1 The brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Norway rat, and its more acrobatic Asian cousin, the black rat (Rattus rattus), enjoy a nearly worldwide distribution, thanks to their skill at stowing away on ships.
2 In the mid-19th century, Jack Black, the rat catcher for Queen Victoria, found several color variations of the brown rat and domesticated those he caught. Eager owners of his pet rats included the Queen herself, and it’s rumored—disturbingly—Beatrix Potter.
An octogenarian who has single-handedly been doing his best to rid his street of an influx of rats has said he needs help to get the vermin under control.
Cyril Scrivener, 87, said the rats had been getting into the sewer under the alleyway that offers rear access to his house and those of his neighbours – and runs underneath all the bathrooms – in Recreation Road, Haverhill.
The rodents came in various sizes, said Mr Scrivener, but could be as big as 2ft long in some cases.
CNN)Genetically modified diamondback moths designed to wipe out wild pest populations were released in fields for the first time in New York state.
Diamondback moths are migratory pests found in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, but especially in areas where crops can be grown yearround.
In these parts — where it’s not too hot nor too cold — are where diamondback moths cause the greatest problems, including billions of dollars in damages to cruciferous crops such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and canola.
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