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Rodents - Calls over rodent problems 'drop' during cold


As Northern Ireland emerges from its sub-zero temperatures, two populations appear not to have fared so well in the big freeze.

An apparent absence of house mice and rats has had a knock-on effect at Belfast City Council.

The council's pest control department has said there has been a decrease in calls over mice and rat problems during December.

Rat The council says calls over rat problems were down in December

The Council's Pest Control Manager, Earl d'Hulst, said both populations may have been hit by a combination of the severe cold and lack of food in some of their habitats including sheds and garages.

The council provides a pest control service to both domestic and commercial rate payers. The council area takes in about 160,000 domestic properties.

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Rats - 42 tons of poison to purge island of rats


Desperate measure to save Lord Howe Island's native species
By Kathy Marks in Sydney

Lord Howe, an idyllic island off the Australian mainland, carefully conserves its natural treasures. The World Heritage-listed chunk of rock has strict quarantine laws, and limits the number of tourists who may visit. But its unique birds, insects and plants are under threat from an implacable foe: the black rat. Accidentally introduced in 1918 when a ship ran aground, rats are blamed for the extinction of five endemic bird species.

Wildlife experts warn that 13 other native birds, two reptiles, five plants and numerous invertebrates are at risk. Rats are also a threat to the vital tourism industry, which relies on the island's pristine image.

Now Lord Howe, 500 miles north-east of Sydney, has decided to rid itself of rats and mice - and has put together one of the most radical pest-eradication programmes ever attempted. If the plan is approved, the island will be blitzed with poison from the air.

In order to protect local wildlife, entire populations of native birds will be caught and kept in cages for 100 days for their own protection. All cows and chickens will be slaughtered or shipped to the mainland beforehand, while dog owners will be offered muzzles for their pets, and parents will be advised to keep a close eye on their children.

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Rats! - A serving of rodent


By Brad Bumsted

Most Pennsylvanians would not be surprised to hear there are rats in the state Capitol. Since the 2005 middle-of-the-night pay grab there's been a growing awareness.

But rodents of a different sort were feasting at the Capitol cafeteria and it's hard to fathom how the employees who work there, and their managers, missed them.

On Dec. 17, inspectors from the state Department of Agriculture conducted a belated inspection of the cafeteria, where state officials from the governor on down eat lunch or breakfast. Schoolchildren from across the state eat there while touring the Capitol.

What the inspectors found was appalling - a "severe rodent infestation."

There were "rodent droppings too numerous to count throughout the entire facility," including areas where food is prepared and served.

There were mouse droppings "in bins with utensils, on choppers, surfaces of slicers and mixers, and in a bin with clean table cloths and aprons," according to the inspection report.

Moreover, employees apparently were eating in the dishroom area and some weren't following hand-washing procedures. "Black residue, pink slime" was observed on the interior of the ice machine bins, the report stated.

The cafeteria was shut down over Christmas and re-opened Monday last to a sparse crowd after the violations were corrected.

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Rodents! - Cold weather heats up work for critter control


By Joe Taschler of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Jan. 7, 2010

Mequon - Everyone, it seems, wants to be in a nice warm house this time of year - and that has the critter removal business hopping.

As the temperature plummeted, animals - especially mice and squirrels and at least one family of raccoons - began looking to move into residences across the state.

Some were successful.

"As soon as it got really, really cold, that's when the phones really got going," said PJ Winkelmann of Advanced Wildlife Control in Mequon.

He is a second-generation co-owner of the 20-year-old company founded by his parents, Paul and Jessica Winkelmann.

Critters, especially mice, can sense heat and will follow a heat trail right into your house, provided they can fit through the opening, wildlife removal professionals said.

"They like to get in and stay warm just like we do," said Steve Butler, owner of AAA Pest Management in Milwaukee.

"It's like clockwork," he said of increased wildlife activity once fall and winter arrive.

Each winter, rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States, according to the National Pest Management Association.

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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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2 days till Christmas..oh forget it, its Christmas Eve!! - Pest Tips


So tonight is the big night, weather you are hosting a holiday party or attending one, be sure to keep things tidy to avoid unwanted holiday visitors!

What can be lurking around your tree?

