Austria: Anti-migration party on defensive over rat poem
BERLIN (AP) — An anti-migration party that serves in Austria's government has called "tasteless" a poem written by a local official that compared migrants with rats and angered Chancellor...
Hundreds of animals seized from Texarkana home
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...
Memorial service helps owner grieve loss of pet
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...
Blackout on I-30 blamed on rats gnawing through wires
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.
California man, 96, found in home with hundreds of rats
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...
Hawaii health officials confirm 2 rat lungworm disease cases
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’s leaders mount offensive against city rat problems
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.
Wisconsin man faces felony in stabbing friend’s pet rat
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is charged with a felony after police say he stabbed a friend's pet rat.
Big Island infant diagnosed with brain parasite
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.
Metaphorical Washington ‘swamp’ overrun by actual vermin
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.
Burger joint closes after video appears to show rat cooking
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.
Hunt for rogue rodent continues on rat-free Alaska island
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 suburbs deal with booming rat populations
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.
Rats are finding rural habitat to their liking
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.
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Downtown LA sees cases of flea-borne typhus
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.
Lawsuit: New Mexico apartments plagued by rats, bed bugs
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.
Authorities search for rodent on rat-free Alaska island
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 .
Rat sightings becoming more common in Denver, statewide
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.
Rat infestation to send high school students to 3 locations
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.
Task force offers guidelines to treat rat lungworm disease
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.
Meet DC’s rat rat, recording record rodent reports
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.
Impossible Foods CEO on “meat” and why he’s a bad test eater
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 elementary school infested with rats
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth School District will work this summer to get rid of rats that have infested an elementary school.
37 dogs rescued from trailer home in Kansas
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.
Rat poison in prey threatens owls, other animals
PHOENIX (AP) — Great horned owls, one of the most common raptors in the United States, are being threatened by rat poison in their prey.
Since 2011, the Arizona Game & Fish Department has identified 50 cases of wildlife poisoning from pest control chemicals. Forty one of those involved anticoagulant rodenticide.
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Fairbanks man shoots dog to stop attack on girls’ pet
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man shot a pit bull to stop an attack on a small dog being walked by two girls outside his home, police said.
Vern Woods fired two shots into the larger dog, which later was euthanized.
Town officials set to demolish rat-infested home
HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont town are moving forward with the demolition of a rat-infested home that has been classified as a public health hazard.
‘It’s got to be typhus’: An ancient disease raises its head in the Valley
HARLINGEN — Chase North of San Benito is 21, and his past two weeks have been pretty rough.
He started to feel poorly, and his blood pressure was rocketing this way and that, from too high to really too high.
“My dad said why don’t you take his temperature, and I said OK, and I checked it and it was like 104.9 and I was like ‘Oh, my gosh,” recalled his mother, Dana Rowe.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit residents from feeding wildlife — except for birds, squirrels and feral cats.
Hawaii officials confirm 2 more rat lungworm infections
HONOLULU (AP) — State health officials have confirmed two new rat lungworm infections in Hawaii.
Health officials said Wednesday that the separate cases involve an adult Maui resident and an adolescent visiting the Big Island from New York.
Officials said the Maui resident became ill in mid-February and was briefly hospitalized. The individual was most likely infected on Maui but had a history of traveling to Oahu and the Big Island during the time when the infection might have occurred.
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Animal welfare authorities say they have rescued more than two dozen dogs as well as snakes and rats from a Rhode Island home.
The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and animal control officers from several communities removed the animals from a Smithfield home on Tuesday.
They responded to the address after getting a tip from a concerned citizen.
A rat, a pig, a goat and a zebra walk into the Eugene Public Library. What happens next?
“A great adventure,” said adult services librarian Scott Herron.
The iconic anthropomorphized animals make up the main cast of the comic strip “Pearls Before Swine.” Creator Stephan Pastis is giving an illustrated presentation at the Eugene Public Library on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is using dry ice to reduce its rat population.
The Daily News says the program is in effect citywide after a successful 2016 pilot and the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of frozen carbon dioxide to kill rats.
The health department's pest control director, Ricky Simeone, says dry ice is effective on rats but doesn't harm birds of prey.
Rodents go with the territory in Astoria, Oregon
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's largest cities — Portland, Eugene and Salem — have been seeing an uptick in urban rats this year.
Rats have also been spotted on the streets of Astoria, but that is nothing new for the city in northwestern Oregon. Seventy years ago, Clatsop County was one of 22 places in the U.S. selected for a demonstration on how to deal with outsized rat populations.
High cell-phone radiation causes tumors in rats, but humans should be safe: Researchers
Scientists studying the effects of radiation from cell phone frequency emissions say there's evidence that the technology can cause cancerous tumors in the heart, but that the needed levels of radiation are much higher than what people are currently and frequently exposed to.
Parents of infant bitten by rats plead guilty to abuse
MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — The parents of a 2-week-old girl who authorities say suffered more than 100 rat bites have pleaded guilty to charges of permitting abuse of a minor.
Finding ways to have your compost heap and chicken coop — minus the rats — was a hot topic this weekend at the 13th annual Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show at the Lane Events Center.
In December, four local pest control companies told The Register-Guard that during the past year or so, they’ve seen an increase in calls and complaints about rodents. The representatives all connected backyard gardens, compost piles and chicken coops to the growing problem.