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2-year old boy sucks on dead bat

Posted by animalcontrol on September 15, 2010

This is not the Sugarhouse bat in the news article; it is a bat that was removed during a bat control job by United Wildlife.

A news story came out yesterday about a boy in Sugarhouse, UT (near Salt Lake City) where a young boy was found sucking on a dead bat.  A brain sample will be taken from the bat and tested for rabies. 

This is bat season in Utah and in many other states!  It is very important not to touch a bat, even a dead bat; the health risks are just too great. 

If you have bats in your attic, give us a call and ask for United Wildlife Bat Removal Services: 1-888-488-1415.  We also remove dead bats and provide clean-up of guano (bat poop).

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2-year old boy sucks on dead bat.

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Pesticide Poison Kills 2 Little Girls in Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on February 10, 2010

This article is about a tragic accident involving Fumitoxin, a fumigant used to kill pests such as voles.  The wrong combination of climate, moisture, and air pressure can force the toxin into places it shouldn’t go.  Like skunk odor, it can be pushed down or up with air flow.  In this case, it appears that the toxin was pushed into the home through cracks in the foundation or window wells or pipes or some other location, resulting in two deaths.

Family loses 2nd child in suspected pesticide poisoning

February 9th, 2010 @ 9:40pm

LAYTON — Three days after 4-year-old Rebecca Toone, of Layton, died from apparent exposure to a pesticide, her 15-month-old sister, Rachel, passed away. Both girls died after having similar symptoms just days after their home was treated to get rid of rodents.

Family heartbroken over loss of two daughters

“Heartbroken” is the word the Toone family used to describe their feelings Tuesday night. Rachel died despite what the family calls “heroic efforts to save her life following heart failure early Monday morning.

In a statement , the Toone family said: “We are heartbroken as we and our two older children mourn Rachel’s passing and that of her sister Rebecca, who died Saturday, February 6th. Their funeral will be held in the next few days, and we request the opportunity to quietly celebrate their lives with our friends and family at that time.”

The parents, Brenda and Nathan, along with two older siblings are mourning the loss of Rachel and Rebecca.

“They’re a great family, really great family. It’s really sad that this had to happen to them, because they’re just great,” said neighbor Jerry Lynn Smith.

Investigation hints at chemical application error

Both deaths come after a carbon-monoxide scare, followed by a realization that the problem most likely stemmed from toxic extermination pellets.

The family hired Bugman Pest and Lawn to treat their vole infestation on Friday. A Bugman technician used the chemical Fumitoxin in burrows around the Toone’s home.

The Fumitoxin applicator’s manual states that the pellets are not to be used within 15 feet of any building being occupied by people or animals, especially homes. But Lt. Col. Tyler Smith, of the Utah National Guard’s 85th Civil Support Team, says his team found remnants of the 1 and 1/2 pounds of the chemical, which translates into roughly 800 pellets, that was placed along the driveway and porch, coming within 3 feet of the garage door and about 7 feet of the front door.

According to Layton Fire Chief Kevin Ward, the pellets used mixed with water to release deadly phosphine gas. It apparently migrated from the soil into the home.

“There are some cracks in the foundation in the garage area. That’s where we suspect it had probably entered into the home in there. But we haven’t quite determined, we were unable to determine exactly where it went in,” Ward said.

Bugman has had problems with record keeping in the past

Related:

Extermination company defends technician, says manual is not law
According to the Fumitoxin manual, the chemical shouldn’t be used closer than 15 feet from any home or building; investigators detected it at 3 feet from the garage and 7 feet from the home. Still, the owner of the pest control company who deposited the chemical says the manual isn’t the law.

Exactly how many Fumitoxin pellets, and how many burrows they were placed, in isn’t known because the company president says the technician didn’t properly document it.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says it has warned Bugman about bad record keeping in the past — leaving out important information in reports.

“[There’s] a list of a number of things they have to keep track of, and we did have that problem with them a couple of years ago,” said Clark Burgess, pesticide program manager for the Department of Agriculture.

