Category: Pest Control News

Rodent Tip Tuesday | Rat Movement

Rats can enter a building through a hole as small as 1/2 inch in diameter. They are strong swimmers, so, rats will live in sewers and can enter buildings through broken drains or toilets. A rat will climb to get to the food, water, or shelter. Rats follow regular routines and paths each day. If... more
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Rodents in the US that Carry Hantavirus

The Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) is a deceptively cute animal, with big eyes and ears. Its head and body measure approximately 2-3 inches (5cm – 7.5cm) in length, and the tail adds another 2 – 3 inches. In color, the deer mouse ranges from grey to reddish brown, depending on age. The... more
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Mouse vs. Rat Behavior

One of the most important differences in behavior between mice and rats is that mice are curious and rats are cautious. Cautious rats: Rats are very careful and will choose to avoid new things in their path until they have had time to get used to them being there. Because of this, you need to... more
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North American Deer Mouse

The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus ) is a small, native rodent in the family Muridae with an almost ubiquitous distribution in North America. The deer mouse ranges from the subarctic boreal forest, through wide areas of more southern conifer and mixed-wood forests, to drier habitats as far... more
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Amazing Facts about the Pigeon

Pigeons are incredibly complex and intelligent animals. They are one of only a small number of species to pass the ‘mirror test’ – a test of self-recognition. They can also recognise each letter of the human alphabet, differentiate between photographs, and even distinguish different... more
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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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