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The Best Termite Exterminators Near Me (with Free Estimates)

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 31st, 2020

The best way to get rid of termites is to act fast. Termites are a problem that will only get worse and no matter how much you want them to, they usually dont magically move out on their own. There are three main types of termites: drywood, dampwood and subterranean. Drywood and dampwood termites sneak through cracks in your exterior paint, nail holes, and gaps near windows and other openings and begin to eat through your wood. Subterranean termites enter your house from the ground up by creating mud tunnels. In all cases, they survive by eating the wood of your house. The type of termites you have can steer the treatment plan.

Methods of termite extermination include fumigation, use of pesticides, and use of natural elements that are poisonous to the bugs. The extent of your termite infestation will help determine the treatment method. If you have drywood or dampwood termites that have infiltrated all aspects of the wood in your home, the pest control pro may recommend enclosing the whole house in a tent and gassing the termites via fumigation. If you have subterranean termites, often the entire footprint of the home must be treated by drilling liquid treatments into the slab or foundation of the home to exterminate the colonies. In any case, once you see signs of termites, its time to take action and call a pest pro.

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What Is a ‘Super Rat’? It Has Nothing to Do With Super Powers – Newsweek

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Every night while taking out my trash lately, I've noticed small tears and bite marks on the garbage bag. I convinced myself it was the usual wear and tear but I think we all know where this is going. Heck, I've even spotted mice, bold as brass, scurrying across the sidewalk during the daylight hours.

So why are there pests giving me problems and running around during the day? According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an increase of rodents because they are actively searching for a new food source because of the effects of the pandemic. Rodents are hungrier now than before because restaurants, the non-essential establishments that do not deliver, have stopped throwing away leftover foods and unfinished waste. There has been more demand for pest control programs because rats and mice are transitioning into an "unusual or aggressive behavior."

Bobby Corrigan, an urban rodentologist, told NBC News, "Those rats that were living by that restaurant, some place nearby, and perhaps for decades having generations of rats that depended on that restaurant food. Well, life is no longer working for them, and they only have a couple of choices."

Since the rats are starving and becoming more aggressive, this means they are desperate enough to try out anything and that's where the "super" of it all comes into play. Normal rats might discover they are "Super Rats" by trying more aggressive behaviors, learning in the process that they have an immunity to some pellets and other over-the-counter pesticides.

Super rat or no, all rats get hungry, and when they do, they get nasty too. "These rats are fighting with one another; now the adults are killing the young in the nest and cannibalizing the pups," added Corrigan.

So just imagine a rat about the size of a cat, angry as heck, seeking food. In the video above, you actually see hordes of rats swarming the empty streets of the Big Apple. It's a frightening sight and what's worse, rats do carry and transmit disease if they scratch an unsuspecting individual.

Michael H. Parsons, a biological-sciences research scholar at Fordham University, warned Insiderabout a more aggressive breed of rats in the future. Parsons predicts, "We could have more resilient rats available for a possible second wave of the pandemic."

Just don't expect these "Super Rats" to evolve into an entirely new species because of the shutdowns. Matthew Combs, a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, told Miami Herald, "Yes, food shortages may act as a selection pressure, but no, this wont drastically change the species trajectory, and overall behavior or phenotype."

As for my garbage bag problem, I'm going to have to buy a trash can and make sure the lid is sealed up tightly. But if these rats are duking it out for food, it's going to take more than glue traps from an exterminator.

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Everything You Need to Get Rid Of Cockroaches – New York Magazine

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 27th, 2020

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Most New Yorkers, no matter how diligent at taking out the trash, scrubbing floors, and dishwashing, will eventually end up encountering a roach or two. If youve started to notice more unwanted roommates, dont panic. There are plenty of solutions to eradicate the pests. To start, it is essential to remove any source of food, any source of water, and any clutter, in your apartment to make it harder for the roaches to live and thrive, says Andy Linares, founder of New York City-based Bug Off Pest Control Center. This includes dog and cat food, which Linares calls a roach magnet that people often overlook. We spoke to Linares and two other pest control experts about the baits, traps, and insulation tools youll need to prevent and get rid of cockroaches.

According to Mike Deutsch, entomologist-in-residence at Manhattans Arrow Exterminating Company, One of the ways to control these things is to repair structural gaps that cockroaches like to hide in. Since roaches harbor in cracks and crevices, you want to seal up any openings you spot using a spackling paste or any kind of silicone caulking. Donald Clark, owner of New York City-based Alleycat Exterminating, loves DAPs silicone caulk because its paintable, so you can cover it up once it dries.