Records indicate that both Bugman and the technician, Cole Nocks, have up-to-date licenses, which expire at the end of this year. Now, with two children dead, police have to figure out their next move. They say the district attorney’s office will likely be involved at some point in the discussion.

Lt. Quinn Moyes, of the Layton City Police Department, said, “Right now it’s a death investigation. We don’t know, and a decision hasn’t been made, whether there’s criminal charges or not. So right now it’s a death investigation.”

But Moyes did say there’s a potential for criminal charges in the future.

“Again, that has not been determined, but that’s a possibility,” he said.

Toone home declared safe; no word on when family will return

As for the Toone family’s home, hazmat crews have determined it is safe once again.

Crews dug up contaminated soil in the Toones’ lawn Monday and mixed it with water to get rid of the chemical they believe led to the tragedy.

The Toone family’s Layton home was declared safe by hazmat crews Tuesday

“We did excavate the area where the material had been placed, the area where the exterminator told us the material had been placed,” Ward said. “Our hazmat team took all the dirt from around that area to where they could see there was some residual from the pellets. So once we got all that out, we flooded the area with water because water helps it dissipate a lot quicker.”

They took readings Tuesday morning after letting the furnace operate normally overnight. No more traces of the gas turned up. Authorities say there’s no threat to the neighborhood or to the Toone family if they choose to return home.

We don’t know the family’s intentions. They’ve chosen to be very private in their grief and have asked to be left alone. The only family member we’ve seen was the little girls’ uncle. He briefly stopped at the home and then moved on without comment.

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Story compiled with contributions from Nicole Gonzales, John Hollenhorst, Shara Park and Andrew Adams.

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Sky High Bats in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on October 22, 2009

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High and inaccessible areas can often be reached with a JLG. This is a wonderful tool for bat removal because it allows us to safely remove and exclude hard-to-reach bats.

Recently we completed a bat removal job in a Salt Lake City, Utah high rise building. Mexican free-tail bats had occupied the building for several years and the colony had grown to approximately 250 individuals.  The smell was tremendous, particularly in the upper stories and the elevator shafts. 

The primary entrance and exit area was on the west side of the building at the sixth floor.  Naturally, it would be so very high and so very inaccessible, except by using our trusty JLG Man Lift.  This is a sort of crane-like device with a basket that will hold a person.  They are very safe, but while we had a person up working on the exclusion step in the bat removal, it became necessary to move the lift.  We were parked in the alley, which isn’t particularly well maintained, and hit a bump.  It was probably only about an inch high, but that creates a lot of sway and shake six stories up.  What a scary thing! 

Anyway, we were able to finish sealing the area so the bats couldn’t return.  The guano removal and decontamination steps were almost as interesting as the sealing step.  How do you clean the sides of an elevator shaft?  How do you check all the tiny gaps in such a big building?  How do you decontaminate through all the various shafts and conduits?  That is why people hire professional bat removal companies like us.  Click here to request information about professional bat control.

Not all bat removal jobs are as complicated, or as interesting, as this job was, but the basic steps are the same.  We inspect the site and create a custom bat removal plan.  We implement the plan by getting the bats out, performing necessary maintenance and repairs and then decontaminating the entire structure.  Even if the bats are sky high, like this colony was, we can help.

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UPDATE: Feral Cats near Salt Lake City, UT

Posted by animalcontrol on September 8, 2009

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Professional wildlife control operators know how to legally and humanely capture and transport furious, fightened wild cats.

Feral cats continue to be a concern in Ogden, Utah, about one hour north of Salt Lake City, Utah.  I wrote a few weeks ago that the issue was debated, but tabled, by the city council.  Now, they have again discussed and tabled the issue.  Read the original news report here. 

This incident from a single city reflects our nationwide difficulty in getting rid of feral cats.  There are so many of these pitiful, abandoned creatures, and it is such an emotional issue to decide what to do with them.  As the article suggests, trapping feral cats and taking them to a shelter may be the only solution that provides humane treatment to the animals while respecting personal property and preferences and the rights of neighbors to live in peace and free of mess, stink, noise and disease. 

