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The Top Three Squirrel Repellents & Traps :: pest-control-products.net

The Top Three Squirrel Repellents & Traps :: pest-control-products.net | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
The Rodar Ultrasonic Squirrel Repeller is the most powerful squirrel repeller on the market. Read how it compares with the Havahart squirrel trap and the Pest Offense Squirrel Repeller.
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If squirrels in your attic, on your roof, on your balcony or deck or on your lawn are taking over your home and garden, maybe what you need to get these perky but pesky rodents off your radar screen is Rodar, the modern squirrel repellent. Here is a review of Rodar and two other alternatives for sending squirrels back into the wild where they belong.

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Raccoon - Department of Animal Care & Control

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When we think of Los Angeles most of us are more likely to think of fun, sun, and movie stars than we are to think of raccoons breaking into houses, but the simple fact is that if you live anywhere in Los Angeles county, chances are you will sooner or later encounter a hungry, and often aggressive, raccoon. Here are the basics for keeping raccoons out of your LA experience.

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Moles - Living with Wildlife | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Moles - Living with Wildlife | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
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Few places in the world have more moles, more species of moles, or more moles with ravenous appetites than Washington state in the USA. Here from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is everything Washington homeowners need to know about mole control, with some especially useful pointers about practicing tolerance, making sure the problem is really moles, shrews, or pocket gophers, as the case may be, before taking drastic and potentially expensive control measures.

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BASC Grey Squirrel Control

BASC Grey Squirrel Control | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
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Those cute little gray squirrels Americans love, as long as the squirrels stay in the park and not in the attic, are an aggressive, invasive, imported pest in the UK. Scottish squirrel scientists have invented novel methods of squirrel control including drey poking and tunnel trapping in addition to the traditional guns and poisons. A particular problem with the invasive American squirrels now found all over the UK is that they carry squirrel pox, to which the native red squirrels have no resistance.

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Techniques to control and manage tree squirrel damage

Techniques to control and manage tree squirrel damage | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Damage management caused by tree squirrels, Sciurus niger, Scirus carolinensis, Sciurus aberti, Sciurus griseus, by Jeffrey J. Jackson.
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Here's an article on controlling squirrels with some new ideas about squirrel repellents and some new ideas about squirrel traps. Pay attention, though, to the comment about flying squirrels. As the author of this article notes, flying squirrels feed on birds, small mammals, and fingers of humans who attempt to trap without taking adequate care.

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Prevention and control of house mice, Mus musculus

Prevention and control of house mice, Mus musculus | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Information on the control and management of house mice, Mus musculus, with traps, exclusion and toxicants.
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From the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management (Cornell University, Clemson University, The University of Nebraska, and Utah State University) comes one of the more insightful guides to the control of the housemouse, with some tips that you aren't likely to find in other guides. Robert M. Timm, author of this article, suggests that homeowners stay on the lookout for "smudges" left by mice as they climb on rafters, beams, walls, and pipes. He has one of the better descriptions of the peculiarly musky odor of the housemouse, and makes the only practical suggestion I've ever seen for conducting your own count of house mice to determine the extent of your rodent infestation.

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House Mouse Management Guidelines--UC IPM

House Mouse Management Guidelines--UC IPM | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
UC home and landscape guidelines for control of House Mouse.
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Here is probably the most useful single article on how to control house mice in California. While these integrated pest management guidelines recommend two methods I usually try steer homeowners away from, poisons (anticoagulant rodenticides) and glue boards, if you are going to use mouse poison or glueboards, this article gives you the best guidelines for them.

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Mouse Control

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Youse got mice? The Department of Health of the State of New York offers some New York-specific tips for controlling mice, including some suggestions for poisons that are particularly potent for mice under New York conditions. If you use poisons, however, remember that you should never put them out in any area where there is traffic from people and pets, and that mice won't necessarily die, and decay, where they are easy to remove.

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Rodenator - Burrowing Pest Control

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Here's an example of what's usually a really, really bad idea for home rodent control. It may be viscerally satisfying, but more than one would-be gopher killer has managed to shoot himself in the foot, literally. Or maybe a little higher up.

