Crews begin tenting St. Petersburg home infested with rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 28, 2015 in Rat Answers
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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) –

Clean-up efforts are underway at a local home that was once infested with hundreds of rats.

The house, located on 10th Avenue South in St. Pete, had an estimated 700 rats living inside for the last three years. 

Florine Brown, who lived in the house, adopted pet rats back in 2012. Those rats multiplied. She considered each of them to be pets, and before she knew it, she had an unmanageable problem on her hands

The rodents and their waste began to smell so badly that late last year neighbors complained and the city got involved. Plans for the cleanup process have been in the works ever since. 

Brown is now living with her twin sister as those plans get underway. She returned to watch the crews tent her home Wednesday morning.

“I have very mixed emotions. I know there are still some rats that are in the home,” Brown said.” I’m just going to have to think positive. I want to come home. I have not been able to come back yet.”

Two Citrus County pest control companies have teamed up to provide fumigation services for free. Tony Winebrenner reached out after seeing the FOX 13 news coverage.

“I feel like if you’re able to help somebody, you should,” said Winebrenner of Citrus Pest Management.

Winebrenner coordinated with Ed Williams of Accurate Pest Management to help. The two competing businesses work together at least three times a year, donating fumigation services to those who cannot afford it.

Cliff Smith works for the City of St. Petersburg. The city estimated fumigation costs at $1,850 dollars for a home this size.

“We have been working with the family for three to four weeks to get rid of the rats. We had our rodent control division in trapping the rats, but there are some still there,” said Smith. “The final phase is to have it fumigated. The family could not afford to do that, so this is huge. Without Citrus and Accurate…we would still have the rats in the home. It’s a big deal to us and to the family.”

Brown told FOX 13 she adopted her first pet rats after a relative’s death in 2012. The rodents served as a coping mechanism for her grief.

“They kept me going. They loved me. They brought me joy, even when I was down. I looked forward to coming home despite how the home and the condition was,” said Brown. “I tried. I tried to get help. Everyone is afraid of rats. I was just on my own. I just felt strong as a person.”

Another business, Spaulding DeCon, has donated cleaning services. They plan to begin cleaning next week, after the fumigation process is completed.

FOX 13 will continue following this story as the cleanup process continues.

Article source: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/27960947/cleanup-efforts-begin-at-rat-infested-home

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Alberta Agriculture sets up special phone line to report rats: 310-RATS

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 28, 2015 in Rat News
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EDMONTON – Alberta Agriculture wants to make it easier to report sightings of rats in the hope of keeping the destructive rodents out of the province.

The government has set up a toll-free number — 310-RATS (7287).

The province prided itself for being rat-free for decades, but faced unusual infestations in southeastern Alberta in 2012 and last year.

Norway rats are considered to be extremely destructive with the potential to ruin crops and spread disease.

Rat inspector Bruce Hamblin says municipalities are responsible for eradicating the varmints, but people sometimes don’t know where to call to report a sighting.

“We talked to people who couldn’t find an easy number to call,” he said.

“Sometimes calls were going to fish and wildlife officers and some of the other agencies before finally being directed to Alberta Agriculture. The new 310-RATS phone line is just a more efficient tool to help ensure Alberta remains rat-free.”

Alberta focuses its rat-control efforts within a 29-kilometre-wide zone along the Saskatchewan boundary from the central Lloydminster area south to the U.S. border.

Municipalities along this corridor get special grants from the province to monitor the pests.

The province is so serious about preventing the rodents from getting established in Alberta that it is illegal to have any types of pet rats.

Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture’s provincial rat specialist, says there were 16 confirmed reports last year, including pet rats.

The yearly average is up to 10 single rat sightings and up to three infestations, generally in the rat-control zone.

When rats are found they are killed.

The province considers the larger infestations in 2012 and 2014 at the Medicine Hat dump, which is just outside the rat-control zone, to be unusual.

During the campaign last year to root out the pests at the dump, an 80-metre-long nest was found that took a team of workers and two excavators six hours to destroy.

Alberta Agriculture says Norway rats live near people or their structures. They can’t survive in natural areas or survive winter in farm fields.

