“Mutant super rats” as headline is a perpetual attention-getter

Hmm, believe or not? Hype or real?

Mutant ‘super rats’ becoming resistant to poisons | Metro News.

Mutant ‘super rats’ which cannot be killed by regular poisons are spreading across Britain, experts are warning.

The creatures, which look like normal rodents but eat toxic pellets ‘like feed’, have been discovered in Kent, the west country and now in Sussex.

The British Pest Control Association’s Richard Moseley told Metro: ‘Normal rats are being killed off by poison, so these resistant species are taking their place – it’s only natural that their numbers are expanding.

‘But they’re being found further afield than previously anticipated.

‘They eat poison like feed; you might as well be leaving out grain for them’.

So, a quick search shows that the scary story of super rats has been circulating since at least 2006.

Patrick Barkham on a new breed of giant rats | Life and style | The Guardian.

Reports are coming in of giant rats that are immune to poison and have lost their fear of man. Is a new breed evolving on Britain’s rubbish-strewn streets?

It came around again in 2009.

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | A plague of super-rats.

They are voracious nibblers and gnawers, promiscuous spreaders of disease and a right nuisance. Their population in the UK is rising, with pest controllers lobbying for the use of more deadly poisons, but can we ever tackle the rat menace?

The recent article notes that poison-resistant rats have been around for 50 years but researchers appear to be more concerned that they are spreading with some “70 per cent of rats they tested in some counties were resistant to poisons”. I don’t know exactly what that means. Britain hasn’t been overcome with rats yet but the British Pest Control Assoc. says that infestations are become more common and difficult to control. Since rats reproduce rapidly, evolution also occurs rapidly and it’s possible that they become resistant to poisons. Also, with an increase in waste food discarded, they have plenty to eat. If rats do become an epidemic, new poisons will be developed. Technology evolves too and as we battle mutating bacteria and viruses, we must also do battle against pests with legs like insects and vermin.

Shovels seem to work well. But I doubt people want to resort to that.

Was it a giant rat killed in the U.K.? | Doubtful News. (From 2012)

  7 comments for ““Mutant super rats” as headline is a perpetual attention-getter

  1. Chris Howard
    November 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    So, no rats in capes wearing their underware on over their pants?

  2. Blargh
    November 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Besides resistance, they’re also quite intelligent and learn about traps and poisoned bait. Couple that with their cautious feeding habits (they taste their food before really digging in), and it means that you can’t just lay out any old poison – no matter how deadly – and expect it to work. It has to be undetectable by taste or smell and there has to be a significant delayed effect, or you’ll at best get one or two rats before the others learn.

  3. Daran
    November 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Fox terriers have always been the best way to reduce rat populations and the they love doing it

  4. Brandon
    November 7, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    What would happen if these mutant super rats teamed up with mutant super turtles in the sewer system?

  5. Peter Robinson
    November 7, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    P.R. for the pest control business perchance?

  6. November 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I think it was actually a university who issued the story.

  7. November 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    OK a doubly incontinent creature that lives on human detrious. Doesn’t sound intelligent, but sadly the little buggers are. I joke i’m a druggie with all my meds, but i usually build up a resistance to most & need to keep changing, so what’s so strange the rodents do the same? Any other readers on regular medication, will usually find the efficacicy will diminish over time. This has been long running story world wide for years, the rats in particular but other pests, rodents, insects etc becoming less & less affected by repellants & poisons. Human anti bionics, soz biotics are loosing the edge, so why is this is a surprise. evolution in response to chemicals in enviroment can happen too. Umm sorry for any terrible spelling yet again, but slaptop, is back to insisting on spellchecking me in French, no matter what i do with settings. Salute biloute!

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