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Mouse on plane cancels two US flights in a month

 

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk
By Tom Leonard in New York
Published: 5:20PM GMT 09 Nov 2009

Pest control experts are to overhaul a transatlantic jet after reported sightings of a mouse have led to flights being cancelled twice in less than a month.

A Delta Air Lines flight from New York to Heathrow was delayed on Sunday night after a mouse was spotted in the cabin and passengers were transferred to another plane.

The 147 passengers on the Boeing 767 were told that the mouse's presence meant that the plane had to be evacuated.

They continued on to London in another jet after airport officials told them that a mouse could create a safety hazard by crewing through electrical wire and hydraulic lines.

Delta confirmed yesterday that the rodent alert occurred on the MICEsame plane that was evacuated less than three weeks ago after a mouse was spotted just before it took off on the same New York to London journey.

The airline said it was "working with pest control experts in case remedial action is needed".

"Out of precaution, we changed the aeroplane. Plain and simple, there's not supposed to be a mouse on the aeroplane," said a Delta spokesman about the second evacuation.

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City closes West Rogers Park store due to mice problems

 
November 3, 2009 6:39 PM
Source: www.chicagobreakingnews.com

Mayor Daley's Dumpster Task Force today closed Hollywood Food & Gifts, 2800 W. Devon Ave., due to an active infestation of mice and for having no hot water service.

Task Force inspectors went to the business today and found more than 200 mice droppings throughout the place in areas such as under the microwave, coffee grinder and on shelving, according to a news release from the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation. They also detected that mice had been gnawing into bags of flaming hot flavored cheese puffs.

"When our inspectors find the type of problems that they did at Hollywood they have no alternative but to close the place," said Deputy Commissioner Josie Cruz of Streets and Sanitation's Bureau of Rodent Control, which operates the Dumpster Task Force. "However they also take the time to explain to management what their problems are and what steps they need to take to prevent such problems from reoccurring in the future," Cruz said.

Hollywood Food & Gifts will not be allowed to reopen until they clean their establishment thoroughly, get their pest problems under control, revamp their housekeeping and pest control practices, restore hot water service, then request and pass a tough reinspection, the release said.

--Staff report

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Rodent Facts

 

Since we are officially in the Fall season I felt we should give you the rodent run down since these critters are looking for a nice, warm space inside your home.

We treat 3 of the most common rodents, the Roof Rat, the Norway Rat and the House mouse. We have listed some intersting factoids and tips below that can help you keep these pesky critters out of your home.

The House Mouse

Mice are found where food and shelter is plentiful and prefer nesting sites that are dark and in secluded places with an abundance of nesting materials, which include; paper products, cotton, packing materials, insulation, fabrics and etc.

Did you Know?

  • Mice are prolific breeders, producing six to ten litters continuously throughout the year
  • The average mouse lives only 1-2 years.
  • Mice are constant eaters - and will eat almost anything.
  • Mouse tails have scales that help with climbing.
  • Highly curious, mice explore their territory daily, paying special attention to new objects or physical changes. Unlike rats, mice show no dislike to new items.

The Roof Rat

Roof rats are well know for damaging and destroying material by gnawing, eats and contaminates stored food, its bite is also a risk to humans as they are a vector or carrier of diseases.

Did you know?

  • The typical roof rat is between 13 to 18 inches long, including its tail.
  • Is associated with having spread the plague or black death during the Middle Ages.
  • Will feed on anything, from seeds, nuts, berries to shellfish and slugs.

The Norway Rat

Norway rats are well know for damaging and destroying material by gnawing, eats and contaminates stored food, its bite is also a risk to humans as they are a vector or carrier of diseases.

Did you know?

  • The Norway Rat is also known as the "Sewer Rat" and the "Brown Rat".
  • The Norway Rat prefers Fish and Meat.
  • Norway Rts can carry the rabies virus.

Prevention

Prevention is the biggest part of keeping these critters away. We have provided you with a list of tips to help you deter rodents. Remember in the event of an infestation you will want to contact your local pest professional.

Clark Pest Control's highly trained professionals can handle all of your rodent control needs, regardless if you have Roof Rats, Norway rats or even mice, Clark is on the job!

Indoors Tips

Food areas and Storage

  • Clean all areas where food may spill, including; under stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers cabinets.
  • Keep your counter tops free of food.
  • Store dry food, pet food and birdseed in sealed plastic containers/tubs.

