Genetic study results may be a win for rats

Devouring food supplies and spreading a range of harmful viruses and bacteria, most can agree that rats wreak havoc no matter where they go. However, what has been previously unknown is the question on how rats went from wild rodent to unwanted human companion. Now, a new genetic study of brown rats from around the […]

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 […]

New Zealand goes to war against invasive pests

The New Zealand government is going where no government has gone before by taking steps to eliminate each and every rat, stoat and possum nation-wide in order to create a predator-free country by 2050.

According to one article, the government believes introduced species kill 25 million native New Zealand birds a year, including the iconic […]