Rodents: Human Health and Safety Importance

Rodents: Human Health and Safety Importance

There are many species of rodents, most of whom seldom present any problems for humans. The order Rodentia includes animals such as rabbits, hares, squirrels, chipmunks, and hamsters.

In fact, only three species of rodents — the Norway rat, the roof rat, and the house mouse, are common pests of man. Collectively, these three species are known as commensal rodents, literally meaning rodents that eat at the same table as we do.Rodent Control

Rodents present a serious threat to human health and safety. They are involved in the transmission of many serious diseases including murine typhus, bubonic plague, Lyme disease, salmonella, and the Arenaviruses. In addition, their constant gnawing causes structural damage to buildings, creates a risk of fires when rodents gnaw through power cables, and downtime for computer and data networks when they gnaw through communications cables.

Commensal Rodent Species

House Mice
House mouseThe house mouse is considered one of the most troublesome and economically important pests in the United States. House mice live and thrive under a variety of conditions in and around homes and farms.

House mice consume food meant for humans or pets, contaminate a great deal more with their dropping and filth, cause structural damage, and create a fire hazard through their gnawing.

Norway Rats
Norway RatIn nature, Norway rats (often called brown, wharf, or sewer rats) live in burrows near their sources of food and water. They have adapted, however, to living in and around building occupied by humans, where they present serious health and safety risks.

Fleas carried by Norway rats were implicated in the Great Plagues of the Sixth, Fourteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries A.D.

Roof Rats
Roof RatRoof rats (often called black rats or tree rats) are tree dwellers by nature, but they have adapted to living in buildings occupied by humans. They most often are found in attics, soffits, engineering spaces, and running along pipes, wires, and ductwork.pest control

Like other commensal rodents, roof rats present a threat to human health and safety through their capacity to transmit diseases and their destructive gnawing. They also present a challenge for exterminators due to their impressive abilities as aerialists.

Control of Rats and Mice

Z-Best Pest Control offers comprehensive rodent control programs that begin with exclusion, or the sealing off holes, cracks and other openings that rodents use to gain access to a building. These include:

garage doors
water pipes
Exterior Doors
Holes in structure
Dryer vents
and other entry points.

Exclusion minimizes the need for trapping and chemical control, and provides a more permanent solution to rodent problems.

For help with rat or mouse control, or for any of your pest extermination needs, please contact us for a free, professional Pest Control consultation.

Save Yourself Some Headaches With These Tips On Auto Insurance

Save Yourself Some Headaches With These Tips On Auto Insurance

It may seem like it is you against the world, when it comes to dealing with auto insurance. With the vast amount of information available online, it can be very overwhelming at first. This article will provide some helpful information for you to get started on the right path. car insurance
Most student drivers pose a higher risk to auto insurance companies because their age bracket is statistically involved in more accidents, but students can combat this by simply making the honor roll. Students with good grades are less likely to get behind the wheel of their cars drunk or having taken drugs, and insurance companies know this.
There are a lot of factors that determine the cost of your automobile insurance. Your age, sex, marital status and location all play a factor. While you can’t change most of those, and few people would move or get married to save money on car insurance, you can control the type of car you drive, which also plays a role. Choose cars with lots of safety options and anti theft systems in place.
Get liability-only coverage. This policy is the cheapest one you can get that still follows all mandatory minimum state laws. Just remember that it does not cover you or your vehicle, only the other person and their vehicle. In the event your car is damaged in some way, you would have to pay for the repairs yourself.
Stay far away from vehicles with the word “sport” included on them. Anything that goes fast is viewed negatively by insurance companies, as these can influence drivers to take more risks, which in turn costs them more money. Steer clear of sporty vehicles unless you want your premiums to get higher.
Carpool or take public transportation. Insurance companies are very happy with responsible clients. If you let your agent know that you have changed your driving habits, you may be eligible for a discount.
Drive safely and carefully. Good drivers will get discounts on their car insurance. By avoiding drunk driving and respecting simple rules, you can avoid getting into an accident that you are responsible for. Your insurance should not increase as much if you get into an accident that you are not responsible for.
Shop around for car insurance instead of renewing it. When it comes time to renew, many car owners do just that. They renew their car insurance. Instead of renewing, take a look around at other providers. Your situation might have changed or you might be able to find a better deal. insurance agency - car/auto insurance
If your insurance contacts you about an increase in your premium, find out if it is justified or not. A practice known as data mining is used by certain unethical companies: they refer to a consulting firm that will create fake data that would justify an increased premium. If you catch your insurance company doing this, switch immediately to another one.
In summary, you want to do all that you can to learn about auto insurance. There is a lot of information available, but we have provided some of the most important tips. Hopefully, we have provided you with enough information, to not only give you a solid background, but to also, further spark your interest for becoming an expert in it

What is Estate Planning?

Estate Planning

What is Estate Planning?

Estate Planning is taking steps now to make sure that your loved ones are protected in the event you become sick or at your death.

What is a Will?

A Will is a document you sign stating who will receive what you own (your “estate”) after your death and who will be in charge of getting your estate to your beneficiaries. It also can state whether you want to be cremated or buried, who would have custody of your minor children and how your assets are to be distributed to your children through a trust. PROBATE LAWYERS

Do I need a Will?

Yes. A Will makes sure your estate goes to the people or charities you want it to go to. If you have a large estate, a properly drawn Will can save thousands of dollars in estate taxes. If you have a small estate, a Will helps your family and friends to know where your estate should go. If you die without a Will, your biological family will receive your estate and, even if it is just personal belongings, a very messy situation can result. Having a Will also can save your estate the cost of extra legal steps.

Should I have a trust in my Will?

If you have young children or want to provide for family or friends that need help managing money, then you should consider a trust.

What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

There are two types of durable powers of attorney, one for financial matters and one for healthcare decisions.

A financial durable power of attorney allows a friend or family member to take care of your financial affairs if you become incapacitated. It is very important because it will avoid the need for a guardian being appointed for you in the event you are temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

A healthcare durable power of attorney allows a friend or family member to make healthcare decisions for you if you are not able.

What is a Healthcare Directive (Living Will)?

A healthcare directive, or living will, is your statement to the world that if you are in a vegetative state, you want the plug pulled so you can die naturally and quickly.

Is it worth it?

Yes. Well-drawn estate planning documents can save your loved ones an enormous amount of grief if you become incapacitated or at your death. They also can save the expense of a guardianship and additional expenses to your estate after your death. In some cases, they can save thousands of dollars in estate taxes.setting up a will

How would I get started?

First, you would call or email our office to set up a meeting. You should allow one to two hours for the meeting, depending on how complex your situation is. Next you would download and fill out the estate planning questionnaire that applies to your situation. You can bring the questionnaire to our first meeting.

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