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rat pest control calls surge in Auckland
Rats' bizarre behaviour due to lack of food "ACES pest control is observing that there are three factors changing rodents behaviour in in Auckland at the moment. The first as mentioned in the article is the lockdown and the lack of food from restaurants etc. The second is the lack of water, that is the drought. Rodents are moving to find water as their normal source dries up. This means they are coming into peoples homes or businesses. And lastly we have come off a long summer which has resulted in high numbers. The combination of the three factors means pest controllers are busy with customers calling in with rodent issues in Auckland. " In the US humans aren't the only ones hankering for the days they could dine out at their cities' restaurants: Some rats that miss feasting on the scraps are becoming increasingly brazen to find new food sources, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Friday (New Zealand time). Amid stay-home restrictions set across the US to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus, many restaurants and cafés are closed or limited to takeout and delivery, and with the reduced sales, the restaurants' trash bins are no longer overflowing with scrumptious leftovers hoards of rodents subsisted on. Finding slimmer pickings than they used to, cities' critters are more aggressive, prompting the CDC to issue guidance on how to deter them. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been increased reports of rat cannibalism and infanticide in New York, as well as more rat complaints in residential areas, including in Chicago, as humans produce more food waste at home. Roving rat armies, including one caught on camera scavenging New Orleans' empty streets, are concerning to the CDC, which says rodents can carry disease. The CDC advises home and business owners to cover garbage cans, put bird and pet food out of reach and seal small holes rodents could access in buildings. If people follow established cleaning guidelines, they can avoid exposure to rodent-borne diseases, according to the agency. "Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food," the CDC said. "Environmental health and rodent control programmes may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behaviour." In cities trying to combat rodent issues, like the District of Columbia, pest control workers are classified as essential. The District has had more than 800 calls regarding rodents in the past month, according to city 311 data. Rats can transmit food-borne illnesses such as salmonella, and their urine can also worsen allergies and asthma, especially in children, Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist at the National Pest Management Association, previously told The Post. Rats pose an additional threat to those working from home: devouring cars. Rats gnawing at car engines and tires has caused fires, cost car owners fortunes and goaded officials to seek DIY solutions. Urban rodentologist Bobby Corrigan foresaw increased reports of aggressive rodents when the pandemic began. He said with restaurants closing, rats would need to adapt to find new food sources. In late March, he put out a call to other pest experts like him to share what they find surveying their area. Corrigan told The Washington Post that a pest expert sent him a photo after a gruesome rat battle in Queens, New York: A nest of rats had left to scrounge for food at their usual city block of restaurants but turned on each other when they couldn't find enough scraps, Corrigan believes. A pile of rat limbs on the sidewalk was all that remained. "Many of these rats in our cities depend on their nightly food, which is the restaurants and hotels and bars and doughnut shops and everything that we consume on the go," said Corrigan. Corrigan said rats are "opportunistic foragers," so as many rats' reliable sources of food have vanished, the rodents will seek new menu options. To keep rats from dining at people's home, he advises following CDC guidance, securing food properly so rats can't get to it, adding that he recommends avoiding inhumane traps or poison. "Deny them the opportunity, and you'll never even know they've visited your property," he said. Edited from Meryl Kornfield https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/300019503/covid19-us-rats-bizarre-behaviour-due-to-lack-of-food

pest control auckland rats VLOG 1st May 2020
ACES pest control Director Owen Stobart is picking that Auckland will see a lot of rats this year 2020 due to two main factors Besides the fact we have come off another long summer, which means there  are high numbers like 2019, two other factors are making this year even worse than prior. (i) the Lockdown. Has meant that rats in general have had a month left to their own devices.4-5 weeks is about one breeding cycle. So given they produce around 6 pups a litter,   that's potentially up to 5 times more rats than 2019! "Rat-nami" all over again! (ii) the drought. Water is short not for humans but rodents are feeling it too. When the rats around a dam or stream find its dry as a bone,  where do they go? Yup you guessed it,  your place! And we are seeing high activity for rodents with our stations being cleaned out completely  All that is needed is some cold snaps in May and you guessed it,  you could be having some uninvited guests, of the fury type coming to your place!

