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Asthma Study Examines Benefits of IPM on Rodents

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Asthmatic children suffering from persistent wheezing or difficulty in breathing are often treated in emergency rooms and then return home to the very environment that triggers their asthma attacks. Yet, with proper intervention, including pest control, the frequency of asthma attacks in some children and the need for costly trips to an emergency room can be reduced. A five-year study in the US is taking a close look at how Integrated Pest Management (IPM) intervention can help children with asthma.

Rodent-Control-Sydney-Rat-Control-Rodent-Control_041-300x236Dr Wanda Phipatanakul, a paediatric allergist and associate professor of paediatrics at Harvard Medical School said, “Lots of kids have problems because of their home environment. That’s because one of the most predominant urban indoor allergens that cause and trigger asthma is ‘Musm 1’, the allergen found in the hair, saliva, urine and faeces of mice or rodents. The sensitivity of mouse or rodent allergen makes children susceptible to developing or worsening asthma symptoms that can lead to hospitalisation. “We know from a pilot study that IPM intervention can reduce mouse or rodent allergen levels significantly, by a much as 75 to 80 per cent,” Dr Phipatanakul pointed out.

 

 

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Her work on 2004 National Institute of Health study found that with IPM practices, allergen levels decreased in kitchens by 78.8 per cent and in bedrooms by 77.3 per cent.

“Reducing allergen levels significantly correlates with reduced complications of asthma, including fewer unscheduled asthma-related hospital visits,” she emphasised.

 

Rodent-Control-Sydney-Rat-Control-Rodent-Control_02-300x236The US study will examine whether IPM intervention is superior to IPM education alone in reducing mouse or rodent allergen levels, as well as asthma symptoms and the need for rescue medication in asthmatic children who are sensitised to the mouse or rodent allergen.

Over a five-year period researchers will track 350 families, with children aged 6-17 with moderate to severe asthma who are sensitised to mice or rodents and have a high mouse or rodent allergen level.

Over a five-year period researchers will track 350 families, with children aged 6-17 with moderate to severe asthma who are sensitised to mice or rodents and have a high mouse or rodent allergen level.

Families who commit to the study are placed in either the IPM group to receive immediate IPM intervention, or in the control or education group, which receives training and information, but no intervention until the study is completed.

Rodent-Control-Sydney-Rat-Control-Rodent-Control_01-300x236The study basically examines whether removing mice or rodents and their remnants from the home environment of kids with asthma will reduce allergens and that the kid’s health will improve.

Because bait is restricted by the protocol, control measure focus on exclusion, housekeeping practices, such a getting rid of rubbish, proper storage practices, and trapping, which is exactly the core of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Once technicians identify where mice or rodents are moving, they can use a tracking powder in holes, before sealing up holes and voids.

 

Glue traps and snap traps are used and due to concerns about peanut butter allergies were baited with Bell’s Provoke Professional Mouse Attractant. Provoke is a non-toxic, hypoallergenic attractant technicians use in schools, food production plants and other places where peanut butter is prohibited or not recommended.

Typically, technicians place six snap traps baited with Provoke in the kitchen and three each in other rooms, along with glue boards.

The study could demonstrate that IPM intervention is a promising, cost-effective way to help high-risk asthma patients and highlight the importance of mouse or rodent control in preventing asthma.

Thank you to Bell Laboratories magazine, for this article.

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Director and Head Technician at Easy On Earth Pest Control Sydney

Rodent Control Sydney

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Mice, Rats, Rodents and Residential Pest Control in Sydney

Mice, Rats and Rodents as pests, can be very annoying creatures. They can easily start affecting and disturbing your rest cycles, awaken you in the middle of the night with loud scampering gnawing and some times even fighting in your cavity roof, walls or subfloor.

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They are sociable creatures, so if you see one, there is probably more around and they are capable of inflicting a great deal of damage to your property and your personal health, kids and even your pets.

Mice, Rats and Rodents Damage in Sydney

Rodent problems inside the home should be treated immediately because they can cause significant damage to wiring and been known to chew through floor joists and walls.

