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  • Rat problem (seriously) [vanity]

    08/16/2017 6:24:37 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 121 replies
    08/16/2017 | self
    Neither a joke nor metaphor, I have a rat problem and seek learned wisdom from others who've combatted these cunning creatures. I have a lone rat (I believe) lurking somewhere in my house. Without regard to the accuracy of that statement or my seeming inability to find its lair, this smart SOB freed itself from a sticky trap and has been Ninja ever since, sometimes not taking my popcorn bait for days (there are NO other food sources other than our occasional lapse in leaving the dog's food out). Spring traps don't work; it's too smart. Or, to be more...
  • Lawmaker Says Rats Are Jumping Into Strollers In Upper West Side Parks [video at link]

    08/09/2017 11:52:07 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 99 replies
    WCBS New York ^ | 9 Aug 2017 | John Montone
    Hungry rodents are apparently menacing parents, nannies and babies on the Upper West Side. There are about 2 million rats in New York City, and some have settled in Central Park and Riverside Park.
  • Monster Rat found on U Street [DC]

    07/24/2017 2:40:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.popville.com ^ | July 24, 2017 at 11:00 am | by Prince Of Petworth
    Photo by Pat Pat sends us a shot of this monster Friday night: “Check this bad boy out. Found on U Street today.” Ed. Note: I will never ever ever complain about wild bunny rabbits again.
  • Deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war

    06/30/2017 10:35:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6/30/2017 | Stephen Matthews
    A deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war, billionaire Bill Gates warns. In a hard-hitting new documentary, the world's richest man said a killer bug could wipe out 10 million people without warning. Footage seen by MailOnline, set to be aired next week, shows the philanthropist's worries towards the danger of disease-carrying mosquitos. An outbreak could mimic the damage of the Ebola epidemic in late 2014 or the burden of that of the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003, experts worry. Climate change warming the planet is allowing for mosquitos to spread from their usual habitats,...
  • Now United Airlines passengers are being attacked by SCORPIONS! Deadly insect crawls out....

    05/12/2017 7:24:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 12, 2017 | Emily Crane For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Now United Airlines passengers are being attacked by SCORPIONS! Deadly insect crawls out on flight and forces evacuation A United Airlines flight was delayed for several hours in Texas after reports of a scorpion crawling out of a passenger's clothes. Passengers say United Flight 1035 was evacuated on Thursday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston following the scorpion sighting. The flight, which was headed for Quito, Ecuador was delayed for three hours. News of the scorpion incident got out when passengers started tweeting about the ordeal.
  • Rampaging squirrel hurts people at retirement home

    11/04/2016 12:56:03 PM PDT · by aomagrat · 51 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 04 November 2016 | WKMG
    DELTONA, FL (WKMG/CNN) - A squirrel got into a retirement home, injuring at least three people and prompting a call to 911 on Thursday. "It's jumping on people and biting them and scratching them," the 911 caller said. "It's still in there, and people are bleeding." People can be heard in the background asking each other if they are all right. The attack happened around 2 p.m., the woman telling dispatch people are bleeding and need help. "I don' t know if we need an ambulance, but we need some care for people here," the 911 caller said. "The people...
  • Giant freezer may be a solution to Montreal’s intractable bed bugs infestation

    09/04/2016 12:18:36 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 69 replies
    MONTREAL — In the basement of a public housing complex on the outskirts of downtown Montreal is a large walk-in freezer used solely to kill bed bugs. The freezer is a local solution to a problem that has been haunting the city for years and is not improving, says Melanie Sanche, head of sanitation for the public housing authority. As in many large North American cities, cases of bed bugs have exploded here in the past 10 to 15 years, and the problem is particularly acute in areas with transient populations such as students, as well as in districts with...
  • Hot and humid weekend could have cockroaches flying, experts say

    08/13/2016 5:04:01 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    cnbc ^ | 13 Aug 2016 | Erik Ortiz
    Entomologists and bug experts say conditions are ripe for the domesticated versions of the brown-colored bugs to get active, including taking to the air. It's an activity they rarely do, said Srini Kambhampati, a professor and chair of the biology department at the University of Texas at Tyler. "Because of the extreme heat, they may be trying to find a more comfortable place in which to live," Kambhampati said. "That is, they are on the move to find a better, cooler place. High temperature cause insects to use up a lot of energy."
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands

    07/28/2016 3:12:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 4:57 PM EDT
    The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, officials in the British Island territory said. Genetically altered male mosquitoes, which don’t bite but are expected to mate with females to produce offspring that die before reaching adulthood, were released in the West Bay area of Grand Cayman Island, according to a joint statement from the Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit and British biotech firm Oxitec. …
  • New Zealand vows to kill every weasel, rat and feral cat on its soil

    07/25/2016 11:45:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 58 replies
    W post ^ | 25 July 2016 | Karin Brulliard
    New Zealand is a nation that takes its birds seriously, and it’s got very special ones. The country’s currency is adorned with images of winged species found nowhere else, including the yellow-eyed penguin and the black-masked kokako. The logo of the national air force is stamped with the famed kiwi — a chicken-sized puff of feathers that cannot fly.... “For the first time, technology is starting to make feasible what previously seemed like an unattainable dream,” ... In 2013, environmental activist Gareth Morgan suggested hunting down and killing every feral cat in New Zealand (a proposal that, Morgan told The...
  • Smoking Pests with a .25 Caliber Air Rifle

