"ACES pest control deals with rodents in Auckland on a daily basis. We find that while mice are predictable, rats are not. This they look at each house or business and assess their approach for each situation. Only when they have the situation that suits them ( meaning the owner can't get them!) then they invade your home. As a result ACES bases its treatments following an inspection for rats to ensure we are successful. Rat are intelligent! Pays to hire a Professional Pest Control company that can take the time to access your situation.
Here is an article from the States that hints at how smart rats can be...."
Yes, okay, they're unkillable, disease-ridden fleabags who occasionally, uh, eat people alive. But they're also intelligent, highly empathetic and surprisingly relatable little critters who probably enjoyed Ratatouille just as much as you did.
And now, one murine resident of Washington DC has shown they can be safety-conscious members of the community as well.
Last summer, a condo building in the District was evacuated after a fire alarm sounded. But, strangely, there was no fire so what happened? A glitch? A noisy consequence of the ongoing climate apocalypse?
No it was a rat.
Caught red-pawed on security footage, the little guy literally jumped onto the alarm from a nearby handrail and pulled it down, setting off the siren. It is, however, unknown at this point whether the rat was pulling a prank or simply being overcautious.
Washington DC has a long history with havoc-causing rodents in 1967 a single rat left a third of the District without power for 45 minutes after it chewed through the wires of a local power station. And despite the local government's inventive range of weapons in the "eternal war" between rat and human, their numbers have only grown in recent years.
This particular mischief-maker, however, has won hearts on Twitter thanks to his can-do, safety-conscious attitude.
Naturally, people couldn't help comparing the #FireAlarmRat to his spiritual predecessor, the original rodent sensation that was Pizza Rat. Seen by many as embodying the plucky, determined, and above all pizza-loving soul of New York, Pizza Rat went viral back in 2015 after thousands of people watched him do what we'd all do if we found a slice bigger than our entire bodies: dragging that badboy home on the subway for dinner.
So spare a thought for rats. They might be dirty, but they're also safety-conscious, pizza-loving goofballs who love tickles. And that whole black death thing? That was probably just a misunderstanding.
After all, how can you stay mad at a critter who literally lives in a group collectively called a mischief?
edited from an article by Katie Spalding from https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/this-rat-is-going-viral-after-it-set-off-a-fire-alarm-and-forced-a-building-to-evacuate/