Victor sticky traps are excellent, says Deutsch, adding that they use thousands and thousands of them every year. Not only do they collect insects, but they also help you monitor situations and zero in on where you need to look. Since roaches do not move that far from where theyre hatched, if you pick up a sticky trap and its filled with cockroaches, youre generally in the right spot, he explains.

The best thing to do is to hunt these guys down and figure out where theyre nesting, says Deutsch. For example, you may see what looks like pepper on the wall or floor, which is actually roach feces. Or you may see little moving hairs in cracks, which are actually the tips of antennae. Deutsch says that in order to clearly see the telltale signs, youll need a very good flashlight. All my technicians use a Streamlight, the same used by police and first responders, he says.

Once you have figured out where the cockroaches are congregating often in the bathroom or kitchen, where there are food or water sources youll want to follow up with directed application of an aerosol or a liquid insecticide, says Deutsch. Aerosols, while simple to spray, they often have lower levels of active ingredients, which is why he prefers a liquid insecticide like Ortho Home Defense. It also has an easy-to-use wand that comfortably sprays the liquid into any cracks, crevices, and hiding places.

In place of liquid insecticide, you can lay down diatomaceous earth, which is classified by the EPA as reduced-risk and is considered very, very safe and low in toxicity its not even registered a pesticide, says Deutsch. The product is actually a desiccant that destroys the exoskeleton of the insect when it walks through the powder but is completely pet- and human-safe. Its made up of ground-up diatom fossils, an organic product, and produces no fumes or vapors. If youre unsure of which brand to buy, Clarke says that since there is only one grade of diatomaceous earth available, buying the cheapest brand you can find is best.

If you prefer an all-natural insecticide to kill roaches on sight, Clark says he likes Nature-Cide, which uses clove oil and cottonseed oil to suffocate the insect on contact.

In terms of long-term cockroach control, the experts we spoke to all agreed that gel baits are the best bet. Gel bait works by disguising insecticide as food. The one we use is called Alpine, says Deutsch, adding that the roaches will find it, ingest it, metabolize it, and then die. Clark told us that the best method is to put down pea-sized amounts of gel in the cleats and corners of cabinets, under the counters, and in the hinges of your dishwasher. For preventative measures, make sure you put down fresh gel every few months, he says. If youre dealing with a serious infestation, the gel will be gone in a couple of days, so the key to success is to use enough and maintain a constant supply of the material, adds Deutsch.

For severe infestations, all three of our experts agreed that a vacuum can be more expedient than an insecticide in removing bugs. You can neatly eliminate a considerable percentage of the population in one shot, explains Linares. For example, if you find that they are hiding behind a picture frame, you need to get your vacuum cleaner ready, because when you move the picture frame, the roaches will probably run all over the place, Deutsch explains. Both Deutsch and Linares recommend the Atrix backpack vacuum, which comes with an assortment of attachments designed to get into small cracks and crevices where the roaches may be hiding. Its also equipped with a HEPA filter that can trap insects, contain them, and prevent any airborne contaminants that could cause respiratory problems. Just vacuum them up, remove the plastic bag, tie it up, and throw it out, says Deutsch. Clark also cautions that it is essential to also vacuum up any roach feces, as well, since it contains hormones that serve as a tracking signal to lead other roaches to the area.

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More COVID-19 damage: New animal shelter on hold – The Harvell gazette

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 21st, 2020

It seems that everywhere you look, the coronavirus crisis is having a negative effect from high school graduations to church services, from grocery shopping to hair salon visits.

But an effect on dogs and rats?

Indeed. Thats happening at the citys animal shelter, which was scheduled to be replaced this year at a cost of $1.5 million before the coronavirus crisis hit.

Because the crisis has forced Haverhill to make major adjustments to its budget, Mayor James Fiorentini has come up with an alternate plan to spend $2,400 in repairs to the shelter, plus related costs. The city will also rent a trailer at a cost of $16,000 for one year to provide an office for animal control officers Michelle Cannon and Brad DiCenzo.

Related costs include hiring an exterminator to rid the shelter of rats that come from nearby Little River. Trees that were leaning over the shelter have been cut back because rodents used the branches to climb onto the roof of the building, the mayor said.