    05/10/2016 8:29:49 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 38 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 5/10/2016 | E Nestor
    All Air Rifles are not created equal. If you’re not familiar with air rifles than take a look at what Ted HoldOver has done from his bathroom. Ted uses a .25 caliber air rifle, and it has the power and precision to make a lasting impression. Watch and see what great precision and power the new air rifles have to offer and their impacts on pests all caught in slow motion. You certainly will be impressed, watch it here.
  • The Link Between Mosquito Spraying and Autism

    04/30/2016 10:49:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    Time ^ | April 30, 2016 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    A new study suggests a connection between the two A new study finds a correlation between the aerial spraying of pesticides to kill mosquitoes and an increased risk of developmental delays and autism among kids. In the new findings, presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 meeting, researchers looked at the rates of autism and developmental delays from eight zip codes in a region of New York that is exposed to yearly airplane pesticide spraying to prevent mosquito-borne disease like eastern equine encephalitis virus. They compared those to the rates in 16 zip codes where the pesticide spraying doesn’t happen....
  • Billions Of Cicadas Are About To Rise From The Earth, Have Sex And Die

    04/19/2016 2:46:39 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 73 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | Apri 16, 2016 | Hilary Hanson
    Billions Of Cicadas Are About To Rise From The Earth, Have Sex And Die Here's what all the buzz is about. 04/16/2016 01:28 pm ET Hilary Hanson Viral News Editor, The Huffington Post Hope you like the sound of humming.That is, if you live in the Northeastern United States, anyway. Billions of cicadas are slated to rise up from the ground in parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio to mate next month, The Washington Post reports.They have been lying in wait since they began life in 1999. This summer, at age 17, they’ll finally...
  • Indians, Greens Prevent Feds From Letting Wind Farms Kill Bald Eagles

    01/24/2016 7:38:15 AM PST · by Twotone · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Jan. 21, 2016 | Andrew Follett
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped a legal appeal Thursday to reinstate a rule that would have allowed the killing of bald eagles by wind and solar power companies.
  • ‘Killer Bees’ Found in the Bay Area for the First Time

    09/29/2015 10:31:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KSBW ^ | Sep 28, 2015
    An Africanized breed of honeybees, sometimes known as “killer bees” because of its swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when its colony is threatened, has found its way to the Bay Area for the first time, researchers say. The bees were found in a Lafayette subdivision called Reliez Valley, near the southeast side of Briones Regional Park, by UC San Diego researchers who have been tracking the bees’ movement throughout the state. Until now, the bees had been detected only as far north as Mariposa County in California’s more inland Central Valley, but are likely attracted by the Bay Area’s warming...
  • Police: Golfer Dies After Being Stung By Bees In Michigan

    09/10/2015 12:32:57 PM PDT · by b4its2late · 33 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | September 10, 2015 1:08 PM | CBS Detroit
    DOVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) — Police say a golfer from Ohio has died after being stung at least 20 times by bees as he searched for a ball in woods in northern Michigan. Michigan State Police Sgt. Mark Tamlyn says Darryl Dever of Powell was pronounced dead Wednesday after having trouble breathing. Tamlyn told WWJ Newsradio 950 that Dever and a friend — a doctor — were golfing together at Treetops Resort’s north course when Dever went into the woods to retrieve a ball.
  • Burners BEWARE! Burning Man site has become infested with huge desert-resistant biting bugs

    08/20/2015 8:42:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 8/20/2015 | Zoe Szathmary
    The Black Rock Desert, Nevada, site for this year's Burning Man has been inundated with biting bugs, it emerged this week. Several photos uploaded to Twitter this week showed swarms of bugs, both on the ground and in the air. User @khloestarr shared one such photograph, writing: 'Bugs on the playa this year. Not normal. Shouldn't a dust storm knock them out? Like Burningman [sic] wasn't gross enough.' On Tuesday, a blog post on the page for Voices of Burning Man reported on the insects' presence.
  • Dogs Sniffing Out Giant African Land Snails in South Florida

    08/07/2015 11:43:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Aug 6, 2015
    South Florida is full of exotic animal invaders who have found a home in our hot, humid climate. Iguanas, pythons, tegu lizards and now giant African land snails can all be found here. The snails showed up in Miami in 2011, and have now spread as far north as Davie. Despite their slow speed, these snails spread quickly because they can lay as many as 300 eggs per month, they have no natural predators here, and they eat just about everything that grows in this environment. "That includes everything we grow as food," said Mark Fagan of the Florida Department...
  • Bees Take Over Bike in Times Square

    08/04/2015 2:50:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NY1 ^ | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    Times Square is usually buzzing with activity, but Tuesday, a different kind of buzz drew a lot of attention. A swarm of bees decided to visit, and take over a parked bicycle near 7th Avenue and 56th Street. The NYPD called in their beekeeper, who then rounded up the flying insects by vacuuming them. Officials say there are no reports of anyone being stung in the area. They believe the bees migrated because their hive was too full
  • Massive Swarm of Grasshoppers and Beetles Picked up by Radar, Headed to Oklahoma

    07/24/2015 12:01:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 22, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    A massive swarm of grasshoppers and beetles is making its way toward Oklahoma. Park rangers from Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah, Texas say the mob is so huge that its movement is being picked up on radar. They are reportedly headed northeast towards Oklahoma. We don’t know if they will reach us, but they are making impressive time. The National Weather Service says it is not unusual for the bugs to travel like this during the summer, but it is pretty incredible to watch it on radar. “It doesn’t take a whole lot of bugs to cause that on...