The article mentions that one wishing to get rid of feral cats can rent a trap from the city or county in which they live.  This is sometimes true, but the article does not give tips on how to catch momma cats with their kittens or, indeed, how to safely transport the furious, frightened wild animals to your local shelter.  It does not give suggestions on the removal of an entire colony or how to prevent future feral infestations.  

The animals cannot be relocated, or dumped, on a farm outside of town.  It is usually illegal to get rid of feral cats in this way, as well as unfair to the owners of the property where you dump them and dangerous for the animals, too.  They will have to fight for territory and food, if there is any.  A very high percentage of relocated animals die of injury, disease or starvation. Local animal shelters give the animals their best chance.  

If you really want to get rid of feral cats, consider professional trapping services.  It is much easier on you, but it is also much easier on the animals.  Professionals understand trap placement and proper and legal animal removal and transportation. 

I am sure this isn’t the last word on this subject.  The problem of feral cats and how to get rid of them is growing and will be with us for a long time. 

Spay or Neuter your pets!

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Feral Cat Fracas in Ogden, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on August 27, 2009

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Who wants to get rid of feral cats? Nearly everyone, but for different reasons.

Ogden, Utah, located about one hour north of Salt Lake City, Utah, is struggling with its feral cat population.  This debate recently made headlines as city leaders, animal lovers and property owners tried to reach an agreement on the serious problem of feral cats. 

Who wants to get rid of feral cats?  Nearly everyone, but for different reasons.  Animal lovers hate to see the animals suffer and die from disease and starvation.  Bird lovers want to give the feathered friends a chance.  Property owners are fed up with cat invasions.  This doesn’t mean that anyone hates the cats, there are just too many of them and they continue to multiply. 

Why do people want to get rid of feral cats?  Feral cats tend to group together in colonies for survival.  The animals spread diseases, can decimate the local bird populations and mess up property such as gardens and flower beds. 

How to get rid of feral cats?  It is such a difficult subject, and one that becomes more serious by the year.  Some estimates suggest that there are more feral cats than owned feline pets in the United States—as many as 60-100 MILLION of them.  While Trap-Neuter-Release programs do give some long term hope, these programs have been in effect for approximately 30 years and the feral population has grown during that time. 

The only immediate solution is to trap the animals and take them to an animal shelter.  That is what I do.  The animals are treated humanely.  If they are healthy and homes can be found for them, they are adopted out.  If not, euthanasia spares them a slow, suffering death.  It is not a cheerful subject.  It is not something I like doing, but someone has to do it and it is for the best for everyone involved.  Particularly if there are kittens involved, the sooner the animals are trapped and taken for appropriate care the better chance that they do not have a disease and can be tamed in preparation for a life as a well-loved pet. 

Why not relocation?  That just makes it someone else’s problem.  If you didn’t want the cats what makes you think that someone else will feel differently about the animals. 

Ogden didn’t come to a decision, but you can make a decision for yourself.  Spay or neuter your pets.  Encourage others to do the same.  And, if it is ever needed, hire a feral cat removal professional who knows how to get rid of feral cats on your property.

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Whacking Woodpeckers — Not Your Best Idea

Posted by animalcontrol on August 25, 2009

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Woodpeckers cause mental distress, physical destruction, and invite mice, insects and other animals into your building.

When people want to get rid of woodpeckers they can become quite desperate and decide to take matters into their own hands—literally. That rat-a-tat-a-rat noise makes people a little crazy. I have had people within Salt Lake City limits remark how hard it is to shoot one of those little buggers on the wing. I have even heard people say how very difficult it is to strangle one because their necks are so strong. This is not good. This is not the way to get rid of woodpeckers.
 
I understand that these birds make life very difficult. The mental damage is enough, but the physical damage to your home or business building is hard to live with, too. The holes woodpeckers create allow other animals, from mice to honeybees, to move in. So your house becomes a veritable zoo, full of all sorts of critters. The holes allow the extreme Utah weather in and all that effort at insulation and other maintenance goes completely to waste and your utility bills go up along with repair bills that can mount to the thousands or even tens-of-thousands.
 
