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    They call themselves the HOOT Group. Four years ago, Irvine-resident Kim Huxman said, a growing number of residents in her University Hills neighborhood were reporting issues with rats chewing through car engine wiring and eating their backyard gardens. At the time, the nonprofit that manages the community, which houses UC Irvine faculty and staff, was handling their rat problem the way most housing communities and businesses still handle it — with poison. But Huxman said it wasn’t working. Worries about the well-documented dangers that poisons pose to wildlife, pets and kids only increased. So did the rats. Huxman had just seen “The Biggest Little Farm,” a documentary about a Moorpark couple who’d been able to manage pests without using rodenticides or pesticides. She thought, “if they can do it, we can do it,” and fired off an email to her community’s email chain to see if any more of University Hill’s 4,000 residents were interested in teaming up to explore alternatives for reducing their rat population. “A whole bunch of people came out, and we’ve been together ever since,” Huxman...
    RATS are a rather unwelcome visitor for most people when they turn up in their gardens. And with good reason too, considering they’ve been known to spread potentially life-threatening diseases. 1Follow these tips to make your garden a rat-free areaCredit: Getty Considered vermin, rats can make their homes beneath decking, in sheds or greenhouses, and even in compost heaps. These nocturnal creatures may come out mostly at night, but they can still cause havoc in the garden - and you may not even know they’re there. Speaking to the Express, gardening experts at Primrose have revealed four natural ways to get rid of rats for good - all without poisoning other wildlife in the process. Essential oils MORE IN HOME & GARDENINGGREEN FINGERS The five plants that are impossible to kill in your garden & will look great According to the experts, rats have a very strong sense of smell, and are even better than dogs. They experts say: “When used in concentration, essential oils can do wonders to effectively deter rats from your garden due to their potency.  “Peppermint...
    AN influencer who charged fans $25 to virtually attend her wedding is now being slammed for what she wore to her big day. After Alexandra Pierce, 37, tied the knot with an unconventional accessory, social media users have called her "tacky" and "spiritually ugly" – but she insists her critics are just "broke a** rats." 4Alexandra Pierce, 37, has hit back at critics who called her 'tacky' for her weddingCredit: Instagram/ HRH COLLECTION 4The bride posed for pictures with a Birkin bag, which commenters said was 'spiritually ugly' – and some insisted it was fakeCredit: Instagram/ HRH COLLECTION Pierce is a popular YouTuber and founder of the jewelry brand HRH Collection. On Thursday, June 16, she and her husband got married, with followers able to watch live if they sent $25 to her on Venmo. But those who didn't attend still got to see photos on Instagram, where Pierce shared snaps of herself walking down the aisle and snuggling up to her husband. In one photo, she wore a short ivory slip dress from Zara, a veil, a multi-strand pearl...
    ROBOT rats may soon be unleased to search for survivors at disaster sites, as researchers continue to develop the technology. Researchers have developed a mechanic critter named SQuRo (small-sized quadruped robotic rat). 3Researchers have developed a mechanic critter named SQuRoCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 3The robot would be able to pass through narrow spacesCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 3The SQuRo can couch to fit in small areasCredit: SWNS:South West News Service A team, led by Professor Qing Shi from the Beijing Institute of Technology in China, chose the rodents as they are capable of adapting to narrow spaces owing to their elongated slim body and unrivalled agility. The robot version would be able to pass through narrow spaces and rugged terrains and perform tasks, such as detection or transportation in relevant scenarios. Video of SQuRo in action show it crouching to fit in small tunnels, turning in a tight space and even picking itself up after being kicked over. In a study published this month in the journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics, the team explain how they have invested significant...
    A routine traffic stop led to prostitution charges for a Pennsylvania man and Ohio woman in North Jersey, police said. Emmanuel Ojo-Powerson of Pocono Pines, PA, was spotted by Secaucus police officers stopped  on the side ramp of Paterson Plank Road onto Route 3 west around 1:05 a.m. Nov. 16, Police Chief Dennis Miller said. During the stop, the 34-year-old driver admitted he was at the Extended Stay Hotel on Plaza Drive engaging in prostitution, Miller said. Officers went to the hotel and found Crystal Hotlosz of Clairsville, OH, 41, the chief said. Ojo-Powerson was charged with prostitution while Hotlosz faces the same, and money laundering, police said. Ojo-Powerson was also issued three motor vehicle summonses was released from police custody. Hotlosz was served her complaint summons and was released from police custody. 
