Ratastic News Week “Something’s Cooking” Edition

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Honolulu restaurant closes after Snapchat video of employee cooking a rat on the grill goes viral

If you were hungry before reading this, you won’t be afterwards!  We guarantee it!  Breitbart and HawaiiNewsNow report that something ratty went down—on the grill at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Honolulu—and what may have been a teenage prank has serious consequences, including the firing of two employees and the closure of the location while all the equipment and cooking utensils are replaced, the premises given a deep cleaning, and inspection afterwards.   A Snapchat video went viral of a rat being cooked on the grill alongside hamburgers cooking. The video was shared with the company and the two employees were promptly fired.  The state health department isn’t involved because of the proactive measures the restaurant had taken.   Good for the restaurant to take these measures!  We recommend every restaurant be proactive about rodent control.   Give us a call!  We will be glad to help you put together a great rodent control plan using our traps in your arsenal!

New York rat families make sweet love and have family get togethers in restaurant in Rockefeller Plaza

If the E. coli ban on romaine lettuce doesn’t scare you, the rats in restaurants will! The best moments of our lives are spent in restaurants dining out—marriage proposals, bar and bat mitzvahs, wedding rehearsal dinners, birthdays, anniversaries, you name it.   We love eating out!   Why wouldn’t the rats enjoy the same opportunities to dine out?   Why not settle down, have a family on the salad preparation station?   Love is love, right?    The Gothamist reports that at least six rats were running around inside the midtown Just Salad and documented it in a Facebook video.    Apparently, they were running off the dinner they just enjoyed at a different restaurant in the food court.   The response from the CEO of Just Salad was unequivocal:  they’re planning to close this location at 30 Rock anyway and they’re moving it to what they call a “clean environment” because of the struggle to control rodent activity in the current location.  They say they’ve never had this issue in any other location and consistently get A’s at every other location.  

Along with the snow and cold comes rats chewing wiring in cars. Here’s how to get them to stop:

A desperate person with a rat problem wrote in to the East Bay Times wanting to know how to get rats to stop chewing on the wires in his car.  Rats live with us for three basic reasons—we give them food, shelter and warmth.  So explained the paper, even if you don’t have cat or dog food out, the rats will find other things to chew as their teeth are constantly growing.   Because wire insulation has been replaced by eco-friendly soy insulation, the rats see it as a food source and will get up into your car and chew it off the wire harness. Rats love chewing it off and eating it. It’s delicious!  It’s so much of a problem that according to Hackaday, some car manufacturers like Honda and Toyota are getting hit with class action lawsuits.  We also covered this topic in our article “The Damage that Rats Do!” on the British Rat Trap website!

What’s the fix?  How do you keep the rats off your wire harness? The East Bay Times explains “A

man who goes by the name of Rat King Dave has created a website dedicated to helping people keep rats out of their cars. He recommends setting rat traps at the base of your tires and on top of the tires.”   We think this is an excellent solution—no poisons to kill non-target species and pets, very environmentally friendly, and effective!  In addition to setting traps, the Times goes on: “Mothballs can be a good repellent, but they are poisonous so you want to put them in a nylon bag or other container. You can suspend them inside the engine or place them on top of your tires, the most common route rodents take to get into your car.”  Traps seem to be the best solution.   They’re not poisonous, and they are reusable, saving you time and money!

“Giant Rats’ tell us something about the food we are eating, researchers say

The Guardianreports that a 21-inch rat found in Dorset might have something to tell us about our food as to why rats get so huge.   ““There’s a definite increase in rat numbers and a definite increase in size,” says Terry Walker, who caught and measured the creature in Bournemouth, Dorset. (He happened to have a tape measure on him for repairs, not to measure rats.) Are rats getting bigger – and if so, why? Walker believes they are. “They used to be 14in, 16in. Then 17 became the norm. Then 18,” he says. Last spring, he caught a whopper at 19in, only to see the record broken by a 20-inch rat in Hampshire a few months later. Rat-catching seems as competitive as fishing.”  It could be because of our high fat and high sugar diet, along with growth hormones in the food chain.  

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