Who can resist a face like that? (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Note: This piece was originally published on January 19th, 2018
Rats: The bane of any city-dweller’s existence. We spend millions of dollars each year trying to kill these pests, putting out poison and traps. But new research poses the question: Should we be killing rats at all? Innovation Hub producer Marc Filippino reports on what could be a surprising new solution to rat control.
- Every year Orkin releases a list of . Chicago’s been sitting on top for the last few years.
- Three things that will survive the apocalypse: Twinkies, cockroaches and...rats. Needing only a few grams of food a day, rats are extremely resilient. Oh, and then there’s the fact that a couple of rats can produce to up to .
- With all these offspring, Bobby Corrigan, a rat expert, says cities sometimes rely too heavily on poison. So what should they do instead? Some places, like Chicago and New York, are experimenting with . No, that's not a typo.
- Remember how in Looney Tunes, Wile E. Coyote chased the Road Runner? Cities sometimes come up with weird ways to catch rats, too. D.C. recruits , New Yorkers , and a Chicago alderman suggested letting urban coyotes (Not Wile E.) .
- When it comes to rat control, money isn’t always the answer. In 2017, Chicago dedicated about $5 million toward its rat control program. Meanwhile, New York City is throwing at the problem. A lot of money, yet, both still have rats.
- Slate at why rodents are such a hit in Hollywood.