Ratastic News week December 9th, 2019 “Ceiling Rats and Ratsy Art” Edition

David Bennett David Bennett | December 8, 2019 | Pest Control

Ceiling rats return in a very dramatic showdown on the Lower East Side of New York City!   Banksy, the graffiti artist, may or may not be at it again with a stencil of Umbrella Rat appearing on the wall of a Tokyo monorail station, and in a fitting display of celebration for pest control workers around the world, Chungwa Post unveils its new Year of the Rat stamp collection just in time for the Chinese Lunar New Year!



Last week’s quiz question: What rat is used to diagnose Tuberculosis?

Answer: The Giant pouched rat can grow up to 18 inches in length and weighs a little over three pounds. It can also smell tuberculosis, a feature that’s astonishingly more accurate and speedier than scientific testing.   


This week’s quiz question: How long do rodents hibernate? (Not all Rodents hibernate)



Man Has Horrific Day as Ceiling Full of Rats Collapses On Top of Him, Hospitalizes Him

The rat walk in the space between the wooden beam and the roof tiles,Hiding of mice

You know that a rat infestation can destroy a building.  This story shows that rat infestations can destroy lives as well!  We’ve all had really bad days, but perhaps not a bad day like this poor fellow in New York City, who was tasked with installing a new wall—and cleaning up rat feces and urine, for which, according to court documents, he claims he was not given the proper safety gear by his employer.  To add insult to injury, when the ceiling collapsed, the man was absolutely covered in rat feces, urine, as well as live and dead rats.  The New York Posts gives the chilling and gross details: ““I was cleaning up rat feces and rat urine on soaked pieces of insulation. There were dead rats and there were [live rats] running all around me. They were trying to come out when I was trying to plaster it.”

After spending some 16 hours doing the filthy work over two days, he was called to another job to repair a leaking hole in a ceiling, he said.

Again, despite it being infested with the critters he wasn’t given proper gear — and this time he had to put his head into the hole to see inside the ceiling and “the rats were running around my head,” Petersen said.

Then while Petersen was pulling down the wet boards in the ceiling, “the whole thing came down on me — rats, feces, you name it,” he said. “You cringe. I don’t like rats, mice, I don’t like any kind of rodents. I was disgusted. You feel grossed out. You are itching and scratching.”  It all ended up in litigation, as things like this do, as the man also got fired for reporting the working conditions and pest infestation to OSHA, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health.   Oh the tangled web rats weave!  


Mystery: Is the Umbrella Rat Stencil in Tokyo a Banksy Work or Not?

Tokyo Japan city skyline vector silhouette illustration

Rats bring us many things that are undesirable—but this one is bringing intrigue!   It might be by Banksy, the enigmatic and elusive street artist, whose rat graffiti works have appeared in various countries around the world.    The City of Tokyo went a step further than the other places did—they actually removed the work and put it in storage. Timeout.com has an opinion about all of this: “According to several sources, government officials had tried contacting Pest Control, the website dedicated to verifying official Banksy works, to confirm the creator of the graffiti. However, the

Bristol, United Kingdom – 3th May 2014: Buildings at Park Street displaying the famous Bansky’s graffiti “Naked Man”.

website asserted that they could not provide authentication on anything involving illegal activity (ie, unsolicited graffiti work) – plus, Banksy rarely confirms whether he is responsible for a particular piece of work himself. If the work is a genuine piece by the infamous British street artist, whose art often incorporates dark humor to communicate political statements, it’s unlikely that he’d appreciate his mural, intended to be seen where he first created it, be cut out and boxed inside a protective case. “ That the website that verifies Banksy works is called Pest Control is absolutely awesome in the pest control world—very cheeky!    The city has put the work back where it originally appeared for the public to enjoy—but to all of you would be graffiti artists, that doesn’t mean they condone illegal graffiti!   As to whether it’s a “real” Banksy or not, perhaps Britain’s own Sherlock Holmes will have to get on the job!


Taiwan Rolls Out Rat Stamps!  (No, they’re not stamping out rats.  Or, maybe they are)

The Year of the Rat is the first in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  The years of the rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 and so on. It ranks first on the Chinese zodiac for the rat characteristics of spirit, wit, alertness, intelligence, flexibility and sheer determination to survive.  According to ChineseZodiac.net,  “The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox,

becoming first. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.”  These qualities of wit, fecundity and wealth are qualities that we all admire as well, in people as well as in rats (remember how we’re so taken with Pizza Rat, Flood Rat and Hennessey Rat, who reflect human-like mannerisms?)   The small nation of Taiwan is celebrating the Year of the Rat to come by issuing beautiful colored rat stamps.   The Taipei Times adds: “The stamps, valued at NT$6, NT$13 and NT$15, are to be available from post offices nationwide Tuesday next week, as well as at the Postal Museum in Taipei. The NT$6 stamp features a rat

juggling a traditional Chinese coin, symbolizing wealth and good fortune in the coming year, while the NT$13 stamp is decorated with a dancing rat, representing health and happiness.”    If you were born during one of the Rat years, according to the Chinese zodiac, you tend to be energetic and optimistic, if a little too opinionated!   The Chinese Year of the Rat reflects the respect we recognize in our eternal opponent the rat, along with the disgust we also feel.  Feelings are complicated!   But from a health perspective, we are better off not having them around!   Keep them out  RodeXit rat proofing strips!  They can’t be beaten because they can’t be eaten! They’re  tough on rodents easy and fast to install, highly effective and durable, you won’t be replacing them over and over!)




Thanks and compliments to couple of Pest Control Professional customers who kindly shared images of jobs they are performing with RodeXit Proofing Strips,  admire their craftsmanship, creativity and enthusiasm to share how they are helping customers exclude rats and mice.  

First example is sealing those small spaces that could easily be overlooked on inspection, comment from the technician was that he is impressed with versatility and ease to install the RodeXit proofing strips,  they will be purchasing more.  

The images show before and after. 









Second example shows rodent proofing an overhead garage door, where rodents had gnawed through the weather strip on the bottom of the door, This Pest Control  Professional used the RodeXit proofing strips accompanied with the optional stainless steel shielding protection strips which are designed to protect the proofing strips when pallet jacks for forklifts are used in commercial applications, for this instance they were used for durability and aesthetics. 




To learn more about RodeXit Proofing strips down load this

“Basics on Mounting of RodeXit Proofing Strips”



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2 thoughts on “Ratastic News week December 9th, 2019 “Ceiling Rats and Ratsy Art” Edition

  1. Rodents (depending on species) can hibernate from 5 to 8 months. Not all rodents hibernate. Love your blog David. Have a super holiday season! – Tim

    1. Good afternoon Tim, appreciate kind comment and impressive adroit knowledge of rodents, always a please hearing from you, cheers.

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