Using dry ice to suffocate rats

Dry Ice: Newest Rat Pesticide in Major US Cities

Due to the rampant rodent infestations in New York City annually, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has recently permitted the state of New York to use dry ice as a rat pesticide. Dry ice, or frozen carbon dioxide, is usually utilised in food preservation. When shoved into a rat hole, it evaporates once […]

Bird strike in Australia

Two Queensland Flights Turn Around Due to Bird Strike

In a span of 24 hours during this month alone, a suspected bird strike forced two Queensland flights to turn around. The latest was a Virgin Australia flight bound for Proserpine whose windscreen might have collided with a bird or a flock of birds, forcing the pilot to return to Brisbane Airport as a precautionary […]

Aragog, the character which the new spider species is named after (Photo from

Spider Species Named After Aragog From Harry Potter

Researchers have named a newfound spider species after Aragog, a humongous arachnid that is capable of speaking from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Bearing the scientific name “Lycosa aragogi”, the one inch-bodied (legs excluded) wolf spider crab has two black and three white stripes of setae, or hairs, located on its upper body. By its […]

The exotic ants seized by the Biosecurity officers

Deadly Exotic Ants Listed Online Seized From Canberra Home

Seven species of potentially deadly exotic ants were seized by Biosecurity officers last month after they were listed on Gumtree, a classifieds website. The Department of Agriculture knew about the listing from a member of the public who notified them about the sale right away. The officials confiscated the non-native insects from a home in […]

Damaged electric wiring from mice

Rodents Cause Laurentian University’s Internet Outage

A recent internet outage at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario has been attributed to rodent activity The internet of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario went down on the 30th of June 2017 due to a nibbled through connection. Luc Roy, the university’s chief information officer, suspected rodents as the culprits. He discovered the cause of […]