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September, 2000 Edition

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Rodent Prevention:  Mice are most active in the fall, seeking a warm, friendly space to live in during the winter months. If you let them enter your buildings through any ¼” crack and then feed them, you shold probably begin to name them and keep them as pets because you will have created the perfect environment for them to enter and thrive! When mice are supplied food, warmth and cover, by you, they can multiply quickly.  In just a few months a school classroom can go from having a few mice to having several dozen mice running around.

The school’s role in an IPM program is to regularly repair doors, door gaskets and sweeps and then keep doors closed, repair walls, eliminate clutter and debris, remove/trim overgrown weeks and vegetation, repair all leaks and moisture problems, keep floors clear and clean and properly store all food and garbage. Don’t forget to eliminate fallen fruit from the trees outside and to close all dumpsters at night. Some of the more “mouse vulnerable areas” of a school include the following:

Cluttered classrooms with unprotected foods stored in cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets and accessible kitchen wall voids where openings into the walls remain unrepaired.

Kitchen storerooms, especially those using old wood shelving with gondola-style bases (creating enclosed floor voids) and/or cluttered storerooms with unprotected food and boxes on the floor or shoved up against the wall.

Student lockers: Often lockers accumulate papers, food scraps and other items attractive to mice for feeding and nesting.

Any closets where unprotected snacks, e.g., candies, popcorn, are stored like band booster rooms, snack bars, promo rooms and closets.

Cluttered receiving areas around large bay doors.

Custodial closets where clutter and garbage is not quickly discarded.

Suspending ceilings above all mouse-vulnerable areas.

For schools in rural areas surrounded by crop fields, it can be expected that mice will try to move into the school when crops are harvested in the fall.  Good rodent-proofing of the school will go a long way in minimizing the numbers that get in.  If they do, don’t forget how to make walk-the-plank traps.

Dog Rules:

  1. The dog is not allowed in the house.

  2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.

  3. The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.

  4. The dog can get on the old furniture only.

  5. Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.

  6. Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation.

  7. The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.

  8. The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only.

  9. The dog can sleep under the covers every night.

  10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog.

A Few Poorly Chosen Words from the Past

Today is full of blind spots.  So was yesterday, the year before, the century before that, the millennium before that. The future is perpetually around the corner, invisible to mere mortals, no matter how wise.

To wit, these pratfalls (culled from the Internet) various media and Herb London, publisher of American Outlook magazine):

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”

– Workers to railroad conductor Edwin Drake before he drilled the first successful U. S. oil, 1859.

“Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value.”

Boston Post, 1865

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

– Charles Duell, director of the U. S. Patent Office, 1899

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

– Lord Kelvin of the British Royal Society, one of the 19th century’s top experts on thermodynamics, 1890s.

“The world is coming to an end in 1950.”

– Historian Henry Adams, 1903

“There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.”

– Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Milliken, 1923

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”

– H. M. Warner, Warner Bros., 1927

“A rocket will never be able to leave the earth’s atmosphere.”

The New York Times, 1936

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

– IBM’s Thomas Watson, 1943

“Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”

– Producer Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, 1946

“If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.”

– W. C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954

“You ain’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.”

– The Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Denny to Elvis Presley, 1954

“By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties.”

– Visionary and inventory R. Buckminister Fuller, 1966

“There is no need for any individual to have a computer in their home.”

– Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

– Microsoft’s Bill Gates, 1981, whose computers now offer more than 500 times that much memory.

A State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH. He thinks tohimself, “This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!” So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over. Approaching the car, he notices that there are 5 old ladies–2 in the front seat and 3 in the back–wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing eactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”

“Ma’am,” the officer replies, “you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

“Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly...22 miles an hour!” the old woman says a bit proudly.

The State Police Officer, trying to contain a chuckle, explains to her that “22” was the route number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

“But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask...Is everyone in this car o.k.? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven’t muttered a single peep this whole time,” the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Route 119.”

We have always said our purpose was to safely eradicate head lice!  The current figures are showing a constantly lowering of head lice infestations.  I believe this is directly in proportion to the number of Not Nice to Lice® Shampoos that are being sold.

“I bought a dog the other day. I named him Stay. It was fun to call him...‘Come here, Stay.’ He went insane.” –Stephen Wright

Stinging insects in the ground? Remember, most insects only sting if you approach their nest.  Cordon or rope off the area to prevent children from being stung.  You can flood the area with a hose-end sprayer filled with dish soap with a few drops of peppermint oil or a little floor stripper. You could also carefully cover the area with black plastic or visquine. Weigh down the edges and let the sun work for a few weeks. – Don’t let anyone “peek” under the plastic!

The Buzz:  The summer band class was just getting underway when a large insect flew into the room.  The 6th graders, eager to play their shiny new instryments, tried to ignore the buzzing intruder, but eventually one student, Tommy, could stand it no more.

He rolled up his music book and swatted the insect and then stomped on it to ensure its fate. “Is it a bee?” another student asked. “Nope,” Tommy replied. “Bee flat.”

School YearTentative Schedule

1st Mon:
1st Tues:
West Ottawa
1st Wed:
1st Thurs:
Paw Paw/Bangor
2nd Mon:
Grand Haven/Fruitport
2nd Tues:
2nd Wed:
2nd Thurs:
Godwin Heights
3rd Mon:
3rd Tues:
Harbor Springs/East Jordan
3rd Wed:
Muskegon Area Inter./
4th Mon:
Perrysburg/Yellow Springs
4th Tues:
Beavercreek/Mad River/
4th Wed:
Brookville/Twin Valley

This poem was written by Mother Teresa and is engraved on the wall of her home for children in Calcutta.

This newsletter sort of works like manure: It works best if you spread it around! –S.L.T.

Final Note: Several schools are already reporting mice invasions before cold weather. Our inspections have noted all of the doors were propped open and food and garbage improperly stored. No amount of the trapping will control rodent infestations when you create these conditons so conducive to infestation. Please correct them now.

Steve ended August and started September by flying to California to speak at several locations.

Hopefully by now “everyone” has made and installed some wasp traps, at least near the dumpsters.

Have a great Fall!  Steve

Get Set, Inc.
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Marne, MI 49435-975102

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