INTRODUCTION TO RODENTS AND OTHER VERTEBRATE PESTS
Table of Contents
Chapter 32
of
"The Best Control"
by Stephen Tvedten
 

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Table of Contents

CANCER PREVENTION

Why 99% is Not Good Enough

Chapters 1-10 OVERVIEW 

Chapter 11 - Things Grandma Probably Used for Pests

Chapter 12-13 - Synthetic Pesticide Poisons

Chapter 14 - Nothing but Ants

Chapter 15-17 - Lice, bed bugs and more

Chapter 18 - Fleas

Chapter 19 - Ticks and Mites?

Chapter 20-21 - Bees, Wasps, Hornets and more

Chapter 22 - MOSQUITOES

Chapter 23 - Spiders

Chapter 24-25 - SCORPIONS

Chapter 26 - Help!  Roaches

Chapter 27 - Help!  Something is eating my clothes!

Chapter 28 - So What's hiding in your stored food ?

Chapter 29 - Crickets

Chapter 30 - Flies

Chapter 31 - Beetles, Mites and more

Chapter 32 - Rodents and other Vertebrate Pests 

Chapter 33 - Bats

Chapter 34 -  Birds

Chapter 35 - Termites

Chapter 36- Safe Lawn and Garden Maintenance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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CHAPTER 32
              VERTEBRATES Page 605 
              INTRODUCTION TO RODENTS AND OTHER VERTEBRATE PESTS Page 606 
              OVERVIEW Page 607 
              THE BEST BAITS Page 608 
              HUMAN DISEASES Page 609 
              HANTAVIRUS PULMONARY SYNDROME (HPS) Page 610 
              ENTRY Page 610 
              CONTROL OVERVIEW Page 611 
              INSPECTION Page 611 
              BAT OVERVIEW Page 612 
              BIRD OVERVIEW Page 612 
              RODENT OVERVIEW Page 612 
              LARGER VERTEBRATE OVERVIEW Page 614 
              PRINCIPLES OF RODENT CONTROL Page 614 
              RAT OVERVIEW Page 616 
              RATS AS DISEASE CARRIERS Page 616 
              KINDS OF RATS Page 618 
              HABITS OF RATS Page 618 
              SENSES OF RATS Page 619 
              FEAR OF NEW OBJECTS (NEOPHOBIA) Page 619 
              FOOD & WATER Page 619 
              RANGE Page 620 
              NESTS Page 620 
              INSPECTION Page 620 
              CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT Page 623 
              SUMMARY Page 631 
              NORWAY RAT Page 631 
              ROOF RAT Page 634 
              HOUSE MICE OVERVIEW Page 637 
              LOSSES DUE TO MICE Page 637 
              MICE AS DISEASE CARRIERS Page 638 
              APPEARANCE Page 638 
              HABITS OF HOUSE MICE Page 639 
              SENSES OF MICE Page 639 
              CURIOSITY Page 639 
              PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES Page 640 
              FOOD AND WATER Page 640 
              RANGE Page 640 
              NESTS Page 641 
              INSPECTION Page 641 
              CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT Page 643 
              SUMMARY Page 645 
              HOUSE MOUSE Page 646 
              IPM RODENT HABITAT MODIFICATION AND SANITATION Page 649 
              PRINCIPLES OF RODENT CONTROL Page 650 
              RODENT CONTROL WITH LIQUID POISON BAITS Page 658 
              ARMADILLOS Page 666 
              DEER Page 667 
              FERAL DOGS AND CATS Page 668 
              FERAL HOUSE CATS Page 669 
              POCKET GOPHERS Page 670 
              DEER MICE Page 671 
              MEADOW MICE Page 672 
              MOLES Page 672 
              SKUNKS, RACCOONS AND OPOSSUMS OVERVIEW Page 676 
              SKUNKS Page 678 
              RACCOONS Page 682 
              OPOSSUMS Page 685 
              PORCUPINES Page 686 
              SHREWS Page 687 
              TREE SQUIRRELS Page 687 
              EASTERN GRAY SQUIRRELS AND WESTERN GRAY SQUIRRELS Page 689 
              RED ("PINEY" OR "CHICKADEE") SQUIRRELS Page 689 
              FOX SQUIRRELS Page 690 
              SOUTHERN FLYING SQUIRRELS AND NORTHERN FLYING SQUIRRELS Page 690 
              IPM SQUIRREL CONTROL Page 691
              GROUND SQUIRRELS Page 692 
              CHIPMUNKS Page 693 
              RABBITS Page 695 
              SNAKES Page 695 
              WOODCHUCK AND/OR MARMOT Page 698 
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