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12 Horror Movies From The ’90s That Terrorized Our Childhoods – CinemaBlend


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Whether it was through video stores, TV or newspaper ads, or cable TV channels that reveled in only the creepiest of horror delights, the 90s were an iconic era for horror movies and the kids who loved them. Sometimes, the movies that hid behind the terrifying trailers or creepy cover art were actually scary as hell, while others didnt pan out as well as wed hoped.

It didnt matter, because one way or another, the horror flicks of the 1990s had a hold on the children growing up in that era. And in particular, theres 11 movies from that decade that introduced or reinforced a generation of boogeymen primed to haunt this breed of child up until the present day.

So get under the blankets or behind the sofa, open your laptop, and prepare to journey through the pantheon of 90s horror movies and villains that terrorized our childhood! And be warned, you may want to keep the lights on while reading because you really shouldnt be reading in the dark anyway.

Its not bad enough that spiders have always inspired a special sort of fear amongst most human beings on the planet. Nope, legendary producer Frank Marshall had to make his directorial debut with Arachnophobia: a movie that took the already scary Tarantula, and made it into a super-spider bred to kill with one bite.

Thankfully, Jeff Daniels and John Goodman were on hand to save the day, as the dynamic duo of a big city doctor and an exterminator extraordinaire were able to take out the army of killer spiders with their specific set of skills. But that hasnt stopped us from at the very least flinching when we see an eight legged creature, or Hollywood from trying to make that magic happen again for a new audience.

While Brad Dourifs iconic horror villain/killer doll Chucky had debuted two years earlier in 1988s Childs Play, the kids of the 90s would probably be more acquainted with his misdeeds thanks to the 1990 sequel Childs Play 2, as it was a staple of cable channels like USA Network that would run on any given weekend.

Not to mention, Chuckys method of execution in the finale of Childs Play 2 was even creepier than that of his first films conclusion. This time, instead of merely being burnt alive and blown apart, the toy from Hell was half melted, and then blown apart. Nothing like making Chucky look like the most vicious Garbage Pail Kid ever created before exploding him into all sorts of plastic pieces.

Most of the horror movies on this list are the sort that parents of 90s kids would have had no problem letting their kids sneak a peek at with their best friends or trusted relatives. But even with the most permissive parents, there was always something verboten about taking a look at The Silence of The Lambs, and it was probably because of Anthony Hopkins iconic Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Dr. Lecter wasnt your typical boogeyman, as he was a more grounded and realistic evil; parents probably didnt want to explain cannibalism to their children. That would have been the least of their problems when parsing out director Jonathan Demmes classic adaptation of Thomas Harris best-selling novel, as the kills in this movie are so chilling, they hold their value with even the most mature of audiences.

Theres a reason that the Candyman mythos is being revived for a modern audience, as its timeless brand of horror and social commentary made it a cult classic when it was released back in 1992. Of course, it also helps that Tony Todds portrayal of the titular supernatural presence was equally unsettling and compelling. Who knew that a deep soothing voice could override the presence of killer bees and a hooked hand?

While Todd would go on to firm up his title as one of the leading horror icons of the decade through sequels and further genre work, his portrayal of a tortured spirit in this film version of Clive Barkers short story The Forbidden is still a pretty powerful claim to fame. So much so that it wound up securing Tony Todds participation in the modern reboot. Looks like its time to be afraid of mirrors again.

Much like Chucky and Freddy Kruger, Hellraisers Pinhead was another landmark presence that crossed over into the 90s horror scene with a huge reputation on his shoulders. Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth was a pretty big deal for its time too, as Doug Bradleys torturous baddie finally got a backstory, and we saw Pinhead in his previously human form in this trilogy capping event.

While the series would continue into direct-to-video Hell, and even Bradley himself would leave the series behind, Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth felt like a huge leap from its modest beginnings. Also, Pinheads very visage itself has always been a selling point to this franchises horror legacy; so even if you hadnt seen the movie as a child, looking upon the face of Pinhead was enough to engrain this one on any 90s kids brain.

As a 90s kid, it was hard not to be incredibly terrified of the movie that 1993s Leprechaun was making itself out to be. With no clear look at the monster himself in the trailers, and a vague enough idea of his horrific appearance haunting every newspaper ad, movie poster, and VHS case for the film, what we didnt see was really what made us terrified of this diminutive terror.

Watching the actual movie was a different story, as Warwick Davis memorable horror creeper was already a master of puns and wisecracks in his first time out. So that monster that Leprechaun horrified us with in its marketing wasnt as bad as we thought when it came to the actual reality. Though that didnt stop us from watching with grinning glee through several sequels, as Davis was having so much fun with the character, it was infectious.

Freddy Kruger was old hat by time the 90s rolled around. Robert Englunds legendary criminal turned spectral being had already gone through the eventual process that every horror heavy winds their way through, with Freddys Dead: The Final Nightmare fully turning Freddy into a walking punchline.

This left the 90s as the perfect time for series creator Wes Craven to return to the series with Wes Cravens New Nightmare, a tale that would start a new trend in horror: the meta-sequel. With Freddy looking to cross over into our world, and with a more terrifying look than ever, the jokes were done and the terror was back. Everybody loves a winner, and Krugers final victory came in reclaiming his horrific demeanor for a new generation to discover.

The meta-horror of Wes Cravens New Nightmare was only a test drive for the horror masters next trick, as Wes Craven would go on to deliver a new classic in the realm of slashers with Scream. And the best part was, he built this next series of vengeful killers by playing off of the rules he set with his own killer past, while also using something every modern teen was familiar with as a part of the madness: the telephone.