    Ghislaine Maxwell has spoken from behind bars to claim she's been forced to stop taking showers because of the 'creepy guards' who stand and stare at her. In a world exclusive published in tomorrow's Mail on Sunday, the heiress has spoken of the hell of her life in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center, saying that conditions are so bad a rat would sit beside an open sewer in her cell as she went to the toilet. She said: 'I used to go to the loo with an open sewer drain and a friendly rat would regularly visit.  'I told the guards, but nothing was done until the rat popped out and charged a guard who screamed in terror.  'Finally, the sewer drain was covered.' Maxwell faces a maximum of 80 years in prison if found guilty of abusing and procuring young girls for her ex-boyfriend, convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. In a world exclusive published in tomorrow's Mail on Sunday, Ghislaine Maxwell has spoken of the hell of her life in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center, saying that conditions are so bad a...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- For the second year in a row, Los Angeles has been named the second "rattiest" city in the country.Exterminator company Orkin released its annual list on Wednesday.The top five cities this year are the same as last year, with Chicago being at the top of the list once again.New York follows L.A., with Washington, D.C. and San Francisco rounding out the top five.Orkin says the pandemic closures of many restaurants led rats to scavenge in new areas this year, with some displaying more aggressive behavior than in the past.The regions were ranked by the number of new rodent treatments performed between Sept. 15, 2020, to Sept. 15, 2021, in both residential and commercial areas.RELATED l Shocking mess outside K-town home has been issue for yearsEMBED More News Videos Residents of a Koreatown neighborhood are relieved after the city said crews will start cleaning up a property where hoarding debris is piling up. The increase of rodents became so prevalent that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Rodent Control guidance on ways to keep rats...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s official: 2021 is now the rattiest year in the history of Chicago. Morning Insider Tim McNicholas has been tracking a surge in complaints that, over the past couple weeks, became record-breaking. READ MORE: Thief Smashes Front Door Of Halal Guys Restaurant On Near North Side To Steal Money From Cash RegisterKathleen Walsh isn’t just taking out the trash. She’s disposing of her victims. “These were 3 of the guys that I got,” she said after three rats ran into the traps strategically placed in her back yard in Bridgeport. “I went out this past Sunday, and I spent $300 on bait boxes, rat poisoning, and traps.” She’s not the only one waging war. We burrowed through public records and discovered a record-breaking 53,000 rat complaints so far in 2021. That’s right. The city of Chicago has fielded more rat complaints this year than any other year in the history of the city, and there’s still two months left on the year. “I think it all started back in the in the beginning of the pandemic,” said...
    Chicago has been named the rat capital of the US for the seventh year in a row, holding off Los Angeles and New York to retain the unenviable title. The Illinois city had the most new rodent treatments performed in the year leading up to September 2021, a study by Orkin pest control reveals. The ranking includes residential and commercial treatments during a year in which the visibility of rats hugely increased amid the Covid pandemic. Chicago has topped the list of America's 'rattiest' cities for the seventh year in a row, retaining the unenviable title despite stiff competition from Los Angeles and New York Trailing Chicago, LA and New York in the rat race are Washington DC and San Francisco, the same top five as last year. Cleveland and Baltimore have moved higher in the top ten, while Detroit has fallen two places. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Long Island lashing! Yet another Nor'easter soaks New York... 'Serious enough for you now, Barack?' Vindicated Loudoun... Share this article Share After many...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago is being called the "Rattiest City" in the U.S., according to pest control service Orkin. This marks the seventh consecutive time the company has ranked Chicago as the most rat-infested metropolis.Los Angeles and New York are right behind the Windy City, with Washington D.C. and San Francisco on the rise.Orkin rated cities according to the number of new rodent treatments performed over the last year. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments."During an unprecedented last year, the visibility of rodents increased, creating concern for homeowners and business owners alike. The pandemic-driven closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new food sources. Without food waste to consume, these pests were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior," the company said in a press release Wednesday.RELATED: CDC warns of unusual, aggressive rats because of pandemicEMBED More News Videos The CDC says rats in search of food have become more aggressive during the pandemic Here is how the top 10 looks:1. Chicago2. Los Angeles3. New York4. Washington, D.C.5. San Francisco6. Baltimore7. Philadelphia8. Detroit9. Denver10. ClevelandOrkin...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A North Philadelphia neighborhood is overrun by rats. On Wednesday, the city was unable to begin cleaning up a vacant lot on the 3600 block of Germantown Avenue. That’s where neighbors say they spotted dozens of rats. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: When Is Your October Payment Coming?Officials are still waiting for permission from the owner of the lot to access the property. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: How To Opt Out Of Monthly PaymentsBlock captain Yolanda Murray says the rats are spilling over from a vacant lot into homes and businesses, and the infestation is getting out of hand. She says she reached out to the city and was told six months to clean this up. City Councilmember Cindy Bass says that’s not good enough. MORE NEWS: University Of Delaware Students Protest After Woman Viciously Attacked Allegedly By Another Student“Totally unacceptable, absolutely unacceptable, ridiculously unacceptable. Are you out of your mind that you are asking me to live with rats for six months? How disgusting is that? How disturbing is that? That’s a health issue,” Bass...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia neighborhood has a rat infestation that will make your skin crawl. Residents are begging the city for help. People who live in the area say they reached out to the city to address the problem and they were told six months to get this figured out. They say that’s way too long to be dealing with rats running around their neighborhood. READ MORE: Man Seriously Injured After Shot In Willingboro Town Center Parking Lot, Suspect On The Loose: Police“It’s a big problem,” one resident said. Rats are running rampant and residents along Germantown Avenue are fed up. “Listen, this is serious. This is a rat infestation around here,” block captain Yolanda Murray said. Cellphone video shows the rodents scurrying through the weeds and popping through holes in an open lot. “When I walked across the street to go to the store I said I couldn’t believe it. I tried to videotape and get closer but there were too many and I didn’t want them to jump on me,” Murray said. People who live and work...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia neighborhood has a rat infestation that will make your skin crawl. Residents are begging the city for help. People who live in the area say they reached out to the city to address the problem and they were told six months to get this figured out. They say that’s way too long to be dealing with rats running around their neighborhood. READ MORE: Man Shot In Willingboro Town Center Parking Lot, Officials Say“It’s a big problem,” one resident said. Rats are running rampant and residents along Germantown Avenue are fed up. “Listen, this is serious. This is a rat infestation around here,” block captain Yolanda Murray said. Cellphone video shows the rodents scurrying through the weeds and popping through holes in an open lot. “When I walked across the street to go to the store I said I couldn’t believe it. I tried to videotape and get closer but there were too many and I didn’t want them to jump on me,” Murray said. People who live and work in the area say they see...
