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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Mice

This year
# Mice
Forensic Science Ireland offices dealt with spate of mice infestations in past year
Emails released by FSI reveal a litany of issues with rodents at their HQ in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.
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# rodent rampage
Farmers battle to save crops after 'plague' of mice invade Australia's rural east
Farmers fear this year’s harvest is at risk and have asked the government for emergency permission to lay down pesticides.
# Rats
Dublin requests for HSE pest control increased by around one-fifth last year
The callouts were spread more evenly across the north and south of the county compared to 2019.
Cockroaches and rodent droppings: 11 food businesses received closure orders in June
Four of the orders were issued to businesses in the Moore Street Mall in Dublin city centre.
# Swimmers
Weirdly shaped mouse sperm can be used to tell species apart
Being able to better differentiate between species will help researchers fight the spread of diseases they carry.
# Mice
Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink
Pest control companies attended the hospital more than 120 times last year.
# FSAI Closures
Meath pizzeria receives closure order after human excrement observed 'bubbling up through toilet bowl'
Seven businesses were served with closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in December.
# rat pack
From next year, stores will have to track the sales of rodent poison
EU directives will mean new regulations for the general public, professional pest controllers, and farmers.
# Heart Attack
Cholesterol-lowering vaccine could be available in six years
The medication has shown promise in mice.
# Infestation
Pest company called to St James's Hospital more than 100 times in last two years
Among the many different pests encountered on the hospital’s campus in recent times were ants, cockroaches, mice, pigeons, and woodlice.
# quite a tale
A short history of mice: The little rodents have been with us for much longer than we thought
House mice were common more than 3,000 years before the earliest known evidence of farming.
# not good for you
We can now add 'third hand smoke' to the reasons smoking is dreadful for our health
Third hand smoke (THS) refers to the sticky residue from tobacco smoke that clings to walls and furniture.
# Stress
Stress in pregnancy can impact children for life
Researchers say it shows the need to talk about mental health in pregnancy.
# offspring
Sperm has been made from mouse stem cells paving way for treatment of male infertility
Scientists say the breakthrough may lead to ‘exciting new’ fertility treatments.
# not mice
We finally know why there are holes in Swiss cheese
And it has only taken a century of research.
# rat race
Protester releases a load of mice during Congress hearing
The incident interrupted a hearing into a massive graft scandal.
# ahhhhhhh
Rats On A Plane: Rodent infestation grounds Indian aircraft
“I have HAD it with these rats,” is what Samuel L Jackson might have said if he had been on the flight.
# remember this
Turns out a good night's sleep after learning something new WILL improve memory
Are you paying attention Leaving Certs?
# hipster hamsters
Just some mice, on turntables, running as fast as their little legs will carry them
Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. Bear with us.
# Science
The male contraceptive pill now a step closer
Scientists in Australia managed to make male mice infertile.
# true or false
Debunked: Is a rat never more than a few metres away?
That would mean there could be one right at the foot of your bed, but is this actually the case?
# Rats on a plane
Plane damaged on Dublin Airport runway was carrying... rats and mice
Rodents were on the cargo flight from England which became stranded on the airport’s main runway this morning.
# Infertility
Potential infertility cure: stem cells create viable eggs in mice
It’s a long way from working in humans but researchers have made a leap forward.
# Anxiety
Study shows males exposed to chronic stress have anxious daughters
Tests conducted on mice show psychiatric disorders may depend on our fathers’ experiences in their youth.
# Review 2011
Top 10 stories you tweeted in 2011
Gay mice, a footballer leaving Twitter and an April Fools’ joke – some of the stories you most wanted to share with your Twitter followers.
Dieting forces the brain to eat itself - report
It’s emerged that in order to conserve energy, the body’s starvation mode kicks in and brain cells eat themselves, like other parts of the body.
# Sexuality
Scientists 'turned mice gay' through hormone immunity
Researchers in China bred mice with brains unreceptive to serotonin, and found that they lost the impulse to mate with females.
# Mice
Pizzeria owner accused of planting mice to sabotage rivals
Police call attempt to release rodents into rival restaurants “food terrorism by mice”.
# Invasion
Exterminators warn of rodent increase as winter approaches
Rentokil says its call-out figures are up 40% this year as the onset of a cold winter attracts rodents indoors.