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Thursday, 9 March 2006
Formosan Termites and other Pests: News you should know
Topic: Best Rat/Mouse Traps

Quarantine on wood, cellulose material after hurricanes Katrina and Rita The commissioner of agriculture in Louisiana imposed a quarantine for the Formosan subterranean termite on October 3, 2005, in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. The Formosan subterranean termite is the most destructive insect in Louisiana. It is found in about half of Louisiana’s parishes. Thus, the prevention of the Formosan subterranean termite’s spread to other parishes and other states is of utmost concern.

There are several materials in which the Formosan subterranean termite could be moved. These include millions of tons of wood debris left by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and thousands of unsound structures. Plans have been made to turn this wood debris into compost. Architectural components from unsound structures, such as beams or doors, and temporary housing are also materials in which Formosan subterranean termite may be moved.

The quarantine has three objectives: to prevent the spread of the Formosan subterranean termite to locations not now infested, to prevent infestations of existing structures that are not now infested and to prevent the infestation of new and reconstructed structures.

There are several prohibitions and requirements of the quarantine.

* First, new construction and reconstruction of structures must be treated for Formosan subterranean termites according to the Louisiana Structural Pest Control Commission’s Rules and Regulations. * Second, movement of wood or cellulose material is prohibited unless either (1) it is fumigated or treated for Formosan subterranean termites and is approved for movement by the commissioner or his designee(s) or (2) written authorization is given by the commissioner or his designee(s) for the movement of untreated wood or cellulose material from the quarantined parishes. * Third, temporary housing cannot be moved from the named parishes until written authorization is given by the commissioner or his designee(s). * Fourth, all architectural components (beams, doors and salvaged wood) cannot be sold or placed in any structure in any parish until the architectural components are fumigated or treated for Formosan subterranean termites. Commercial logging and timber operations and commercial operations involving the sale or distribution of nursery stock are exempted from the quarantine.

Additionally, it is strongly recommended and urged that all new construction and reconstruction of structures in the quarantined parishes use termite-resistant materials. Termite-resistant materials include pressure-treated wood (borates, ammonical copper quat or copper azole) or non-cellulose materials.

The quarantine is in effect until it is rescinded by the commissioner of agriculture. If a waiver of a requirement or an authorization to carry out one of the prohibited acts is granted, it does not rescind or modify the quarantine.

In addition to their devastation, Katrina and Rita provided a special opportunity to spread the Formosan subterranean termite. They also provided a unique opportunity to prevent its spread by following the quarantine and to reduce its severity by using termite-resistant materials. Thus, it is extremely important that these requirements be adopted and practiced.

Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 10:35 AM EST
Monday, 20 February 2006
Sunriver Homebuilder or Patriots Home Cleaned Up Lot but Rat & Mouse Extermination Gets Started
Topic: Best Rat/Mouse Traps

Sunriver or Patriots Home's Neighborhood Rodent Farm Scoreboard

www.victorpest.com's Rat & Mouse Strap score: 2

Tomcat Rat Snap Trap Score: 3

Killing the rats and mice one or two at a time won't get the job done soon. We are hoping that Sunriver homebuilders realize the trouble they have caused to peaceful residents on this neighborhood on the bluffs. If the company decides to do something to help us eliminate the rodents that came with the storage of their construction waste next door, at least our children will not feel terrified any longer.

We just hope they see the inconvenience they have caused us.




Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 2:26 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2006 9:50 AM EST
Sunday, 19 February 2006
Pest Extermination: Victor Rat and Mouse Trap Vs. TomCat Rat Snap Trap
Topic: Best Rat/Mouse Traps

Thanks to Sunriver, the lot is now clean. We still do not know how long it will remain this way. Now that the lot is clean, the rats and mice that found refuge there migrate to our shed and garage. I was doing yard work this afternoon. I opened the shed to retrieve a broken edger. I saw two humongous rats chasing running away to find cover. It was plain daylight. I decided to go to Orchard Supply to purchase some old-fashioned rat and mouse traps.

This kind of domestic terror must nipped in the bud. Our children are afraid to visit and play in the garage. They will not go to the shed for any reasons. That is the predicament we find ourselves in. Because the construction waste filled with cardboards, broken pieces of sheetrock and other materials were the quiet habitats of rodents that had to find new homes.

This is what we are doing. We intend to engage in a war with them. We hope that Sunriver will understand our problems with these pests. Long after they clean the lot, we, neighbors, will still have to deal with rats which are known disease carriers. That is where the city should be concerned about a public health crisis.

Any way, we have set some traps. We hope to catch a few mice and rats. We are rat hunting! We will show you the results of our pest campaign.


Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 12:08 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 19 February 2006 12:24 AM EST

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