SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them.
The San Diego Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to...
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Two Southern California mountain lions that were part of a National Park Service study have been found dead and rodent poison has been confirmed as the cause in one...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In her final months, Elaine Geslicki, a bedridden dementia resident at a home for seniors in the Los Angeles area, had difficulty communicating. But by the time the owner of...
BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to boost the spirits of Republican lawmakers, mocking Democrats and promising a new tax cut package, as he returned to the city he recently...
BALTIMORE (AP) — Months after President Donald Trump derided the congressional district that includes Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," groups appalled by his attacks plan...
HARTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in a Maine town say they are trying to stop a rat infestation that has plagued their community for more than six months.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday denigrated a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," broadening a...
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The city has joined battle with a legion of rats that have invested a condemned home in Sioux City.
Neighbors have complained to the city, fearing the rats will...
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed a new case of rat lungworm disease, a report said.
A mainland resident became ill while traveling in west Hawaii in...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal wildlife officials were urged Wednesday to withdraw a proposal to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on remote islands off the coast of California to kill a mice infestation...
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say it isn't unusual for agents to confiscate contraband like the 32 pounds of rat meat recently seized at Chicago's O'Hare...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a remote Bering Sea island are celebrating the death of an intruder that had eluded capture for 10 months — a Norway rat.
ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Usually, when a person yells "rat!" they're cursing vermin, not praising a dog.
But when you take part in a Barn Hunt, the objective is for your dog to sniff out a heavy,...
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a mountain lion that died last month in the wilderness west of Los Angeles had rat poison in its system.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii health officials say a resident on the Big Island's east side has contracted rat lungworm disease.
West Hawaii Today reports the state Department of Health...
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's vice chancellor said Tuesday that a member of his party will resign after penning a poem that compared migrants to rats, drawing widespread criticism and angering...
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in southwest Arkansas have seized hundreds of animals, including snakes, lizards and rats, from a Texarkana home as part of an animal cruelty...
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Angus O'Malley Garcia's obituary describes a life filled with the simple joys of being a human: trips to Martha's Vineyard replete with fish and chips dinners and strolls...
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Gnawing rats are being blamed for a blackout on a section of Interstate 30 in an Arkansas city.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that the rats were likely following their...
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LONDON (AP) — British officials say dead rats stuffed with drugs and mobile phones have been thrown over prison fences to provide contraband to prisoners.
OJAI, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman is in custody after deputies discovered her 96-year-old father and multiple pets living in a home stinking of feces and infested with up to 700...
BOSTON (AP) — This rat is getting a lot of mouse clicks.
A British tourist visiting Boston captured on video a hungry seagull devouring a dead rat in a single gulp and posted it on social...
HONOLULU (AP) — Two new cases of rat lungworm disease contracted in Hawaii have been confirmed, the state Department of Health said.
An adult vacationing on the northern side of the Big Island contracted the disease in December, marking the state's ninth case of 2018, health officials said.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Daniel Lusa poked a long, wooden stick into a cavernous hole at the edge of a parking lot in Hartford's Behind the Rocks neighborhood.
Sensing no movement, he dropped a small packet of poison into the opening and nudged it in deeper with the ligneous rod.
Beneath his feet, a network of dozens of tunnels was laid out across the dirt expanse next to Zion Street - a home for dozens of rats that camp out in the subterranean refuge during the day.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is charged with a felony after police say he stabbed a friend's pet rat.
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HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health says a Big Island infant who fell ill in December has been confirmed as 2018's eighth case of rat lungworm disease in the state.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Friday that the department said in a statement that the East Hawaii child was transported to Oahu for treatment.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin.
But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat.
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.
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based burger chain has closed a Honolulu restaurant for cleaning after a video posted to social media appeared to show a rat being cooked on the grill.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers has closed the Mapunapuna location and fired two employees who appeared in the Snapchat video.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservation officials are on high alert after a rodent has continued to evade capture on a small previously rat-free island off the coast of western Alaska.
BOSTON (AP) — Suburban Boston communities are dealing with a surge in rat infestations.
The Boston Globe reports that towns like Belmont and Peabody have focused efforts on eradicating growing rat populations. The Waltham City Council recently approved $15,000 to manage rodent issues after reports of dozens of rats playing in puddles.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Rats aren't just for cities. Residents of rural New England are reporting an increase, mirroring a trend nationwide.