The rodents are not native to North America but were introduced along the east coast in 1775 and spread slowly westward.

Article source: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/Alberta+Agriculture+sets+special+phone+line+report+rats/10745030/story.html

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Alberta Rat Hotline Is Now A Thing

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 26, 2015 in Rat Answers
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EDMONTON – Alberta Agriculture wants to make it easier to report sightings of rats in the hope of keeping the destructive rodents out of the province.

The government has set up a toll-free number — 310-RATS (7287).

The province prided itself for being rat-free for decades, but faced unusual infestations in southeastern Alberta in 2012 and last year.

Norway rats are considered to be extremely destructive with the potential to ruin crops and spread disease.

Rat inspector Bruce Hamblin says municipalities are responsible for eradicating the varmints, but people sometimes don’t know where to call to report a sighting.

“We talked to people who couldn’t find an easy number to call,” he said.

“Sometimes calls were going to fish and wildlife officers and some of the other agencies before finally being directed to Alberta Agriculture. The new 310-RATS phone line is just a more efficient tool to help ensure Alberta remains rat-free.”

Alberta focuses its rat-control efforts within a 29-kilometre-wide zone along the Saskatchewan boundary from the central Lloydminster area south to the U.S. border.

Municipalities along this corridor get special grants from the province to monitor the pests.

The province is so serious about preventing the rodents from getting established in Alberta that it is illegal to have any types of pet rats.

Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture’s provincial rat specialist, says there were 16 confirmed reports last year, including pet rats.

The yearly average is up to 10 single rat sightings and up to three infestations, generally in the rat-control zone.

When rats are found they are killed.

The province considers the larger infestations in 2012 and 2014 at the Medicine Hat dump, which is just outside the rat-control zone, to be unusual.

During the campaign last year to root out the pests at the dump, an 80-metre-long nest was found that took a team of workers and two excavators six hours to destroy.

Alberta Agriculture says Norway rats live near people or their structures. They can’t survive in natural areas or survive winter in farm fields.

The rodents are not native to North America but were introduced along the east coast in 1775 and spread slowly westward.

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Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/01/20/alberta-rat-hotline_n_6509618.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-alberta&ir=Canada+Alberta

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“River’s Edge”: The darkest teen film of all time

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 26, 2015 in Rat News
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There’s a lot of Nirvana in “River’s Edge.” Most “what’s the matter with kids today?” films have their juvenile delinquents in some kind of drag: black leather jackets (“Blackboard Jungle,” “The Wild One”) or spiked hair and safety pins and pet rats (“Suburbia,” “Next Stop, Nowhere,” aka “the Punk Rock Quincy episode”). But the kids in “River’s Edge” dress in ripped jeans and T-shirts and chunky, shapeless sweaters. It’s sexless (the only sex scene takes place under a shitty maroon sleeping bag with bullfrogs croaking in the distance and a dead body being simultaneously disposed of not too far off). “The thing about a shark,” Robert Shaw famously observed during the “USS Indianapolis” speech in 1975’s “Jaws” just before all hell breaks loose, “is he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t even seem to be livin’… till he bites ya.” The kids who populate “River’s Edge,” Keanu Reeves’ Mike, Ione Skye’s Clarissa, Daniel Roebuck’s Samson, etc., don’t seem to be living, buzzed on sixers, many of which they must steal from a harried liquor store cashier (the great, recently late Taylor Negron), as they’re underage. Until they bite you. It’s hard to capture boredom on film without boring an audience (Richard Linklater’s “Suburbia,” for one, tries and fails). What keeps viewers of “River’s Edge” on, well, edge is the sense that these black-eyed, dead creatures in inside-out heavy metal tees (Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, even the band logos are muted) is that they might bite. It’s a sickening feeling and you cannot turn away.

