumping cholla” name comes from the ease with which the stems detach when brushed, giving the impression that the stem jumped. Often the merest touch will leave a person with bits of cactus hanging on their clothes or imbedding itself into your skin or  to be discovered later when either sitting or leaning on them. The ground around a mature plant will often be covered with dead stems, and young plants are started from stems that have fallen from the adult. They attach themselves to desert animals and are dispersed for short distances. (Wikepedia)

Interesting photo – ProBest Pest Management!

Interesting photo – ProBest Pest Management!

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Merry Christmas!

Every once in awhile you run across something unique and the picture is worth a thousand words. This is one of those pictures.

 

    

Snakes shed their skin to grow and discard this skin by brushing up against something rough scratching the old skin into peeling. This was probably the case here with the architecture of this building, rough edges creating the ability to start the process of shedding.

Rodents will get in!!

Rodents will get in!!

         

Rodents will do their best to gain access into a structure and once in they will continue to nest and quite possible raise their young. As you will notice from the damage to this structure, the rodents have brought in food (seeds) and this is mixed with fecal material and other nasty things. The trouble is not only the animals but parasites and all the nasty urine and fecal materials that are being left behind. Notice that everyone was wearing breathing masks to prevent the possibility of breathing in any fungal spores or contaminated urine or feces dust.

What’s all the fuss? Firewood and pests.

What’s all the fuss? Firewood and pests.

I’m reminded from time to time about experience and why it matters. When does experience come into play and why would a customer benefit from experience and knowledge? I have over 20 years experience with bugs, termites and wildlife.  I have seen a lot of unique things in that span of 20 years! From damage to extensive damage and then way beyond damage.

Sometimes in these busy times people forget or have other more important issues on their minds. So maybe a few reminders are good for this time of year.

  1. Don’t store firewood next to your home.
  2. If you take firewood in this time of year, use it all – don’t store firewood inside, other pests may come out of the wood like PowderPost  Beetles.
  3. Wildlife & animals also live in wood, so be careful when handling the wood.
  4. Spiders etc may be hanging out in the woodpile, use gloves.
  5. Don’t spray firewood with pesticides, the fumes could get you.

Stay safe this season….

 

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