boom time for rats in lockdown in Auckland
  Boom time for Auckland's rats as lockdown gives them free rein  ACES pest control  in Auckland has noticed that like last year there are high numbers of rodents. This is because we have come off another long hot summer. Endless days of blue skies and sunshine mean excellent beach weather they are also good for rodents making more rodents. Also there is a water shortage in Auckland and ACES pest control has noticed this is changing the behaviour of the many rodents in and around Auckland. Where a rat colony might have been happy away from humans next to dam or creek as these water soruces have dried up then they have sought  water souces where people are. Customers are saying that the rats moved into our house when their water supply dried up. Also when we are checking stations we are noticing they have been clean out completely. A sign of high rodent numbers as New Zealand heads into winter.  With Auckland pest controllers in lockdown And a population surge last year, the vermin are free to wreak havoc in populated areas, and on native wildlife with only a few hundred thousand or so to go. It’s the first time my whānau [family] have got to see me doing pest control. I’ve been teaching the whānau that we do this to protect the birds, says Malcolm, director of Māori-oriented biosecurity business Puna Consultants. For Māori, many of these threatened birds are classed as taonga; a natural treasure with special significance to the culture. These taonga species are part of our whakapapa [genealogical ties]. They helped protect our tūpuna [ancestors] so we have a duty to help them. As the autumn leaves fall and crackle, Malcolm would usually be out assisting iwi [tribes] around the country with urgent pest control measures, with a particular focus on exterminating rats as the winter months loom. Now, like every other New Zealander, Malcolm is stuck at home in the third week of level-four lockdown. Pest control has been deemed a non-essential service by the government; a decision experts say is putting New Zealand’s most vulnerable wildlife at risk, as the number of rats, mice and stoats surges. The timing couldn’t be better for New Zealand’s vermin. They’re coming off 2019’s mega mast year, which means bountiful supplies of seed allowed their populations to flourish. Now, with vital pest control efforts halted, there are growing public health concerns as vermin colonise urban areas unchallenged. It also makes the government’s goal to wipe out all pests by 2050 increasingly elusive. The ambitious project aims to restore the country to its pre-human state, a time before introduced pests were able to wreak havoc on its natural biodiversity. Even with the Department of Conservation’s extensive trapping, baiting, and aerial poison drops, 68,000 native birds fall victim to invasive predators every day. As most of these species are endemic to New Zealand, a population wipe-out would mean complete extinction. Rats are the most challenging of all of these predators to manage, with their penchant for swimming, year-round breeding and huge litters. Autumn cooling into winter also means rats are getting cold  and heading indoors. Food’s running short which means juvenile pests are spreading out to find a new source of food, says Kevin Hackett, chief conservationist at conservation organisation Forest & Bird. For many hungry vermin their new source of food will come from urban areas and homes, where food is more easily accessible. With restaurants, cafes and takeaways no longer producing the goods, that leaves famished rats one option for dinner  homes. It’s pretty amazing how many rats are showing up near me and how damn big they are, says Auckland resident Mikaela Street. My cat Maurice is arriving at the doorstep with a long-tailed gift most mornings these days The majority of this urban trapping is usually managed by volunteer community groups, but with lockdown restrictions in place, Kiwis have been forced to turn their own hands to keeping rats at bay. In fact, the lockdown has given hunters who are banned from heading into the bush for the roar the deer mating season a fresh purpose. Renamed the squeak, a 28,000-strong online community has blossomed in which hunter is pitted against hunter in a battle to bring in the most impressive rat  a ghoulish project that nonetheless is playing a serious role in resuscitating stalled conservation efforts. It’s all pretty funny actually, says competition administrator Brett Collins. People that would never have thought about catching mice or rats are now making a real concerted effort to get into their backyards and sheds to try and catch these mice and rats, which is going to be doing a lot for our native wildlife. The focus on private trapping during lockdown  and the attempt to make it fun  is proving essential to manage unchecked pest populations, says Rachel Fewster from the University of Auckland. Data collected