Ratastic News Week “Fear the Invasion” Edition!

David Bennett David Bennett

A ratpocalypse is upon us! What will you do to escape the invasion? Can you escape?  Every week we write about rat invasions in various cities in North America and the world, but is it inevitable that we must live with masses of rats chewing through our walls, trying to get in, spreading E.coli and bubonic plague? This week we explore this question, as well as the real life invasion of rats that literally drove a Canadian family from their home, and we again see a story about a man who ate a garden slug on a dare…and died 8 years later from rat lungworm.   Don’t eat brains!  Don’t eat slugs of ANY kind!   Death is on the line!  Welcome to another uplifting and joyful edition of….The Ratastic Newsflash!


Scientists say if the earth warms up 2 more degrees, we’re going to have an invasion of ratpocalyptic proportions!


   Newsweek reports this week that as more reports of rats invading cities like  New York, Chicago,Washington DC and other metropolitan areas increases, that what they are seeing is a result of a warming climate worldwide.   “According to a 2016 USA Today report, calls to the Orkin pest control service, were “up 61 percent in Chicago; 67 percent in Boston; 174 percent in San Francisco; 129 percent in New York City; and 57 percent in Washington, D.C.” The rat reproduction phenomenon has had effects worldwide, with several New Zealand cities providing fertile breeding grounds for rats as they experienced one of the hottest summers on record.”   US cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit and Washington DC have also reported hotter summers than normal which has contributed to the booming populations of rats,  and these cities in turn have pledged millions of dollars to rat control. Healthline backs this up by saying “Bobby Corrigan, who holds a doctorate in rodentology, and is one of the nation’s leading experts on rats, told Healthline that if you spoke to health departments in 25 different cities, they’d all tell you “we have more rats now than ever before.” “Even though that’s not empirical, that’s a pretty darn good indication,” he said. Corrigan attributes growing rat populations in the United States and around the world to milder winters and growing human populations. Rats tend to reproduce less during the winter as cold weather makes it harder for the rodents to survive. But, as winters have become milder due in part to climate change over the past decade, rats have been able to produce extra litters.” Rats can start reproducing at a month old, and have gestation period of two weeks.   So one rat can have thousands of litters in just one year. Multiply that by thousands and thousands (is the hair standing up on the back of your neck yet??)    

Two degrees. That’s all it takes for all your worst nightmares to come true.  Let’s go to Canada and visit a family who was driven from their home by thousands of rats.

In South Ottawa, Ontario, a family’s apartment is so overrun by rats health officials forbade anyone to enter without a respirator on, and even bylaw officers refused to enter it.  A single mom and her 2 kids are now living in a hotel paid for by the city as the landlord of her apartment building is under investigation. Her apartment is unlivable.   The CBC reports: “”Every surface had been covered with rat feces and urine,” said Garry Carbonnell​, who volunteered his services after seeing a CBC story about Tully’s plight.  “This is one of the worst situations I’ve ever seen.” Carbonnell said the rodents had burrowed into every wall and chewed wires, creating a fire hazard in addition to the health hazard. “I advised her to find somewhere to go immediately. This was well beyond a couple of rats.”   To make it worse, housing is hard to find in Ottawa, so this mother and her young children are looking at a wait from 18 months to 2 years for a place to open up for them.   The family was exposed to feces and urine for months, and sick on and off for months, and she wasn’t allowed to bring any of her clothing or possessions for fear of contamination so this family is starting over from scratch.  Because of rats. 

Rat Lungworm Claims a Life Because of a Dare—Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Slugs. Or Brains.

Sad story resonates as growing up was far from holier than thou! Finally, we visit another guy who ate a slug a dare.  He may have won the dare but he lost his life eight years later after incubating rat lungworm disease in his brain for all that time.  The man, who lived in Australia, was a promising rugby player and only 27 years old.  Newsweek explains: “In Ballard’s case, he contracted eosinophilic meningoencephalitis, a type of meningitis caused by rat lungworm. He fell into a coma that lasted over a year. When he woke up, doctors discovered he had suffered from brain injury.”

 In a previous article we explained how rat lungworm disease is spread: “Females are 21 mm to 25 mm long, while the males are 16 mm to 19 mm long. Mature worms live in the pulmonary arteries of rats and produce fertilized eggs that develop into first-stage larvae. These larvae migrate up the trachea, are swallowed and expelled with the feces. They remain viable and infectious in the feces or freshwater for several weeks. The life cycle is completed only if these larvae are ingested by a mollusc intermediate   host (land snails or slugs). In about 2 weeks, the larvae then mature into infectious third-stage larvae that maintain infection for the life of the molluscs. Shrimp, fish, crabs, frogs, predacious land planarians, or monitor lizards may eat the infected mollusks and serve as paratenic hosts. Rodents ingest either the mollusks or paratenic hosts and become infected. Humans (dead end hosts) can become infected by ingesting raw contaminated intermediate or paratenic hosts or vegetables contaminated with third stage larvae.”

The parasite can also be transmitted via raw vegetables (watch this informative video about how to properly wash vegetables), and insufficiently cooked molluscs, slugs and seafood. Third stage larvae can survive up to a week in water.  Norway rats, black rats, and Polynesian rats have been confirmed as carriers; interestingly enough, house mice have not been confirmed as carriers.

If these stores don’t get you to get your rodent control plan completed, don’t know what will. Visit our site learn more add our industrialized  traps to arsenal as of  your rat/rodent control plan!   We’d love to work with you to prevent these horror stories from happening to you and in your community. 

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