    LOCALS have blasted a neighbour's massive bush for being "as tall as a house' - and has been filled with rats and rubbish for two years. The foliage grew so large and was called a "wildlife sanctuary for vermin". 5Linda said she caught nine rats in one dayCredit: Evening Gazette 5The bush has grown to be as tall as the house nowCredit: Evening Gazette Problems arose when the property in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, was left empty after its previous owner moved, leaving no one to tend to the overgrown bush. Both the front and back gardens were left to grow - and the "unsightly appearance" is said to have made it attractive to fly-tippers. Frustrated residents say rat sightings have gone through the roof in the past few years while there are also fears some of litter is dangerous for children. Andy Latherom, 57, who has lived on the street for more than 30 years, told TeessideLive: "It’s an absolute blot on the landscape. You try to keep yours nice, we all do. It must be rotting inside. "It’s like a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The year 2020 was a big year for rat complaints in Chicago – the worst in some time. But the latest public data from the city show this year is shaping up to be even worse. On Friday, CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas took us inside the fight to keep the rodents at bay. READ MORE: Bucktown Crafts Shop Helps Chicago Area Artists Turn Pandemic Hobbies Into New Careers“They’re smart,” Cindy Warshell said of the rats. Warshell is busy enough as an occupational therapist and mom. She didn’t want to add rat catcher to her daily duties. “I’m totally grossed out,” she said. Nonetheless, she has caught three rats in her Irving Park backyard just in the past few weeks. One of them was caught on our cameras, but we blurred it so as not to gross you out too. “They seem to be appearing more and more – more than usual.” Warshell said. Last year, the annual number of rat complaints to 311 increased by about 31 percent, with a total of 51,764 complaints for 2020. That...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Melrose residents say they’re fed up with a rat problem, and they want city leaders to take action. Residents tell WBZ-TV they reached out to the city’s board of health for help. They feel like the rats are taking over the neighborhood. READ MORE: Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia To Be Sentenced Monday The rodents have been caught on surveillance cameras, in people’s yards and homes, and even chewing through wires and damaging property. Residents say it keeps getting worse they’re noticing the rat problem spreading to other neighborhoods. A rat at a Melrose home. (Image Credit: Maria Berardi) One woman said her neighbor killed 48 rats in one month. READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Todays Developments “(A surveillance camera) captured a rat crawling up and into my grill, I have video of rats at my door because it’s getting cold and they’re seeking shelter. My house is secure, but not everyone’s going to be so lucky,” Maria Berardi said. There is a city council meeting planned for Monday night. Residents plan on attending. WBZ-TV reached...
    Rats are making a comeback to the streets of New York in greater numbers than ever before due to the rapid expansion of outdoor dining sheds that have sprung up along the city streets.  During the early part of the pandemic, rats were faced with massive food shortages as restaurants and bars shut up shop entirely. It forced the disease-carrying vermin to become even more aggressive in their search for sustenance.  With food waste no longer being discarded on the streets or into nearby trash cans it meant the rats had to forage further for food.  Outdoor dining has helped New York City restaurants survive the pandemic but now rats are feasting on the leftovers guests leave behind Once venues close for the night, rats come out to have their own dinner The vermin are rarely present when people are out enjoying their meal, but once they leave, the rats reign ViacomCBS Privacy Policy By the time venues opened their doors once again, rats that survived the famine of the pandemic found they had...
    THE "real-life Tarzan" who was raised in the jungle before spending his final eight years amongst civilisation, has died. Ho Van Lang, 52, passed away on September 6 after battling liver cancer. 1Ho Van Lang, 52, passed away on September 6 after battling liver cancerCredit: Docastaway He lived with his father, Ho Van Thanh, in a tiny village in Vietnam after they "escaped" their isolated existence living deep in the forest. In a tale that sounds straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, the wild pair built tree houses, dressed in loincloths fashioned out of tree bark and hunted rats for their dinner. They had no contact with any other human beings or the modern world for four decades. Thanh, an army veteran, decided to flee his small village in 1972 with his then two-year-old son Lang after a US bomb killed his wife and two other children. They would dine on monkeys, snakes, lizards and even rats to stay alive. He was said to have a "profound phobia of returning as he did not believe that the Vietnam War was over"...
