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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    

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

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

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

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

HUMANE and effective treatment for rats....
 HUMANE and effective  treatment for rats....
rat eradication albany auckland ACES pest control has used this method once for treating rats and it was 100% successful.  Not all rat jobs are suitable, but for some it offers a HUMANE control of rats. Also there is no residual  toxins to non target animals and the environment!  The CO2 - dry ice changes into a gas and as its heavier than air it sinks down into the borrows and put the rats to sleep without any suffering!   The city is ramping up its use of dry ice to plug rat burrows in parks. The ice fills their underground homes with carbon dioxide, suffocating the rats which often sleep during the day. It’s quicker, more humane and environmentally friendly than traditional rodenticide, which has felled hawks who sometimes snack on the poisoned critters. This is one weapon in what we do to fight rats in New York City,said Rick Simeone, director of pest control for the city’s Health Department, during a demonstration at Columbus Park in lower Manhattan.  And it completely eliminates any chance of secondary poisoning for hawks and birds of prey. Simeone said the city is increasing its use of dry ice because just last year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered the product Rat Ice from Bell Laboratories, and the New York State  Department of Environmental Conservation also registered it for use as a pesticide. Before that, several cities including New York conducted smaller pilot projects to control the rat population with dry ice. But the EPA wanted the dry ice registered as a product before it was widely used. It’s all part of Mayor de Blasio’s $32 million plan to reduce the city’s rat population, with a focus on the city’s high-infestation areas: Grand Concourse in the Bronx, Chinatown/East Village/Lower East Side  in Manhattan and Bushwick/Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Health Department officials said during the 2016 pilot project, dry ice helped slash the number of rat burrows at Columbus Park from 60 to just two. Tompkins Square Park saw a reduction of 368 burrows down to 20. I’ve been here 20 years and I’ve not seen a method, if it’s applied this way, that is this effective, Simeone said. Pest control workers must clearly define and mark rat burrow openings in order for the dry ice to be effective. You have to have a burrow system and an area where you identify the colony, said Simeone.If you apply the product correctly, you will eliminate those rats. Rats can have four to six litters of offspring a year, he said, especially in the warmer months. If you get in early like we are doing now before the winter ends, you will have less reproducing adults which should amount to less rats, he said. Simeone was quick to note the dry ice will not work in every scenario. The city’s efforts to use more closed trash containers in parks, and increase garbage pick ups is key to taming the rat population. Traditional rodenticide takes longer to work, he said. And rats might pass it by if they spot a tasty scrap of pizza or some leftover lunch. Still, the city will continue to use rat poison in some cases. But Parks Department officials said dry ice will be used in parks with rat activity that are also home to nesting raptors. That’s good news for wildlife rehabilitators Cathy and Bobby Horvath who have treated hawks, owls and other birds after they ingested rat poison. Bobby also serves as a city firefighter. This is a win for wildlife in the city, Bobby said. Any predator that preys on rodents is a potential victim for secondary poisoning, athough its only been documented in Birds of Prey.  On Tuesday, the City Council’s Sanitation Committee held a hearing on a package of rat mitigation bills. Some of the proposed legislation would require some buildings to take out garbage between 4 a.m. and 6 p.m. and require businesses to clean grease from their sidewalks. adapted from an article By Lisa L. Colangelo Call 0800 ACES2U for a free quote over the phone to see if this technique could be suitable for your situation

