Posts Tagged ‘rodents’
“Pesticides highlighted at annual Insect Fear Film Festival” Growing up as a kid in Ohio, I had the chance to enjoy the wealth and abundance of insects everywhere. We lived in a rural area bordered by soybean or corn fields and there was always plenty of opportunities to investigate bugs and wildlife. Remember my story of the Praying Mantis
My stories go on from there like the time I decided to pick up a field mouse, he/she was not to happy with me and of course bit me and I had to find it and take it in for testing. I also had the chance to attend a few years of Boy Scout camps and loved hanging out in the nature buildings. I also had the chance to get involved with the Ohio Game Warden program, I loved hunting and never got into trapping but I was always fascinated with all outdoor stuff.
So our stories lead us into our fears, mine has always been spiders but others have fears of other things like snakes or being attacked by wildlife etc. So instead of staying indoors and worrying about those things, take a chance and get into nature. Look down and check out the little things or come and visit Arizona. See the cactus and the wonderful homes they make for a lot of animals – birds, lizards, tarantulas and the rest.
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.
I know this is correct , cause just week I read a report published by Abraham Lincoln on why he didn’t trust the internet. I think all of us play a hand in what is and isn’t truthful on the internet and I get called weekly where someone says I read the internet and blah, blah blah. I had a customer a year or so ago, tell me emphatically that Bed Bugs can jump out of a dumpsters. The only way that Bed Bug is getting out of that dumpster is if someone jumps in there and removes something. By the way that dumpster was in the direct sunlight and in the middle of the summer it would probably die within hours from our heat.
One more thing that just gets me, is when we jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. Remember that honeybee thing a year ago, was it cell towers or was it pesticides, or was it global warming? Well no one knew for sure but everyone with their own agendas were posting the blame everywhere. If the bee issue is caused by something, then we need to investigate quickly and stop the problem. I believe the E.U. stopped the use of neonicotinoids before all the data was in, but anyway I ran across an excellent article from Alan Caruba “Another Environmental Lie Exposed: Bees are thriving.”
What do pesticides do? They protect us against trillions of insect and rodent pests that spread diseases while some represent millions in property damage—termites—every year.
So here is what I suggest, lets get the facts before we run off to damage an industry that contributes to Public Health and the betterment of our lives. Remember that mosquitoes continue to kill over a million people each year and rodents contaminate and damage grains and food.
“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