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common household pest originally from Asia that has spread worldwide

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Its merit a mention here that huge size black rats are a source of nuisance for dwellers of Peshawar and incidents of rat bite has become a common practice.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Liberal National Government had removed up to 5,000 black rats from the island, increasing the chances of penguin, and other seabird, chicks surviving into adulthood.
Black rats have been implicated in declines of numerous bird populations (Bell, 1978; Brown et al.
In the confined space of the tunnel, men and women were running, fighting, cowering as hundreds of black rats rampaged amongst them, leaping and tearing, their bloodlust stirring them into a frenzy.
The absence of black rats (Rattus rattus) favors the increasing of breeding success of this species.
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It is thought to have started in China or central Asia and spread by fleas on black rats that were aboard merchant ships.
A 2008 study of the DNA of 165 black rats from 32 countries identified six distinct lineages, each originating from a different part of Asia.
The presence of Black Rats is of great concern, as rats triggered the Reconyx cameras more than any other species and were the only species triggering the traps at night.
From a comparison with 14 Brown Rats and 60 Black Rats collected in British Columbia (DW Nagorsen, unpubl, data), particularly tail length relative to head and body length, we further concluded that the animal was a Brown Rat, and not a Black Rat.
But species introduced by humans, such as black rats and feral pigs, have for decades worn away at the islands' native ecosystem.
It is being organised by the Black Rat Fund which supports 4th Mechanised Brigade - the Black Rats -based at Catterick Garrison, but currently in Afghanistan.
Its demise has been blamed on habitat degradation and on invasive pests such as giant centipedes, black rats, wolf snakes, feral cats and, in particular, the yellow crazy ant, which has had devastating ecological effects on the island's unique ecosystem.
For their study, the researchers studied samples taken from 58 rodents, including 53 brown rats, 2 mice (Mus musculus) and 3 black rats (Rattus rattus).