Category: Pest Control News

Squirrel diseases and what to look for

Leptospirosis a squirrel standing on a rockThis disease caused by the bacterium Leptospira is common in many wildlife species including squirrels. In humans, symptoms of Leptospirosis include headaches, fever, weakness, rash and an array of symptoms that are often mistaken for other... more
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Pigeon droppings and public health

Disease risk from pigeon droppings is often used to justify killing pigeons, but fresh bird droppings have not been shown to present a health risk. People may fear that pigeons roosting or nesting nearby, or more specifically the droppings that accompany such sites, are a health threat.... more
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Squirrel Life Cycles

About 25 percent of all squirrels don't make it past the first year of life. The death rate for squirrels stays high for its first two years of life due to predators, diseases and road accidents. A squirrel that makes it past its first two years can expect to live an average of four to five more... more
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Identify and Prevent Rodent Infestations

Rodent droppings around food packages, in drawers or cupboards, and under the sink. Nesting material such as shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant matter. Signs of chewing on food packaging. Holes chewed through walls and floors that create entry points into the home. Stale smells... more
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Educational Video: “Infestations Vacations”

This short video, produced by Howard University's CapComm Lab, the Earth Conservation Corps, and EPA, takes a humorous look at how conditions inside the home can provide food, water, and shelter where pests can thrive, and provides practical ways to prevent infestations. by United States... more
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About Rats and Mice

There are many species of rodents, including squirrels, chipmunks, beavers, prairie dogs, rats and mice. Rodents native to the United States play an important role in the health of grasslands and forest, and are a major source of food for many predators and scavengers, including hawks, fox,... more
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Mouse Prevention | Bug Tip Tuesday

That patter of little footsteps may be mice. Mice like to stay warm and dry, just like you. So as cool and wet weather rolls in, mice invite themselves into your home, chewing through electrical wires and making nests in your attic insulation. And since the gestation period for mice is about 20... more
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Northern Black Widow Spider

Northern Black Widow Spider is found outdoors, they are found in old stumps, hollow logs, under fallen fence posts, in abandoned animal burrows or piles of brush, and in the corners of sheds and crawlspaces. In the northern black widow, the distinctive "hour glass" marking on the underside of the... more
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Bat Biology

North America is home to many species of bats, but these are the three most common nuisance (colonizing) species in the US: First is the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)which is common in most of the US, especially the more northward states. These bats are small, with a wingspan of 8 inches,... more
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How To Get Rid Of A Squirrel In Your Roof

Your first indication that you have an animal living in your roof may be the noise it makes when it moves in the rafters. If it has been there for a while, you may get a smell of urine and feces, especially in hot weather. There is no question that you need to have it removed from your house. The... more
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