Eventually we will need a new animal shelter, Fiorentini said of the building which houses stray dogs and other animals. It has reached the end of its life expectancy.

The shelter is behind the citys Highway Department yard off Primrose Street.

Fiorentini said like all communities across the nation, Haverhill faces a financial crisis in the upcoming budget year due to the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Fiorentini said his philosophy calls for repairing and maintaining public buildings until the city has money to construct new ones. Delaying construction of a new animal shelter keeps $1.5 million in reserves, he said.

Fiorentini said Haverhill previously hired an architect who initially proposed the city spend more than $2 million for a new animal shelter. Negotiations whittled the cost to about $1.5 million, which is still too much, the mayor said.

During this crisis it does not make sense to spend that much money, he said. We will be looking for grants and we will be looking at another location where it is less expensive to build, or find a less expensive way to do it.

City Councilor Melinda Barrett, who has been asking for a new animal shelter for several years, called the mayors new plan a great temporary fix, but said the city will eventually need to better address where animals are housed.

The current shelter is a rat-infested shed because of its location near Little River and the DPW compost pile, she said.

Barrett agreed that an office trailer, in the interim, will offer a healthier environment for the animal control officers.

Im open to finding a more economical way to build a new facility, but this is a great solution for right now, Barrett said.

Councilor Michael McGonagle said the problem of rat infestation at the animal shelter is a result of a systemic Haverhill issue of non-maintenance of a municipal building.

Its what we are famous for and what we pay the price for when we dont maintain our buildings, he said. The real story is we tried to get a new building funded five years ago, but the mayor said the situation wasnt that bad. Since then, the price for a new shelter has gone up.

McGonagle said, however, he recognizes that given the virus crisis and uncertainty about the city budget, this is not the right time to launch an expensive building project.

Because we were negligent to handle our business over the past five years, he said, patching holes, bringing in an exterminator and renting an office trailer is the best way forward at this time and it makes sense during this pandemic.

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The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, Season 1, Episode 6 – Monsters and Critics

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 19th, 2020

The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart contestants Natascha and Ryan were ousted in the semifinals. Pic credit: ABC

Last week, The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart was most exciting.

Julia and Sheridan and Brandon and Savannah all left, and after the moment of silence for the lack of concern we had for how that whole thing shook out, we rode along on tour busses to Vegas.

Everyone kind of laid around for a while, and then Natascha and Ryan ruined everything in every way.

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Out they went.

Wasnt Jamie going to tell Trevor she loved him?

She did, and he said, Im falling in love with you too, and this all took place at an ice rink at which she was wearing a knit cap and also a crop top.

It wasnt even anywhere near a district-level pairs skating competition.

They were sitting on a couch, which for no reason, sat in the middle of the rink. A sign outside the arena welcomed JAMIE AND TREVOR. To this day, people are still wandering around Vegas, wondering what that was all about.

What happened with Bri and Chris?

They wore matching clothes.

On purpose?

Not sure. I did a lot of tumbler refilling that night.

A lot.

And Rudi and Matt?

They nonchalantly walked away from an enormous fire burning in a noted dry area and then (ostensibly) spent the night in a horrifying motel that probably had a sign out front advertising it had free HBO.

Also, Rudi told Matt she loved him, or was falling in love with him, or however theyre saying it on The Bachelor Franchise these days. He was like, yeah, thanks.

So thats gonna wind up a real Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem of a love story.

Natascha and Ryan screwed up during the performances, right?

Natascha and Ryan screwed up during the performances. I will say I did not see that coming. I missed what exactly happened, but it was something about a microphone and a guitar.

That one guy from Train whose name I already forget was quite put out, and yeah, she blew it. He didnt blow it. It wasnt his to blow.

But all the judges up to now have been sailing along on the Natascha Train with one arm hanging onto the pole and the other out the window like theyre Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis, so this was a quite the moment.

Whats the most romantic, emotional, and dramatic thing that happened to you this week?

Well, in my house, there was a ginormous spider. And it was clearly a radioactive carnivorous one, so like the independent fierce adult woman I am, I threw at Josh The Pilots hiking boot at it.

Then the boot, and presumably the spider underneath it, sat in the middle of the hallway until an exterminator could come out to spray his friends because I wasnt touching any of that.

The exterminator vanquished the spider and wanted to know if Id noticed the rat droppings in the garage. No, I had not.

