How Do You Know if a Wild Animal Has Rabies

Rabies is a serious disease that, if left untreated, can prove fatal for any mammal that has it. To help prevent you and your loved ones from contracting this fatal disease, you should be able to tell when a wild animal has rabies. What Is Rabies and How Can It Affect Animals (And You, if Bitten)? Knowing what rabies is and how wild animals get this disease is the first step to countering it. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system in mammals. It is most often transmitted by animals a few days before they die when their saliva comes into contact with another mammals' scratches, open wounds or mucous membranes. Normally this is the final stage of rabies. Saliva is the only way for the disease to travel from one mammal to another since the virus can’t survive in the open air. When a human contracts rabies, they first experience an incubation period that can range from a couple of...
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Best Pets for Pest Control

Many property owners are interested in biological pest control or finding "natural" ways to discourage rodents from entering their homes. Getting domestic animals that control pests is one solution that can help make your home less appealing to mice and rats. The Best Animals for Pest Control The best animals to target problem rodents include: Cats: Cats traditionally hunt mice. Some cats enjoy hunting and will also chase houseflies and other smaller animals and insects in the home.   Dogs: People have used certain dog breeds for pest control for hundreds of years. For example, Jack Russells and other terriers often hunt down and eliminate rats.   Pet falcons: Falcons prey on rats, mice and other rodents. However, extensive training, costly classes, and subsequent licensing are required to keep a falcon as a pet in your area.           Barn owls: Owls are highly effective mouse hunters and will return to your property over many seasons if the hunting is reliable.   The Challenges of Using Animals for Wildlife Control Pets can present unique challenges if you...
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