But, all this still doesn’t make do-it-yourself lethal woodpecker control a good idea. Killing a woodpecker without a federal kill permit, permission from your state Division of Wildlife and in conformance with your local ordinances will bring down upon you the wrath of all sorts of people along with very hefty fines. If you get rid of woodpeckers the wrong way you can expect to pay at least $500 and spend up to six months in jail. It isn’t worth it. 
 
So, what can you do? There are non-lethal woodpecker control methods. Often, it is possible to get rid of woodpeckers without killing them. Your odds are better with professional help. If not, hire a person who has been there many times before. Negotiating three levels of regulation, bureaucracy and paperwork is difficult. Woodpecker control professionals can assist you if you must obtain a kill permit. Either way, keep your hands clean—someone else can do the dirty work for you—and keep it legal, too.

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Flying Rats (AKA Pigeons) in Salt Lake City, UT

Posted by animalcontrol on July 6, 2009

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Pigeon control will reduce the health risks imposed by pigeon droppings.

When I tell people I am looking for pigeon control options, they often say things like “but pigeons are cute” and “what did the pigeon to do you?”  Well, one of my children has asthma and that makes it very serious. 

We live in an apartment building in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Pigeons like to roost on the roof of the complex.  The problem, besides the noise and filth on the ground and around the building all the time, is the nests.  Pigeons poop in their nests all the time.  In fact, the nests are mostly disease ridden piles of poop from what I can see.

The poop dries out and combines with all the other junk in the nest and gradually becomes very powdery.  When the wind blows or anything disturbs the nests all that dust starts to move around.  It comes down the vent pipes for the bathroom.  It is sucked in through the air conditioner.  It filters in through the windows.  Basically, my apartment is full of pigeon poop dust all the time.

If you know anything about asthma, you can image what this does to my daughter’s breathing.  I can’t believe how much more often we need to do breathing treatments and use her inhaler.  It took me a while to figure out what was going on.  I just thought maybe she was growing or a change in the seasons or something.  Now that I am sure I know, I am going to the manager and demand that something be done to control the pigeons.  My daughter’s health and the health of us all is at stake.  They have to get rid of these nests and control the pigeon problem in the future.

You might say it is just my opinion and unfair to the birds, but you don’t live with the beasts.  I am sure that something can be done to control the pigeons and make this a nice place to live.

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Get rid of Pigeons in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on June 30, 2009

Years ago I heard this crazy song by a guy named Tom Lehrer:  Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.  


The best, most effective, most humane way to get rid of pigeons is to trap them and remove them from the location.

The best, most effective, most humane way to get rid of pigeons is to trap them and remove them from the location.

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer. I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring. I do, don't you?  'Course you do. But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me, And makes every Sunday a treat for me.   All the world seems in tune On a spring afternoon, When we're poisoning pigeons in the park. Every Sunday you'll see My sweetheart and me, As we poison the pigeons in the park.   When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide, But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide. The sun's shining bright, Everything seems all right, When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.   We've gained notoriety, And caused much anxiety In the Audubon Society With our games. They call it impiety And lack of propriety, And quite a variety Of unpleasant names. But it's not against any religion To want to dispose of a pigeon.   So if Sunday you're free, Why don't you come with me, And we'll poison the pigeons in the park. And maybe we'll do In a squirrel or two, While we're poisoning pigeons in the park.   We'll murder them all amid laughter and merriment, Except for the few we take home to experiment. My pulse will be quickenin' With each drop of strych'nine We feed to a pigeon. (It just takes a smidgin!) To poison a pigeon in the park.

You can see videos of a performance and all that stuff on YouTube, but be warned, the song is very catchy and will get stuck in you head.  I mention it because I find the song in very poor taste, yet find myself humming it from time to time. 
 