He suggested that I sweep them up while he set some traps.

So I got a snow sweeper and a shovel and moved them as far away from me and the places I walk and eat and breathe as possible, and then threw away the snow sweeper and also would have thrown away the house had it not contained all my yoga pants.

I agreed to the traps because I assumed they were the kind that traps the rat in a closed box and then a flipped switch or something on the side of it tells you theres a dead rat inside and then you use the longest-handled item in your home to push it into the neighbors yard.

But no, the traps were the sort from Tom and Jerry cartoons, those wooden kinds with the springs where you can see the dead rat and have to touch it, and I was under the impression those went out with typhoid fever and stovepipe hats.

And I was scared to have this thing in my garage because it presented the possibility of actually killing a rat, which I am normally great with unless its sitting there dead in my garage with its head snapped off and no servants to dispose of it.

Therefore, I was determined to get rid of the trap, but I was afraid of getting anywhere it because, I mean, Ive seen Tom and Jerry cartoons.

So I picked it up with the aforementioned shovel and scared the crap out of myself because the trap snapped and flipped up in the air just like the cartoon told me it would.

I carried it through the lawn to the garbage can where it and all the rats can go right straight to hell.

It was a very emotional journey, and Im not grateful for any of it.

The finale is tonight, in Nashville, and youre gonna watch it and forget it, Im thinking.

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Rats Adapt To A World In Pandemic Mode – Here And Now

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 19th, 2020

Humans arent the only ones impacted by coronavirus-induced shortages. Just ask your friendly neighborhood pack of rats.

Closed restaurants mean empty dumpsters, creating a food shortage for many of these nighttime scavengers. As human habits have changed in the face of the pandemic, rats have to adapt.

Perhaps friendly isnt quite the right word. Rats are survivors, says exterminator Robert Villamil. They will do what is necessary to avoid starvation. That means fighting, and sometimes even eating, other rats.

Villamil, who owns Crow Pest Control in Chicago, says rats have become more brazen as theyre forced to look farther and longer for food. The lack of restaurant scraps has pushed their search into residential areas, where trash cans are fuller than ever.

Last month, Washington Post Opinions editor Meghan Kruger found several rats around her trash cans, where shed never seen them before. A few days later, NPR Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell tweeted that her car was running funny. Lo and behold, her mechanic found rats in the engine. The tweet prompted a New York Times story that urged readers to look for signs of infestation in their cars. Here & Nows Robin Young herself never had rats in her backyard before, until she found them feasting on her birdseed.

But there are ways to avoid being next on this list of unsuspecting victims. Villamil says the key is to be proactive.

There are a lot of things people can do to help discourage rats from coming, to make it unfriendly for them, he says. If we do that, then the chances of getting rid of the rats or slowing them down are high.

Villamil recommends people be careful with their waste. Turn compost regularly and spray food scraps with water to dull the smell, he says. Power washing trash cans every so often is also a way to curb rats ability to sniff out your garbage, and its important to properly clean up after pets rats love the smell of dog poop, Villamil says.

Rats are also attracted to gardens, he says, but there are ways to make them less rat friendly too. Herbs such as rosemary, lavender and peppermint can ward off rodents. Still, be sure not to let fresh vegetables lay on the ground where pests can easily snatch them up.

Its important to remember that rats arent like other animals, Villamil says. Experts say rat infestations are more than unsightly, theyre a public health concern. Though its not yet clear whether they can pass on COVID-19, they are known to carry salmonella and other gastrointestinal illnesses that can be passed on to humans.

Rats can also drive up your home maintenance bills, says Villamil.

They cause millions of dollars in damage, he says. Rats chew wiring in cars and homes that can render the engine useless or even start a fire. Their incessant instinct to gnaw can leave a home in tatters.

But when killing the pests, though rat poison is effective, its also dangerous. It can kill just about any animal, including predators such as foxes and hawks, which can create even larger rodent problems in the future. Even more dire, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that poison control responds to around 10,000 rat poison-related calls for children every year, according to Scientific American Magazine.

One proposed alternative is using dry ice to suffocate the rodents, which Chicago tried in 2017, but Villamil says more testing needs to be done to ensure the methods safety.

For now, wash your trash cans, grow some lavender and stay vigilant.

Lynsey Jefferyproduced and edited this interview for broadcast withTinku Ray.Jefferyalso adapted it for the web.

