Posts Tagged ‘public health’
There are those days when we all think we are good at what we do and along comes somebody to put us in our place. I’m often reminded that you are only as good as that weakest link, so training is important for everyone involved. The Entomological Society of America continues to update their certification programs.I’m thrilled that I had a chance to complete this process way back in 2010. No excuses but I should have spent my early years going to college but like many I had no idea what I really wanted to do.
Back in 1992 I found my cause and that was Pest Control, while not a clamor job it suited me fine. I quickly started learning everything I could about bugs because I knew I was more than a bug guy I am a Pest Management Professional.
My previous job was great, I worked for FMC Corporation as a Technical person and I loved it. I had finally got my wish to be able to talk with people around the world about bugs. Now with ProBest Pest Management I get to talk with people in my neighborhoods about things that are pestering them. But everyday I’m alive I learn things and get a chance to help people.
God I love my job!
Who cares about bugs and rodents?
Each and every day I’m reminded of the valuable service ProBest Pest Management offers, why you ask? Let me share some of my most memorable days of Public Health:
- Customer called me because they couldn’t even get into their home because the fleas were so plentiful.
- In all my 20+ years I had never seen Bed Bugs until 2009, that year we received our first call. In 2012 I witnessed over 1000 Bed Bugs in a very small home – I was amazed and also creeped out and itched all day. We were able to alleviate the problem but it stills worries me that people will put up with something like this until it virtually becomes a real BIG problem.
- A young woman continued to call about Ticks, we treated her yard but she wouldn’t let us inspect her home. We did find ticks inside under a couch and solved the problem after finally finding the source.
- I may have mentioned this before but a mobile home with at the every least 5 million cockroaches. I’m not kidding, I felt almost hopeless for this family. It took some time but I think we did a good job for them.
- I once had the task of doing some Drywood Termite work in a church, the tower or steeple had more pigeon feces than I had ever seen. It was probably 10 foot deep and went down walls and was just gross, we fumigated the building and they had someone remove the feces and prevent them from gaining entry anymore.
- Sometimes architecture often allows entry points into a structure, stucco not properly sealed or pipes or cable opening not sealed. I once particpated with a fumigation for cockroaches and never thought about rodents until the job was completed. Many, many dead rodents, by the way do you know that rodents love cockroaches?
Well anyway you get the picture, Public Health equals quality pest control.
The Edible Dormouse or Glis Glis
Note: From time to time I allow people to write articles which I believe will be of interest to our community. This article while pretty much exclusive to the United Kingdom was interesting in that mice are quite intrusive no matter where they live. I also do advise people that in some cases pest control can be handled by the Do It Yourselfer but you also can get in over your head and the opinions and advice from a Pest Management Professional should be sought. Dr Bug!
What is a Glis Glis?
The Edible Dormouse is originally from continental Europe and was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1902 as part of a private wildlife collection at Tring in Hertfordshire. Due to an accidental escape, it now lives in the forests and countryside where it reached a population estimated at 10,000 rodents located within 25 miles of Tring.
The Edible Dormouse is one of the biggest rodents present in the United-Kingdom as it can reach 30 centimeters long. The Glis Glis has grey fur and similar to a young squirrel; it has big eyes and a long tail which it can spontaneously cast off in a situation of danger. Herbivorous, it feeds on fruits and nuts but if food is scarce it adapts and can eat plants, invertebrates and eggs. The Glis Glis is a great climber and usually inhabits in forested habitats and seeks shelter in bird nests, hollowed trees and caves.
Why is it considered as a pest?
Glis Glis are considered as one of the 14 threats to Britain’s countryside as they destroy crops and trees as well as electrical cables and wires due to their constant gnawing. A nocturnal rodent; Glis Glis will seek refuge during daylight and during hibernation. They will seek shelter in outbuildings, homes (basements) and business premises and may damage property and belongings. This can be very dangerous as an example, gnawing of an electric cable in your property can lead to a fire.
For those reasons, it is highly recommended to eliminate/manage any Glis Glis infestation, however, as it is protected species by the Wildlife & Countryside Act of 1981, restrictions apply in how to proceed.
How do I know if I have Glis Glis in my property or business and outlying areas?
First and foremost, Glis Glis hibernate for almost seven months; from autumn to spring (May to October). Therefore during that period, it will be difficult to find proof of the existence of the Glis Glis as their activity is very limited.
Because of their nocturnal nature, they remain inactive during daylight for fear of predators. Most of the damage caused by their behavior will be done at night.
To know if you have Glis Glis on your property, look for:
- Gnawed electrical cables.
- Scratching noises and movements coming from tree branches and bird nests.
- Damaged young trees or missing bark.
- Missing fruits from plants.
- Most damage will be in your kitchen or basement, Glis Glis are very intrusive animals.
The Edible Dormouse or Glis Glis is protected species, so what can I do?
Indeed, Glis Glis is protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 which prohibits certain methods of killing and trapping except under license. The trapping or killing of Glis Glis can take place if it is a matter of public health or public safety, in prevention of serious damage to crops, fruits, livestock etc. This means that only pest control experts who are certified to do so under license can take action. Homeowners can apply for a license for live trapping Edible Dormice; however this is subject to several rules and restrictions.
Prevention is always the best first steps to take. A few steps can be undertaken to make your house/business rodent proof. You will find how to do so in the Tips & Advice section of our website or by clicking here.
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Way back in 2005 the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) indicated this statistic:
72% of Homeowners surveyed agree that their pest control company providers help me protect my health”.
Do you agree, what if you found flies in your home or cockroaches or more importantly what if you suddenly found Bed Bugs? I’ll bet you would agree quite quickly and that is why I’m sure that that figure above is right on up there.
85% of the people that purchase pest control are women, parents (either Mom or Dad) these days generally have the role of Protector’s of the Home. While some may do their own pest control, more and more are choosing to call a Pest Management Professional especially when they encounter something as nasty as Bed Bugs. When seeking a Pest Management Professional you can check out the National Pest Management website at http://www.pestworld.org and receive information on a QualityPro member.
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Why do we need pesticides?
I mentioned in previous blogs “CDC Issues Health Alert” and “The days of power spraying every house coming to an end” my real concern of using pesticides in homes and I continue to stand by my convictions regarding my statements. Now with that said I do believe there is a need for pesticides and sometimes you must use pesticides in homes. I find it funny that people want to use Green materials on cleaning their carpets but don’t really care if a Pest Company sprays inside the home. Back in 2010 Rueters published an article “Pesticides tied to ADHD in children in USA study” by researcher Marc Weisskopf of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Technology changes and we need to adapt to stay ahead of the bugs that could hurt or even kill us. Of course you also don’t want the pesticide to kill you either. So by stopping the pests from outside, preventing them from getting into the home is the paramount endeavor. Thjis program is commonally called Integrated Pest Management or (IPM).