It is the season for Ants, Termites and Rodents, these 3 Grinches want to ruin your Christmas so take a stand by doing the following:


  • Make sure all access points are sealed up, primarily around plumbing that comes into the house.
  • All doors are fitted with door sweeps
  • Excess card board and news paper is not stacked in side your garage or shed. 
  • Trim trees and shrubs back from your home


  • Seal around plumbing under sinks
  • Seal around electrical outlets
  • Keep food preperation areas are free from food particles
  • Cover food left out over night
  • Keep fire wood away from your home
  • Keep card board away from your home
  • Tend to any water leaks 
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Pest Proofing This Winter Can Keep Rodents and Other Pests Away


National Pest Management Association Offers Tips to Protect Homes from Pests in Cold Weather

Press Release Source: National Pest Management Association (NPMA)

FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For many homeowners, pest proofing is a chore relegated to the warmer months of the year. But many pests gain entry into homes in the winter as they seek shelter from the cold weather. In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), rodents alone invade an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S. each winter.

With 24% of homeowners reporting mice infestations specifically in the winter, they are among the top pest issues of the season. Mice and rats spread diseases like Salmonella and Hantavirus when they contaminate food, and bring fleas, ticks and lice indoors. Rodents can also cause serious structural damage by chewing through wood and electrical wiring.

Other winter invaders pose health threats, as well. Cockroaches and ants contaminate food sources, and cockroaches can trigger asthma attacks in children. Spiders bite when they feel threatened, causing serious reactions in some people.

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Pest Control California - Foreclosure Crisis Brings Unwelcome Pests


New America Media, News Report, Annette Fuentes, Posted: Dec 14, 2009

As the foreclosure crisis continues to infect Bay Area residential neighborhoods, county governments are facing one ripple effect. Rats and mosquitos are moving in as homeowners move out.

The latest figures from RealtyTrac, a housing data company, offer more grim news about the housing crisis for the region. In November, there was a 56 percent increase in foreclosure notices sent out to homeowners compared to last year, and more than 6,000 homes are in one stage of the three-part foreclosure process. That means more abandoned houses and neglected properties, which invite a host of unwanted visitors, according to county officials.

Swimming pools, which once offered warm-weather family fun, now are a public health hazard as breeding grounds for mosquitos, carriers of the West Nile virus.

"We have one of the higher foreclosure rates in the state or the nation here in San Joaquin," said Aaron Devencenzi, of the San Joaquin Mosquito & Vector Control District. "At any one time, we're watching from 100 to 2,000 neglected swimming pools on neglected properties."

Devencenzi said his office has had to spend more of its budget to hire extra seasonal workers to monitor the pools at foreclosed properties. When they get calls from neighbors complaining about abandoned pools, workers arrive to introduce mosquito fish, which eat the larvae and prevent a population explosion. "We explain that the pool will still look nasty," he said. "It isn't going to look clean and blue."

Getting access to foreclosed houses can be difficult, so Devencenzi has been doing outreach to realtor associations, asking them to call the district if the properties they're selling have pools that need attention. "Most of this is in urban areas and can be hard to find, so we put ads in the paper and let people know they can call us," he said.

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Pest Control - Getting rid of rats for a color TV?


A TV costs 83,000 rats

by The Bug Doctor

Actually, the 14 inch color television set was a prize won by Mokhairul Islam a 40 year old farmer from Bangladesh. The contest? Who could kill the most rats and Islam out distanced the 2nd place contestant by a wide margin. Over a period of 9 months Islam killed 83,450 rats while the runner up Fakhrul Haque Akanda only bagged 37,450. While Islam used mainly poison baits Akanda employed traps and many of those he invented. To prove the number of rats each man killed they both saved the tails of the rats they killed and when the tallies were in the grand prize went to Islam.

"I am so happy to get this honor," Islam told The Associated Press after receiving a 14-inch television and a certificate amid cheers at an official ceremony packed with 500 farmers and officials. "I had no idea that the government gives prizes for this."
"This is an exciting moment. I will continue to kill them," he vowed.

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Pests Control Experts Busy As Temps Fall


mouseReported by: Jessica Williams
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 

(Springfield, MO) -- The temperatures are dropping and the Ozarks is getting its first taste of snow this season. That also means you could be getting some unwanted visitors.

During this time of year exterminators see their business triple. That's in part because a lot of people don't normally like to deal with mice or rats on their own. "I was screaming and everything. Maybe because I'm a woman but I don't do mice," said Cheryl Richardson.

Needless to say, Cheryl Richardson doesn't like mice. But that didn't stop the rodents from making themselves at home, once in her kitchen, and then in her well house. "I was getting ready to go to work and all of the sudden I had no water," said Richardson.

"These wires, they gnaw on those so what they did is they shorted this box out and her well didin't work anymore," said exterminator Steve Lawson.

Lawson said mice look for three things when they're trying to find a place to nest.  Shelter, food and water, and they're pretty creative about finding ways inside. "What a lot of people don't realize is they'll get up under your crawl space and run around on your pipes until they find an access point," said Lawson.

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