The first thing we see is a preteen kid, Tim (Josh Miller), a juvenile delinquent fast in the making, with an earring, holding an actual doll. We notice, with a little required deduction as he barely reacts, that he is staring across the river at a murderer and his naked, blue-ing victim, while holding the doll he stole from his sister: All four have doll eyes, the corpse (Danyi Deats’ Jamie), the killer (Roebuck) and the doll, which Miller casually drops into the river despite knowing well it’s his little sister’s security object and probably best friend. We are soon with Jamie and Samson after the crime has been committed. Samson is smoking. Despite the occasional feral howl that he knows nobody will hear (except Tim, which is the same thing), it feels like some kind of test for the audience. How much apathy can we weather? How many dead eyes can we stare back at? This is, of course, a testament to the young cast, all of them brilliant and committed (it can’t be easy to portray those bored soulless, can it? You want to react, you want to break). Jamie, a stunned look on her face, lies there, in the cold, also a committed actress, and there is simply nothing like this in any other teen film, or even a teen-populated horror film. Horror films, as the “Scream” franchise would soon remind us, have rules. I wanted to enter the screen, like Jeff Daniels’ genial explorer in Woody Allen’s charming comedy from the previous year, “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” and cover her body somehow. But Hunter forces us to look, which could not be easy for him as an artist, and must have been a challenge for him to ask it of his young cast. In his review, the late Roger Ebert wrote, “The difference is that the film feels a horror that the teenagers apparently did not.”

“Where’s Jamie?” Samson’s crew asks once he leaves the crime scene (for more beer).

“I killed her,” he says.

Most don’t believe him but Layne (Crispin Glover, top billed but unmistakenly launching his freak phase, only a year after playing Michael J. Fox’s bumbling dad in the blockbuster “Back to the Future”). Layne sees the event, the tragedy, as both fait accompli (“You’re gonna bring her back? It’s done!” he squeals in a reedy, wired voice) and a life-changing (and -saving) break in the day-in, day-out living hell; a kind of moral test. He believes Samson, he rallies around Samson, and he tries to motivate his crew to do the same. The corpse is a gift to Layne and Layne returns the favor by pledging his loyalty. He can’t help stifling a smile when he is led to the site. “This is unreal! Completely unreal. It’s like some movie, you know?” Layne enters the movie, doing a reverse “Purple Rose …” Even Samson doesn’t want in. He wants out … of the world, and yet he becomes strangely proud when he displays the body to his group of friends, who borrow a red pickup truck to end their suspicion that they are being jerked around. Most of them instantly recoil at the site of the corpse (still naked!) and cannot get back to the torpor (arcades, sex, beer) quickly enough. Only Reeves’ Mike is conflicted and contemplates going to the cops. Similar terrain was covered in the hit “Stand By Me,” which was released the same year. “You guys wanna see a dead body?” Jerry O’Connell’s Vern asks his pals River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Wil Wheaton, but they are clearly spooked and remain so into adulthood (as the narrator, Richard Dreyfuss, attests). The kids of this bumfuck town go about their bumfuck business, sleeping through class, hating their non-bio broken-home inhabitants (“Motherfucker, food eater!” Reeves yells at the slob who’s moved in with his mom). They’re not stupid. They’re just … unequipped for reality that does not repeat on a loop, sun up and sun down. Layne, in his makeup, watch cap, black clothes and muscle car is the only one among them who wants to feel “like Starsky and Hutch!”

“River’s Edge” is based, loosely, on reality. In late 1981, a 16-year-old student, Anthony Broussard, from Milpitas High School, near San Jose, California, led a group of his friends and his 8-year-old brother into the hills to see the barely clothed body of the 14-year-old Marcy Renee Conrad, whom he’d strangled days before. “Then instead of reporting the body of their dead school chum to the police,” reporter Claire Spiegel wrote in her coverage of the case, “they went back to class or the local pinball arcade. One went home and fell asleep listening to the radio.” She added, “Their surprising apathy toward murder bothered even hardened homicide detectives.”

Jimenez, then a college student in Santa Clara, California, read about the events and was inspired to begin working on a story based on this behavior. In the age of “Serial,” it’s hard not to see “River’s Edge” as prescient, and when I listened to the podcast last year, I thought a lot about the film. But its power comes not from reality, but from its craft: the script, the performances and the cinematography by David Lynch collaborator Frederick Elmes, who shot “Blue Velvet,” another milestone ’86 release. The beauty of the exteriors (the grainy opening, the murky drink, the perfect blue and shadows when Layne half-heartedly disposes of the body in it) make the ugliness of the behavior all the more disturbing.

