Picture of rat in food warmer goes viral

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Source : The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: A picture of a rodent inside a food warmer at a 24-hour convenience store in Kelana Jaya has gone viral.

The image, which was appended to a Facebook post, shows a rodent on top of a row of sausages and fish balls at the 7-Eleven outlet in Kelana Centre Point.

The incident is reported to have taken place on Jan 2.

7-Eleven Malaysia responded to the viral post on Friday, assuring that the issue was “an isolated incident”.

“Please be assured, this is an isolated incident as we have certified quality assurance audits and regular pest control steps in place to prevent such occurrences,” it said in a post on its Facebook page.

The company said it has conducted its own internal investigations and has cooperated with the Health Ministry office for the district of Petaling.

“The safety and well-being of our customers are of the utmost importance to us,” it said.

It added that “further corrective actions” would be taken to prevent such an incident from recurring.

Travelling on bus? Beware of bed bugs

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Source: The Malay Mail Online

SINGAPORE, Dec 28 — Shafiq Harun, 21, was returning from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore on a Starmart Express coach bus on Boxing Day evening when he, along with the other passengers on the bus, made a horrific discovery.

Some 40 minutes into the journey, Shafiq felt the back of his neck starting to itch. Presuming it was a mosquito bite, he did not give it much thought. But his neck started to swell, then the itch went over to his hands and body.

“I thought it was only me and I thought I had an allergic reaction, but I don’t have allergies,” Shafiq told TODAY today.

As it turned out, he had been bitten by bed bugs. And he was not alone; most of the 25 passengers on board had suffered similar bites too.

“We caught quite a number (of bed bugs) on the seats, floors, bags, and our body,” Shafiq said, adding that it was a “chaotic” journey back to Singapore.

Shafiq also said the bus driver had told them the bus he was on was a “standby bus”, which was not used for around two weeks.

Shafiq’s cousin, who was travelling with him, has lodged a complaint, as well as a refund request, against the bus company.

A Facebook user by the name of Hannah Zekie also posted on the social networking site pictures of the bed bug bites, and her post has since been shared over 9,000 times as of 3pm today.

On Facebook, she said that she had caught over 10 bugs, and is demanding for a total fare refund.

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Responding to the furore surrounding the issue, Starmart Express posted on Facebook on Tuesday that the coach in question has since been taken off service, and been given a chemical wash.

The company will also be investigating the issue, and has said that passengers of the affected bus can approach them for recourse.

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Termite Queen exposed!

The video shows a Termite Queen that was found in a jungle termite mound. The termite queen’s size is as big as our thumb. The queen is surrrounded by the workers. As the queen and the king are mating, the queen will become big and will be hard to move.
She’ll also start sweating profusely, thanks to all that hard baby-making work. While she’s still capable of producing eggs, her children aka her soldiers will keep her clean by constantly licking the sweat from her body as an army of termites eggs keep on coming out from her every 3 seconds

The picture below shows the image of termite queen on top of queen nest

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The picture shows termite mould

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On top of termite mould it seem live soldiers there

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New Species of Termites Discovered After 100 Years

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A group of international termitologists that includes Dr. Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, University of Florida, discovered a termite species and described it as new based on its unique shapes and colors, as well as its genes.

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While the last species of the termite genus Proneotermes has been discovered more than a hundred years ago, now scientists have discovered a new and a third one. Part of the fauna living in the dry forests in Colombia, its name was inspired by the magic realism of the fictional town of “Macondo” from the novel ‘One hundred years of solitude’ by Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel García Marquez.

Termitologists Robin Casalla, Freiburg University, Germany, and Universidad del Norte, Colombia, Dr Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, University of Florida, and Prof Dr Judith Korb, Freiburg University, discovered a termite species and described it as new based on its unique shapes and colors, as well as its genes. The new termite is published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

Furthermore, there is a story behind the name of this new species, called Proneotermes macondianus. “Macondianus” refers to the fictional town of “Macondo” in the novel ‘One hundred year of solitude’ written by Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel García Marquez. Macondo stands for a forgotten microcosm in the history of Colombia with unimaginable events. According to the story, the magical realm was eventually wiped off the map by gigantic storms of the Caribbean as a form of divine punishment to the violation of the biblical laws of genetics, incest.

P. macondianus may have been one of those characters playing in the novel during the destruction of Macondo, remaining unrecognized until today,” comments lead author Robin Casalla.

In Colombia many species still await their discovery, either in the wild, or frozen in time in museum cabinets and lacking a name. The only way to refer to them, is by pointing to them with your finger. But now, P. macondianus has been described in ZooKeys.

The soldiers of this species have a characteristic elongated, rectangular heads, about 5 – 7 mm long, ranging in color from black (at the tip) to ferruginous orange (at the back). P. macondianus has a voracious appetite for drywood, especially thin branches of less than 2 cm in diameter, and lives in small colonies of about 20 individuals. Although few drywood termites are considered pests in some urban areas, P. macondianus lives only in the wild and prefers tropical dry forests.

The termite P. macondianus ‘sentenced’ to over a hundred years of ‘solitude’, has now been given a second chance to not be forgotten again, being recognized as part of the Colombian natural ecosystem.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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All of us here at Ridpest would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

No matter where you’ll be, make sure to take a moment and reflect on the many things you have been blessed with; all the things you have to be thankful for.

We are very grateful for all of our customers. They are the reason we get up in the morning. Whether we’ve been servicing your home for years, or just happened to help out during a one time pest emergency, we are thankful for each and every one of you!’

We are especially thankful for the Pest Management Professionals that tend to uninvited dinner guests.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! MAY IT BE PEST FREE!