"Ratpocalypse" pest control issues with rats
rat pest control east coast bays auckland   "ACES pest control attended Dr Corrigans " Rat Acadamy" course in 2016 NPMA  Seattle meeting. It was standing room only! Bobby is the "go to guy" when all the other Pest Control Companies have tried and failed.  Bobby has a  scientific approach and has a Doctorate in Science. We hope you enjoy this article featuring Bobby as much as we enjoyed his course."    Milder winters allow rats to have more litters, and their population explosion could help spread diseases such as E. coli and bubonic plague. Is America on the verge of a ratpocalypse? Experts and officials are documenting growing numbers of rats across the United States, a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. However, rats are notoriously difficult to study. The exact number of rat populations is unclear. In New York, for example, estimates range from 250,000 on the low end up to tens of millions.   The only thing certain is the numbers are growing. In July, New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, pledged $32 million to combat the rodents. The city wants more rat corpses, he announced. New York may be the most prominent city in the United States to tackle its highly visible rat problem, but it certainly isn’t the only one. Other major metropolitan areas, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Washington have all reported increased sightings. Milder winters mean more rats Bobby Corrigan, who holds a doctorate in rodentology, and is one of the nation’s leading experts on rats, told Healthline that if you spoke to health departments in 25 different cities, they’d all tell you we have more rats now than ever before. Even though that’s not empirical, that’s a pretty darn good indication, he said. Corrigan attributes growing rat populations in the United States and around the world to milder winters and growing human populations. Rats tend to reproduce less during the winter as cold weather makes it harder for the rodents to survive. But, as winters have become milder due in part to climate change over the past decade, rats have been able to produce extra litters.   More rats mean more disease The warmer weather also cascades down onto the various other parasites and bugs that depend on rats for survival. Disease-carrying ticks, mites, lice, and fleas are all more likely to survive and reproduce during mild winters. A similar problem manifested earlier this year when reports of increased tick-borne illnesses were largely attributed to booming populations of mice  the critters that spread ticks throughout forested areas. Simply put, says Corrigan, Winter doesn’t kill as much anymore because we don’t have hard winters. The risks of booming rat populations are manifold. The various ectoparasites that feed on rats are capable of spreading many different diseases, including rat bite fever and bubonic plague. While the plague is uncommon in the United States today, it still appears periodically, including this year in New Mexico. However, rats don’t even need to carry ectoparasites to spread disease. In fact, they are more than capable of spreading zoonotic diseases through contact with their urine and feces. A study from Columbia University in 2014 found that rats in New York carried everything from E. coli and salmonella to Seoul hantavirus and C. difficile. They don’t carry rabies. That’s the good news, says Corrigan.   Solutions are difficult The federal government isn’t actually involved in controlling rat populations as it is with many other public health problems. Between 1969 and 1982, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doled out grants to different cities under its Urban Rat Control program, but that ended under former President Ronald Reagan. A CDC spokesperson confirmed to Healthline that it no longer has any involvement with rat control. Since then, cities, businesses, and citizens have had to fend for themselves. You’re only as good as your worst neighbor down the street or outside the door who doesn’t do their trash right, said Corrigan.   People are the problem This leads to the second major part of the rat boom: humans. Rats have been called the mirror species of humans. When we thrive, they thrive. They share and inhabit the same cities that we do. More people, more trash, more trash, more pests, said Corrigan. For better or worse then, the solution to the rat problem begins with the human problem of waste management. That’s a mammal that needs the same thing you and I need. It needs food every single day. It needs water every day, explained Corrigan. If you have 16 rats, just one family of rats, they need a pound of food every night. That’s seven pounds of food every week going into those rats’ bellies, he noted. The implication is clear: Rats are getting all the food they need from humans. And while calls to pest control services are up across the country, and cities are trying new methods for killing rats  like using dry ice to suffocate them in their nests  in New York, Corrigan’s approach is far more benign. The only solution, according to Corrigan, is an approach that includes individual and government cooperation between everyone from city task forces, to grocery store and restaurant owners, to homeowners. If you want to keep rats out of your home and help control populations, it comes down to two things, he said. Ensure that all doors, including garage doors, leading into and out of your home are tightly closed. You should not be able to roll a number two pencil under a door, Corrigan said. The second is securing garbage appropriately.  Everybody thinks anybody can take out the garbage, so sometimes they’ll give it to the children to take out the garbage, says Corrigan. Taking out the garbage and storing the garbage correctly is something that needs attention. Instead of hiring an exterminator or putting out poison bait, why don’t you just simply get a better garbage can? he said.   "When ACES spoke to Bobby between lectures, he mentioned that high numbers of rats must always go hand in hand with a large food source. And he pointed out that the Vancouver rat study is showing   that the pest control of rats while  effective, creates a vacant territory, which other rats eventually move into with time. Meaning the net result is zero. He concluded in his course that the long term solution for urban rats is how humans manage the environment around them." Adapted from an article  by Gigen Mammoser

Mice control DIY tips
pest control auckland mice   ACES pest control finds that mice are year round problem in Auckland. 2016 and 2017 there have been more mice then rats. Mice are destructive often chewing electrical wires and sometimes high pressure mains plastic pipe resulting in major floods and $100 000.00s of damage. We have have around five customers call in with significant floods this year. Here is another point of view from Emily. Please read and enjoy.      HOUSE mice can be a nightmare for home owners who find them in their property. Do you know how to get rid of mice? What does a mouse eat? How do you trap them and what traps should you use? Do you know how to spot droppings?   House mice invade you home and eat your food, making it dirty and unpleasant to live in. However, do you know how to spot mice and how to get rid of them?   There are various signs of mice to look out for.   The first and most obvious sign is droppings. Mice should leave around 50 to 80 droppings per night.   How to spot mice droppings Rentokill describes mouse droppings as being around three to eight inches in length.   Mice do not defecate in corners or in a pattern like some animals, so you can expect to find them scattered all over the house.   What’s more, droppings could be hidden in a number of places, including in cupboards, above cupboards and along skirting boards. Droppings can be light brown or dark brown in colour depending on how long they have been there    Rat droppings are larger, from half an inch to three-quarters of an inch long - so if you find these you have a larger problem on your hands.      Get rid of mice: The signs of house mice - what does a mouse eat and how to trap them? What other signs of mice are there? Other signs of mice include creasy marks on the floor and bottoms of the walls - as mice tend to stick to the sides of rooms.   There is also the strong smell of urine, as mice urinate very often.   Scratching noises are also a signs that mice may well be living in your property.     Get rid of mice: What do mice eat?   Mice are thought tone very fond of cheese, however, it is not a staple of their diet and also not the most effective food to catch them with.   In fact, ACES a pest control company, claim peanut scent may well be a better lure for the small, furry animals.   Aside from this yummy treat, mice also like to grains, fruit, and seeds, so you may well catch them nibbling on your cereal.   While it seems that mice may eat cardboard and paper, they only chew these items to make comfy nests.       Traps are the most efficient ways to get rid of mice that are living in your home.   Website How To Get Rid of Mice recommends using electric shock traps, which they claim are humane, or a live trap that allows air to circulate through the trap.   Position a trap near where the mice seem to live, and also being new furniture.    How do you prevent mice returning?   The best way to prevent mice coming back is keeping your food in sealed containers at all times, to prevent mice rummaging through your cupboards.   Sealing of entrances to the house will also help keep mice at bay.       ACES pest control agrees with Emily that you should take steps to rodent proof house. Mice come from two areas in a house. Where there is an "under the house" e.g. Villa they come up from under the house via the travelling on top of the plumbing. Where the house is on a concrete slab they come in via the attached garage. All successful pest control treatments start with an inspection. ACES offers free rodent proofing advise following our inspection     modified from  EMILY HODGKIN article       for more information on  services offered by ACES pest control please click here for our services for rodents please click here for services for ants please click here and for cockroaches please click here