Director Tim Hunter knew his way around a “youth gone fucked up” film by ’86. He was the co-writer of “Over the Edge,” known mostly as the film debut of then 14-year-old Matt Dillon who utters the pull-away line, “A kid who tells on another kid is a dead kid.” Loaded with excellent power pop (Cheap Trick’s “Downed,” and “Surrender,” especially), Dillon and his J.D. friends spoil the planned suburban community of “New Granada” on their dirt bikes, shooting off fireworks and BB guns. Dillon starred in Hunter’s directing debut, 1982’s “Tex,” based on a book by go-to wild, but sensitive, youth writer S.E. Hinton. Who knows why he didn’t appear in “River’s Edge.” Maybe it was too easy to see the heart beating under his flannel. Even Judd Nelson’s John Bender has a heart under his, and at the end of John Singleton’s 1991 film “Boyz n the Hood,” Ice Cube’s scowling gang member Doughboy has a monologue that provides evidence that he’s got a big one. (“Turned on the TV this morning. Had this shit on about living in a violent world. Showed all these foreign places, where foreigners live and all. Started thinking, man. Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what’s going on in the hood.”)

The parents of New Granada are pretty pissed that their utopia has been vandalized and rally in protest, but the boomers of “River’s Edge” don’t even have the fight in them. There’s no Ms. Fleming from “Heathers” among them. Nobody will call when the shuttle lands. “Fuck you, man,” one of them rages in vain at his class. “You don’t give a damn! I don’t give a damn! No one in this classroom gives a damn that she’s dead. It gives us a chance to feel superior.” “Are we being tested on this shit?” a student asks. Even the media don’t really care. And if the kids themselves are apathetic (“I don’t give a fuck about you and I don’t give a fuck about your laws,” Samson tells Negron’s clerk before brandishing a gun), the new generation cares even less. Not even teenagers; they smoke weed, pack heat and drive big gas guzzlers they can barely see out of, when not speeding through nowheresville on their bikes or shooting trapped crayfish in a barrel, literally. Full disclosure: I was friendly with Josh Miller in Hollywood in the early ’90s. For a time, he was going to star in and produce a pretty decent screenplay I’d co-written, which eventually fell through. In person he was sweet, generous and caring, but I always, always looked at him sideways because he was also … Tim, who utters the following line: “Go get your numchucks and your dad’s car. I know where we can get a gun.”

There’s irony and black humor in “River’s Edge.” I don’t want to portray it as some kind of Fassbender-ish downer, 90 minutes of misery. Samson promises to read Dr. Seuss to his incapacitated aunt. And there’s, of course, Layne, who doesn’t even seem to realize that nearly every line out of his mouth is absolutely ridiculous (which makes him beyond endearing, sociopath that he likely is). When he is rewarded his sixer for chucking the corpse in the river, he complains, “You’d think I’d at least rate Michelob.” I wonder why Reeves became a star (this is only his second film, after a small part in the Rob Lowe hockey drama “Youngblood”) and Ione Skye, more briefly a sought after actress. Perhaps because his albeit belated actions make him as close to a hero as the film has … discounting, of course, Feck.

You know you are dealing with a dark film when its only true beating heart belongs to a crippled biker, weed dealer and fugitive murderer who is in love with a blow-up doll, having blown the head off his previous paramour. Feck lives alone. Feck, at the behest of Layne, briefly hides Samson. And, realizing he is dealing with a soulless and dangerous generation, Feck does what dozens of teachers and parents cannot, and will not do. He reacts. Perhaps it’s a testament to his skill, but Dennis Hopper the man looks genuinely heartbroken at what’s happened to the youth he fought so hard to liberate with his “Easy Rider.” In the midst of a glorious comeback (he’d appear in “Blue Velvet” and receive an Oscar nomination for the basketball film “Hoosiers”). It’s Feck that Samson finally opens up to (“She was dead there in front of me and I felt so fucking alive”). We don’t know why Feck shot his ex, but we do know that he maintains that he loved her. He sees none of that emotion, no emotion at all, in Samson. “I’m dead now,” Samson says. “They’re gonna fry me for sure.” Thanks to Feck, they won’t get the chance.