by a University of Auckland project, CatchIT, from 3,000 community groups around the country, indicates a huge fall in the number of rats caught during a traditionally fruitful time of year. In the past week, CatchIT registered just a third of the captures they saw over the same period in the previous two years. Kane Kvasnicka from Restore Hibiscus and Bays, an organisation representing 30 community groups and 155km of coastline in the north of Auckland, worries that the month-long trapping hiatus may prove disastrous for their years of hard work eradicating pests. We have people and groups that have been out there maintaining trap lines for more than 10 years, so naturally we’re worried sick about the birds and reptiles we’re trying to save, says Kvasnicka. Our main effort is to try and bring about the government’s Predator Free 2050 goals, so the kind of impact this might have, especially if the Alert Four period is extended, is pretty concerning. Hackwell from Forest & Bird notes this pause in predatory control will be most strongly felt among the high-risk endangered species. Nesting seabirds such as the storm petrel, northern royal albatross, and the kakī are among the most vulnerable. A lot of projects that have been working very hard to save species and grow numbers could be under real threat at this time of year, Hackwell says. Species such as titi or blue penguins are yet to fledge their young, so without the trapping that goes on, they’re very susceptible to being eaten by the likes of ferrets and stoats. The Department of Conservation has made arrangements for essential care if wildlife emergencies occur in conservation areas, but they note that the threshold is high and public safety must come first. Otherwise, the majority of their pest-eradication plans are on hold indefinitely. For now, Kiwis must turn to their own yards to do their bit in the fight against the onslaught of rats. The dramatic shutdown is no doubt saving lives, but there are fears some precious wildlife may never recover. We’ve already seen localised extinctions of taonga birds like the kakāriki and kākā as a result of doing nothing to stop invasive species, says Malcolm. The lockdown is going to be good for our country in the long run, but at what cost? edited from https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/18/boom-time-for-new-zealands-rats-as-lockdown-gives-them-free-rein-in-cities-aoe by Leni Maiai

what exactly is an essential service during Coiv19 lockdown?
  So we are in level 4 of the LOCK DOWN for COIV19. Essential services are allowed People are asking what is an essential service? TVNZ seven sharp when along with Owen Stobart of ACES pest control to find out essential pest control 

Post Graduate qualification in pest control
ACES pest control is now qualified certificate III Pro trains post graduate course in Timber pests.   CPPPMT3008 Inspect for and report on timber pests CPPPMT3010 Control timber pests CPPPMT3042 Install physical termite management systems   Owen Stobart graduated with this qualification on the 5th of July 2019  (document number S196/1738)   Owen Stobart also has entry level qualification   CPPMT3005 Manage Pests without Pesticides CPPMT3006 Manage pests by applying pesticides CPPMT3018 Maintain equipement and pesticides storage area in pest management vehicles        Both Qualifications are recognised by the Australian Enviromental Pest Manager Association  and PMANZ ( Pest Managment Association of New Zealand) 

NZ's top rodent-killer learns from pest control legend at New York's Rat Academy
In 2016 I attended the NPMA ( USA) in Seattle. At this meeting attended Dr Bobby Corrigans " RAT ACADAMY".  It was standing room only, as the 1000+ conference room was packed out. Dr Corrigans course was extremely useful as he is the go to man in the USA when no one else can solve the rodent issue.  Below is an article I did with Tim Wilson a reporter for TVNZ in the hope I could pass on some of the tips that Bobby taught me. I hope you find this information helpful kind regards Owen    Kiwi man Owen Stobart is the country's go-to when it comes to exterminating rodents. "The more I deal with rats, the more I respect them. Unfortunately, my job is to take them out," Mr Stobart says. Mr Stobart attended Rat Academy in the US, which is run by pest control legend Dr Bobby Corrigan, the only person with a PhD in urban rat control. "Rat Academy is a course which essentially focuses purely on urban rat control … and he [Dr Bobby Corrigan] shows you lots of different scenarios and gives you the correct solution, according to his research and studies. "Bobby Corrigan told us to ignore rat poo and look for the sebum trails because the sebum trails tell you where the rats are going." Sebum is the mark of oil from the sebaceous glands from the rat's fur and are like "rat traffic lights". "It shows you an area the rats trust, and they frequent on a regular basis." Mr Stobart says the rat population is linked to the human population which suggests that rats will be more of a problem in the future. "The more people we have, the higher the number of rats." A highlight of the job has been exterminating 10,000 rats in Auckland. "It was considered to be one of the worst rat jobs in the world. Luckily that's sorted now." taken from https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/nzs-top-rodent-killer-learns-pest-control-legend-new-yorks-rat-academy    

