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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

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,