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Rat Extermination Tips from The …

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 17th, 2020

Rats are known to mess with peoples internal home affairs since the dawn of times. There is a common saying which goes Where humans live, the rat lives; what humans eat, the rat eats.So if you are a home owner, check this! The apparently slim chance that you will have to deal with these rodents in the near future is constantly growing, especially if you dont have a clue how to repel them from your property (90% simply dont, and end up being forced to hire professional rat exterminators, which is not a bad thing, but requires more spending).

DISCLAIMER: There are many websites out there (mostly ran by wildlife removal companies) which claim none of the do it yourself rat eradication solutions that we are going to talk in this article actually work. The thing is, most of these companies just want to sell you their pest control services. They wouldnt approve of a DYI rat control method even if it worked like charm. So it is up to you to decide which way to go, either learn to handle a rat problem yourself or pay a professional company with years of experience to do it. Both work well in my opinion, when done right.

If you decide to do it on your own, you have to stay informed and always be ready to face these creatures!Thats why we created,to help beginners like YOU find a reliable, fast and easy solution to their rat problems, in just a few clicks of a rat mouse 😉

Alright, so in case you dont have the money to hire a professional rat exterminator, let the experts from your local pest control company do the job, or you simply want to save cash and learn the art of getting rid of these pesky rodents on your own, a.k.a do it yourself rat control, then here are your options: you can either repel/deter, trap or poison them. Shooting rats is probably not very safe because they are fast and, by the way, ammunition costs a lot of money these days. Just kidding 😉


Its always a much better option to keep rats away from your property, not reach the point when your house is already infested and avoid searching for options to exterminate them afterwards. Well talk about how to repel rats, efficiently, for good; and avoid bloody killing them, whenever possible.

Well also check the natural rat repellents first. These methods are more or less humane, but one thing for sure, if you take action, you will get rid of the rat problem, one way or another.

Note that each method was carefully analyzed, therefore providing both PROS & CONS on why it should or should NOT be used to get rid of rats. Please click on the above links to read about each individual diy rat control technique.

Most rat poisons, also known as rodenticides by their scientific name, are made from chemicals, with the sole purpose of killing rodents. Using rat poison to repel rats still continues to be a very controversial solution, due to its harmful effects on the surrounding environment, house pets and even humans. There have been multiple reports of fatal accidents, due to cats, dogs and other pets being in close proximity to rodenticides.

Sure, but its extremely difficult due to their nature of being scavengers. These rodents eat tiny bits from every single piece of food they find, then simply wait or move to something else. If they dont get sick, they would probably return and consume the remains.

Some professionals make use of rodenticides when dealing with commercial pest control, especially on larger open-air properties and in buildings where no humans live.

If you are a beginner and dont have any experience getting rid of rodents using rat poison, I highly recommend that you stay away from any type of rodenticides, or at least consult with a pest control expert before attempting to.

Fore more information on this subject, please read our in-depth article on rat poison.

Traps have been used to catch and kill rats for a long, long time. These devices have proven to be one of the most efficient ways to deal with all kinds of pest rodents, big or small. Both home-owners and professional pest control companies make use of them nowadays.

The main problem with using rat traps is rodents suspicion towards new objects, thats why usually only young, totally inexperienced rats get caught. Rodents that manage to survive get more experienced and you will find it extremely difficult to kill them with such devices later down the road. Everything that doesnt kill you only makes you stronger, they say. Well, believe it or not, this applies to everything in this universe, including rats 😉

All rat traps are divided into two main categories: lethal and non-lethal. People who dont like blood, killing things and creatures, even if these are considered harmful pest, usually tend to stay away from lethal methods and prefer more humane ones.

Here are a few types of rat traps that you should be aware of: live cage traps, glue traps, electronic traps, standard slap-traps.

Since rat traps are one of the most efficient ways to get rid of these pesky inhabitants of your house, there is much more to be said, written and analyzed on this topic, so we invite you to read our in-depth article on rat traps.

3000 words later, we are happy to have shed a little bit of light in your search for the most popular do it yourself (DIY) rat control methods. No matter what solution you choose to repel rats away, always remember to keep your house clean and do everything possible to prevent these rodents from finding it interesting to nest and breed on your property.


No matter how much we invest in various rat repellents, the best way to stop them is to physically block their access to whatever spot they want to reach. But this is costly, overwhelming and quite difficult, especially taking into consideration we are not officially at war (with rats), right now (or are we?) you may take it easy and either try either a liquid repellent, buy several standard traps from Victor(R) or maybe call your local pest control company for assistance.

