Pest Control Co warns of future Giant Sheep-Sized Rats
Pest Control Company warns Giant Sheep-Sized Rats could become a Reality
New Zealand’s leading pest control company Flick Anticimex says giant rats could become an increasingly dangerous pest in future.
Flick’s warning follows a recent study by Dr Jan Zalaswiewicz from the Universty of Leicester, which claims rats may grow to the size of sheep as larger mammals become extinct.
“Although this may sound a bit Jurasic Park-ish, it is not too difficult to imagine. Rats are extremely adept at co-inhabiting with humans and the surrounding environment. They are survivors and they are very adaptable,” says Gary Stephenson, National Pest Technical Manager at Flick Anticimex.
Flick pest control technicians have seen rats inside commercial cold rooms which have evolved into ‘arctic’ type species by developing long fur, to cope with the near zero temperatures.
Gary Stephenson says that there are additional factors which make the scenario of giant rats more likely.
“Local government regulations now mean that dogs and cats have to be kept off the streets and locked within property boundaries – this means some of the historical predators of rats have all disappeared,” says Gary Stephenson.
“And prey birds such as eagles, hawks, owls and kites have reduced markedly in numbers as a result of the creeping urban spread.”
The now extinct Josephoartegasia monesi was a type of rodent that weighed over a ton and was larger than a bull. Its modern-day relative, the capybara, is the size of a sheep.