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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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Norway Rat

    The Norway Rat is the largest of the common rodents. It is also the most common Rat in the temperate regions. It, like other rodents will eat, and contaminate stored food. It will also damage or destroy materials by gnawing. It can also be of health concern to humans as a carriers of disease. They are found throughout the United States.
Recognition:
    Adults can be 7-9.5 inches with head and body. Tails can be 6-8 inches in length. They usually weigh 7-18 oz., but can get up to 20.5 oz. The fur is coarse, shaggy, with coloring of brown with scattered black hairs. The muzzle is blunt, small eyes, and small ears with short hairs. The bodies are heavy. Tail is scaly, and bicolored, and is shorter than the head and body combined. Adult droppings get up to ¾ inches long, and are capsule shaped with blunt ends.