At the end of the day, its doesnt really matter what option you choose, staying informed is always a must if you want to be able to get rid of these gnawing creatures, no matter what types of rats you are dealing with.

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Rat Control: Get Rid of Rats –

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 14th, 2020

There are numerous species of rats found within the United States, but this article will focus upon those rats that most frequently create pest issues in homes and businesses. These rats are the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus) and the Roof rat (Rattus rattus). In addition, two other rats, the Rice Rat Oryzomys palustris) and the Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus) will not be elaborated on in this article, but are mentioned since they are identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as hosts of hantavirus and therefore noteworthy from a public health perspective.

Norway Rats are frequently called brown or sewer rats. They are large, bulked-up looking rats that can grow to lengths of about 13-16 inches when measured from their nose to the tip of their tail. Coloration is primarily gray on their underside and reddish or grayish-brown to black on the top of their body. The ears and tail of the Norway rat are hairless and the tail is shorter than the length of the rats body. With blunt snouts, Norway rat adults weigh about 7-18 ounces.

Roof Rats are commonly called black rats and are smaller than Norway rats. Adults range in weight from about 5-10 ounces. Their tails are longer than the rest of their body and are uniformly dark colored. The underside of the roof rats body is grayish to white. The muzzle of the roof rat is pointed and the overall appearance of the roof rat is much more streamlined and sleek looking than a Norway rat.

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Roof rats are adept climbers and not surprisingly are apt to build their nests in locations above ground. However, they may sometimes also build nests in burrows. These rats are primarily active at night. Scientists have noted that the roof rats long tail is adapted to enhance their ability to climb and functions to assists them in balancing. Both roof rats and Norway rats have a well-developed sense of smell and are wary of new things that are introduced into their home range. Roof rats are not accomplished swimmers and are not usually found in sewers.

Norway rats are usually active at dusk or during the night and are inactive during daylight hours. However, when a Norway rat population grows so large that competition from other rats for food, water and harborage increases, some members of the rat community may seek to find new areas to colonize during the daytime. Norway rats build their nests in underground burrows where they mate, rear their young, store food and seek refuge from predators. Norway rats can climb, but not as well as roof rats, and are strong swimmers.

Roof rats are omnivores and will feed on many types of vegetation such as fruits, grains, seeds and grocery produce. Also, roof rats are likely to consume insects. Just like Norway rats, roof rats destroy far more foodstuffs by contamination from feces and urine than from consumption.

Norway rats are also omnivores and will eat just about anything that is found near where humans discard food. Also, Norway rats may prey upon fish, poultry, mice, birds, small reptiles and amphibians. They may eat vegetation, but prefer to meat or meat-related wastes. Read more about what rats eat.

As mentioned above, roof rats prefer aboveground nesting locations in shrubs, trees, and dense vegetation. Roof rats entering homes are generally found in raised or secure enclosures such as walls, cabinets, attics, and false ceilings. Roof rats are likely to found in coastal, near-coastal areas and port cities.

The preferred habitat of Norway rats is just about anywhere people reside. Some of their habitats include garbage dumps, sewers and fields. In most of our urban areas, Norway rats may be seen scurrying around after dark looking for food in garbage cans and other places where human refuse is found. Their burrowing habitats include soil along building foundations, under woodpiles and other piles of debris. Should Norway rats infest a structure, they most likely will live in the basement or ground floor. Read more about where rats live.

Roof rats are polygamous and group themselves into colonies of multiple males and females. Mating may occur year round in locations where the environmental conditions are sufficient. Adult females are able to reproduce at 3-5 months old, can produce up to five litters each year with about 5-8 young in each litter. Adult roof rats usually live about one year.

Norway rats are also polygamous and form colonies of many males and females. Mating generally peaks in the warmer months of the year, but may occur year round in some areas. Female adults will produce about seven litters per year and will mate again about 18 hours after giving birth to her litter of about eight pups. The reproductive potential of one female Norway rat is about 50-60 young per year.

Norway rats and the roof rats are very different in their habits, habitats and behavior, so the first requirement of a rat treatment program is to correctly identify the rat and develop a treatment plan that works for that species. Another important treatment component is customer education so the customer understands the concepts of the proposed control program.

