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The first step towards mice and rat control is to do a thorough and complete inspection of your structure. Many a times, rat, mice and other rodents invade your house when no one is present. It then becomes impossible to know their entry and exit points and where to place the mouse baits and traps becomes a huge question.

Inspecting infested buildings and surrounding areas.

Excluding rodents from buildings.

Determining sanitation concerns that may be providing rodents with food, water and shelter.

Recommending control solutions specific to the rodents and their infestation site(s).

Implementing control measures tailored to the site, i.e., sensitive locations, such as food plants, schools or hospitals.

How to inspect your home or structure:

Rodents are very predictable and you need to start by inspecting the area for obvious infestation clues.

Are you seeing droppings of rodents and where?

Are you hearing sounds of activity and at what time?

You need to look high and low for all possible entry and access points.

Look for runways, nests, feeding area, water supplies, vents and other openings, burrows, harborage areas, pipe outlets and holes and cracks in your structure.

Check all dark areas in a structure with a flashlight.

Common signs to look for during inspection:

Runways: Rat and mice create paths between feeding and their harborage areas. Rodents memorize their territory through kinesthetic (muscle) memory and use the same paths over and over again. They prefer to move along objects, so that they are in constant contact with some type of object, walls, furniture, cabinets and studs. Identifying their movement will help you place mouse bait, rat traps and glue boards in the most obvious locations.

Droppings: Rodent Droppings and urine are left wherever rodents travel or rest, and they especially can be found in corners. Such places are ideal for placing rat traps and mouse baits

Odor: Rodents will leave a typical distinctive, musky odor

Urine: Rodent urine is visible under black light.

Gnaw Marks: Fresh gnaw marks are light and will darken over time. Scratch-like marks, approximately 1/16 inch, are made by mice. Clear 1/8 inch gnaw marks are made by rats.

Rub Marks: Rodents leave rub marks from body oil, grease and dirt along runways. New rub marks will smear. Old rub marks are darker and may flake off.

Tracks: Footprints and tail drags may be seen in dusty locations. To view difficult to see tracks, shine a strong flashlight at a low angle across the dust. A non-toxic tracking powder, such as a masons line chalk, placed on a suspected rodent trail, and re-inspected the following day, also may assist in identifying tracks.

House pets, cats and dogs, can become agitated when they hear mice and rats gnawing, digging, and running and fighting.

While this all may seem time consuming performing a thorough inspection is a key step in any successful rodent elimination program. Taking the time to do it right will help determine the best mode of treatment and in the long run will help you save time and money.

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CAD or Computer aided Design techniques are widely used for various Mechanical Engineering applications such as Aerospace, Military, Medical, Metal and Manufacturing. There is no room for error in such industries and one has to make sure that the quality of materials and components are not compromised. The engineer should have adequate knowledge of material properties and structure, thermal and mechanical characteristics and potential points of deterioration to assist in design, development, Coordinate Material Measurement (CMM) techniques and production process.

CAD tools such as RapidForm, IGES/STEP, Autodesk Inventor and CATAIA among others are handful in calibration and evaluate measurement accuracy for machine tooling, torque wrenches and other assembly tools.  CMM inspection plays important role in evaluating performance of materials that go into power generation and analyzing components that fail or need repair at current site. If a component fails CMM inspector can launch an extensive investigation to find out the root cause and recommend solutions to stop such failures in future.

First Article Inspection is one of the most powerful processes for testing of vendor components and to examine pre-manufacturing sample before approving the order. For example AS9102 is the accepted Aerospace Standard for First Article Inspection approvals. The main objective of the First Article Inspection is to provide objective confirmation that all design and engineering requirements are met, validated and recorded for reference.

FAI is often referred to as a holistic, autonomous and documented physical and computerized assessment process to verify that the given component or part is produced in confirmation with design specifications, engineering drawings, desired accuracy and material properties.

CAD tools such as RapidForm, IGES/STEP, Autodesk Inventor and CATAIA among others are handful in calibration and evaluate measurement accuracy for machine tooling, torque wrenches and other assembly tools.  CMM inspection plays important role in evaluating performance of materials that go into power generation and analyzing components that fail or need repair at current site. If a component fails CMM inspector can launch an extensive investigation to find out the root cause and recommend solutions to stop such failures in future.

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