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KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE THIS 4TH OF JULY
 
Did you know that July 5th is the busiest day at animal shelters? Many pets do not react well to the loud noise of fireworks and will go to great lengths to escape. More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year.


 

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 THE HEALTH CORNER

By Penny Brookins

Advocate for A Healthy Lifestyle 

 

 How Safe is 

    Your Produce?  

 

Recently, while visiting my daughter in southern California, I observed strawberry workers in the fields that grow near her home. I was shocked by what I saw. First there was the worker spraying the strawberries wearing a full HAZMAT suit. Yet, just a row away from where the spraying was taking place, were dozens of field workers picking those same berries, and wearing no protective clothing. 

 

I went home to do some research and learned that among the chemicals being sprayed was the highly toxic, Ozone destroying, cancer causing Methyl Bromide. California produces 80% of this countries strawberries, which can be doused with toxic chemicals up to 12 times during a growing season, making them one of the most chemically ridden fruits in the supermarket. Farmers use an average of 500 pounds of this chemical per acre each growing season even though it was banned in 2012. The U.S. government states that "We can't fully ban this chemical until a cheap suitable replacement is found."

Spraying the Fields   Hazmat field worker

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      Allen's              Anecdotes

The Rat Pack House

 

Every day of home inspection is uplifting and challenging. Making written evaluations of over 2,000 home components and systems, some with over 400 different manufacturers, is challenging, interesting and sometimes unbelievable. I would like to share with you a story about one such home that was challenged by pests...Namely pack rats.

     The single family residence I inspected was on an elevated lot at the edge of the city, bordering the high desert, on about five acres of land. With a very nice swimming pool. My first indication that something was very wrong was the pack rats nest in the natural gas pool heater. The next indication of a problem was the fact that every frieze board screen at the top of the exterior walls was damaged, and the kicker was the sound of scurrying around in the ceilings of the bedrooms, made by rodents in the rafter spaces.

     This home was constructed of a medium sloped wooden rafter system attached to a steel "I" beam running down the middle of the house. The rodents were entering the rafter space through the torn frieze board screens (not freeze board) at the tops of the exterior walls which provided the pack rats complete and free access to the entire ceiling space of the home because of the "I" beam down the middle of the dwelling.

     Unfortunately, Grandma was bitten by a kissing bug the first night in the home, and spent the night in the hospital after an anaphylactic shock episode. The pack rat is the host of the kissing bug, and the owner and his family moved out of the home the next day while contacting his attorney.

     We were asked to document the damage to the home as a result of over 1000 pack rats found living in the ceilings of the home. I spent an entire day taking photographs and making notes as the ceilings were pulled down in every room. The entire wiring system, the insulation and the ceilings and floors in the home needed to be replaced. The smell was overwhelming...You can't imagine how bad it was! Over $175,000 was spent on  repairs to the home.

     The moral of the story is two fold: 1. Make sure you listen to your inspector and pay close attention to any advice given in your home inspection report. 2. Follow up, even after you move in and make sure screens for your attic, crawl space or rafter spaces are in good condition so no rodents or other animals can enter your home without your permission.

 

  Pack Rats

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Wishing you a safe and enjoyable 4th of July,

Allen Blaker,ACI 
   
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