rat invasion in auckland has people calling for pest control
ACES pest control features in a story in the increase in rat job in Auckland in 2019.  Rat 'invasion' in Auckland as pest control experts report surge in calls Call-outs for rats have doubled in the past year for an Auckland pest control company (file photo). Rat numbers are rising fast across Auckland due to this year's hot summer, experts say. ACES Pest Control director Owen Stobart said Auckland was under an invasion and his firm was responding to almost 10 incidents a day. Stobart spoke out after residents of West Auckland's Titirangi Village this week complained they were being over-run by "rats as big as cats". All day long people are calling me regarding rats, it’s double the demand we had last year, he said.  In 2018 ACES Pest Control received three to four call-outs a day, with 50 per cent of them for rats. Grey Lynn resident Morgan Robertson said he had witnessed a plague of rats in his community. You can walk along the board walk at Cox's Bay Reserve and they are out in broad daylight every day, he said. The city has a massive rodent infestation. However, Waitemata Local Board chairwomen Pippa Coom said she had received no reports of rats at Cox's Bay Reserve. ? Stobart said rat populations usually swelled after a long, hot summer. "It provides them with the conditions they need to produce lots of litters," he said. "Now we're getting some cold snaps, they're all getting cold and they're wanting to get inside." Warmer temperatures were also linked to a rise in wasp numbers last month. Stobart said Grey Lynn had a long-established rat population. They’ve been there for maybe 100 years and have become more numerous because of the good weather. By RIPU BHATIA  AUCKLAND REPORTER edited from original article https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/113485797/rat-invasion-in-auckland-as-pest-control-experts-report-surge-in-calls

rat removal north shore
Rat extermination west auckland "ACES pest control deals with rodents in Auckland on a daily basis. We find that while mice are predictable, rats are not. This they look at each house or business and assess their approach for each situation. Only when they have the situation that suits them ( meaning the owner can't get them!) then they invade your home. As a result ACES bases its treatments following an inspection for rats to ensure we are successful. Rat are intelligent! Pays to hire a Professional Pest Control company that can take the time to access your situation. Here is an article from the States that hints at how smart rats can be...."   Rats get a bad rap Yes, okay, they're unkillable, disease-ridden fleabags who occasionally, uh, eat people alive. But they're also intelligent, highly empathetic and surprisingly relatable little critters who probably enjoyed Ratatouille just as much as you did. And now, one murine resident of Washington DC has shown they can be safety-conscious members of the community as well. Last summer, a condo building in the District was evacuated after a fire alarm sounded. But, strangely, there was no fire  so what happened? A glitch? A noisy consequence of the ongoing climate apocalypse? No  it was a rat. Caught red-pawed on security footage, the little guy literally jumped onto the alarm from a nearby handrail and pulled it down, setting off the siren. It is, however, unknown at this point whether the rat was pulling a prank or simply being overcautious. Washington DC has a long history with havoc-causing rodents  in 1967 a single rat left a third of the District without power for 45 minutes after it chewed through the wires of a local power station. And despite the local government's inventive range of weapons in the "eternal war" between rat and human, their numbers have only grown in recent years. This particular mischief-maker, however, has won hearts on Twitter thanks to his can-do, safety-conscious attitude.   Naturally, people couldn't help comparing the #FireAlarmRat to his spiritual predecessor, the original rodent sensation that was Pizza Rat. Seen by many as embodying the plucky, determined, and above all pizza-loving soul of New York, Pizza Rat went viral back in 2015 after thousands of people watched him do what we'd all do if we found a slice bigger than our entire bodies: dragging that badboy home on the subway for dinner.   So spare a thought for rats. They might be dirty, but they're also safety-conscious, pizza-loving goofballs who love tickles. And that whole black death thing? That was probably just a misunderstanding. After all, how can you stay mad at a critter who literally lives in a group collectively called a mischief? edited from an article by Katie Spalding from https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/this-rat-is-going-viral-after-it-set-off-a-fire-alarm-and-forced-a-building-to-evacuate/

