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Pest Library

Here you can learn a little about some common and not so common pest you may see around your home or business.

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Rodents

    Rodents are one of the greatest pest concerns for humans. These animals are not only a nuisance, but they may damage and destroy property, eat and contaminate stored food, and be a vector of disease and allergens. For example, rats and mice are vectors of food poisoning i.e.Salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, murine typhus, Weil's Disease . These animals also have associated ectoparasites such as mites and fleas, which can carry the Plague. Fleas not only can infest your domesticated animals such as dogs and cats, they can also infest humans. Mouse allergens can be a major contributor to asthma.

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House Mouse

    The house mouse is the most commonly encountered and economically important of the common rodents. House mice are not only a nuisance from damaging or destroying materials by gnawing, and eating and contaminating stored food, they are also of human health importance as carriers of disease. It is thought to be of Central Asian origin, but is now of worldwide distribution and found throughout the United States.
Recognition:
    Adults are between 2.5-3.75 inches long with head and body length. Their tails are anywhere from 2.75-4 inches. They weigh between .5 – 1 oz. The fur is smooth, with coloring anywhere between Dusty gray to light brown. They have pointed muzzles, small eyes, ungrooved incisors, and large ears with some hair. Feet are short and broad. The tail is uniformly dark, scaly, and semi-naked. Adult droppings are 1/8-1/4 inches long, rod shaped, with pointed ends.