Shelter

  • Keep storage areas free of clutter
  • Rodent-Proof hard-to-access areas that tend to be neglected
  • Store supplies or materials off the floor  

Outdoors

  • Properly maintain landscaping - trim any overgrown vegetation and shrubbery until ground underneath is visible.
  • Remove any debris - rock piles, old equipment and such.
  • Elevate lumber and firewood at least 18 inches.
  • Store firewood away from the house.
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Roaches and Mice Thrive in a Recession

 

Source: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/02/roaches-and-mice-thrive-in-a-recession/

Posted: March 2, 2009, 3:15 pm

By Michael Wilson

mouseGianni Cipriano for The New York Times An exterminator displays a mouse caught in a Manhattan restaurant in 2007.

Brace yourselves for more fun news: recessions, it turns out, while bad for humans, may be good for cockroaches and mice.

Veterans in the pest control industry said that their customers, both residential and commercial, appear to be sacrificing on regular exterminations as a cost-cutting measure. While restaurants are bound by the threats of steep fines, apartment landlords and office buildings are cutting back services, the exterminators said.

Robert Agatowski, with Control Exterminating Company on East 33rd Street in Manhattan, recalled a recent call from a general manager of a business.

"He said, ‘It's very simple. I don't know if we can make the rent or the payroll,'" Mr. Agatowski recalled. "‘So in other words, you're out. We'll step on the bugs and kick the mice.' The exterminating almost becomes like a luxury item."

He and other exterminators interviewed this week were careful not to name names.

"People are being penny wise and pound foolish," said Gil Bloom, with Standard Pest Management in Long Island City, Queens. "Monitoring pest control is very much pest prevention. It's not just killing what's there today. One mouse, a month later, could easily be a dozen mice."

Exterminators said they are too busy to be hurt by any slowdown. "Business is a little lackluster, but they're able to keep above water because of the bedbug situation," said Leonard Douglen, executive director of the New Jersey Pest Management Association. "I would be concerned about it if people start cutting down on that service, because it's essential. Especially in New York City."

Restaurants do not have much leeway when it comes to pest control. If an inspection turns up pests or evidence of pets, like rodent droppings, then stiff fines follow.

"They end up spending as much as they would have spent if they'd maintained the whole time," said Jeff Eisenberg, president of Pest Away Exterminating in Manhattan. "You want to change your oil every month, or you want to spend the $700 for a whole new something or other?"

So far, so good: The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported a slight decrease in pest-related violations from inspections in the last quarter of 2008, compared with the same period in 2007.

Exterminators said it was too soon to blame a slowdown in service calls solely on the recession, as the cold winter months are typically when people cut back. "I've been doing this 17 years, so I know the cycles," Mr. Eisenberg said. "I don't panic."

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Halloween and Rodents......SCARY!

 

halloween ratAs pumpkins are being carved and the little ones getting dressed up as ghosts, goblins and witches are preparing for a night of tricks or treats while some thing sinister lurks in the shadows...

Sounds like a scene right out of a horror movie...but this isn't a movie. During the fall months rats and mice seek shelter from the cold and wet weather inside our sheds, garages and even our home, usually causing damage to your property. It is very important to take a step in the right direction to combat these little furry monsters.

Make your home a not so easy target!
Rats and Mice can enter your home in several ways. Rodents can halloweeneasily gain access through ventilation grills, sidewalk grates, where plumbing enters the house, vertical wires and tree branches.

 To make enrty into your home a not so easy thing you may want to consider the following:

  • Keep your property free of debris and leaf litter
  • Fill all gaps around plumbing lines that enter your home with caulking, silicon or steel wool.
  • Make sure all external doors have door sweeps properly installed.
  • Garages, cardboard boxes should be replaced with plastic storage tubs and kept tidy.

By doing these few things you could make your home less of a target! For professional pest services contact Clark Pest control, Clark offers free pest evaluations of your home! Call Clark today.

 

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Fall Rodent Preparation for your home

 

With Fall knocking at our door as we say good bye to the summer months we should all start preparing for those pesky 4 legged pests that tend to take refuge in our homes where its nice and warm.

So how do you prepare? Well, Start by doing a walk around outside of your home, noting possible trouble areas such as leaf litter, shrubs,

mice,mouse,rats boxes, recycle bins and trees less than a foot from your home or overhanging roof areas. Make sure, if you have fruit trees, that all fallen fruit has been removed and discarded. Keeping your lawn trim and raking are the most important first steps to removing pest harborage and food sources,namely rodents. Step two is checking for entry points where both rodents and pests may gain access to your home. Entry points are usually gaps around plumbing and gas lines that come into your home, this is a common access point for rodents. Doors without door sweeps at the bottom of the door are like a big “WELCOME” sign; both mice and rats can squeeze under a door without a door sweep. 

