News 02/11/18: Clear evidence’ of mobile phone radiation link to cancers in rats, US health agency concludes

‘Clear evidence’ of mobile phone radiation link to cancers in rats, US health agency concludes

pest news novemberA long-running US study on the effects of radio wave radiation, the sort emitted by mobile phones, has found “clear evidence” of high levels of exposure and heart cancers in male rats.

Some evidence of links to brain and adrenal gland tumours was also found in male rats, but in female rodents and male mice signs of cancer weren’t clear, the National Toxicology Programme (NTP) concluded in its final report on Thursday.

The programme is run by the US Department of Health and Human Services and was tasked with reviewing the toxicity of mobile phone radiation in response to the devices’ near ubiquity in modern life.

Radiation exposure in the trial was well above the levels most humans would experience, but researchers said the findings show the link between radio frequencies and tumours – at least for rats – “is real”.

For more information on this incredible study, read more here.

‘Cockroaches, rats and piles of rubbish’ – Rusholme is an absolute mess – and people are sick of it

pest news novemberResidents living on the Curry Mile – Wilmslow Road – say they have reached breaking point.

They’re sick of it.

Some say rats and cockroaches are crawling the streets. Sometimes, the critters get into their homes, they claim.

Residents say they negotiate piles left-over food, overflowing bins and vermin every time they leave their houses.

Their lives are being made a misery, they say. Many residents claim some people aren’t pulling their weight to help keep the area tidy.

Read more on what’s being done to put a stop to this here.

These tiny houses give solitary urban bees a place to live

pest control novemberWhat do you know about bees? They live in hives, they serve a queen, and they produce honey. That’s all true–but for only about 10% of bee species in the world.

“Normally when we think of bees we imagine the most common species, the European honeybee (Apis mellifera), but in reality, about 90% of the bee species (there are almost 25,000 species in the world) are considered solitary bees,” says industrial designer Gabriel Calvillo.

Read more to find out what’s being done to help bees here.

Harris Hawk swoops over London to scare away pigeons and gulls from city landmarks

pest news octoberA Harris Hawk is acting as a winged crusader to scare away gulls and pigeons in London.

Footage shows four-year-old Stella swooping around city landmarks to keep other birds from fouling or roosting on buildings.

Footage shows four-year-old Stella swooping around city landmarks to keep other birds from fouling or roosting on buildings.

Stella has been trained in Kent, at The Hawking Centre, and travels from the county to patrol the capital.

To learn more about the Harris Hawk, read the full article here.

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