Posts tagged ‘rodents’

February 20, 2012


by jteaton

Roof rats are now staking a claim in areas where they haven’t been before–thus we’re forced to change our approach to rodent jobs. Knowledge of this specific rat has become vital to solving this problem in a diligent manner.
You must know the reproductive rates, food preferences and how rodents communicate. Whether it’s their urine, pelage, or fecal matter, knowledge of these basics will improve any pest control technician’s ability to eliminate an infestation in a timely fashion.
Roof rats are one of my favorite pests because of their elusiveness. They force me to think outside the box and ask myself the questions: “should I pre-bait this account?”, “seal the building first?”, “what would be the best food item for baiting my traps?”. Asking these questions is when training and knowledge become vital in making the right choices for the job. The more proficient you become at answering these questions, the greater the reward.

Rodent Notes:
• Rodents pass on food preference through the mother’s milk
• In three weeks a young rodent starts venturing outside the nest
• Mice have a bite pattern of about 2 mm; rats have a pattern of 4 mm
• Rodents differ in behavior from location to location; nothing is ever set in stone
• Block walls provide excellent harborage areas, never forget to inspect them

When the problem is solved, be sure to identify and communicate to your customer the sources that contributed to the infestation, and set an appropriate warranty to avoid losing money on possible call-backs.

James Rodriguez
Territory Manager
J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.
(818) 640-4587

January 9, 2012

Winter Weather and IPM

by jteaton

Winter Weather and IPM

Winter weather is the perfect time to promote your IPM program! At this time of the year, people understand the concept better; the draft under the door, the leaky window or cold burst of air coming from the garage door. All are areas that could allow insects or rodents to enter their home or building.

Here are some examples of why someone should seal their garage door:

• Saves them energy costs

• Keeps their garage warmer

• Help keep dust and leaves out

• Prevent insects and rodents from entering

• Protects their stored items from mice or rats

• Minimizes the use of pesticides indoors

• Provides long-lasting protection (value)

Selecting a durable material is crucial in separating yourself from the” weekend warrior”; so explore your options before selling an IPM job so you pick the best products for the job. Sometimes it could be adding a strip of molding to the side of a door, or metal flashings around garage door channels but whatever you do it needs to look right.

The goal of sealing, when you’re done with a job, is to make it look as if you were never there. “A natural fix” is a term I like to use. Take “before” and “after” pictures of your job to show other customers or to put on flyers to help sell future jobs.

By sealing a building, you’ve made your customer instantly happy, kept the house/building warmer and helped your IPM program by building the insects out.

Happy Selling! James Rodriguez Territory Manager J.T. Eaton Co., Inc. (818) 640-4587

June 14, 2011

Keeping Your Customers Safe

by jteaton

Keeping your customers safe

As pest control professionals, we climb into crawl spaces, roam around in basements full of spiders–and at times–attics and garages filled with rodent droppings. I’m thankful that we’re required to be trained for these situations and that we have access to the proper protective gear; however what about our customers? Are they being made aware of some of the dangers associated with tearing into a pack rat, roof rat, norway rat or mouse nest?

If you’re called out on a rodent job, making your customer aware of the hazards of having rodents is one thing, but letting them know some of the dangers associated with breathing dust from a rodents is another. I don’t want you to scare the heck out of them, but opening up some kind of dialogue to prevent and illness or respiratory problems should be everyone’s goal.

A few examples to keep in your tool box of knowledge are:

• Mice can leave 3000 micro droplets of urine per day
• A rat has about 7000 psi pressure of bite power
• Rats’ teeth have a hardness rating of 5.5 (where iron is 4.0)
• One dropping about the size of period can have 5 million Hantavirus pathogens
• Rodents lose their entire pelage (fur) twice a year during molts
• Urine, mucus, saliva, blood and hair can contain pathogens

Offering the correct information will not only help you get the job, but also create life- long customers.

James Rodriguez
Territory Manager
J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.
(818) 640-4587 Direct.