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Rats Rely On Their Whiskers To Maneuver Safely In The Dark
2014-07-08 09:15:18

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe online Imagine walking through your living room at midnight after having turned out the lights. Even though it is dark, you almost intuitively know where the wall makes a 90 degree turn yielding to a hallway as your hands reach expectantly for the corner. Now imagine the same scenario in a far less familiar room. Your speed will slow and your hands will move a bit more erratically seeking the comfort of a wall or chair back to guide you...

2014-06-29 23:01:12

Poison-resistant “super rats” are being reported in Britain as the rat population booms in New York. Bird-X, alternative pest control experts for 50 years, reports. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 29, 2014 Why the sudden spike in the news about rats in Europe and America? Bird-X investigates the headlines. Reported in The Telegraph on June 27, poison-resistant “super rats” are quickly breeding in the UK and are expected to outnumber the area’s human population by next year. The article...

2014-06-16 08:23:32

LANSING, Mich., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with SenesTech, Inc., to manufacture and market a rodent control product that uses fertility control to manage rat populations. The innovative product would complement Neogen's existing portfolio of rodenticides. With the new technology, chronic rat infestations could be managed using a combination of currently existing rodenticides to...

Rats Experience Regret Similar To Humans
2014-06-09 13:11:59

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the 2007 Disney feature length Cartoon, Ratatouille, the lead character Remy was separated from his family due to his desire to save Augesten Gusteau's restaurant after reading the famed book "You Can Cook" during the exodus from the besieged farmhouse. That fateful decision and its immediate aftermath were portrayed in such a way that we, as human viewers, were meant to sense Remy's regret. But surely, rats are incapable of such...

2014-06-06 23:03:38

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the cancellation of 12 popular rodent control products that do not comply with its safety standards. Bird-X explains why this matter should be of immediate public concern. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 06, 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced that 12 popular d-CON rat and mouse poison products must cease production, beginning June 2014 (source). These products do not comply with EPA safety standards –...

2014-04-30 23:04:31

Rat removal along with pest exclusion and insulation removal and attic insulation replacement service is available through Rodent Guys Pest Control and Extermination. Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Upland, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 Rat control is a common problem throughout the world and challenging for novice people to control them in Rancho Cucamonga and Upland, California. Rats require removal, exclusion of entry points and proper sanitation for long term rat control. Removal or rodents can...

Mice And Rats Stressed By The Scent Of Male Experimenters And Could Impact Research Findings
2014-04-28 03:59:51

McGill University Scientists' inability to replicate research findings using mice and rats has contributed to mounting concern over the reliability of such studies. Now, an international team of pain researchers led by scientists at McGill University in Montreal may have uncovered one important factor behind this vexing problem: the gender of the experimenters has a big impact on the stress levels of rodents, which are widely used in preclinical studies. In research published online...

2014-04-18 23:00:32

Rodent Guys is now servicing Ontario and Chino, CA for rat and rodent control. Their new rat removal services include rat trapping and attic cleaning. Ontario and Chino, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 Rat and rodent infestations are common in house attics and crawlspaces in Southern California homes. These animals are unsanitary and carry diseases that are unhealthy for humans. These rodents also chew wiring and other materials causing significant damage if not eradicated immediately. This...

2014-04-18 23:00:29

Rodent Guys has expanded their service area into Upland and Claremont, CA for rat pest control and attic cleaning. Claremont and Upland, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 Rat and rodent infestations are common in house attics and crawlspaces in Southern California homes. These animals are unsanitary and carry diseases that are unhealthy for humans. These rodents also chew wiring and other materials causing significant damage if not eradicated immediately. This makes rat removal in Upland and...

2014-04-01 23:27:27

The Science Museum of Virginia is celebrating March Ratness on April 3, 2014. The Museum's Rat Basketball Association will be representing the final four NCAA teams in this unique tournament. Richmond, VA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 Ever wonder what rats do in their spare time? The Science Museum of Virginia has been concerned about rat recreation for many years – employing classical and operant conditioning techniques to enable our rodent friends the ability to enjoy the game of...


Latest Old World rats and mice Reference Libraries

Striped Field Mouse, Apodemus agrarius
2012-07-27 12:43:51

The striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius) has a range that extends from Eastern Europe to Japan, and includes Siberia and Taiwan. It prefers a habitat within cornfields and other agricultural fields or human populated areas, and forests. It has many synonyms, or other names, including Apodemus albostriatus given by Bechstein in 1801 and Apodemus volgensis given by Kuznetzov in 1944. This mouse can reach an average body length of up to 4.9 inches, with a tail length of up to 3.5 inches...

Armored Rat, Hoplomys gymnurus
2012-07-17 14:40:46

The armored rat (Hoplomys gymnurus) is the only species within the Hoplomys genus. It is native to Latin America, with a range that extends from northern Honduras into northwestern Ecuador. It prefers a habitat at altitudes of up to 2,600 feet. It resides in burrows that can be up to 6.6 feet in length, and these burrows are typically located near a water source. The armored rat bears spines across its back, resembling a porcupine, and indeed, they are more related to the porcupine than...

Barbary Striped Grass Mouse, Lemniscomys barbarous
2012-06-25 17:15:04

The Barbary striped grass mouse (Lemniscomys barbarous) is native to northwest Africa. Its range includes Algeria, Tunisia, and coastal Morocco. It was thought that this range also included Sub-Saharan Africa, although the populations occurring here are now considered a distinct species known as Heuglin's Striped Grass Mouse. Along with Heuglin's and Hoogstral's Striped Grass Mouse, the Barbary striped grass mouse bears fur that is both darkly and lightly striped, while most other members...

Sand Rat, Psammomys obesus
2012-06-20 16:14:18

The sand rat (Psammomys obesus), also known as the fat sand rat, is found in North Africa, as well as the Middle East. Its range extended from Mauritania to the Arabian Peninsula. It prefers habitats within sandy deserts, but it can be found within saline marsh areas and areas with rocky ground. It will burrow under vegetation like saltbushes, where rats can often be found foraging. There are many medical uses for the sand rat. Because of their tendency to get diabetes mellitus when fed a...

Maned Rat, Lophiomys imhausi
2012-05-23 13:57:55

The maned rat (Lophiomys imhausi), also known as the crested rat, has a range that includes Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. It prefers a habitat located in highland forests and woodlands in these areas, while in Somalia and Ethiopia it prefers to reside in areas nearly at sea level. These rats will nest in hollow tree trunks or rocky areas, as well as within cliff-faces. The maned rat can reach a length of up to twenty-one inches, including the tail. The soft undercoat of...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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