Three common rodents that you may find around your home or business are the deer mouse, the house mouse, and the Norway rat. DEER MOUSE The deer mouse has a bi-coloured appearance: the upper portion of the body and tail is medium to dark-brown, while the underside of the tail, feet and stomach area is … Read more Three Rodents Around Your Home
The best solution for problems with house mice is exclusion. A mouse can fit through any hole the size of your finger or a pencil. Seal entry holes with ¼ inch hardware cloth, sheet metal or metal wool. Pay particular attention to any hole approximately the diameter of a pencil. In some situations, perimeter trapping … Read more Hantavirus Guide: Clean-Up Procedures
The risk of contamination is specifically associated with contact with rodents, disturbing nesting material, burrows, droppings and surrounding soil. Therefore: Avoid coming into contact with rodents and rodent burrows. Do not use cabins or other enclosed shelters that are rodent infested until they have been appropriately cleaned and disinfected. Do not pitch tents or place … Read more Hantavirus Guide: Precautions For Campers and Hikers
The Centre for Disease Control and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health recommend the use of HEPA (P100) quality filters for respiratory protection against the Hantavirus. Respirators come in various sizes and it is important to use a respirator that has been fitted to your face. It is very important that workers are aware … Read more Hantavirus Guide: Six Steps To Properly Fitting Your Respirator
Cases of Hantavirus infection have been associated with the following activities in and around the home, farm, cottage or while outdoors. Planting or harvesting crops Occupying previously vacant cabins or dwellings Cleaning barns, cottages and other outbuildings Disturbing rodent infested areas while hiking or camping Inhabiting dwellings with indoor rodent populations The best approach for … Read more Hantavirus Guide: Concerns In The Home
To celebrate 2020 being the Chinese year of the rat, we will be posting one blog per month dedicated to rats! Here is March’s blog post, ‘What Does “Rat Free” Alberta Actually Mean’. There is a long-standing Wikipedia war that went viral on social media not too long ago. It featured the Province of Alberta … Read more What Does “Rat Free” Alberta Actually Mean?
The disease is known as Hantavirus-Related Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome). There has been an impressive accumulation of knowledge about this illness in a short time, however, many unanswered questions still remain. What we know: The risk is specifically to those individuals who come in contact with infected rodents and their droppings. The … Read more Hantavirus Guide: What Is Hantavirus?
Scientific Name: rattus Common Names: Sewer Rat, Roof Rat, Brown Rat, Norway Rat, Black Rat Color: Colors vary, generally grey, brown, or black in color Size: The length and weight of rats depend on which species we are talking about and young vs adult sizes. Sizes range from approximately 10 to 40 cm in length. … Read more Pest Spotlight: Rats