NYC deals with latest bacterial infection linked to rats

To many, rats are an occasional nuisance that we hope we don’t have to deal with often. For others, however, they are a constant occurrence responsible for doing serious damage and wreaking havoc on large neighborhoods, transportation systems and entire cities.

Along with being unpleasant to look at, rats are also known to carry various […]

Scientists work to reveal the secret lives of urban rats

Urban areas suffering from seemingly ever-increasing rat populations is nothing new. However, because rats are small, vigilant and live mainly underground, even behavioral ecologists know very little about how they move through cities and interact with their environments.

That’s a problem, one article explains, because rats foul our foods, spread disease and damage infrastructure. As […]

How 50 rats turned into 100,000 after avoiding poison dump

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds recently conducted a case study on the failed rat eradication project on an island in the South Pacific.

The island’s rat problem began approximately 800 years ago when Polynesian sailors introduced Pacific rats to Henderson Island, […]

Study finds rats can make people feel depressed

A not-so-surprising new study finds that people don’t like rats. But what may be truly surprising is that rats — more than crime or other signs of urban decay — may make people depressed.

According to an article, people living in Baltimore’s low-income neighborhoods who see rats as a big problem, are significantly more likely […]

Phone app helping to ‘rat out’ nasty NY pizza thieves

An estimated two million rats dwell in New York City, and their human neighbors have lodged a record number of complaints about them to the city’s 311 “rat hotline.” With almost two full months left in the year, the complaints have already reached a record number compared to previous years with currently more than 24,000 […]