DC is literally overrun with rats

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo The nation’s capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. Washington’s government is struggling to keep pace, with the pest control department fielding a record number of calls. The pest control company Orkin ranks Washington as America’s fourth “Rattiest City,” up one spot […]

How to get rid of rats in the garden for GOOD – and why you should NEVER use poison

Gardens provide a safe place for rodents, giving them shelter and readily available food sources.  While spotting a rat in the garden can be an unpleasant experience and they can damage fruit, vegetables, bulbs, plants, shed doors and wires, they should also be considered a serious health risk.  They are capable of spreading diseases including […]

Ibiza invaded by RATS and cockroaches in ‘plague’ chaos at popular British holiday spot

Ibiza has become invaded by a “plague” of rats, according to local Spanish news reports.  Dozens of the infectious rodents have invaded the city of Ibiza’s Es Pla de Vila area on the coast.  Rat corpses are being left on the pavements, while for months, residents living on the popular tourist island have shared photos […]

No one knows exactly how many rats live in New York City — here’s why it’s so complicated

Shutterstock/Gallinago_media Estimates of New York City’s rat populate range from 250,000 to millions. Recent research tells us a lot about New York City’s rat populations and the disease they may pick up. But no one has done a recent survey that would really be needed to get an accurate population count, which means we just […]

‘Like feeding seagulls at the beach’: Ex-FBI chief calls media flying rats in testimony

Published time: 8 Jun, 2017 20:01 Explaining to the Senate why he chose to leak his notes about meetings with President Donald Trump through a personal friend, former FBI Director James Comey had some fun at the media’s expense, comparing reporters staking out his house to beach seagulls. Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on […]

Football fans hurl rats at player during Brondby-Copenhagen derby

Published time: 18 Apr, 2017 16:56Edited time: 18 Apr, 2017 16:57 The derby between football teams Brondby and Copenhagen in Denmark’s Superliga on Monday saw home fans hurl dead rats at opposition players. Brondby fans made their distain for the opposition clear by throwing the dead rodents at Copenhagen defender Ludwig Augustinsson before he took a […]

Concern growing for brain-invading worms, spread by slugs and rats

Adult female worm of Angiostrongylus cantonensis recovered from rat lungs with characteristic barber-pole appearance (anterior end of worm is to the top). Scale bar = 1 mm. (credit: Lindo et al.) There have been six cases of a rare parasitic infection called “rat lungworm” in Maui in the last three months, health officials reported this […]