Trash is the biggest factor in rat infestations, researchers say

Around the world, more than 35 diseases are known to be easily spread by rats and the ticks and fleas that live on them. The Black Plague, the most famous pandemic to strike mankind, was spread in part by rats stowing away on European merchant ships.

Naturally, we humans have a vested interest in keeping […]

Neogen launches DeciMax® Place Packs and Blocks

LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 27, 2018 — Neogen today announced the addition of DeciMax® Place Packs and Blocks — a proven effective and all-weather rodenticide bait now available in multiple product formats.

DeciMax Place Packs and Blocks use the active ingredient bromadiolone, a second generation anticoagulant, to effectively control rats, mice and meadow voles. DeciMax Place […]

Oh, rats! Chicago considered ‘rat capital’ of U.S.

On the farm or in the big city, rats are obnoxious wherever they go. Now, a recent study has pinpointed where in the U.S. they seem to be most prominent: Chicago, with the highest number of rat-related public health complaints at 50,963 in 2017.

Not only that, but Chicago’s rat problem seems to be growing. […]

New York City study shows mice carry previously unseen pathogens

Sprawling cities aren’t exactly known for being the most sanitary of places. Huge populations plus small spaces equal lots and lots of trash. That said, human beings aren’t the only vehicles for dirt and disease in urban areas.

Epidemiologists at Columbia University conducted a yearlong study of house mice in New York City, and found […]

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 […]

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 […]

Neogen reports record revenues and earnings

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that revenues for the fourth quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, which ended May 31, were $90,079,000, an increase of 15% compared to the prior year quarter. Revenues for fiscal 2016 increased 13% to $321,275,000 from the prior year’s $283,074,000. This increase was aided by recent acquisitions completed by […]

Protecting your pets from rodenticides

Rodenticides are necessary tools for the control of rodent infestations. Although commonly used in agricultural settings to keep mice and rats from infesting feed and produce storage, they are also often needed in and around homes. Unfortunately, the products used for pest control can harm unintended animals who consume the bait, or those who eat […]