Posts Tagged ‘rodents’
The National Forest Service shuts down a National Forest in Northern New Mexico and this little mouse also lives in the White Mountains of Arizona. “Forest Lands closed to protect Mouse”
Critical areas include portions of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests in both New Mexico and Arizona.
Well the heat is finally going away and the cooler weather is right around the corner. Thank goodness – I’m not sure it was the heat or that humidity but whatever I’m thankful it is getting cooler.
Termites continue to pop up around the valley and if the weather doesn’t get real cold the pests will continue. So now would be a great time to tackle those little chores around the house to prevent pests from getting in. What can you do?
- Home seal.
- Check sheds or other structures.
- Repair window screens or door screens.
- Install door thresholds or sweeps.
- Install garage door seals.
- Trim trees away from home.
- Repair drip or flood irrigation systems.
Rodents in general need to work down their teeth and this is often done on materials harder than their teeth. Every once in awhile I’ll notice some wiring on pool equipment that looks like it has been chewed on. This last month in Paris, France this habit took on dangerous overtones when a train accident occurred. Rats nibbled on signalling cables and this prevented a light to function correctly. “Rats blamed for rail accident“, luckily no one was killed but 40 people were injured.
With all the talk about Ebola this last month DW author (Helena Schwar)website wrote a very interesting article “Top 10 most dangerous viruses in the world“.
#3 Hantavirus – rodents
#5 Lassa virus – rodents
#7 Crimea-Congo fever – ticks
#8 Machupo virus – may be transmitted by rodents
#9 Kyasanur Fiorest virus – ticks
#10 – Dengue fever – mosquitoes
So do you see a pattern here, I do and its related to my job – Public Health Professional. We are very fortunate here in the U.S., we don’t have as many issues with these pests as some countries do. So stop and think about what we could do to protect ourselves even further against these deadly viruses.
Here in Arizona one of the best methods for keeping out scorpions is a home seal. Use caulking and fill in any holes that are open.