rat control west auckland
Rat extermination central auckland Rats are a common pest in Auckland . ACES deals with them on a daily basis. Mostly people have tried their DIY efforts and it hasnt worked. Scientists estimate there is one rat per person, meaning there are at least 1.5 million rats in Auckland NZ. Here is an interesting overview on rats and how they affect us.    Imagine an initial population of two rats growing to more than 482 million in just 36 months, particularly in a large city such as London or New York. How is such a scenario possible? Consider the following: If a rat’s gestation period is 21 to 23 days, the size of a typical litter is five to 10 rat pups, and a rat’s birth cycle is three to six litters in a lifetime, than two rats today could quickly turn into 10 rats in just three months. Extending that same calculation, after one year, those two rats could potentially increase to 1,248 rodents. In 15 months there could be 6,232 rats, and so on, until after three years, nearly a half billion rats could be produced, resulting in a massive rodent problem.                                 According to a visually powerful marketing campaign developed by the global pest management company, XXXX, the remarkable reproductive potential of rats, as described above, is definitely possible. Fortunately, real-world factors exist such as lack of shelter, disease, predation, pest control, in-fighting and cannibalism that naturally limit such population explosions. Nonetheless, the numbers show just how quickly rats can reproduce under ideal conditions. Presenting the data in a visually compelling fashion via a sophisticated marketing campaign has been an effective way to raise awareness about the public health threat posed by rats. INCREASING VISIBILITY. From a marketing and awareness perspective, campaigns with eye-catching facts and figures can help raise awareness about pest issues while simultaneously raising the profile of the company behind the numbers. For the Rise of the Rats campaign, XXXX worked with Builtvisible, a digital marketing agency with experience developing high-profile campaigns. Jennifer Forbes, content marketing consultant at Builtvisible, said XXXX worked with her company to conceptualize a campaign that educated and raised awareness around how rat infestations happen and the rate at which they can spread. While information on the topic existed, we spotted an opportunity to bring it to life in an engaging, digestible digital format. After posting the Rise of the Rats campaign on XXXXX website, Builtvisible used animated GIFs, images and data stories to generate coverage in publications that aligned with XXXX target audiences, explains Forbes. Using search engine optimization (SEO) and other website marketing strategies, Builtvisible strategically placed a link to the campaign within the rodent section of the XXXX website. The approach produced effective results with a 688 percent global increase in organic page views related to XXXX rodent-related web pages. Essentially, the campaign allowed XXXX to appear higher in Google’s search results for certain rodent terms, while also adding value to potential customers searching for information related to the rising rat population.Digital PR and SEO activity are vital in today’s landscape as they both satisfy demands and needs in a very targeted way, Forbes says. GROWING AWARENESS. Aside from being a marketing tool for XXXX, the Rise of the Rats campaign has been designed to raise awareness about growing rat problems in urban settings. As Judy Black, vice president of technical services for XXXXX  the North American pest control brand of XXXX  noted, We need to be aware of rat activity in our major cities and we need to be addressing it. The reasons for an increase in rat issues might be different for different geographies, Black said. In a large city, for instance, Norway rats tend to breed more frequently and produce larger litters when they have access to multiple sources of food, water and harborage.                                             “If there isn’t good sanitation discipline in these cities, then you’re going to create a situation where they can maximize their reproductive potential, said Black. Proper sanitation is critical to the success of any rodent control program in urban settings. Therefore, city officials need to have a plan in place to address rat issues, and not just in commercial settings. Common areas, such as parks, also are affected, as well as abandoned buildings and homes where squatters might have moved in and created sanitation issues that are attractive to rodents. In such situations, rats can cause property damage and they have even been known to cause fires by chewing through electrical wiring. Rats also can contaminate and damage food. Additionally, Disease is  and certainly should be  a huge concern, states Black. The disease aspect, though, is not as understood by the general public as it is with the pest management industry, she added. When stories about rodent-related diseases and sicknesses make headlines, this will raise the issue into public consciousness for awhile, but this will eventually fade. Thus, pest management professionals should do their part to raise public awareness about problems related to rat populations. As Black noted, It is our duty as pest management professionals to continue to educate our clients on the issues that rats can cause. edited from an article by Nici Lucas taken from http://www.pctonline.com/article/the-rise-of-the-rats/

Mice Carry Rare and Dangerous Diseases
Mice Carry Rare and Dangerous Diseases
West Auckland rat removal   Just this week ACES pest control was speaking to a customer whos family had unknowingly been made ill by rodents. ACES pest control has run into this issue a number of times where rodents make people unwell. It use to be that mice didnt carry serious diseases, but that has changed now. If you have rodents near you they need to be controlled or  they will make you and your family ill.    New York City house mice, the kind probably nibbling away in the pantry, are leaving behind more than an unwelcome mess. Big Apple mice carry a wide assortment of bacteria and viruses that can cause maladies ranging from mild to life-threatening in humans, according to research published Tuesday. Researchers from the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York gathered 416 mice from seven different sites across the five boroughs and  tested their fecal pellets. The droppings showed that mice across the city carry numerous dangerous diseases including shigella, salmonella, clostridium difficile and leptospira, which cause fever and gastrointestinal distress in humans. Some of the bacteria were resistant to three common antibiotics, the research showed.In addition, the mice carried 36 types of viruses, most of which had never before been seen in mice. Mice found in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, which were fatter than other mice, harbored the greatest number of viruses. The results were published in the journal mBio. The precise level of dangerousness of New York City mice feces was, until now, not fully researched. The findings, in part, confirm common sense: Mouse droppings really are stomach-churning. For the immunosuppressed, ill or very old, mice with pathogenic microbes can be especially dangerous. The city received roughly 18,000 complaints about mice in private residential properties last year via calls to 311, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.  Complaints trigger contact to the property owner and potentially a visit by an inspector, the spokeswoman said. Public data show that some 250 calls were made to 311 about mice in schools last year.  Those complaints are handled by facility staff and treatment from exterminators, according to a spokeswoman for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The mice in the study hailed primarily from multiunit residential buildings, which provide all the necessities food, shelter and warmth that mice need to live and breed rapidly.  From the fecal samples, scientists were able to determine that 37% of mice harbored at least one potentially pathogenic bacterium. Specifically, scientists recovered and cultured clostridium difficile,  demonstrating that the exact same bug circulating in human outbreaks is also found in mice. That finding is very strong evidence, although circumstantial, that mice may be a reservoir, said W. Ian Lipkin, one of the authors of the research and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity. Now, we don’t know which way it goes maybe it goes from humans into mice, mice into humans or both directions. It’s hard to say. A spokeswoman for the city’s health department said officials have no epidemiological evidence that mice serve as a reservoir for pathogens that pose a significant danger to residents. It is likely that mice are infected with the pathogens reported in this study as a result of exposure to humans and human environment, she said. One other important takeaway from the research is that there is no such thing as mild mice contamination of food, Dr. Lipkin said. If you have evidence of mouse contamination, and it’s not a sealed container, I’m worried about it, said Dr. Lipkin. A little bit of mouse contamination is a large problem. edited from original article by Melanie Grayce West https://www.wsj.com/articles/mice-in-new-york-carry-rare-and-dangerous-diseases-study-finds-