 

Rodent control is something that should be taken very seriously. As seen in these images, on one of our past rodent inspections/treatments, we found all the wiring under the stove damaged. It was fortunate for the client they called us just in time, as a fire could have broken out because of a short circuit.

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This is another case where roof rats gnawed on these light fighting and they were electrocuted, clearly rat control was necessary. A very lucky client, as you can see in the image the flames affected a bit of the beam and it could of started a fire as the insulation was next to it.

 

 

 

Rats have very sharp and powerful teeth that can gnaw through materials.

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Rats can also damage air conditioning ducting in cavity roofs or subfloors.

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Rodents can enter a building through almost any opening or crack (check the following picture below). It is important with rodent control, to inspect for rodent droppings, especially in undisturbed areas such as pantries, under baseboards and along walls. Rats dropping most often cause allergic reactions in humans, but can also cause disease, including the potentially deadly Hantavirus. More frequently, though, rodents serve as vectors, carrying bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies and contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and electrical appliances. They can also spread other pests throughout your home, especially fleas and mites.

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What can you do to keep mice, rats and rodents away from your home in Sydney?

Rodents are mammals just like us so eliminating food, water and shelter is vital to an effective rodent control program.

To keep mice and other rats or rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime.

Below are a few tips in how to prevent mice, rats and rodents from your home:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points from utilities and pipes.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Keep food in sealed containers or in the fridge.
  • Empty all rubbish bins at the end of each day, no rubbish or food to be left over night.
  • Get lids for all rubbish bins and clean them once a week.
  • Seal very carefully all the edges to the skirting boards and gaps between subfloor and flooring.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated, dry and with the door closed.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly. Don’t wait until the bins are overflowing to dispose it.
  • Try to keep rubbish bins away from your house.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
  • Always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Screening windows and doors.
  • Remove pet food bowls after each meal.
  • This one may sound like common sense but since Rats are nocturnal (ie more active at night) make sure you close the doors at the start of every evening.

Do not leave fruit or food on the kitchen benches overnight to help with rodent control.

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How to control mice, rats and rodents in Sydney?
Many times when we carry out our normal pest control Inspections we find rodent activity.A lot of people leave the issue for many years untreated. In some cases the insulation in their cavity roof is too thick so they are unaware of the rodents.They tend to pee and poo and breed in the same spot and the occupant can have really no idea that they have been living with them until the gyprock in the ceiling collapses or the smell is really bad. Only then do they realise they have a rat problem and require rodent control solutions in their homes.
Rats, mice and rodents use the insulation to make little tiny tunnels to pee, poo and breed inside.

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Cool nights bring rats, mice and rodents to Sydney

Check out this interview by Carolyn Boyd from the Sydney Morning Herald, speaking with our own Rodrigo Matamala Head Technician at Easy On Earth Pest Control™
http://smh.domain.com.au/blogs/talking-property/cool-nights-bring-rats-mice-20130430-2iqh0.html

How do mice, rats and rodents look like in Sydney?

In Sydney the most common rodents are:

House Mice in Sydney

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The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in Sydney and most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions. A family of 6 mice in a cluttered garage can grow to 50-60 mice in only 90 days.

 

 

 

 

Norway Rats in Sydney

Rodent-Control-Sydney-Rat-Control-Rodent-Control_15-300x236These rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails. A Norway Rat can gnaw through a lead pipe.

 

 

 

 

 

Roof Rats in Sydney

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What are roof rats? Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings, but can be also found in subfloors. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are colour blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. Extra pads and longer digits on their paws enable roof rats to be excellent climbers

 

 

Rodents in general are very smart creatures.

Rodent-Control-Sydney-Rat-Control-Rodent-Control_17-300x236Since rodents are among the most destructive of all pests to invade your home and after implementing the past tips you still have problems just give us a call to ensure your rat control solutions are meet. At Easy On Earth Pest Control™ we can offer you our expertise in rodent control and knowledge of rodent biology to best protect your health and rid your home of a mice, rat or rodent infestations.

This is what happens to those rats when they know that Easy On Earth Pest Control™ is coming with our effective rodent control solutions!

 

 

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Rodrigo Matamala

Director and Head Technician at Easy On Earth Pest Control Sydney