Garage and storage sheds pose a common problem, these areas are isolated from the daily hustle and bustle, keep an eye out for droppings! In the event you have a rodent problem contact your local Clark Pest Control office!


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Common But Illegal Pest Control Products That Cause Injuries

 

What I have noticed is more and more web based DIY pest control stores popping up with taglines like "Use what the Pros use at half the cost" and even jumps in store bought over the counter pesticides. We all feel comforted knowing that "If my local store sells it, it has to be safe", this isn't always the case.

When I ran across this article I felt I had to repost this, knowledge is key and the more you know about the health risks involved from doing your own pest control the better off you are! Please be safe.

Common But Illegal Pest Control Products That Cause Injuries

Source: http://injurylaw.reganfirm.com/2008/03/articles/consumer-safety/common-but-illegal-pest-control-products-that-cause-injuries/

An increasing presence of insects and other pests is one of the earliest and most frustrating signs of Spring.  While many people use pesticides to control insects in and around their homes, not all pesticides are safe -- particularly those which are only available on the street or in small neighborhood stores.  Many such pesticides (for instance, Chalk or Tres Pasitos) are illegal and commercially unavailable precisely because they're too dangerous to use.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the following pest products are particularly dangerous, illegal, and unfortunately commonly available:

"Illegal naphthalene moth repellent products -- mothballs -- pose a hazard to young children. Mothballs can be easily mistaken for candy, or simply tempt young children to touch and play with them. Recent studies have linked naphthalene to illnesses, including nasal cancer. Widespread sale and distribution of these products make illegal mothballs a particular concern.

Illegal Pet Products, including foreign-labeled, unregistered versions of the common pet products Advantage and Frontline, have been illegally imported and sold throughout the U.S. Though registered for use in other countries, some foreign-labeled versions have omitted important warnings, especially those pertaining to children, that are required in the U.S. Versions imported from such countries as England and Australia often give doses in metric units, which can cause Americans to accidentally over-dose or under-dose pets.
Read more about counterfeit pesticide products for dogs and cats.
Retailer information about counterfeit pesticide products for dogs and cats (PDF).

Illegal Insecticide Chalk is also known as 'Miraculous Chalk' or 'Chinese Chalk.'  You may have seen the chalk in a neighborhood store or sold on the street for about $1 a box.  It is mostly imported illegally from China and often bears a label in both English and Chinese.  Sometimes the manufacturer claims that the chalk is 'harmless to human beings and animals' and 'safe to use.' These claims are untrue and dangerous. 
Read more about insecticide chalk.

'Tres Pasitos'  is imported illegally from Mexico and other Latin American countries.  Its name means 'three little steps' in English, because after eating it, this is all mice can muster before dying.  The active ingredient (or the chemical that actually kills the pest) in 'Tres Pasitos' is a chemical called aldicarb.  EPA considers aldicarb to be a very toxic chemical - and one that should never be used in your home.  Children are especially vulnerable to poisoning by aldicarb when it is sprinkled around the home to control roaches, mice and rats.  Exposure to high amounts of aldicarb can cause weakness, blurred vision, headache, nausea, tearing, sweating, and tremors in people.  Very high doses can kill people, because it can paralyze the respiratory system.  What "Tres Pasitos" does to pests, it can also do to you.

Antibacterial products. Many common household products, ranging from cleansers to cutting boards, claim to protect against bacteria. Such claims are illegal unless the product is registered with EPA or the claim only applies to protecting the item itself from damage by microorganisms, not to provide additional health benefits. In addition, the pesticide used to treat the item must be registered for use in or on the treated item.
Read more about consumer products treated with pesticides.

According to the EPA, following these simple rules can help protect you and those around you from inadvertently purchasing dangerous, illegal pesticides:

  • "Look for an EPA registration number on the pesticide's container.  This number tells you that EPA has reviewed health and environmental information about the pesticide, and if the label says so, that the product is okay to use in your home.

  • Look for a list of the active ingredients on the label.  Any product registered with EPA must state the active ingredients on the label.

  • Trust your instincts.  If a person offers you a product on the street, chances are it is illegal and could harm you and your family.  Shop for pesticides only in stores you know and trust.  If the shopkeeper gives you a product that is packed or wrapped suspiciously, don't buy it.

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