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Rodent Control-Two confirmed cases of plague in dead squirrels

 
The Tri-County Health departments were called to investigate two squirrels found in the area of Third Street and Hillside Drive in Castle Rock Colorado. They have confirmed that these two animals indeed had the plague.

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 If you see any dead or sick looking rodents of any kind, you should stay away, keep your pets away and report the animals to the Castle Rock office of the Tri-County Health Department, 303-663-7650, to report the location of the animals.

"Castle Rock workers and residents are being warned to protect themselves and their pets from exposure to rodents that may carry fleas," said Dr. Richard L. Vogt, executive director of the Tri-County Health Department. "Fortunately, the risk of human infection is very low as long as people take appropriate precautions."

There have been no reports of human plague cases in Colorado in 2010. Plague is a bacterial disease spread by fleas that live on rodents such as prairie dogs, squirrels and rabbits. Infected rodents become sick and die.

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Pest Control, Livermore: Reports From the Field

 

Recently, Our Livermore branch was invited into a customer's home to investigate noises in an attic. After a thorough inspection, and Q&A with the customer, our technicians suspected the noises to be from squirrels. The squirrels were in abundance on the roof and had gained entry into the attic area. In the closet of the nursery, the smell of urine was very strong and the customer stated that they had just moved in 3 weeks ago and recently painted but, it was obvious that the moisture coming through the sheetrock was squirrel urine.

Our technicians were able to pinpoint and open the sheetrock in the area to find that squirrels were in fact in the attic and urinating. The urine had traveled down a pipe into a ventilation soffit, now leaking down through the drywall, baseboard, right down onto the carpet. Our technicians were able to seal the entry point at the roof and repair the damage to the sheetrock and advised the customer to clean their carpet in that area. We were able to use odor absorbers in the wall void to help with the odors long term. Yet another pest problem outside the normal solved!

Squirrels maybe cute, graceful and fun to watch, just keep them off your roof and away from your home. This problem may have originated due to a tree that was growing up and over the roof. 

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Catching critters taking cover in your attic

 

It happens every year. When the temperatures drop, wild animals look for warmth--sometimes in your attic. When the great outdoors comes indoors, Gino Theobald goes to work.

Posted: 6:13 PM Oct 21, 2009
Reporter: Will Nunley
Email Address: mailto:will.nunley@wrdw.com?subject=Catching critters taking cover in your attic

AUGUSTA---It happens every year. When the temperatures drop, wild animals look for warmth--sometimes in your attic. When the great outdoors comes indoors, Gino Theobald of Advanced Services for Pest Control goes to work. News 12 went along with Gino as he repaired critter damage to a home damaged by woodpeckers, bats, and squirrels.

"It's getting cold out, and the animals want in your home," Gino said. "Squirrels do a lot of damage. Bats are about the worst. Bats are great to have, but they're not great to have in your house. They carry a lot of disease, and the guano's just so toxic, it's--especially if you have kids--it's terrible."

With some special foam insulation and some good old fashioned carpentry work, Gino sealed up gaps left by animals and returned the habitat to the humans.

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