It’s time for the rat race! You might be thinking to yourself, “Time for the rat race? It’s already started and I run that race every day!”
No, not that kind of rat race. We’re literally talking about rats (and mice!) racing… right into your HOME to escape the cold.
It looks like cold weather has finally made it’s way to Florida (along with all other kinds of weird weather— thanks a lot, El Nino!), and rodents will be seeking warmth and shelter. This usually means they try to find a way to get into your home, often your attic. And they’re quite good at it, too.
In fact, did you know rodents can fit into amazingly small spaces? If they can fit their skull through a space, their body will follow! Here’s a fun little video example for you.
So, how do you know if you have rodents in your home? Ask yourself these questions…
Stay tuned next for “What’s the difference between a mouse and a rat?”
While most people will squash a roach without batting an eye, and we certainly understand that sentiment, a particular group of people is actually keeping a close eye on them for reasons you might not expect…
These unlikely bugs are inspiring researchers to study them in areas such as mechanical limbs, robotics, and antibiotics. Who’d a thunk it?
In 1999, Professor Robert Full at the University of California, Berkley designed a six-legged robot that moved faster and more easily than others. This super fast robot was based on the cockroach’s rounded body and flexible exoskeleton!
In fact, roach’s springy legs are providing ideas for prosthetic legs for humans. This ultra-springiness is also inspiring a new mechanical hand!
And let’s not forgot the robot roach! (We wrote about this; it’s an incredible story! ) This combo of cockroach and mini-computer enables the cockroach to be directed to places that are challenging for humans to gain access to, such as collapsed buildings or mines. Once inside these places, these robot roaches will collect data.
These inspiring insects can be found in medicine, too! Scientists have discovered that roaches produce their own powerful antibiotics, which allows them to spend their lives in dirty environments with no ill effects. This might lead to developing drugs for the most deadly bacteria that make us sick such as E. coli, MRSA, and other superbugs.
Interestingly enough, cockroach cures are not new! Cockroach tea was drunk in the 19th century to treat sickness. And today, in parts of China, a cream made from powdered cockroaches is used to treat burns and a cockroach syrup is used to alleviate the symptoms of gastroenteritis!
Wow—is it possible you might think a little bit differently about a roach before you squash it next time? Maybe…
But no matter how fascinating and helpful theses bugs are in research laboratories and prosthetic labs, no one wants them scuttling around their homes. If you spot roaches in your dwelling, contact us and we will help you get rid of them!