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Homes Are Not Built With Pest Defense In Mind

Mice_Control

What comes to mind when you think of mice? For some it is cute, furry mice kept as pets. For others, its Mickey Mouse; the darling of Disney. Yet for others, it can be an unpleasant home invasion of mice in their walls; as well as critters running out from under the fridge. Ohhh, did that last example tweak a nerve? Sorry about that!   The interesting thing about the latter is that the majority of home owners experience mice in their homes on more than one occasion, and they rarely seem to learn about how mice actually get in. Rather, homeowners place their focus on running to the hardware… Read More

Rats On A Plane

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Rats on a plane may sound like a low budget follow-up to the 2006 Blockbuster Snakes On A Plane; but according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, it’s a serious problem affecting airplanes in India. Numerous rat sightings have occurred on Air India planes, and have not only been bad for business; they have also been posing serious health and safety concerns for all on board. Rats On Planes: Air India With thousands of Air India flights each day handling large quantities of food for passengers, as well as baggage; rodents and insects sometimes manage to hitch a ride on food catering trucks or luggage trollies to get… Read More

6 Fun Facts about Mice

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Spotting a mouse scurrying through your home is many people’s worst nightmare. Because mice are so common, however, the likelihood of an infestation happening in your home is quite high. However, mice are actually quite surprising little creatures. They are smart, social and actually very clean. While you probably still don’t want them taking up residence in your living space, these six facts about mice may change the way you think of these “pests.” 1. Mice are cleaner than some humans. A common misconception about mice is that they are dirty little pests. However, the reverse is actually true; mice are very clean animals. Their homes are organized into different… Read More

You Have To See This Gigantic Rat Caught By An Exterminator

Gigantic Rat

You’ve heard of ROUTS (Rodents Of Unusual Size) from the movie The Princess Bride. We’re all familiar with Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. Our next tale of a huge rat takes us to Sweden, as now we have “Ratzilla” terrorizing a Stockholm family. A homeowner in Sweden is breathing a sigh of relief today as a giant rat, measuring over two feet in length from nose to tail, was caught by exterminators. The enormous rodent weighed well over two pounds, and had chewed through a concrete wall before getting caught in an industrial trap set by exterminators. Check out this behemoth: Before the colossal rat was caught by… Read More

Infographic: The Growing Rodent Problem In America

Mouse By Tail

A survey was recently conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) where it has been determined that the most common pest infestations in the United States have to do with rodents; mice and rats inparticular. The NPMA is reporting that almost 1/3 of Americans (29%) have had problems with rodents at one time or another, in varying degrees, last year. The survey was conducted online in the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the NPMA, from November 22-26, 2013, among 2,033 adults ages 18 and older. The following infographic, put together by the NMPA, breaks down exactly what the NMPA found with their survey and offers a few… Read More

Sniper Rat Control

If you think the rat problem in New York City is bad, it’s got nothing on Tehran, the capital city of Iran. In an effort to combat the city’s massive plague of mutant super rats, rats that are resistant to pesticides, the Tehran environmental agency has deployed ten teams of rifle equipped sharp shooters to take out the hard-to-kill rodents. Sniper Teams Assembled To Control Rats Pesticide resistant super rats, which have grown to be almost as big as the common house cat; have been running amuck throughout much of Europe and the Middle East. In order to better control these rats, the environmental agency of Tehran, Iran has deployed… Read More

Reindeer Saves Rat’s Life, Spreads Holiday Cheer

“…But do you recall? The most famous reindeer of all…Shooter The Good Deed Reindeer!” Err! OK, so he may not be the most famous, but he certainly is the most thoughtful and service oriented toward rodent-kind. Shooter, resident of the Pocatello Zoo in Idaho, was seen by zoo staff awkwardly handling his water trough. The large animal, which at times can be a bit overbearing for many of the staffers, eventually was able to dip his head and gently retrieve a rat from his barrel. Shooter then laid the distressed rodent on the floor and proceeded to nudge him with his hoof until he had the strength to scurry away… Read More

NPMA Estimates 21 Million Rodents Are Seeking Food & Shelter

  Don’t invite these pest over for Thanksgiving! The National Pest Management Association continues to warn homeowners, that when the temperatures outside turn cooler, an estimated twenty-one million rodents will begin their search for warmth, water, food and shelter; to wait-out the long and cold winter months. Ideally, they will be looking to the cozy homes, offices, buildings and structures, across most of the United States and North America. Pest management experts and industry professionals have identified garages and basements, as ideal targets for rats and mice, looking to invade homes and businesses. Smaller rodents like mice, require only a quarter of an inch, to enter a home, structure or… Read More

The Norway Rat is a Brown Rat and it is Not From Norway

The brown rat, or perhaps more commonly known as the Norway rat, has been successful in populating all continents across the globe, with the exception of Antarctica; and is considered the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America. This makes it the most successful mammal on the planet, after human beings. Indeed, with rare exceptions the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas. It is believed that the English naturalist and author John Berkenhout, is most likely responsible for popularizing the name “Norwegian rat.” Despite the fact that no brown rat had entered Norway at the time, Berkenhout believing that this rodent had migrated to… Read More