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There Is a Mouse in the House



Did you know that rodents will invade approximately 21 million homes this winter? That statistic from the National Pest Management Association confirms what the Clark Man already knew – that these furry little intruders have no intention of taking the winter off!

Rodents, especially house mice, are the most active of winter pests. Like many pests, rodents seek warmer digs in the winter, preferably with an abundant supply of food, water and nesting materials.

Rodents are a crafty bunch and will wait patiently for the right opportunity – a door left propped open, a box of off-season clothes brought in from a storage area, an open bag of pet food or a small crack in the foundation – to enter your home. Rodents only need an opening of ¼- to ½-inch to gain access to your home. And, unlike a herd of noisy teenagers, they won’t announce their arrival until after they have settled in.

What are the most common signs of a possible rodent infestation in your home? They can include the following:

  • Rodent droppings (usually black in color and ¼- to ½-inch long) and urine (best detected using a black light).
  • Chewed electrical, computer or cable wiring (a major cause of electrical fires).
  • Unexplained chewing or gnaw marks on carpet, upholstery, drapes, furniture and baseboards.

What areas of your home are most vulnerable to attracting an unwanted rodent infestation? The Clark Man has identified the following locations as “rodent hot spots”:

  • Attached garages and carports, along with storage areas above these locations where storage boxes, pet food and other items are found
  • Kitchen and bathroom cabinet voids
  • Back base voids of refrigerators, stoves and kitchen appliances
  • In utility rooms and areas beneath, and within base voids of furnaces, washers and clothes dryers
  • In wall, ceiling and floor voids
  • In the insulation of attics and in the contents of the attic (i.e., storage boxes)
  • In basements near utility feed lines.
  • Firewood stacked next to the house and near a door

The Clark Man recommends that you seal cracks in the foundation of your house or utility pipe openings with caulk or other appropriate materials to deny rodents easy access, and that you make sure the weather stripping around exterior doors is in good repair.

Also, be sure to keep food in sealed containers, do not to leave pet food in the bowl overnight, and closely inspect any boxes you bring in from storage areas or that are delivered for signs of rodent infestation.

Remember, if an unwanted pest crosses your path, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an email at

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man – and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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San Diego - Clark wins division at the US Open Sandcastle Competetion


Imperial Beach, Ca.
Sandcastle Days 2010
30th annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competetion

clark wins us open

Clark does it again!

This year at the 30th annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competetion we returned to defend our title in the Executive Sandbox division with great success.

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We started Saturday on Cronado with a practice session building a scaled down version of our "Sand Trap" theme. The practice session went well but still not sure what competetion we would be facing on Sunday.

Sunday morning we began by bucketing water to our plot prepping the sand for the build, imagine 10 people each with 2, 5 gallon buckets making roughly 30 trips back and fourth from the ocean to the plot where we would be building, now thats team work! At 9 am the airhorn sounded the start of the competetion and we bagan shoveling sand from 3 seperate locations to create 3 seperate structures.

sand trap us open sandcastle

At 2 pm the airhord sounded again and it was time to stop and wait for the judges to comeby and visit. During this time I was able to check out the other participants in our division, all creative and all solid competetion! The only regret I have is not having enough time to take a look at the Masters division.

We all waitied anxiously for the results, not sure what the outcome would be since we had some stiff competetion. When they announced the first place winner for our division we stood up and cheered and graciously walked up as a team and accepted our trophy!

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Rodent infestation forces removal of trees at Pennsylvania Capitol

By DAVID WENNER, The Patriot-News
December 30, 2009, 2:29PM

Ridding the Capitol cafeteria in Harrisburg, Pa., of mice will involve more than just cleaning the cafeteria. Workers today were removing the trees and plants that grew in floor-level planters in the atrium next to the cafeteria.

In addressing the cafeteria mouse infestation, it was discovered that mice nested in the planters. "We've cleaned up the food source problem. We also needed to remove their habitat," said Beverly Hudson, chief of staff for the state Department of General Services.

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Pest Control - Not a creature was stirring...


(Not even a mouse, centipede, starling or possum)

By Story by Mark D. Somerson , Graphic by Aaron Harden


We see them when we open the pantry, glance at a shadow on the ceiling or turn on a light in the kitchen.

A mouse. A spider. Or, God forbid, a cockroach.

We spray, we fog, we squish and we trap.

Locks, alarms and video cameras do little to stop assorted flora and fauna from creating a habitat in every nook and cranny of our homes, from basement to attic.

A couple of years ago, I found something in my basement that I eventually learned is called Scutigera coleoptrata. It was all legs and quite horrifying. I obliterated it with a sneaker.

It turns out this house centipede is harmless and even beneficial, feeding on a smorgasbord of pests, including cockroach nymphs, flies, moths, bedbugs, crickets, silverfish, earwigs and small spiders.

That got me thinking. What else lives in and on my house?

To keep things manageable, I ignored the billions of germs that cover just about every surface of every room. And I looked past the molds and fungi, too.

That leaves, well, a lot.

With the help of experts who study birds, insects, spiders, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, we get a pretty good picture of just how many species we shelter and, in many cases, unwittingly feed.

This page gives a glimpse of what is possible, not necessarily typical.

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Mouse on plane cancels two US flights in a month


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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