Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Super rats: immune to poisons

Are appearing in Europe and in North America:

The first poison of this type was called warfarin, which became available in 1953. It has many advantages, but also one decisive disadvantage: Just a few years after its introduction, rats capable of surviving their warfarin snack showed up in Scotland. The population's DNA had mutated so that blood coagulation was not affected by the poison. Today, resistant brown rats exist in several parts of Europe as well as in North America. Many of these rats are immune to both warfarin and some of the more recently developed agents.

"We've discovered the mutants in some areas of Germany as well," says Hans-Joachim Pelz from Germany's Federal Biological Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry. The area where resistant rats are thought to live stretches from the northern edge of the Ruhr area to southern Emsland in the Lower Saxony region. Its western edge extends into the Netherlands. "That was the extent of our knowledge at the end of the 1990s, at least," says Pelz. The super-rats have continued to spread since then, and rats resistant to commonly used poisons have now also been found in Hanover and Hamburg.

It is all part of their ingeeeeeenious plan! Today the sewers, tomorrow the world! Muhahahaha!

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Update May 3, 2009:
The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is calling on the Government to allow the use of more powerful pesticides to contain Britain's growing rodent population.

It is estimated that their numbers have swelled by 13 per cent in the past year to more than 50 million, one for every person living in England.

Infestations in some towns and cities have reportedly doubled in the past 12 months. Exeter council has seen a 66 per cent rise in vermin call-outs in 2008, while there was a 40 per cent rise in Salford.

The BPCA says the situation has also escalated in two Berkshire towns, which it has not named, because the local rat population is now almost completely resistant to the standard poisons.

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Pest control experts want the law changed so that two powerful rodenticides, brodifacoum and flocoumafen, can be applied outdoors. Currently their use is only allowed inside properties.

Other EU countries allow the use of the powerful poisons outside, but there is concern this endangers birds and pets.

Rats and mice are capable of spreading more than 35 diseases, including a fever inducing nausea and muscle aches passed to humans either via a bite or the rodent's urine.

23 comments:

whig said...

New evolution: Listen up. Viral mutation.

whig said...

We're doing it memetically too. The social construct is evolving rapidly. Can you remember what it was like only a few years ago?

whig said...

Here is how it works: If a virus confers an advantage (it could be a bacterium or fungus) it will survive in the host, and will propagate to others.

whig said...

Furthermore viruses can infect the germline and are then passed on to offspring, and the body produces new endoviruses all the time as part of its messenger system, which are transmissible in some cases, thus infecting others.

whig said...

The primary harm of viral infection seems to be linked to inflammatory response, which can be moderated with cannabis.

whig said...

I need others to speak. I cannot do this alone.

ellroon said...

First of all, stop buying anti-bacterial soaps and such. We do not need to encourage the normal bacteria in our daily lives to become immune to our cleaners. (Although they do anyway...)

Avoid taking medicine for viruses when all it can do is fight bacteria. Two different things.

Watch your food and what goes into it.

*Sigh* Live in a large plastic bubble and roll about like a hamster through life.....

whig said...

I agree with all of your suggestions, and was discussing with my wife earlier tonight how much better I thought organic chicken tastes. She doesn't taste the difference apparently, but I feel better when I eat well and I try to keep us eating good food.

Another very important thing is water, and I recommend a distiller (Kenmore makes an inexpensive model that I use) or a Reverse Osmosis filter. Carbon block filters don't do a very good job.

We cannot count on civilian infrastructure to protect us.

Also, here is my latest impeachment wrap-up and I hope you'll take a look and feel free to recommend on.

whig said...

Also, be sure you know how to make bread from scratch -- no starter yeast at all. You might not always be able to find anything but some grain, and water. That's enough to support life if you can make it into bread.

whig said...

Even if everything goes perfectly and we have no disruptions, we are fighting some very dirty people.

whig said...

Good bread has flour, water, oil, honey, herbs and salt.

whig said...

Starter yeast is found by changing your ingredients (dispose half, replenish) every day and set them out to ferment.

ellroon said...

I have not made bread in years, but have a bread maker that works....

First I have to get my garden in.

ellroon said...

Isn't that how they made sourdough?

whig said...

Make bread, share, and teach others, and civilization cannot be destroyed forever.

whig said...

Yes, it's a sourdough. You can get that without any commercial ingredients. It seems to be easier on the West coast. Probably the pollution over land kills the yeast which are in the air (and clouds).

whig said...

Mine had no sourness to it, because the herbs and salt kill the bacteria which cause that. The yeast is beneficially prosperous in that environment however.

whig said...

Also, I did not begin adding salt until the yeast appeared on the third day.

whig said...

The name of the single-celled organism which we call yeast is eukaryote. All cells of your body are eukaryotes. When you eat this bread the yeast will become part of your body.

whig said...

This is bioengineering if you understand.

whig said...

Does "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" sound that silly? It's a Supreme Court case now.

whig said...

Please write an article about the case from your perspective, I will cross-post it to cannablog if you like.

ellroon said...

Wow! I haven't given the Bong Hits 4 Jesus any thought, but will be glad to put it on my reading list for today!