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Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Dianora » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:46 am

Another brilliant idea down the drain.

A few years ago, officials in Brooklyn, New York came up with a seemingly brilliant idea to deal with the rat-infestation problem in their borough: release opossums into the neighborhood to eat the rats. Once the rat population disappeared, officials surmised, the opossums would have nothing to eat and would disappear as well.

Like most ham-handed government efforts at social engineering, this one backfired: the opossums showed no interest in the rats, taking instead to rummaging through trash for food. Meanwhile, they procreated like mad. Result: Brooklyn is now overrun with rats and opossums.


Didn't the mongoose rat control experiment back in Hawaii taught them anything?
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Sabindeus » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:38 am

Ok, that article was written by the Post.

The Post is practically a tabloid.
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Chicken » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:40 am

If I've learned anything from cartoons, the solution to this problem is introducing the natural predator of the opossum into the system now.
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Arnock » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:12 am

Hmm, surprised it didn't work. After all, releasing dogs into australia to take care of the rabbits worked. There aren't any more wild dogs in Australia either.


Oh, wait....
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:13 am

So what are they going to release to control the bed bug issue? :D
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Santcuff » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:20 am

Just like the cats released in Israel by the British to get rid of the mice...
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Aubade » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:08 am

Santcuff wrote:Just like the cats released in Israel by the British to get rid of the mice...



But that one is okay, Aubade loves cats, and the world revolves around Aubade so it's okay.
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Lightbeard » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:54 pm

Chicken wrote:If I've learned anything from cartoons, the solution to this problem is introducing the natural predator of the opossum into the system now.


So Tigers then?
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Thalia » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:06 am

Well when people got cats to get rid of the mice that where spreading the bubonic plague...that work...oh plus they learned to bathe too :lol:
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Mcduffie » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:09 am

Does this mean we should release wild Mongorians in China?
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Pfife » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:12 am

This kind of escalation can only end with rednecks and firearms; the only natural predator of the most dangerous animals.
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Dianora » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:19 am

Nikachelle wrote:So what are they going to release to control the bed bug issue? :D


Still remember this old Chinese bed bug joke.

This guy walked by someone selling the money backed guarantee bed bug pills, and bought some. He place the pills by the bed thinking that it's some sort of poison bait. He stilled got bitten. He went back to the vendor demanding the money back. The seller told him that he didn't follow the instruction: Take the bed bug, and crammed the pill down their throat. Money back guarantee.
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Gorlando » Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:10 pm

Mcduffie wrote:Does this mean we should release wild Mongorians in China?

i c wut u did thar.
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Rachmaninoff » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:38 am

Pfife wrote:This kind of escalation can only end with rednecks and firearms; the only natural predator of the most dangerous animals.

In NYC?
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Re: Pest Control Failure in Brooklyn

Postby Fivelives » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:59 am

Rachmaninoff wrote:
Pfife wrote:This kind of escalation can only end with rednecks and firearms; the only natural predator of the most dangerous animals.

In NYC?


In NYC it would be cabbies and questionable streetside meat cart vendors.
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