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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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Roof Rat

    The Roof Rat is the smaller of the more common rats. It is the most common rat in subtropical and tropical regions of the world. These rats are also called ship rats, because of how common it is to find them at seaports and shipyards. Like all other rodents, they can cause damage or destroy materials from gnawing. They are also of human health importance as a carrier of disease organisms. In the United States they are more common in coastal states.
Recognition:
    Adults are 6-8 inches long with the head and body. The tails are 7-10 inches long. When the tails are pulled over the body, it reaches or exceeds the snout. They usually weigh 5-9 oz, but can get up to 12 oz. The fur is soft, smooth, with coloring of brown mixed with black. They have pointed muzzles, large eyes, and large ears(can be pulled over eyes)and almost naked. The tail is scaly, uniformly dark, and longer than head and body combined. Adult droppings are up to ½ inch long, spindle shaped with pointed ends