    A FAMILY of six have detailed their nightmare ordeal after revealing that they have lived in a rat-infested house for 16 YEARS. Darren Langaberr, alongside his wife and four kids, have now decided to speak up after the latest rodent related incident left their house in Llanelli, Wales without electricity. 3The family found a decomposed rat skeleton in attackCredit: Darren Langabeer/Media Wales 3It is just one of 58 rats that have been removed from the property in Llanelli, WalesCredit: Darren Langabeer/Media Wales Darren revealed that the living nightmare began when the family first noticed that rats were eating all the food in their kitchen. Soon they were all being kept up at night by the sound of rats gnawing at the floor and scuttling behind walls. And more recently the family have discovered rat's droppings in their attack– alongside a rat’s decomposed skeleton. Darren and his wife, who works for the NHS, have since pleaded with Carmarthenshire Council and other local authorities for help. But despite moving out of the property three times in order for a full extermination...
    A MAN who was introduced into society after being raised by his father in a jungle had no idea women existed nor what sex was. Ho Van Lang, 49, and his dad Ho Van Thanh, spent 41 years living in deep forest in the Tay Tra district of Quang Ngai province after fleeing the Vietnam war. 8Ho Van Lang, 49, was never told about women or what sex was Lang spent 41 years in a jungleCredit: Docastaway 8Lang spent 41 years in a jungleCredit: Docastaway 8He has lived in a modern village since 2013Credit: AFP In a tale that sounds straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, the wild pair built tree houses, dressed in loincloths fashioned out of tree bark and hunted rats for their dinner. They had no contact with any other human beings or the modern world for four decades. Thanh, an army veteran, decided to flee his small village in 1972 with his then two-year-old son Lang after a US bomb killed his wife and two other children. They were discovered by locals in 2013 and have...
    WE all get a thrill from saving a few pennies every now and then, but this self-confessed cheapskate goes to extreme measures to help protect her fortune. The penny-pinching mum, who appears in the new TLC series So Freakin Cheap, refuses to pay for ANYTHING - and she will even climb through dumpster bins for freebies. 6The woman is a proud cheapskate and will do whatever it takes to save moneyCredit: TLC 6She says dumpster diving is a 'lifestyle' and loves climbing through bins for freebiesCredit: TLC Proud of her frugal ways, the mum says smiling: "When people say that I am cheap, I say thank you, yes I am." In a teaser for a new episode, the mum and her daughter are seen clambering through bins. They are even kitted out in full hazmat suits, proving they aren't at all afraid to get dirty. "Dumpster diving is a lifestyle," the woman proclaims, but her teen daughter doesn't quite agree. 6She takes her daughter along to help with load the car with furnitureCredit: TLC 6The frugal...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s issues with rats are no secret to anyone, but just how bad is the city’s rodent problem? CBS 2’s Tara Molina dug into the numbers Wednesday, focusing on the community area we found has more rat complaints than any other – West Town. READ MORE: Damien Davis, 35, Charged In Hit And Run Crash That Killed 1-Year-Old Jamyah Harris The West Town community area includes the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, East Village, Noble Square, River West, parts of Bucktown, and the West Town neighborhood itself – as well as the park of Humboldt Park. We found through a public records request that people in West Town have already filed more than 1,000 rat complaints this year. They have filed multiple thousands in the past three. The people we talked to in the area on Wednesday were not surprised to hear that. Quiet streets, family homes, and alleys that look pretty tidy can be found in West Town – and there’s no sign of a problem when the sun is out. But things change at...
    AS BILLIONS of bugs are set to swarm the US after a 17-year hiatus underground, a ghastly vermin infestation dining on the generous amount of winged protein may follow. Health officials in Maryland’s Montgomery County are sounding cicada alarm bells as the rise of what are known as the 2021 Brood X cicadas squirming through warmer soil to the earth's surface may become a fetching all day and night buffet for sickly rats, according to WTOP. 5Maryland officials are concerned the 17-year phenomena of Brood X cicadas will lure rats who will feast on them and then stick aroundCredit: AP 5Reports of an infestation of diseased vermin rose back in 2004 during the last Brood X occurrenceCredit: AFP - Getty So as rats come for the bug feast and then 8 weeks later when the cicada phenomenon ends as scientists suspect - officials fear that the rats may stick around and scavenge for other food sources like the ones that exist inside peoples’ homes. The last time the Brood X made an appearance was back in the summer of...
    Chicago has released 1,000 feral cats onto its streets in an effort to deal with the city's rodent problem after it was named the rat capital of the United States for the sixth year running. Animal shelter the Tree House Humane Society is behind the Cats at Work program, neutering the animals before they are returned to patrol the Windy City.  The shelter says it uses felines that who 'wouldn’t thrive in a home or shelter environment', or 'those cats cannot be reintegrated into their former colonies' for the pest control.   Chicago was named the rat capital of the US for the sixth year running in October last year after pest control specialists Orkin ranked metro regions by the number of new rodent treatments performed from September 2019 to August 31, 2020. Tree House Humane Society started the program in 2012; since then it has released up to 1,000 cats on to the city's streets, WGN9 first reported.  The shelter says: 'Cats are placed two or three at a time into residential or commercial settings in order to provide environmentally friendly rodent control. 'Property and...
