Most people have never heard of M-44s and even fewer have read the use label for this important device to control predators. Visit https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/056228-00032-19990427.pdf to read the highly restrictive rules governing the legal use of this device.
Wildlife, such as birds and mice, can enter homes through dryer vents. However, securing this entry point requires great care. Secure dryer vents improperly and you have created conditions to start a fire. Say you use 1/4-inch hardware cloth to secure the opening. That screen reduces the air flow and allows lint to collect on the screen. As the dryer heats up it can ignite the lint and voila, you have a fire. According to Consumer Reports (Jan 2011 p. 3), lint filled dryer ducts cause 4,500 fires a year in the U.S. alone.
Before securing your dryer vent, be sure to consult local and state codes. My understanding is that some states forbid any screening of dryer vents. In these cases, the best you can do is to be sure that you are using an aluminum dryer vent hose and not the vinyl to at least keep the mice from entering the home.
For those locations where you can secure your dryer vents, then consider this device. It uses a ball that is pushed out of the way as the dryer runs then gravity drops back down when the dryer stops. No screens but still prevents animal entry.
Finally, be sure to monitor the device to ensure it continues to work properly. Daily following the install then weekly or monthly as your findings dictate. Of course, don’t forget to have it cleaned regularly.
Animal rights and vehicles. What on earth could these two concepts have in common? Actually, they should have a lot in common but they don’t. Why? Animal rights activists don’t discuss them. They like people to think that they care about animals and are working to protect them from needless harm. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Yet, they conveniently ignore the carnage on our roads.
Why do they ignore this issue? I suspect the reason is that animal rights protest industry activists avoid the political heat of attacking activities that many people perform. Attacking the behavior of masses of people is the short path to political suicide. Animal rights protest activists, of course, are smarter than that. Or should I say, that most of the animal rights protest industry activists I have met were certainly smarter than that.
From one perspective, it makes sense to discuss issues that are more likely to be changed in our society. Okay, I can accept that. But doesn’t it seem a bit sneaky to not state the complete goal of one’s ideology? For example, pro-life activists will work to stop certain forms of abortion, but they are very clear that they oppose all abortions done except to save the physical life of the mother. Why don’t the animal rights activists make a similar declaration about their ultimate goals? Why don’t they tell society that they are against all animal killing, including that done by vehicles and that they will be enacting regulations to stop the carnage on our roads?
If someone has an answer I would love to hear it.
Stephen M. Vantassel is a major critic of the animal rights protest industry and loves to debate the topic when animal rights protest industry activists feel brave enough to engage in the dialogue.
Mice and asthma may not sound like a likely pairing but they are.
A recent article published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found a clear association between exposure to mouse allergens among inner-city children and asthma. The study evaluated 284 students (median age 8) and found that students exposed to mouse allergens at school had higher rates of asthma-related absences than those that did not have such exposure. The authors concluded that school-related exposure to mouse allergens is a significant source of asthma inducing morbidity.
The article on mice and asthma is available online at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2587681?utm_source=December+Stop+School+Pests+Holiday+Roundup&utm_campaign=School+IPM+November-December+2016+newsletter&utm_medium=email
If you would like information on how to control mice please visit http://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/VertebratePests/Bulletins/ControllingMice_2016.pdf?ver=2016-10-25-161045-373×tamp=1482634121352
One of the unfortunate realities in wildlife control is that wildlife control operators can get careless about their safety. Sure, everyone working at a job for a certain length of time begins to cut corners. But I am talking about cutting corners that threaten one’s own safety. I have been disappointed by the number of WCOs who have decided that they would take pictures of themselves holding wildlife without appropriate protection.
Sure it’s macho to grab animals by hand, rather than using a tool like cat graspers or tongs. Sometimes, it is even faster to capture an animal by hand. But one would think that wearing gloves would be at least smart. Granted, most gloves won’t protect people from a bite by a determined animal. But gloves can protect against ineffective bites and scratches. Plus gloves can protect the WCO from coming into contact with ectoparasites and feces contaminated fur.
I wonder how many insurance agents, assuming these WCOs actually have insurance, such as liability or health, are checking on the Facebook pages or other social media posts of their clients. I suspect they aren’t. But I would wager that if they did, these agents would have a chat with their clients or possibly recalculate the insurance premium.
Bottom line. Be safe out there. Don’t get careless. Wear gloves. Your job is already dangerous enough.
Stephen M. Vantassel