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Keeping Rodents Out of Your Home

February 12, 2014

With the cold months upon us, it is quite common to see an increase in rodent activity inside the home. It is a common belief that rat and mice activity is lower during the winter months, but unfortunately these pesky creatures exist all year round! After all, it is only natural for animals to seek warmth in the winter. In order to avoid these unpleasant and unwanted visits, here are a few tips to keep unwanted critters out of your home.

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The History of Pest Control: Mice

December 20, 2012

Mice reproduce and adapt to new environments quickly making them one of the most versatile pests on the planet. Indeed, there are countless stories of the impact of mice as they have been inadvertently delivered by man to new locales around the world. Take the Galapagos Islands as an example. World explorers brought the first mice to the Islands several hundred years ago, and today local governments are considering mice control methods in an effort to protect the biodiversity of the Galapagos. Today, we find mice and rats pretty much everywhere we find humans, especially as traditional mouse habitats are depleted by the growth of towns and cities.
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Squirrels in the Attic

August 17, 2012

 

It’s that time of year again: squirrel baby season! Squirrels generally mate between the months of December and January and June and July, and the gestation period is about 30-60 days. This means we’re going to be seeing a lot of new little squirrel babies running around right about this time. Once the babies have been born it takes about 6-8 weeks for them to mature, and that’s where things get interesting. The mother will have to find a safe place to birth her litter and then keep them there in order to feed and care for them. Unfortunately, this safe place can end up being your attic, shed, foundation or any other warm, comfy place inside your home.

 

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Getting Rid of Attic Rats

January 31, 2012

Rats and mice can pose a significant threat to your health and property.  With more than 20 types of rodents in British Columbia, it should come as no surprise that most homeowners will encounter rats and/or mice from time to time.  Rats can chew through insulation, sidings, and wallboard causing physical damage to your home and they also eat a range of stored foods.  In addition, the 3 main species of rodents (Roof Rats, Norway Rats and House Mouse) known to infest homes may also carry disease that can be spread through their bite, urine, and droppings.  Furthermore, rodents often carry ticks and fleas which may also spread disease.  As such, it is very important to know how to get rid of rats and mice.

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