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Mon Jan 7, 2019, 09:18 PM

...more rats, thanks to the shutdown's festering trash

Cities could be teeming with more rats, thanks to the shutdown’s festering trash
Science Jan 4, 2019 8:13 PM EST
No one knows how long the partial government shutdown will last, but concerned Washington, D.C. citizens are confronting an unwitting consequence: an explosion of rats.

The National Parks Service is currently barred from collecting the overflowing garbage in national parks and monuments, including in the capital city. Smelly trash cans may be repulsive to us, but they’re manna for hungry pests.

When rats gorge themselves on lingering leftovers, they gain vital nutrients and proteins. Given an all-you-can-eat trash buffet, rats build up strength reserves and produce larger, healthier litters. More food means more rats, potentially for years to come.

The city-dwelling brown rat — Rattus norvegicus — carries diseases and can also bite through some forms of concrete and steel, so their populations represent a threat to public health and infrastructure when they expand.

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https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/cities-could-be-teeming-with-more-rats-thanks-to-the-shutdowns-festering-trash

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Reply ...more rats, thanks to the shutdown's festering trash (Original post)
littlemissmartypants Jan 7 OP
TreasonousBastard Jan 7 #1
littlemissmartypants Jan 7 #4
underpants Jan 7 #2
BigmanPigman Jan 7 #3
littlemissmartypants Jan 7 #5
Javaman Jan 8 #6

Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2019, 09:27 PM

1. But, will they ever outnumber the resident two-legged rats?

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2019, 10:06 PM

4. I'm hoping they head straight for the Oval Office.

And the chance he's got some of last week's KFC in a beast pocket, close to his heart. If only we could be sure he had crumbs under a red hat on his head. Problem is we know the brain's not the place that will do him in, at least not directly. I'm looking for something more critical. May a trip over one of the ratscals down the stairs, for example. A girl can dream.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2019, 09:54 PM

2. Hold it, rats like garbage?

Who coulda thunk it?

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2019, 09:59 PM

3. A relative is in town from college in DC and she has so many rat stories.

I thought they were bad when I lived in NYC but the DC problem is worse. I think climate change may effect them too. When Paris was flooded last year whole packs of 15 or so rats were running all over the city and Paris wasn't alone. They were misplaced and needed a dry shelter. Rats will be able to adapt a lot faster than people will.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2019, 10:08 PM

5. I can only imagine! Public health emergency,thanks to the fattest rat of all.nt

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Tue Jan 8, 2019, 08:48 AM

6. ...

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