Jack- the awesome pest controller!!!!!
rat fumigation ponsonby auckland   ACES pest control once had the help of a customers dog finding rats. Jenny Jones told ACES her dog knows were the rats are. We did our inspection and an hour later, YES you guessed it Jennys dog was 100% correct! Some dogs are awesome pest controllers!   "Jack, the rat terrier, gets ready for work. His hearing is so acute he can hear the sound of a rat's heart beating.   Rat population boom blamed on cold B.C. winter Yoram Adler can't imagine a better work colleague. Jack is always up, always ready to take on a tough job, and always ready to kill.  "My daughter didn't want me to tell you this, but he's killed 36 rats and 11 mice. And two squirrels, by mistake," said Adler. At a mere 10 kilograms, the six-year-old rat terrier doesn't look lethal. On the contrary, he exudes the happy agreeability of a puppy. As for the killing part, he can't help it.  Seeking and destroying rodents is exactly what Jack was bred to do. It's also what makes him the perfect partner for Adler, an exterminator and co-owner of Vancouver's Integrated Pest Management. Targets rats "I love my canine partner. And I love the fact that he loves his work," said Adler, who believes Jack is the only working dog exterminator in B.C.'s Lower Mainland. Jack has been on the job for five years, targeting suspected rats with his keen sense of smell, strong prey drive, and hypersonic-like speed. Small size, big job Jack can smell mice, rats, squirrels and even bed bugs. His small size allows him to get into places humans cannot. (David Horemans/CBC) "Generally in the wintertime there's a lot more rodent calls than in the summer," said Adler. "He is able to inspect garages, basements and crawl spaces, and stick his nose under stuff and smell. When he finds his prey, he'll paw or bark to alert Adler. "Usually, he barks to tell me where they are. He'll also show me their routes  you know, where they are running." Adler said Jack will catch and kill rats and mice if he can. But when it comes to squirrels, Adler deploys his dog differently. Jack the chaser "We call it squirrel evictions," he said. "We'll go up in an attic and I'll give him a go word, which is 'Chippy.' I ask him, 'where's Chippy?' And he'll make a lot of noise growling and barking. "The squirrels hear that and run out. He's not the killer in that situation. He chases them out and then we block the entrance point with a one-way door — in case there are other squirrels still inside — or with mesh." To keep his skills sharp, Adler sometimes brings Jack to a downtown SkyTrain station where training doubles as community service. "He killed three rats there one night. I don't want to tell you which station, though. People will think it's overrun with rats." 'He just had to be taught' Jack has also become an expert in bed bug detection, something rat terriers don't normally do. Adler recognized how valuable the skill would be and set about finding someone locally who could train him. In the end, he hired a retired customs dog trainer, who, over a six-month period, schooled Jack in the canine craft of finding bedbugs. "The customs trainer trained him the same way as when they teach the customs dogs to find drugs and money," said Adler. "I knew he could do it, he just had to be taught." President's pooch As a breed, rat terriers grew in prominence at the turn of the last century when  as the story goes President Teddy Roosevelt used them to rid the White House of a terrible rat infestation.  Adler calls Roosevelt "one of my history heroes," and credits the story for making him aware of the breed. When his daughter started begging for a puppy, he thought, 'why not get one that could help on the job?'  Working dogs don't always make good family pets but Jack has proven an easy fit in both worlds.  "He cuddles up on the couch and watches the Canucks' games with me," Adler said. "He sleeps on our bed and tries to lick our faces after he's done his work, which my wife doesn't necessarily like," said Adler. Job well done With another site cleared, Jack jumps into Adler's trunk. The two will head home for some play time, treats and rest before the next call. (David Horemans/CBC) Adler has never advertised Jack's services because there's never been a shortage of word-of-mouth referrals. But he is considering putting the dog's photo on a new work truck, which is set to hit the road. "People like the dog, they gravitate towards the dog because he's very friendly," Adler said. "But mostly they like that there's a canine expert inspecting their house." adapted from and article by Karin Larsen,