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Pest Control in the Sky, Courtesy of a Raptor

Pest Control in the Sky, Courtesy of a Raptor | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
In a twist on the ancient sport of falconry, more companies are employing hawks and falcons to keep birds like sea gulls and pigeons away from areas where they aren’t welcome.
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In an era when the latest innovation in pest control products is likely to be an iPhone app, Nricco Inseppi of Air Strike Bird Control keeps down pigeon droppings and sea gull strikes at the Santa Monica pier with two hawks named Malcolm and Mowgli. It's an idea that probably holds real potential for adventurous do-it-yourselfers, but be sure you get any required permits for owning raptors (such as hawks and falcons) and warn your neighbors to protect their parakeets.

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Rats - Rats

Rats - Rats | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Advice with how to deal with and identify and remove Rats
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Here's a great discussion on brown rats versus black rats, and why it is important to know your enemy. Good tips on rat control that can't be repeated too often.

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Rat Bites: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

Rat Bites: What They Are and How to Avoid Them | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
The US Centers for Disease Control estimate that 50,000 people are bitten by rats every year in the United States alone. Most years, several people die from injuries caused by rats. The Ministry of ...
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There are few things more terrifying to parents than discovering an infant or toddler has been attacked by a rat. Here is concise information about how to know when rats attack, and how to protect your family and yourself from these underreported predators.

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What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Mice and Mousetraps: Ten Tips for Using Snap Traps

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Mice and Mousetraps: Ten Tips for Using Snap Traps | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Just about every homeowner eventually has to deal with a mouse in the house, and where there is one mouse, there are usually more.
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There's a science to trapping mice. Just putting out a mousetrap isn't enough to get rodent problems under control. Here are ten tips for using snap traps that will help you get rid of rodents for good, quickly and at minimum expense.

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Biology and Control of Skunks

Biology and Control of Skunks | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Description of skunks, including biology, behaviour and reproduction and methods of control around the farmstead
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The Canadian province of Alberta is home to just one species of skunk, the striped skunk Memphitis memphitis, but this single species is enough to cause Alberta homeowners grief. This is especially when Alberta homeowners learn firsthand one of the unusual social behaviors of Canadian skunks, the tendency to share winter quarters together, with up to 12 females and their broods all in the same location. This article gives an unusually long review of humane, non-lethal methods of skunk control, with everything needed to be known about killing skunks to reclaim indoor living spaces.

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Mole Control | Missouri Department of Conservation

Mole Control | Missouri Department of Conservation | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Learn to identify and control nuisance moles on your Missouri property.
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Moles don't eat plant roots. Grubs do. And moles eat grubs, as the State of Missouri Department of Conversation reminds homeowners contemplating drastic actions to rid their landscapes of burrowing moles. 

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Moles Management Guidelines--UC IPM

Moles Management Guidelines--UC IPM | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
UC home and landscape guidelines for control of moles.
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From the University of California at Davis here is the leading homeonwer guide to stopping damage to California lawns, gardens, and landscapes from moles. This article includes some excellent tips for mole control, including an overview of mole trapping, the reasons mole repellents almost never work, and some notes on safe and legal mole poisons that can be used with good results on the US Pacific coast.

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Squirrel Birth Control: To Stop Invasion, Science Gets Seedy

Squirrel Birth Control: To Stop Invasion, Science Gets Seedy | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Offering squirrels drug-laced sunflower seeds may lower the rodents' booming numbers—while turning their bellies pink.
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Lacing sunflower seeds with cholesterol-lowering contraceptives gives squirrels, as the National Geographic writer who wrote this article notes, a real kick in the nuts. (Cholesterol is the molecular building block of the hormoens that power reproduction in both squirrels and humans.) Drug-laced baits are the latest, humane approach to controlling the exploding population of gray squirrels in the United States. Similar rodent contraception efforts may be coming to a location near you in 2013. The DiazaCon contraceptive coating used on squirrel treats is not to be confused with Diazanon used to control fire ant infestations.

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Termite Control, Do It Yourself Termite Control

How to use the Advance Termite Bait system and use Taurus SC for spot treatments for termite control. All of our products are available at www.store.doyourow...
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Notice a swarm of ant-like insects with equal wings? Your house is probably being invaded by termites. Most people call a professional, but if you'd like to do simple, do-it-yourself termite control with a termite bait system, this short video tells you the basics of what you need to know.