    An experimental nerve-growing drug could revolutionise the sex lives of prostate cancer sufferers, scientists say. Thousands of men diagnosed with the disease require drastic treatment to remove the organ, which sits in the pelvis and is about the size of a ping pong ball. But it can damage nerves that control blood supply to the penis, leaving patients completely unable to get an erection — even using Viagra. Now researchers believe hope may finally be on the horizon in the form of a drug that enables impotent patients to get erections again.  A study on rats given similar nerve damage found an over-active gene was slowing down the body's own ability to heal damaged nerves.  But a spray-on drug that blocked the gene helped speed it back up in the rodents and brought back their ability to get erections, according to the team of experts in New York.  The rat study now suggests that the drugs could drastically improve recovery and even get men's sexual function back to normal. However, it has not yet been tested on humans.  Many men...
    CANDACE Owens has blasted Twitter for flagging her vaccine tweet saying kids are being "abused and used as lab rats". The 31-year-old conservative author, who previously insisted she would not be taking the vaccine, called out the social media giant for slapping a label on her "entirely truthful tweet". 5Candace Owens slammed Twitter for branding her tweet as 'misleading'Credit: Splash News 5Owens posted a tweet about children being used for vaccine trials is child abuse' 5Twitter labelled Owens' tweet as 'misleading' and linked to more information from health officials on why vaccines are safe for 'most people'Credit: Getty Posting to Twitter yesterday, Owens wrote: "Experimental vaccines on children who have an approximate 0% chance of dying from the virus for which they are being vaccinated against is a type of child abuse. "ZERO long term trials conducted. "I just cannot understand parents that would allow their kids to be guinea pigs." The tweet was flagged by Twitter as "misleading" with a link to find information about "why health officials consider Covid-19 vaccines safe for most people." But Owens shot...
    AUBURN (CBS13) – There’s been an explosion in mice and rats in Sacramento, and a new state law could be to blame. Linda Oddo has an unwelcome house guest at her Auburn home. READ MORE: California Senators Urge US To Transition Departments To Year-Round Firefighting Agencies “I hadn’t seen the rats before; and, in the last few months I’m now seeing the rats at night,” Oddo said. Calls are going through the roof for pest control companies because of what is being found in some clients’ homes. “It’s been massive. It’s everywhere. It’s not just certain areas. It’s all over Sacramento,” Angel Salazar, S&S Pest Management, said. “Our company has gotten a many-fold level of increase for specific requests for services for rats,” Darren Van Steenwyk, Clark Pest Control, said. It’s the time of year for more rodents to rear their heads. Companies say this year is different in part because of a new law. “The primary product that we used to use, second-generation anti-coagulants, became illegal to use around homes,” Van Steenwyk said. In September 2020, California signed into...
    Reconstruction of a dodo (Photo by Alain Pitton / NurPhoto via .) The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is used many times in Biology as example of two things: Of how human beings are capable of leading a species to extinction in a very short time, and of an animal that went extinct largely for being too personable and a little scary. In fact, the word dodo has come to mean “fool.” ButAnd if the dodo was not so silly, so simple, as they have sold us? What if the reason for their extinction had much more to do with human action, and very little that the animal had little fear of humans? Let’s start by remembering what it is the accepted version about the extinction of the dodo. The dodo was a large bird, which offered a lot of food, was clumsy and was not afraid of humans. Perfect to serve as food to sailors who called on the island of Mauritius, where the dodo was native. The sailors were hunting the dodos, one by one, until the species was extinct,...
    Users who crave likes on social media may have thinking patterns that are fundamentally similar to those of lab rats seeking food, a study has concluded. Researchers from the US and Europe found that efforts to maximise 'likes' follow the pattern of so-called 'reward learning' also found in animals seeking food rewards. Experts estimate that platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram occupied the attentions of more than four billion people for multiple hours each day last year. While some have likened social media engagement to an addiction, it has remained unclear why some are driven to engage obsessively with such online platforms. The new findings, the researchers said, may help experts uncover new ways to address problematic engagement with social media. Users who crave likes on social media may have thinking patterns that are fundamentally similar to those of lab rats seeking food, a study has concluded (stock image) 'These results establish that social media engagement follows basic, cross-species principles of reward learning,' said paper author and psychologist David Amodio of the New York University.  'These findings may help us understand why...