Rats are everywhere in nature, but the four-legged invaders tend to thrive on human activity, whether it's a city or town, said Chance Strandell, of Brewer-based Maine Pest Solutions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Public health authorities are investigating an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in downtown Los Angeles.
County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis announced this week that although typhus can occur throughout the county, several cases have occurred in the downtown area.
Typhus is a disease caused by bacteria found in infected fleas that can come from many kinds of animals including cats, rats and opossums. Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headaches and rashes.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico apartment complex has been hit with a class-action lawsuit by former tenants who say the place was plagued with bed bugs and rats.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Wildlife officials are working to capture a rogue rodent sighted on a rat-free island off the coast of southwest Alaska.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local authorities have set up a camera and traps on St. Paul Island after a rat was spotted late last month, Alaska's Energy Desk reported .
DENVER (AP) — Denver officials say the increased sightings of rats at a city park are part of a growing number of rats citywide and statewide.
The Denver Post reports city officials say while the rats aren't usually seen during the day, telltale signs of burrowing and chewing have been significantly more common at Civic Center park in the last year.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school will split its students among three locations as it cleans up a rat infestation that began last month.
News outlets report that Kirby High School officials announced Monday that the plan will get roughly 800 students back to class full-time starting Sept. 17, and will likely be in place until after Christmas.
HONOLULU (AP) — A task force of Hawaii Governor David Ige's announced new preliminary guidelines to help physicians diagnose, treat and manage rat lungworm disease.
The task force's clinical subcommittee spent the last year crafting the guidelines, which were announced Thursday and will be presented in November during the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Matt Kownacki bought his two-story home in May 2017, he noticed his yard was littered with burrows, crawling with unwanted, nocturnal neighbors.
Kownacki and his wife, Alexandra, sought to eradicate the problem, so they filed a rodent complaint with the city.
The exterminator sent by the District already was familiar with their Columbia Road home in the Park View neighborhood.
"He knew exactly where and what the problem was," Matt Kownacki said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown insists his meatless burger is meat, explains why the product drew criticism from PETA, and admits he isn't the best taste tester for his own product.
The company's patties are made with an ingredient Brown says helps replicate the taste of meat: a "heme" molecule found in the root of a soy plant, which is then fermented in yeast.
Rat Nibbles Cookie in Baltimore Bakery Case
BALTIMORE (AP) — A historic Baltimore market is closed temporarily after a video posted on social media showed a rat scampering through a bakery's display case.
The health department closed two bakery stalls at Lexington Market on Thursday, one for a rodent infestation and another for a fly infestation. On Friday, management announced the market would close for an evaluation. It will reopen Saturday.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has deployed two rat-sniffing dogs to help remove invasive rodents from a seabird sanctuary on Lehua.
Border terriers Henry and Reese located possible rat burrows last week on the small island off Niihau's north shore, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado humane society group says food laced with rat poison has been found in several yards in a southeast Fort Collins neighborhood.
The Coloradoan reports that the Larimer Humane Society says it has received several reports of suspicious food items found in yards in the Fossil Lake Ranch neighborhood.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth School District will work this summer to get rid of rats that have infested an elementary school.
OLPE, Kan. (AP) — Animal shelter workers and sheriff's deputies have rescued 37 small dogs from a trailer home in central Kansas after someone reported finding one dead dog and another extremely sick one in a nearby dumpster.
Lyon County sheriff's officials say the sick animal was given emergency medical treatment Thursday.
EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Animal welfare officials say several owls are dying from eating rodents who have consumed poison.
Bird experts say several sick owls have been found in the Epping area. Expert Jane Kelly tells WMUR-TV that she believes rodenticide is to blame, saying owls are snatching up rats or mice that have already been fatally sickened by rodent poison.
HONOLULU (AP) — A toddler on Oahu has contracted rat lungworm disease, the island's first case of the year, Hawaii health officials said.
The Hawaii Department of Health confirmed Friday that the parasite was found in the child's spinal fluid following lab tests.
The child became sick earlier this month and was hospitalized, prompting health authorities to investigate, officials said. This case marks the state's fourth confirmed diagnosis this year.