Rodent Research at Food Distribution Centers: A Call for Collaboration

The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to prevent contamination of human foods through risk analysis and mitigation strategies. FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food rule significantly affects pest management practices at food distribution centers (DCs) by calling for proactive programs that prevent pest problems before they arise. Currently, rodent management programs at many DCs are based on third-party auditor ‘guidelines.’ Using these templates, rodent stations are placed at 50–100 ft. intervals along exterior perimeter walls, and mousetraps are… Read more »

Rats on the rise in Vancouver? Maybe, says UBC expert

A PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia says the current rat situation in Vancouver is the thing to be scared of this Halloween. Kaylee Byers is a member of the Vancouver Rat Project, a research initiative started in 2010, which she says is the first of its kind in Canada. Byers said Vancouver’s rat population appears to be growing. Pest control professionals in the city are reporting more rodent calls than ever before. She admitted, however, that it’s… Read more »

‘Shocked and Disgusted’: Video Shows Rodent Feces Falling From Culver City Mall Food Court Ceiling, Woman Says

Cellphone video purportedly showing rodent feces falling from the ceiling of the food court at the Westfield Culver City mall over the weekend has prompted an internal investigation. After feeling something hit her, Choi at first thought children sitting nearby were throwing food; then, she and her mother realized it was something else. “These two little, small dots landed on my mom’s cup, and instantly she noticed it was rodents’ fecal matter,” Choi told KTLA in an interview Monday. “And… Read more »

KFC responds after customers spot rat running through chips – and rodent experts are watching

A KFC restaurant temporarily closed after a customer claimed to have spotted a rat race through chips is back open for ‘finger lickin’ good’ business under the watchful eye of pest control experts. Bosses at the North Tyneside eatery say they have been working with rodent regulators to make sure there is no more pest “activity” and will be keeping a close eye on the premises over coming weeks. ChronicleLive told how disgusted mum Sam Schofield said she saw a… Read more »

Guess Which City Rules the Rodent Rankings in the US

If the thought of beady-eyed rodents nauseates you and the actual sight of one scurrying across your kitchen sends you screaming into the street, you might not want to move to Chicago. For the third year in a row, the city was named the “rattiest” metropolis for having the most rodents by pest control company Orkin. The Chicago metro area had the most residential and commercial property rodent treatments performed by Orkin, an Atlanta-based company with both national and international… Read more »

Manhattan Gallery’s Squeaking Floor Angers Rodent Lovers

There are 70 white mice in individual boxes set like tiles on the floor of a gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In clear plexiglass cages, designed to be stepped upon, they peer up underfoot in an exhibition exploring phobia. To Natasha Millikan, a self-described mouse expert who squatted on the checkered floor on Sunday afternoon, her head pressed into her hands as around her mice shivered, chewed bits of wood or slept beneath her boots, it was an exploration… Read more »

What Is It If It’s Not Bed Bugs?

Your getting bites, but can’t find any bed bugs??!! If you’ve had a really good look and cant find any bed bugs or fecal matter, it may be time to conduct some research to make sure that you REALLY have bed bugs. Unfortunately, bed bug bites share similar symptoms with several other types of insect bites, and there are a few other insects that look alike. Here are some of the bugs most commonly misdiagnosed as bed bugs. Carpet Beetle/Larvae… Read more »

Vancouver named among worst cities in Canada for Bed Bugs

Waking up to itchy, red bites on your body is an experience many people are familiar with, but some cities are worse than others when it comes to the scourge of bed bugs. Toronto tops the rest of the country when it comes to bed bug problems, according to a ranking released Tuesday by pest control company Orkin Canada, followed by Winnipeg and Vancouver. The list was calculated based on commercial and residential bed bug treatments ordered between July 2016… Read more »

What you need to know about mice in your home

TORONTO – Mice may look like cute, adorable creatures, but the reality is they can be full of disease, do damage to your home and generally do not make good roommates. Here’s what you need to know about them and how to get rid of them. They can make you very sick While the common house mouse is not as dangerous to your health as a deer mouse, they can still spread disease, such as hantavirus, salmonellosis and listeria through their… Read more »

Rat complaints continue to surge in Hamilton

  There continues to be an increase in complaints related to rats throughout the City of Hamilton. The number of complaints has roughly doubled compared to last year, with rain and construction believed to be two major factors. At a meeting at City Hall on Monday, Hamilton’s Board of Health was told that improper garbage disposal and the feeding of feral cats, geese and other wildlife are also concerns. Ward 8 Councillor Terry Whitehead wonders if it’s time for more… Read more »

Eye mites: Millions of people have them And don’t know it.

Ever heard of eye mites? Millions of people have them but most don’t even know it. CBS Miami reporter Ted Scouten began looking into the problem after he was diagnosed with eye mites — known medically as Demodex Mites — along the base and lid of his eyelashes. He wanted to share his story to help others avoid his fate. “I had never heard of eye mites so when he said eye mites it was just really gross, so yeah, I freaked out… Read more »

Flying ant invasion in Vancouver a brief glimpse into the sex lives of insects

It may be alarming to see thousands of winged insects emerge from the sidewalk, or worse, your basement. But take comfort in the fact the flying ant invasion will be over soon — and it will end better for you than for the male ants. Every summer, including right now in Vancouver, swarms of normally wingless ants take flight from their colonies for a brief orgy, more politely known as a “nuptual flight.” Here’s your guide to what’s going on and when… Read more »