‘Never seen anything like it’ – ‘White’ rats descend on Italian village

‘Never seen anything like it’: ‘white’ rats descend on Italian village

pest control news januarySpecial taskforce set up in Gattolino to tackle sudden rodent infestation

For a few days now the small village of Gattolino (which translates roughly as “little cat”) has been battling an infestation of rodents. Locals have nicknamed the newcomers “crazy white rats” because of their strange behaviour. They have reportedly been jumping in front of cars and killing each other. One firefighter told a local paper: “I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

Read more over at The Guardian.

Pesticides are Harming Bees in Literally Every Possible Way

pest news januaryWhile soybean farmers watched the drift-prone weed killer dicamba ravage millions of acres of crops over the last two years, Arkansas beekeeper Richard Coy noticed a parallel disaster unfolding among the weeds near those fields.

When Coy spotted the withering weeds, he realized why hives that produced 100 pounds of honey three summers ago now were managing barely half that: Dicamba probably had destroyed his bees’ food.

Read the whole article on Wired.

Pigeon droppings health risk – should you worry?

pest news januaryAn infection linked to pigeon droppings was a “contributing factor” in the death of a child at a Glasgow hospital, it has been confirmed.

The child was being treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital when he or she appears to have caught the infection – a fungus called cryptococcus.

The child has not been named. The fungus did not contribute to the death in December of a second patient infected with the same pathogen, say experts.

BBC reports the whole story here.

Vets warn that fleas and ticks can hitch a ride on furry friends even in cold weather

pest control januaryThe lack of snow and warmer temperatures has a lot of us heading outside.

Many people are bringing their dogs to the parks.

Veterinarians say ticks and fleas are still a problem and this warm weather doesn’t help.

Pet owners may not think their pets are at risk during the winter. Vets say the belief that snow and cold kills all is a myth.

They look nasty in a jar, but a tick looks even worse on one of your pets.

Katie Chamberlin from Morris Animal Hospital says the cold doesn’t bother the pests.

“Fleas do need a little bit more humid and warmer weather to really see the great numbers of reproduction they can do,” said Chamberlin, “but they can still be living in cold temperatures, same as ticks. They don’t go away.”

For the full story, head over to WSBT.

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