    London (CNN)It's just before daybreak in Richmond on the southern bank of the River Thames, and pest controller Michael Coates is patrolling the rubbish bins for what is normally an elusive enemy -- rats. "There'll be something in there for sure," he says, kicking an overflowing waste container. "Rats are like little survival machines; wherever you get reliable access to food waste, they'll keep coming back." Coates' prey has become more conspicuous in London the longer England's lockdown lasts. What's more, the animals are on the move. Pest controllers say that, as many restaurants and office buildings in London's bustling city center remain empty, rats are forced to migrate to more residential areas in search of food. Read MoreFamilies spending more time at home -- and eating all their meals there -- have led to an increase in refuse and that is luring rats into suburban dwellings. Meanwhile, bird feeders -- kept replenished through the winter -- are encouraging rodents to burrow in backyards. Exterminators say that rats are migrating to more residential areas in search of food during lockdown."We...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men and woman who were stranded on a deserted Bahamian island for more than a month on Tuesday. The Cuban nationals survived by eating coconuts, conchs and rats. The trio was spotted on Monday by a Coast Guard crew on routine patrol between the lower Keys and Cuba. They were waving flags on Anguilla Cay. RELATED: Small Police Departments Feeling Squeeze Of Skyrocketing Ammo Prices, If They Can Find some While the crew initially thought it was nothing, as they got closer, they saw the castaways were in distress. “The thing that caught my attention was a small flag waving in the wind. Upon getting closer to that flag, I saw right on top of it, there were two people waving their arms trying to get our attention,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Riley Beecher. The Coast Guard crew, out of Air Station Miami went into rescue mode, dropping food, water and a radio down to the Cuban castaways.  The three said they had been on the island for 33 days...
    FRANCIS NGANNOU was once fighting rats for food out of bins before he escaped Africa to reach superstardom in the UFC. Ngannou's journey began in Cameroon, where he grew up and was schooled. 11Francis Ngannou was once fighting rats for food out of bins before he escaped Africa 11Francis Ngannou grew up and was schooled in Cameroon But he was so poor he could not even afford pens and a bag, and had to make two separate two hour journeys on an empty stomach to get to class. At the height of his hunger while Ngannou was trying to emigrate out of Africa, he would rummage through trash, searching for thrown out leftovers. He told Joe Rogan: "You would have to go to the market at night time to go find food in the trash. "Sometimes you'd argue with a rat in the trash; 'Ay, get away from this tomato, it's mine, this rotten tomato is mine, not yours'." Ngannou realised his dream of becoming a boxer aged 22 while still living in poverty...
    The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three survivors from a deserted island Tuesday after they had lived on coconuts, rats, and conch for 33 days, the maritime security branch said. Two men and one woman were spotted waving makeshift flags Monday after a routine air patrol flew around the waters of Anguilla Cay, Bahamas, near a chain of islands between the Lower Keys and Cuba, according to a readout. #BreakingNews @USCG is assisting 3 people who have reportedly been stranded on Anguilla Cay, Bahamas for 33 days. An Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew has dropped a radio, food and water. More to follow.#D7 #Ready #Relevant #Responsive #searchandrescue #USCG pic.twitter.com/D263ptTarz— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) February 9, 2021 Aircraft Commander Mike Allert said they discovered the survivors after they saw them waving "flags that they actually had in addition to a large cross that they put out there for themselves." Allert's team dropped off food, water, and a radio to the survivors Monday before rescuing them 24 hours later, citing inclement weather. The survivors were transported by helicopter the following day and taken...
    Three Cuban nationals were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after they survived off of coconuts and rats while on a deserted island for 33 days, the agency announced Wednesday. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry was on a routine patrol Monday when they saw the three people brandishing a makeshift flag, according to a U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast press release. The sentry sent the three people food, water and a radio in order to communicate as a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Helicopter crew was dispatched to the island. (RELATED: REPORT: Coast Guard Searching For Four Fishermen After Boat Goes Down Off Massachusetts Coast) The Cuban nationals were stuck for 33 days on Anguilla Cay in the Bahamas, according to the press release. The island is located between Cuba and the Lower Florida Keys, according to CNN. Lt. Justin Dougherty said the Cuban nationals swam to the island after their boat capsized in choppy seas and survived for 33 days, according to Local10.com. #UPDATE @USCG rescued the 3 Cuban nationals stranded on Anguilla...
    THE Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival will be celebrated on February 12, 2021. Chinese New Year calendars are based on the lunar new year, which marks the start of a new moon. ????  Follow all our latest stories on the Chinese Zodiac. 4The Rat is the first animal of the Chinese zodiac Rat The Rat in the Chinese zodiac represents wealth and surplus and due to their fast reproduction, married couples prayed to them in hopes of having children. Years of the Rat include: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020. 4The 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac It is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, which also features the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig. 2021 marks the start of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac, arriving once every 12 years. Rat’s career in the Year of the Ox The Rat’s career during the Year of the Ox will bring prosperity and good...
    CAPRICORN Rats are born in the months of December and January. This month, Rats will have a few stressors in regards to work and their relationships.  In Chinese astrology, Rats are born in these years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020. ????  Follow all our latest stories on the Chinese Zodiac. 6Capricorn Rats are born in the December and January months Capricorn Rat Traits This Rat is a toughie. They’re also seriously ambitious - but that ambition is driven not by a desire to reach the top of her chosen profession, nah, it's driven by money, because if there's a Rat out there who has a secret desire to be the governor of Fort Knox, it'll be this money-obssessed tough-nut.  You have to admire their work ethic though, it's basically inhuman and it's fired by a love of the green stuff.  You really don't want to mess with this bruiser, if you stand in the way of their accumulation of wealth you'll be decked on the spot - they may only be 4 ft 9 in....