Lately, that has happened more because I have some pigeons I need to get rid of and, while I wouldn’t do this myself or recommend it to anyone, pigeons can make a person pretty desperate.
 
I live not too far from one of Salt Lake City’s great parks. I often see people feeding the birds there during the day and sometimes I just want to shout at them “Stop it!!! You are encouraging them!!”  The birds might eat in the park, but some of them roost on my house and they are driving me crazy.
 
I want to get rid of pigeons in the worst way.  I don’t want to poison them, but what are my options.  How can I get rid of the pigeons that are roosting on my house?

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Rattlesnake Season in Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on June 10, 2009

Take precautions when in rattlesnakesnake country.

Take precautions when hiking or recreating in rattlesnake country.

There is a real danger of the early summer in Utah, and many parts of the country:  rattlesnake bites.  Rattlesnakes are a common danger in much of Utah and are dangerous for humans and pets alike. 

Protect yourself with safety precautions: 

  1. Don’t handle snakes unless you have formal training and knowledge and are certain a snake is not venomous.  Don’t even handle recently killed venomous snakes as their nervous system remains active and the dead snake can still bite you.
  2. Wear appropriate footwear and leg protection when exploring the great outdoors.  Watch where you step.  If you can’t see where your foot is being placed you shouldn’t place it there.  Snakes love shady, protected locations and hate being disturbed.
  3. Thoroughly investigate (with a stick or something similar) any dark places, caves or crevices before you put your hand into them.  Again, snakes love such places and people are often bitten reaching into hollow logs and similar locations.
  4. Have current First Aid training for on-the-spot treatment and be prepared to seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible should a bite occur.  The old “suck out the venom” technique you hear about in old movies is bad advice.  Current information is available from a number of reputable places such as the Red Cross.

Most rattlesnake bites can be avoided and you can enjoy a beautiful Utah summer in the great outdoors without having it ruined by a trip to the hospital.

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Porcupine Mechanic in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on May 19, 2009

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Porcupine quills are dangerous, and so are their teeth.

Last year I had a porcupine eating my car.  Don’t laugh, it wasn’t funny at all.  I replaced the gas and brake lines on my car while battling the creature, and who knows what might have happened if I hadn’t got professional help.

Anyway, here is the story.  I went out one morning to get in my car and noticed a dark spot under the car.  I checked it out and found it was brake fluid.  “How did that happen?” I asked myself.  I took it to the shop and got new lines.  The mechanics didn’t say anything was particularly strange about it.

About a week later I got in the car, and smelled gas.  I got out and took a look under the car and the gas line was leaking!  Now, that was really strange.  I hadn’t been driving on rough terrain or anything and couldn’t figure out what had happened.  Again, to the shop.  This time I specifically asked them to look at the line and let me know what was going on. 

The mechanic came out sort of shaking his head and showed me the line.  “I don’t know what to tell you, but this thing looks CHEWED.”  I looked at the line myself.  Sure enough, it looked for all the world like tooth marks.  But, what would eat a gas line?  “Well, we did find this on the inside of your right front tire.”  He held out a grey and black pin—no, not a pin, a porcupine quill! 

You have got to be kidding.  A porcupine is eating my car?  I went home and started to research porcupines.  They chew on all kinds on things.  I hadn’t noticed the animal because they usually work at night.  I decided to try to catch the animal in the act.  I stayed up all night on Friday and sure enough, in the middle of the night a big pincushion came waddling across my yard and went towards the car again. I ran outside and started towards the animal and then thought better of it.  Did I really want to get in an argument with a porcupine? 

Monday, I called the Pennsylvania Game Commission and they basically told me that porcupine removal was my problem.  The local dog catcher just laughed.  I would have to figure out how to get rid of porcupines on my own.  I did some research online and found out about Wildlife Control Operators.  These companies specialize in removing pest wild animals from people’s lives. 

I called them.  They couldn’t tell me why the animal had chosen my car, but they did know what to do about it. They came out and were able to quickly get rid of the porcupine. My car and I are very happy to live our own peaceful lives again.

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