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Door sweeps: Where insects fail, rodents succeed

July 4, 2017 By
Door sweeps are an important tool for exclusion, but there is a difference between insect-proof and rodent-proof. If insects were our only concern, this pair of door sweeps would be a perfect solution. If a pen can get through a... Read more»
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Prototype developed to protect valuable cars from rodents

June 22, 2017 By
Dr. Toby Bateson, inventor of the worlds smallest vacuum cleaner and ZenPlugs Molded Ear Plug Kit, is hitting the market with another idea — this time for the pest control market. The emergency doctor created the RatMat, the “world’s first humane electrified... Read more»
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‘Rat café’ patrons can drink coffee, adopt rodents

May 23, 2017 By
A new pop-up café will allow patrons to interact with and adopt rats after enjoying coffee, tea and snacks in the San Francisco Dungeon, a tourist attraction where actors recreate scary historical events. “We’re obviously following all food code and... Read more»
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The source of a roof rat problem in a vacant building took several weeks to smoke out. 
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Brooklyn man says drum-playing eliminated rat infestation

April 25, 2017 By
Property owner Solomon Shlomo of Brooklyn, N.Y., claims he scared off rats infesting his building by playing the drums, according to The Brooklyn Paper. His building in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood was inspected by the city’s health department twice following a... Read more»
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‘Truman’s’ lists rodent-transmitted diseases, health issues

April 13, 2017 By
Author’s Note: Information is taken from Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, which is available at the PMP Bookstore. Chapter 17 of the Truman’s Guide is titled “Rats and Mice” — and focuses mostly on three commensal rodents in... Read more»
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Rodent control: Understand habits, biology

March 8, 2017 By
Rodent control can sometimes be a tricky business. Rodents adapt well to any environment, and are very intelligent creatures. As cooler weather arrives, mice and rats begin to search for warmer environments. However, the truth is rodents generally are a... Read more»
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UK PMP catches 19-in. rat

January 17, 2017 By
Terry Walker, managing director of TP Pest Control Services in the U.K., caught a 19-in. rat on the job with the help of his dog Max — and has photos to prove it. “You would struggle to find a pest... Read more»
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Roof Rats’ Top 10 Favorite Cities

October 27, 2016 By
In autumn many outdoor pests scurry inside when their food sources in the wild begin to dry up. The roof rat (aka black rat or ship rat) is a perfect example. They typically gain access to homes and other structures... Read more»
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Arizona’s rising rodent problem has Phoenix and surrounding areas saying: “Rats!”

October 4, 2016 By
Recent government efforts in Phoenix, Ariz. to eradicate a rising roof rat population have proven ineffective according to the Maricopa County vector control office. After rats were first discovered in the Arcadia neighborhood near Phoenix, many government resources have been... Read more»
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Ed Sheehan brings rats to light in horrifying Morgan Spurlock documentary

September 21, 2016 By
If the name Morgan Spurlock sounds familiar, you may remember his stomach-churning, diet-inducing documentary “Super Size Me” about the evils of the fast food industry, or many of his other award-winning docs on various topics. Now Mr. Spurlock turns his... Read more»
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