‘Grazing the crop like stock’ — Australia’s mouse plague

The state of Victoria, Australia, is dealing with some pesky invaders right now.

Emerging crops, such as canola, are being decimated by mouse infestations, with numbers in some areas reaching plague proportions and forcing farmers to resow areas of crop. What’s more — there is a shortage of mouse bait to deal with the problem.

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Neogen acquires rodenticide assets

Neogen Corporation announced today that it has acquired the complete rodenticide assets of Virbac Corporation, the North American affiliate of the France-based Virbac Group, a global animal health company.

The acquired assets include a key rodenticide active ingredient that complements Neogen’s existing active ingredients, and more than 40 regulatory approvals for a variety of formulations […]

Plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats

Oriental rat fleas, the same vermin that were responsible for transmitting the Bubonic Plague throughout Europe in the 14th century, have been found in New York City’s rat population, according to new research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

“If these rats carry fleas that could transmit the plague to people, then the pathogen […]

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The FDA has effectively banned some fancy cheeses like Roquefort – The Week

New FDA restrictions on the levels of harmless bacteria found in imported cheese have effectively banned […]

Texas having self-sized problem with rats

While not yet a rat-pocalypse, favorable weather conditions have helped create a spike in rat numbers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and other areas of Texas.

“We’ve really got a rat explosion,” said Cliff Moore, owner of DFW-based Animal Services Inc, as quoted in the Dallas Observer. “It’s throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, the whole […]