Rats Meet The Demise In The Galapagos Islands

New York City is not the only place where rat populations have taken a strong-hold.  Once rats move into any area, they are a particularly hard pest to control without extensive efforts by a rat control expert report Manhattan pest control professionals.

NBCMiami.com reported on November 15, 2012 that the beautiful landscaping, vegetation, and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands are under serious attack by Norway and black rats.  These rats are not native species to the island; rather they were introduced on accident via buccaneers and whaling ships dating back to the 17th Century.  Several centuries later and the non-native rats are completely out-of-control as they do not have any significant prey to keep their population in check.

According to reports, officials in the Galapagos Islands have decided that enough is enough, the invasive island rats must go as they are destroying natural habitat and feeding upon wildlife.  Giant tortoises, snakes, lava lizards, eggs, hatchlings, hawks, iguanas, as well as many varieties of plant life have fallen prey to these fast multiplying invasive rats.

The massive killing of the rats is being dubbed “ratmageddon”.  Hundreds of millions of rats on one island were targeted on November 14, 2012 with nearly 22 tons of specially designed poison which was dispersed throughout the island from helicopters.  The special poison was developed by the US company, Bell Laboratories, which created light blue cube sized poison squares. The squares are said to disintegrate in a week or so and are not believed to harm other types of island wildlife.  Because of the anticipated mass-kill, the poison was created to contain a “strong anti-coagulant that will make the rats dry up and disintegrate in less than eight days without a stench.”

Maybe these poison blue cubes will prove to be fruitful and perhaps the EPA will approve their use on cities with rat infestation problems as well.