“River’s Edge” doesn’t end in a trial, but rather a quiet, plain, sparse church funeral and a bit of long-absent dignity returned to the victim. It somehow relieves the viewer. Sanity, as it is, has been restored. No one would call it a feel-good ending but somehow, strangely, bloodily, perversely, love wins in the end. “There was no hope for him. There was no hope at all. He didn’t love her. He didn’t feel a thing. I at least loved [mine],” Feck explains. “I cared for her.”

Released in May of ’87 in limited theaters, the movie quickly made a mark with critics, if not audiences, and began to amass a loyal cult of viewers who appreciated its unique and revolutionary qualities. It beat out Jonathan Demme’s “Swimming to Cambodia,” the acclaimed Spalding Gray monologue film, at the Independent Spirit Awards, as well as John Huston’s final film, “The Dead.” And while far from a box office hit, it effortlessly set a precedent for films about teens. They no longer had to be either good or evil or anything at all. They didn’t have to dress or look like James Dean or Droogs or get off in any way on their heroism and their villainy. “River’s Edge” made all that seem quaint. It’s a singular film that foresaw the ’90s and freed the cinema teen to be a loser … baby.

Article source: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/23/rivers_edge_the_darkest_teen_film_of_all_time/

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Alberta sets up line to report rat sightings

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 25, 2015 in Rat Answers
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EDMONTON — Alberta Agriculture wants to make it easier to report sightings of rats in the hope of keeping the destructive rodents out of the province.

The government has set up a toll-free number — 310-RATS (7287).

The province prided itself for being rat-free for decades, but faced unusual infestations in southeastern Alberta in 2012 and last year.

Norway rats are considered to be extremely destructive with the potential to ruin crops and spread disease.

Rat inspector Bruce Hamblin says municipalities are responsible for eradicating the varmints, but people sometimes don’t know where to call to report a sighting.

“We talked to people who couldn’t find an easy number to call,” he said.

“Sometimes calls were going to fish and wildlife officers and some of the other agencies before finally being directed to Alberta Agriculture. The new 310-RATS phone line is just a more efficient tool to help ensure Alberta remains rat-free.”

Alberta focuses its rat-control efforts within a 29-kilometre-wide zone along the Saskatchewan boundary from the central Lloydminster area south to the U.S. border.

Municipalities along this corridor get special grants from the province to monitor the pests.

The province is so serious about preventing the rodents from getting established in Alberta that it is illegal to have any types of pet rats.

Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture’s provincial rat specialist, says there were 16 confirmed reports last year, including pet rats.

The yearly average is up to 10 single rat sightings and up to three infestations, generally in the rat-control zone.

When rats are found they are killed.

The province considers the larger infestations in 2012 and 2014 at the Medicine Hat dump, which is just outside the rat-control zone, to be unusual.

During the campaign last year to root out the pests at the dump, an 80-metre-long nest was found that took a team of workers and two excavators six hours to destroy.

Alberta Agriculture says Norway rats live near people or their structures. They can’t survive in natural areas or survive winter in farm fields.

The rodents are not native to North America but were introduced along the east coast in 1775 and spread slowly westward.

Article source: http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1264308-alberta-sets-up-line-to-report-rat-sightings

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Alberta sets up special phone line to report rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 25, 2015 in Rat News
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By John Cotter, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Alberta Agriculture wants to make it easier to report sightings of rats in the hope of keeping the destructive rodents out of the province.

The government has set up a toll-free number — 310-RATS (7287).

The province prided itself for being rat-free for decades, but faced unusual infestations in southeastern Alberta in 2012 and last year.

Norway rats are considered to be extremely destructive with the potential to ruin crops and spread disease.

Rat inspector Bruce Hamblin says municipalities are responsible for eradicating the varmints, but people sometimes don’t know where to call to report a sighting.

“We talked to people who couldn’t find an easy number to call,” he said.

