Posts Tagged ‘rats’
Just like us pests and rodents need 3 things: #1 Food #2 Water and #3 Shelter.
Whether its warm or cold. opportunity is opportunity and pests will take every chance to push the edge. This could be your home and you need to be aware of the places where pest can set up a home for themselves.
- Check your home for exterior and interior holes.
- Trim trees and bushes away from home.
- Pick up fruit and/or encourage your neighbors to do the same. Give the fruit to St. Mary’s Food Bank.
- Remember rodents will gnaw on wires and pipes, you don’t need a headache like this.
Call ProBest Pest Management for help in dealing with pests.
During my my almost 25 years of servicing homes, I have only on one occasion found 1 rat in a toilet. But a guy in England has invented a flapper device to help keep them out. “MultiFlap helps special needs teacher left terrified by rat in her toilet”
To be honest I’m not exactly sure how it got there, 2nd story shared bathroom. That would have been one big climb, to get to a toilet 20 feet up but I suppose anything is possible. Here is the link to that device http://www.multiflap.com – I think the one to fit US toilets is MultiFlap 2 (MF-2)
I love this story “Cats recruited to solve rodent problem at LAPD farm“, it really focuses on using all those tools available before we use pesticides. To refresh your memory “Whats all the fuss about pest control and IPM” – one of my favorite sites is “What is IPM”
So what is IPM?
IPM is an abbreviation for Integrated Pest Management.
Integrated Pest Management is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic steps: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment. Treatment options vary from sealing cracks and removing food and water sources to pesticide treatments when necessary.
“Op-Ed: Rats bigger than cows? Could be.” Evolution may be adjusting to fill areas and some species may go the way of the dinosaurs. I don’t think this will be happening right away, but think about the ramifications if rodents did become bigger. I might have to arm the technicians with rifles, no – not going to happen. I didn’t realize that the largest rodent was the size of a bull and weighed over 2000 pounds. Can you just imagine that?
Most of us conjure up images in our minds when someone mentions rats, but after seeing these pictures how can you think bad of rodents any longer? “16 Ridiculously photogenic rodents.“
My favorite picture is #4, just goes to show you that everything feels safer with a stuffed play toy.
OK back to serious stuff, these pictures are from pets not true wildlife. So how can you keep rodents from getting into your home?
- Home -seal
- Check and repair screens
- Check and repair weep screens
- Check door for tight seals, replace seal and also check door sweeps
- Seal all holes, especially around pipes going into the home
- Don’t accumulate trash around your home
- Keep trees trimmed and away from your home