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Restaurants test our rodent readiness

October 21, 2020 By
Rats and mice have challenged PMPs for centuries, but in 2020, it seems circumstances have upped the stakes even more. Keep fighting the good fight. Read more»

The Hunger Games: Rodents scavenge for food

October 7, 2020 By
As the pandemic reduces restaurant waste, rodents scavenge for food and PMPs work to understand, predict and adapt to reported changes in rodent behavior. Read more»
Commensal — “sharing one’s table” — rodents include the house mouse, the roof rat and the Norway rat. PHOTO: DENJA1/ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS/GETTY IMAGES

Get to know your commensal rodents

March 22, 2020 By
A thorough understanding of the physical abilities of rodents is useful when designing a control program. Learn the five senses of rodents. Read more»

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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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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Photo submitted by Joe Wludyga; Wikimedia Commons/CSIRO

PMP solves mysterious roof rat problem

June 23, 2016 By
“Problem Solvers” is a monthly feature in which pest management professionals share stories of some of their most difficult accounts — and how they conquered them. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please contact Senior Editor Will Nepper at... Read more»
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With traits similar to both roof rats and pack rats, these new hybrid rats are causing damage in Arizona.

New Rat Hybrid Wreaks Havoc in Arizona

October 28, 2015 By
A new hybrid rat has been cropping up in valley neighborhoods of Arizona, reports a local abc affiliate. Though not scientifically identified as a subspecies, the new hybrid rats match traits of both roof rats and pack rats. Opposed to... Read more»
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The roof rat is making an unwelcome return to Indiana after more than 165 years. Photo copyrighted by photographer177 /

Most Wanted: Roof Rats

September 23, 2015 By
Whether by roof, burrow or sewer, attacks by roof rats (aka black rats and ship rats) cause poor public heath and economic damage to food commodities, landscapes and structures. LIFE CYCLE: Survives nine to 12 months in the wild; averages... Read more»
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Roof rats return to Indiana

March 1, 2013 By
I did roof rat consulting work recently in Memphis, Tenn., and south Texas. I said to my clients many times: “At least I don’t have to deal with these in Indiana!” But on July 3, 2012, that changed. On that... Read more»
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Dos & Don’ts: Wildlife

August 1, 2012 By
There you are, soundly sleeping at 4:30 a.m. in the comfort of your bed, nestled in nicely beneath the down-filled comforter and 1,200-thread-count sheets when somehow, an otherwise foreign soundtrack inserts itself into your dream sequence. With time, the sounds... Read more»
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