Rats

Conducive conditions: A different kind of mall rat

October 19, 2017 By
Strip malls offer several unique challenges to pest management. Typically, a strip mall has a number of stores unrelated to one another, sharing only a common wall and a common landlord. Sometimes they have a parking lot in back with... Read more»
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How rodents resemble squirrel monkeys

September 5, 2017 By
Rats and mice belong to the order Rodentia and family Muridae. The word rodent is derived from the French word rodere, which means “to gnaw.” Rats possess two pairs of incisor teeth — one pair in the upper jaw and... Read more»
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Trapping roof rats with a sweet tooth

September 1, 2017 By
Follow the clues the rats leave behind as they feast on orange trees. At one time, three color variants of roof rats were recognized. They were known by the following subspecies names: Roof, gray-bellied or Alexandrine rat, Rattus rattus alexandrinus.... Read more»
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EPA clarifies use of dry ice on rats

August 23, 2017 By
Last fall, news reports surfaced of pest management professionals (PMPs) in three major U.S. cities successfully using dry ice (carbon dioxide, or CO2) to manage rats. “Dry ice is an effective way to control rats underground,” says Dr. Jim Fredericks,... Read more»
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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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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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