“Sometimes calls were going to fish and wildlife officers and some of the other agencies before finally being directed to Alberta Agriculture. The new 310-RATS phone line is just a more efficient tool to help ensure Alberta remains rat-free.”

Alberta focuses its rat-control efforts within a 29-kilometre-wide zone along the Saskatchewan boundary from the central Lloydminster area south to the U.S. border.

Municipalities along this corridor get special grants from the province to monitor the pests.

The province is so serious about preventing the rodents from getting established in Alberta that it is illegal to have any types of pet rats.

Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture’s provincial rat specialist, says there were 16 confirmed reports last year, including pet rats.

The yearly average is up to 10 single rat sightings and up to three infestations, generally in the rat-control zone.

When rats are found they are killed.

The province considers the larger infestations in 2012 and 2014 at the Medicine Hat dump, which is just outside the rat-control zone, to be unusual.

During the campaign last year to root out the pests at the dump, an 80-metre-long nest was found that took a team of workers and two excavators six hours to destroy.

Alberta Agriculture says Norway rats live near people or their structures. They can’t survive in natural areas or survive winter in farm fields.

The rodents are not native to North America but were introduced along the east coast in 1775 and spread slowly westward.

Article source: http://www.langleytimes.com/national/289216791.html

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310-RATS: Alberta sets up special phone line to report rodents

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 24, 2015 in Rat Answers
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EDMONTON — Alberta Agriculture wants to make it easier to report sightings of rats in the hope of keeping the destructive rodents out of the province.

The government has set up a toll-free number — 310-RATS (7287).

The province prided itself for being rat-free for decades, but faced unusual infestations in southeastern Alberta in 2012 and last year.

Norway rats are considered to be extremely destructive with the potential to ruin crops and spread disease.

Rat inspector Bruce Hamblin says municipalities are responsible for eradicating the varmints, but people sometimes don’t know where to call to report a sighting.

“We talked to people who couldn’t find an easy number to call,” he said.

“Sometimes calls were going to fish and wildlife officers and some of the other agencies before finally being directed to Alberta Agriculture. The new 310-RATS phone line is just a more efficient tool to help ensure Alberta remains rat-free.”

Alberta focuses its rat-control efforts within a 29-kilometre-wide zone along the Saskatchewan boundary from the central Lloydminster area south to the U.S. border.

Municipalities along this corridor get special grants from the province to monitor the pests.

The province is so serious about preventing the rodents from getting established in Alberta that it is illegal to have any types of pet rats.

Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture’s provincial rat specialist, says there were 16 confirmed reports last year, including pet rats.

The yearly average is up to 10 single rat sightings and up to three infestations, generally in the rat-control zone.

When rats are found they are killed.

The province considers the larger infestations in 2012 and 2014 at the Medicine Hat dump, which is just outside the rat-control zone, to be unusual.

During the campaign last year to root out the pests at the dump, an 80-metre-long nest was found that took a team of workers and two excavators six hours to destroy.

Alberta Agriculture says Norway rats live near people or their structures. They can’t survive in natural areas or survive winter in farm fields.

The rodents are not native to North America but were introduced along the east coast in 1775 and spread slowly westward.

Article source: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/310-rats-alberta-sets-up-special-phone-line-to-report-rodents-1.2197665

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Have You Seen This? Pet rat adorably refuses broccoli

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 24, 2015 in Rat News
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VEGGIEVILLE — Based on the informal poll I just took in my head, people dwell within two camps when it comes to rats: First, they are foul scavengers who will eat anything as they live in dumpsters and sewers, and second, they live under hats and are master chefs a la “Ratatouille.”

As a former pet rat owner, I fall into neither of these camps. (Yes, I realize I rigged my internal poll as a “cute” literary device.) Pet rats are sweet and gentle creatures who love a little bonding time riding on your shoulder and snuffling in your ear. At least, that’s how me and Piggy rolled in my youth.

So, it’s no surprise to me that pet rat Dexter has a sassy personality that compels him to refuse broccoli repeatedly and tenaciously. And you can’t tell me that little face behind those wispy whiskers doesn’t make the whole ordeal adorable.