    December 20, 2020 - December 26, 2020 RATS should focus on spending time on their hobbies this week and doing relaxing tasks they enjoy.  ????  Follow all our latest stories on the Chinese Zodiac. 6Rats should relax and work on their hobbies this week The beginning of the week is a great chance for Rats to catch up on activities they like doing. It may be worth their mental state to take a day off from work to have a self-care day. Lately they’ve been all work and no play and that has been making their life hardly enjoyable.  Midweek, Rats may experience work troubles with their superiors but this is a great chance for them to shine their knowledge on them. They will be grateful for their intelligence helpful attitude.  Rats, it’s a little obvious that you’ve been a little irritated due to all the work you’ve been putting in. Try not to let it show when dealing with co-workers, as it could harm your relationship.  The weekend should be a breeze in terms of rest and relaxation. Try...
    December 13, 2020 - December 19, 2020 RATS, it’s time to take care of your health and start taking positive steps toward your wellness. Don’t delay your well-being.  ????  Follow all our latest stories on the Chinese Zodiac. 6Rats should watch their health and visit the doctor this week Monday is the start of a good week for your health concerns, Rats.  Don’t be scared to schedule that visit to the doctor that is long overdue. You should totally focus on feeling your best before the year ends. Try to meal prep and have a set schedule for when you want to eat -- it’s important to get your body used to specific hours.  A friend may come to you for advice during the middle of the week, be open to lending an ear and don’t be judgemental towards them. If you approach the situation in a positive way, they will most likely make light-hearted choices.  Spend time with family this weekend or schedule a Zoom date to catch up with them. It could do those relationships some good.  Love...
    December 6, 2020 - December 12, 2020 The Rat will have a few misunderstandings this week at work and with their relationships. How could they solve them? ????  Follow all our latest stories on the Chinese Zodiac. 6The Rat will start their week off-balanced but it should be back to normal towards the end The beginning of the week starts off a little off-balanced for you, Rats. There will be some quarrel at home and in your workspace that could throw you off your high spirits. Try and remain calm when attempting to solve these issues, remember that fighting and getting angry will only harm your peace of mind.  This is the month of the element Yin-Fire, which deals with irritability meaning that your hot temper may intensify. Midweek, you should experience good luck in business ventures or ideas you are putting in place. Listen to the advice of your elders and use it as a springboard toward your success.  Saturday and Sunday call for a good change of image so perhaps schedule in sometime for a haircut or a...
    IF you are a Sagittarius in the Western zodiac, your birthday falls in November or December. This month, the sign should limit their boundaries and concentrate on what is truly important to them. In Chinese astrology, Rats are born in these years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020. ????  Follow all our latest stories on the Chinese Zodiac. 9The Sagittarius Rat is urged to limit their boundaries this month Sagittarius Rat Traits The Sagittarius Rat has an incredible work ethic, they are always non-stop in the professional world. They are quick-witted, very smart, and highly resourceful - they let nothing go to waste. These Rats have a knack for taking advantage of every opportunity that comes their way and sometimes have a hard time saying no to what does not benefit them. 9Rats are smart and very hardworking Credit: The Sun Sagittarius Rats are an open book but also like to be mysterious to remain appealing. Because they are so focused on work, most Rats grow up to have high positions of power at work and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Wildlife Rescue of Miami Dade County has rehabilitated six red-shouldered hawks. “They’re getting poisoned by eating rats or mice that have been poisoned by rodenticides that people use to kill rats and mice,” explained Lloyd Brown, the center’s director. “And when predatory animals eat those rats and mice, they get poisoned also.” Red-shouldered hawk in a bush. (CBS4) Brown said they received the hawks were brought to the center a couple weeks ago. “We’ve been rehabilitating them, getting them beyond their illness, their injury. And we rehabilitate them get make sure they’re ready to fly, they’re able to eat,” he said. “And today, they’re going back to the wild after they leave here.” Red-shouldered hawk at the Wildlife Rescue of Miami Dade County. (CBS4) Four of them were released Thursday just in time for their annual migration to Central America. CBS4 Photojournalist Peter Miranda was there for the big moment. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM  Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber Says Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ‘Approach To This Is Killing People’ Jackson Health System Expects To Receive Supply Of...
    New York City rats being gross. Robert Mecea/AP A 33-year-old man was walking down a New York sidewalk when it collapsed into a sinkhole full of rats. Leonard Shoulders was injured in the fall and and was afraid to open his mouth and call for help because of the rats, his brother told local news. He was taken to the hospital nearby fo be treated for a scratched face and several broken bones, the New York Daily News reported. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A New York man standing on a sidewalk in the Bronx succumbed to a disaster that no decent person would wish on their worst enemy.  Leonard Shoulders, 33, was swallowed up into a sinkhole full of rats.   Shoulders was waiting for an MTA bus at 3rd Ave. near 183rd St. on Saturday with his mother when the incident occurred.  "As he was falling, he scraped his face, broke his arm and broke his leg," his brother, Greg White, 22, told The New York Daily News on Monday. Shoulders' mother, Cindy White, told...