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Termite Control: Answers for Homeowners | University of Kentucky Entomology

Termite Control: Answers for Homeowners | University of Kentucky Entomology | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
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If you live in Kentucky, or in neighboring states such as Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, or Missouri, this is an excellent guide to termite control. And no matter where you live this advice from the University of Kentucky is an important thing to remember: The key is to hire a reputable pest control firm employing experienced, conscientious technicians. Companies will return and retreat affected area(s) at no additional charge provided the service agreement is purchased and maintained.

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Control of Mice | University of Kentucky Entomology

Control of Mice | University of Kentucky Entomology | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
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From the University of Kentucky School of Agriculture (although not, as the image attached to the article suggests, from their Entomology Department) comes a brief but useful guide for the control of mice, with one caveat: This article suggest that glue boards are "very effective" against the wandering house mouse. My personal experience has been that they aren't, but this article is a good summary of another point of view.

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Rat Management Guidelines--UC IPM

Rat Management Guidelines--UC IPM | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
UC home and landscape guidelines for control of Rats.
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Looking for a great guide to the particular problems of rat control in California? You can't do better than the integrated pest management (IPM) guidelines published by the University of California at Davis. More than in most other locations, it's important to know your rat. California, especially the coast, is subject to infestations with both black (Norway) rats and brown rats, which attack different parts of the house at different times of year. This short guide tells you how to know your enemy and how to tailor your response to the kinds of rodents causing your infestation. This article also covers basic sanitation principles, rat-proofing your home, and what's legal, and what's not, for killing rodents in California.

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How to get rid of rats

How to get rid of rats | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
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If you happen to live in Seattle, you won't mind many guides more useful than this guide to getting rid of rats published by King County (the Washington state county where Seattle is located). But there are a couple of great ideas in this article that are applicable anywhere. If you find a rat in your toilet, flush it! That seems obvious but it's pretty hard to remember if you actually do find a rat swimming up into the commode bowl. And if you are going to kill those rascally rats, use a trap. Don't use poisons, fumigants, flame throwers, hand held missle launchers, or dynamite. A rat trap, monitored daily, is always best.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Principles | Fact Sheets | About Pesticides | Pesticides | US EPA

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The US Environmental Protection Agency is the world's biggest promoter of integrated pest management, also known as IPM, a collection of coordinated pest control decisions aimed at keeping pests in their place, which is in the wild, far away from your home and garden. But because this article is written with professionals in mind, a few brief explanations may be helpful.

 

This IPM article talks about setting action thresholds. When it's your house, the action threshold for rodent control is one sighting of one rodent, or even one sighting of rodent droppings or rodent damage. The sooner you take action, the fewer generations of mice and rats with which you will contend.

 

It's essential to monitor and identify pests, as the EPA suggests. But if you are a homeowner protecting your family from rat bites and rodent-borne infections, monitor them from the traps in which they are caught.

 

Prevention is more important than control. Because rodents bear large litters several times a year, prevention is a lot easier than control, too.

 

This article is a good overview of what IPM does. It's not a bad way to organize your thoughts about rodent control. Just be sure you act quickly once you have made your plan.

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What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Rodent-Borne Diseases

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Rodent-Borne Diseases | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Rats and mice have been responsible for some of the most devastating disease epidemics of all time. Between the years 1348 and 1350, rats and mice carrying fleas that harbored the bacterium Yersinia...
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Since scientists started recording data in 1945, over a million people worldwide have died of diseases spread by mice and rats. Fortunately, prevention is possible.

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How to Avoid Having a Mouse in the House

How to Avoid Having a Mouse in the House | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Sooner or later, just about all of us have to deal with a mouse in the house. The problem with having an indoor rodent infestation, unfortunately, is that when you see one mouse, there may be dozens more that have not yet made their presence known.
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For every mouse you see, there are likely ten that you don't. Here's a useful guide to avoid hosting mice in your home a minimum of muss and fuss.

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How to Catch a Rat Without Losing Your Mind (or a Finger in the Trap)

How to Catch a Rat Without Losing Your Mind (or a Finger in the Trap) | Pest & Rodent Control | Scoop.it
Even the best of homes sometimes unintentionally host a rat. Rats can eat carpets, clothes, and upholstery. They can gnaw through boxes of food, cabinet drawers, and sheet rock hung for walls and ceilings.
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Catching rascally rodents can drive homeowners to distraction. Here's a concise guide to everything you need to know to avoiding losing your mind when catching a rat, or mouse, or squirrel.

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