I don’t know if all rats have a distaste for broccoli or if this particular rat took a note out of former President George H. W. Bush’s book, who famously said he hated broccoli and would no longer eat it now that he was the leader of the free world.

Article source: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1017&sid=33183469

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Alberta sets up special phone line to report rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 23, 2015 in Rat Answers
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By John Cotter, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Alberta Agriculture wants to make it easier to report sightings of rats in the hope of keeping the destructive rodents out of the province.

The government has set up a toll-free number — 310-RATS (7287).

The province prided itself for being rat-free for decades, but faced unusual infestations in southeastern Alberta in 2012 and last year.

Norway rats are considered to be extremely destructive with the potential to ruin crops and spread disease.

Rat inspector Bruce Hamblin says municipalities are responsible for eradicating the varmints, but people sometimes don’t know where to call to report a sighting.

“We talked to people who couldn’t find an easy number to call,” he said.

“Sometimes calls were going to fish and wildlife officers and some of the other agencies before finally being directed to Alberta Agriculture. The new 310-RATS phone line is just a more efficient tool to help ensure Alberta remains rat-free.”

Alberta focuses its rat-control efforts within a 29-kilometre-wide zone along the Saskatchewan boundary from the central Lloydminster area south to the U.S. border.

Municipalities along this corridor get special grants from the province to monitor the pests.

The province is so serious about preventing the rodents from getting established in Alberta that it is illegal to have any types of pet rats.

Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture’s provincial rat specialist, says there were 16 confirmed reports last year, including pet rats.

The yearly average is up to 10 single rat sightings and up to three infestations, generally in the rat-control zone.

When rats are found they are killed.

The province considers the larger infestations in 2012 and 2014 at the Medicine Hat dump, which is just outside the rat-control zone, to be unusual.

During the campaign last year to root out the pests at the dump, an 80-metre-long nest was found that took a team of workers and two excavators six hours to destroy.

Alberta Agriculture says Norway rats live near people or their structures. They can’t survive in natural areas or survive winter in farm fields.

The rodents are not native to North America but were introduced along the east coast in 1775 and spread slowly westward.

Article source: http://www.richmondreview.com/national/289216791.html

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Alberta Agriculture sets up special phone line to report rats: 310-RATS

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 23, 2015 in Rat News
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EDMONTON – Alberta Agriculture wants to make it easier to report sightings of rats in the hope of keeping the destructive rodents out of the province.

The government has set up a toll-free number — 310-RATS (7287).

The province prided itself for being rat-free for decades, but faced unusual infestations in southeastern Alberta in 2012 and last year.

Norway rats are considered to be extremely destructive with the potential to ruin crops and spread disease.

Rat inspector Bruce Hamblin says municipalities are responsible for eradicating the varmints, but people sometimes don’t know where to call to report a sighting.

“We talked to people who couldn’t find an easy number to call,” he said.

“Sometimes calls were going to fish and wildlife officers and some of the other agencies before finally being directed to Alberta Agriculture. The new 310-RATS phone line is just a more efficient tool to help ensure Alberta remains rat-free.”

Alberta focuses its rat-control efforts within a 29-kilometre-wide zone along the Saskatchewan boundary from the central Lloydminster area south to the U.S. border.

Municipalities along this corridor get special grants from the province to monitor the pests.

The province is so serious about preventing the rodents from getting established in Alberta that it is illegal to have any types of pet rats.

Phil Merrill, Alberta Agriculture’s provincial rat specialist, says there were 16 confirmed reports last year, including pet rats.

The yearly average is up to 10 single rat sightings and up to three infestations, generally in the rat-control zone.

When rats are found they are killed.

The province considers the larger infestations in 2012 and 2014 at the Medicine Hat dump, which is just outside the rat-control zone, to be unusual.

During the campaign last year to root out the pests at the dump, an 80-metre-long nest was found that took a team of workers and two excavators six hours to destroy.

Alberta Agriculture says Norway rats live near people or their structures. They can’t survive in natural areas or survive winter in farm fields.

The rodents are not native to North America but were introduced along the east coast in 1775 and spread slowly westward.

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