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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2020 IS THE YEAR OF THE RAT!

According to the 2020 Chinese Zodiac calendar, the Lunar New Year starts on Saturday, January 25th and ends on February 11th, 2021. It is the 4717th Chinese New Year and the Rat is it’s representative.

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The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animal cycle and is considered to be the bringer of new beginnings and renewals.

So what does the Rat symbolize?  Strong Vitality and Fertility.

rats-2-cuteIn ancient times, the Rat was worshiped as a god and was offered sacrifices to ensure increased success and prosperity. Even today, in some cultures, Rats are revered and believed to be the reincarnation of deceased ancestors.

Feeding time for the ancestors at the Karni Mata Mandir Rat Temple in Deshnoke, India.
Feeding time for the ancestors at the Karni Mata Mandir Rat Temple in Deshnoke, India.

When it comes to the rat communicating with God, we can get a basic idea of how ancients looked at the rat by examining dream interpretations. Everyone has dreams, so is it lucky or unlucky if you dream about rats?rat-black-on-human-hands-photo-1474626575059-17c42b4e7bd0

Emperor Wen of the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC–221 BC) interpreted dreams about rats, as follows:

  1. If you dream about a rat, you could have many enemies.
  2. If you dream of many rats, you will continually fail.
  3. If married women dream of house rats in their hands, they are going to have a baby.
  4. If you dream of pursuing a rat, you will make friends with those who are dishonest.
  5. If you dream of catching a rat, you will suffer treacherous plots planned by others.
  6. If you dream of a cat catching a rat, you will be blessed because your enemies will be weakened from killing each other.
  7. If you dream about dead rats, you will be lucky.

 

rat-laying-down-in-kitchenLets go with the dreaming of many dead rats!

It has nothing to do with dreaming when you hear the pitter, patter of tiny feet (or the thunder of many feet) in the attic at night or see nasty rat droppings around the house.  You are wide awake! Luck is on your side as professional rat control companies are ready to help you get rid of rats and keep them gone.  Follow this link to view tips for keeping rats off your property and out of your house.

Here are some famous personalities, besides Master Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Rizzo the Rat (Sesame Street)  and Ben (the rat leader of a swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles in the movie Willard) born in the year of the Rat.

George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Wolfgang Mozart, William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Truman Capote, Catherine I, Mata Hari, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Avril Lavigne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alyssa Milano, Ben Affleck, Eminem, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Katherine McPhee, Kelly Osbourne, Denise Richards, Mandy Moore, Diego Armando Maradona, Zinedine.Yazid.Zidane, Du Fu (a famous Chinese poet in the Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Zhuangzi (an influential Chinese Taoist philosopher in the Warring States Period 475 – 221 BC)

Natural Diasters: Hurricanes, Fires, Earthquakes and Rats!

roof-rat-on-lightMembers of the Muridae family are the dominant species in every region of the world, due to their ability to adapt to and exploit new situations. Commensal rats and mice, those that live at the expense of humans, invade their dwellings, eat their food, upset their comfort, and frequently transmit diseases to them, belong to this family. Three species of commensal rodents are the most widely distributed: the Norway Rat, Rattus norvegicus; the Roof rat, Rattus rattus; and the Common (House)  mouse, Mus musculus.

When natural disasters strike, rats and mice experience the same suffering as humans. Many of them are crushed to death or drowned, die of starvation, or fall prey to infections. Their populations are frequently decimated. Survivors, fearful and disorganized, wander into new areas in search of protection, shelter, and food. It taRat yellingkes time for them to regroup and reorganize their social behavior, become familiar with their new environment, find safe havens, locate food and water, and memorize their movements. All this occurs before they can again begin reproducing.

Colony building and reproduction will only begin when their new ecosystem has stabilized. This typically takes 6 to 10 months under favorable conditions. As the rodent population grows and resettles, people have a greater chance of being exposed to the diseases carried by rodents. Rodent urine and dander also contain allergens that can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms in sensitive persons and more than 9,000 persons are treated in emergency departments annually for rat or mouse bites

rat-biting-girl-clipartFACT: Some rats, if provoked and cornered, will fight their way out of a confrontation, as will many wild animals. But most rats and mice do not directly attack humans. Young babies, bed-confined elders, and the homeless sleeping in doorways and alleys, however, are occasionally bitten by unprovoked rats.  In some cases, those cleaning up debris after natural disasters will come in contact with frightened rats (mice) and may experience bites. 

So even with immediately decreasing populations, rats are perceived to be increasing because they gravitate to the same areas as humans and become more prevalent and  evident in those environs.

Why are rodent populations, and their movements, so important after disastediaster-damagers? Because events like Hurricane Irma and Jose, the fires in our great northwest, tornados in the midwest and the earthquakes in the U.S. and Mexico, can change the ecology of affected areas, making it more favorable to rats and other vermin. At the same time, they can curtail community services that can keep these  pests in check.

For more information on Rats and Mice and the illnesses they cause and the diseases they carry, check out this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/rodents/diseases/index.html

Need to know how to get rid of Rats and Mice? Check out this website: https://www.corkyspest.com/rats.html