Orkin pest management professionals (PMPs) practice all techniques involved in Integrated Pest Management for rodents. Rat treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods. Some of the more important non-chemical methods are:

Rat control using chemical products involves baits designed to kill rats. Care must be exercised to ensure that baits are properly placed and the use instructions on the products label are strictly followed. One of the more common techniques for bait use is to place the bait formulation in a tamper proof rodent bait station that protects the bait from accidental exposure to non-target animals or people. In situations where rats are not controlled with conventional products, fumigation of transport vehicles or rat ground burrows may sometimes be needed.

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First-Person Action Kill It With Fire Is All About Hunting Spiders – Softpedia News

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 9th, 2020

I am not sure how a person suffering from arachnophobia would react to a spider game, but I'm pretty sure he/she would be thrilled to see spiders being squashed, shot or smashed. Kill It With Fire might not be a game for arachnophobes, but it's surely one that will make them happy.

The premise of the game is quite mundane: the spider - mankinds most ancient and deadly nemesis, has infiltrated humans' houses, which now must be cleansed by using any means necessary. You play as a licensed Kill It With Fire exterminator and it's your mission to get rid of these spiders.

With an impressive arsenal at your disposal, you'll be pursuing the eight-legged menace on a journey across suburbia although not necessarily in that order. Luckily, you know spiders' greatest weakness fire, although you'll not be able to always take advantage of it.

Still, you must do everything in your power to kill as many as you possibly can by using bullets, explosions, throwing stars, gettin smushed by stuff, or just about anything that involves eradicating this menace.

The hardest job you'll have though is to track the spiders. The good news is Kill It With Fire will let you use high-end arachnid tracking technology to pinpoint their location among hundreds of potential hiding spots. Only then you will be able to start torching everything and smash the spiders with a frying pan or any other blunt object after it runs out.

Kill It With Fire will be published on PC via Steam by tinyBuild in July 2020, but the game is expected to arrive on other platforms as well. Additional details about other releases will be revealed in the not-so-distant future, but you can already wishlist the game on Steam or download the free demo.

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Never-Used Wapato Jail Has Found Its 1st Tenant – OPB News

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 9th, 2020

Developer Jordan Schnitzer has officially handed over the keys to Portlands never-used WapatoJail.

His commercial real estate company, Harsch Investment Properties, announced this week it has rented the 155,400-square-foot space to homeless service provider Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers for five years. The nonprofit plans to convertthe jail into a large service center for the regions homeless population with programs to address mental health issues, addiction and abuse-relatedtrauma.

In the past, Helping Hands has operated exclusively along the Oregon Coast with 11 shelters in Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill, and Lincoln counties. Its largest shelter in Astoria can fit about 60 people. With the conversion of Wapato Jail, the plan is to house 230 people within the first year ofopening.

Harsch has agreed to charge just $1 dollar in rent annually, according to a statement from the real estate company. The thinking, according to Helping Hands, is that Schnitzer will eventually donate the building tothem.

Schnitzer had been looking for a provider to convert the jail into a homeless shelter since he bought it about two years from fellow developer Marty Kehoe. But the most promising plan failed as it required money from city and county officials who insisted they didnt want public funds going to a shelter 12 miles from Portlands downtowncore.

Helping Hands promised to get off the ground without public money. Founder Alan Evans said he needed $4 million to get started, which hed secured in February through four $1 millionchecks.

Since then, Raven Brown said the groups been working on reenvisioning the jail and bringing contractors on board. She said theyre looking at options for more windows, more doors, plans for dog and cat kennels and communitygardens.

Weve been continuing to work on what it would look like in an ideal world now that we know we have the minimum funding to just get the doors open, said Brown, who, when reached by OPB, was driving to meet with a potential pest exterminator who could get rid of the spiders that have been the buildings main residents foryears.

There are still significant challenges ahead for Helping Hands. The area is currently zoned for industrial use. To change the zoning to allow a shelter, the group will need to get permission from the city council, whose members have spoken out in the past against housing vulnerable people in a former jail, calling it ill-informed andappropriate.

Brown said shes not seeing this as an obstacle to the plan, but rather a logistical step, one which they might have more momentum for as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic threatens to increase the citys homelesspopulation.

We really dont foresee the city council trying to block any homeless services right now when they should see a great need for it in the fall, saidBrown.

She added the group plans to come to the city council in the next few weeks once they have a fully-formed plan in place for thespace.

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