    A Bronx man was left horrified when he fell more than a dozen feet into a sinkhole that was swarming with rats, making it difficult for him to even open his mouth and call for help out of fear that the rodents would get in his mouth.  Leonard Shoulders, 33, had been waiting on a bus at 3rd Avenue across from Saint Barnabas Hospital on Saturday when the sidewalk caved in.  'It could have been anyone. It could have been anyone it was a whole scary situation. It was my son and thank God he's alive,' Cindy White, the man's mother, explained to NBC New York.  Leonard Shoulders, 33, had been waiting on a bus at 3rd Avenue across from Saint Barnabas Hospital on Saturday when the sidewalk caved in. NBC New York Privacy Policy Surveillance footage shows the moment that Shoulders falls into the sidewalk, trying to hold on and ultimately plummet 12 to 15ft.  'He went down feet first,' White added. 'He was just standing and the sidewalk just -- It was like a suction. Like...
    THE Rat in the Chinese zodiac is most compatible with the Ox, Monkey and Dragon. The years of the Rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020. ????  Follow all our latest stories on the Chinese Zodiac. 8Rats are compatible with a few signs in the Chinese zodiac Who is most compatible with the Rat? Each sign of the Chinese zodiac has a compatible match and a bad match.  For the Rat, the Ox is a good compliment regarding work and life. Similarly, Rat and Dragon couples will be able to understand each other well, and enjoy success together. 8The Rat's best and worst matches depending on the zodiac signs Who is least compatible with the Rat? Rats are least compatible with the Horse, Goat, and Rabbit.  Rats and Horses will clash because of their different natures and the Horse’s impossible high standards. 8The Rat and the Horse are a bad match Goats would be attracted to the Rats money and success and it could lead to superficialness and competition between them.  Additionally, the Rabbit is a...
    For the sixth time in a row, Chicago has been deemed the 'rattiest' city in the United States. Pest control company Orkin issued a press release last week that said Chicago had the greatest number of new rodent treatments performed from Sept. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2020, including both residential and commercial treatments. "Rats have taken to the streets of Chicago, yet again," Orkin wrote. "In an unprecedented year, the visibility of rodents has increased, creating concern for homeowners and business owners alike," the pest control company continued. "As reported in the Spring, the pandemic-driven closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new food sources. Without food waste to consume, these pests were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior." In the spring, several cities reported "hordes of rats" filling the deserted streets in the early days of the coronavirus-induced lockdowns, primarily attributed to the abrupt closure of restaurants and bars that typically generate waste for the rats to eat. "The presence of rodents became so relevant that the Centers for Disease...
    CHICAGO -- Chicago is being called the "Rattiest City" in the U.S., according to pest control service Orkin. This marks the sixth consecutive time the company has ranked Chicago as the most rat-infested metropolis.Los Angeles and New York are right behind the Windy City, with Philadelphia and Baltimore on the rise.Orkin rated cities according to the number of new rodent treatments performed over the last year. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments."As reported in the spring, the pandemic-driven closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new food sources. Without food waste to consume, these pests were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior," the company said in a press release earlier this week.RELATED: CDC warns of unusual, aggressive rats because of pandemicEMBED More News Videos The CDC says rats in search of food have become more aggressive during the pandemic Here is how the top 10 looks:1. Chicago2. Los Angeles3. New York4. Washington, D.C.5. San Francisco6. Detroit7. Philadelphia (+3)8. Baltimore (+4)9. Denver10. Minneapolis (-2)Orkin recommends the following tips to help prevent rats and mice in...
    A SCHOOLGIRL who was killed by head lice "lived in a hell house with rats in her room and wasn't bathed for weeks on end". Kaitlyn Yozviak, 12, from Macon in Georgia, died after she was savaged by a head lice infestation so severe it triggered a heart attack. 5Kaitlyn with her teacher Courtney Amerson Williams in 2016 5The home in Georgia where the 12-year-old girl suffered through her final daysCredit: 13wmaz Kaitlyn developed anaemia caused by repeated bites over three years which led to the fatal cardiac arrest. The 12-year-old was so swarmed by lice that agents from Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it was the worst case they had ever seen. The youngster had not bathed for a week before she was killed and was forced to live in a filthy room with vermin swarming over her mattress, stuffed animals and furniture. Experts said her condition was so horrific she would have been left living in constant agony. 5Kaitlyn's dad Joey Yozviak, 38, who has been charged with second-degree murder 5Kaitlyn's mum Mary Katherine Horton, 37,...
    So, you’ve got a rat problem, do you? I promised on Monday to help you with that — and I am. First, take action by cleaning up your space. Get rid of any rubbish or junk you have lying around. Dense ground covering, such as ivy, makes a perfect home for rats. If you can’t pull all of it out, at least remove it from around structures. Rats don’t like traveling very far in open spaces, so clear away as much cover as you can. If they can’t cross your yard without having to expose themselves, they likely won’t visit or move in Eliminate food sources. Keep garbage cans tightly closed. Use rat-proof mesh and fencing around your fruits and vegetables and keep fallen fruit picked up. Store any bulk foods, bird seed and dry pet food in metal cans with tight lids. Don’t leave pet food out. Rake up spilled bird seed, use trays under feeders to catch spillage, use seed infused with hot peppers or consider bringing bird feeders in for a while. The next step is to...
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