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New Report Finds U.S. Cities More Vulnerable Than Ever to Rodent Infestation
Date:10/4/2007

arm, wet conditions

this past year have higher risk factors for increased deterioration

of structures and support the growth of lush weeds and overgrown

areas providing natural food and cover for rodents. Warmer weather

also aids rodent survival and reproductive rates. According to

reports by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, temperatures in

the Northeast and Midwest have risen four degrees and the amount of

rain and snow has increased from 4% -- 20% over the past century.(3)

-- Rodent Mitigation Funding -- Kaukeinen and Colvin note the cities

across the country no longer receive federal subsidies for rodent

programs as was prevalent in the 1970s and 1980s. Twelve to $15

million dollars was awarded yearly during that era to over 100

communities specifically for rodent control programs that included

surveys, education, improved sanitation and baiting.(4) Kaukeinen

and Colvin say that states and local municipalities have not picked

up the gap in funding, opting to take a reactive approach by

responding to complaints, rather than executing proactive citywide

plans.

"It is important to assess risk factors, so that cities and consumers are aware of a potential problem, and are equipped with the tools and knowledge to control immediate issues and implement long-term solutions." said Dale Kaukeinen. "These risk factors have created a perfect environment for the survival of a robust rodent population. More than ever, people need to take measures to prevent rodent infestations from occurring in their businesses and homes."

Homeowners Beware

Rodents can gnaw through metal, plastic and wood, damaging furniture and homes, and can destroy electrical wiring and insulation, causing fires and other problems. These issues are a reality for many homeowners as rodents can en
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