Making the careers of young stars like Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, and Skeet Ulrich, Ghostfaces debut would spawn three sequels, a TV series, and a following that just might see Scream come to life again in a new decade of horror. So add random phone calls to the list of things you should start being afraid of again, just in case.

Flipping back to the subject of video stores for a moment, the movie Jack Frost owes every frame of its infamous reputation to the rows of horror movies your local rental dealers would maintain. Because if you remember this movie, its 98% certain its because of the lenticular cover that saw a kindly looking snowman shifting into a large toothed killer.

And before you ask, no this isnt the Michael Keaton movie of the same title that saw a rock star dad reincarnated as a magical snowman. Though that confusion probably didnt help when it came to this movies reputation for trickery; as this films plot was kind of similar. Only instead of a kindly dad getting to spend more time with his kids, a serial killer is accidentally transformed into a mutant killer snowman.

Wes Craven, man. When he wasnt busy making people afraid of boogeymen or random phone calls, he was helping his friends bring horrifying visions to life in other movie series. Wishmaster was one of the most memorable efforts, as horror effects icon Robert Kurtzman took the concept of what we would call a genie, and gave it a more horrifying reality. Sure, wed already seen tales of how not making a wish specific enough to get what we truly wanted backfire, but not even The Twilight Zone turned people into mannequins or drowned unfortunate wishers in a hellish, slow death.

One more fun note to make when talking about Wishmaster, besides Andrew Divoffs chilling presence in the title role, is the fact that his character took out some of horrors greatest heavies, as Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, and even Tony Todd are all victims of his heinous magic.

Speaking of Kane Hodder, if a 90s kid hadnt ever seen one of the previous Friday the 13th entries before Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, then this film was more than likely their introduction to the memorable series of horror movies that spanned back to the dawn of the slasher era. And how could you blame them, as Hodders second to last appearance as the hockey masked hellion made some pretty big promises.

At last, we were going to learn why Jason Voorhees was a murderer! Finally, Jason Voorhees was going to die and stay dead! And last, but not least, we were going to get an explanation for what the hell that worm crawling out of his face on the poster was meant to be! But if theres anything that Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday should be credited with, its the fact that it gave the world the biggest tease ever: a stinger that would eventually lead to the horror match up of the century: Freddy vs. Jason!

It might not feel as scary now as it did back in 1999, but when The Blair Witch Project was ramping up to its release into theaters, a rather convincing viral marketing campaign made the danger look more real than ever before. And it was all thanks to the team behind the film promoting it as a documentary, rather than a horror entertainment.

With missing posters, 1-800 numbers, and even a website and mockumentary dedicated to the disappearance of the trio of young film students at the heart of The Blair Witch Project, the lines between truth and fiction were properly blurred. All it took was the promise of a witch behind these heinous events to close out a decade of horror delights on a pretty high not.

Whether you ended up enjoying the movie or not, you cant deny that The Blair Witch Project had you going for a moment during one of the busiest years in Hollywood history. And much like any of the other films on this list, it was living proof that the horror genre was alive and well through the 90s movies that kept its dark heart pumping.

Every decade has its notable beasties, creepers, and heavies, much like those laid before you in this rogues gallery of 90s horror. Not only 90s kids remember these infamous beings, but if you find yourself still terrified by these creatures, thank one of them for keeping these legends fresh in the minds of everyone.

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Malibu wants to ban all pesticides. The state of California says that’s against the law – Bryan-College Station Eagle


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LOS ANGELES Wilmar Mejia stood behind his pickup truck in the hills of Malibu, watching a hawk soar overhead. Ahead lay the job, a mid-century ranch house with a glittering aquamarine pool and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Moments later, he shimmied into the houses low-slung attic, crawling through tufts of white insulation studded with fresh rat droppings.

Youve got tenants and theyre not paying rent! the exterminator said with a grin.

Mejia has been evicting vermin from Malibu for more than a decade. In lieu of brodifacoum blood-thinners ubiquitous poisons so effective that hawks regularly bleed to death after eating mice that have eaten them his new boutique pest control company, Tree of Life, uses snap traps and steel wool to keep rodents in check.

Its about controlling the problem without the use of poisons that affect everything else, Mejia said. That hawk flying around, thats what were protecting.

If the city of Malibu gets its way, Mejias methods will soon be the rule. Earlier this month, the City Council approved a sweeping chemical ban that could pave the way for other coastal cities looking to protect wildlife by limiting toxicants.

But state officials say it runs afoul of the law.

We passed a ban not just on rodenticides but on all pesticides, said Malibu Mayor Pro Tem Mikke Pierson. Of course, the Department of Pesticide Regulation said absolutely we cant do it.

California is one of more than 40 states that restrict how local governments can regulate pesticides. For decades, the states food and agriculture code has preempted municipalities like Malibu from limiting their use in almost any way.

We believe (Malibus) action exceeds their authority and the proposed ordinance would be preempted, state Department of Pesticide Regulation spokeswoman Charlotte Fadipe wrote in an email.

But Malibu officials say their ban skirts that law in a bureaucratic pas de deux with the Coastal Commission, a state agency not subject to preemption. The commission is expected to approve the anti-pesticide measure as an amendment to Malibus local coastal program early next year. If successful, it could be a model for scores of other cities in the commissions area of responsibility.

Were basing our local coastal program amendment on what (unincorporated LA) County did in 2014, said activist Joel Schulman of Poison Free Malibu, the group that spearheaded the initiative. I actually went to the Coastal Commission meeting and asked them to help spread the same kind of prohibitions up and down the coastal zone.

Activists say pesticides of all types threaten Californias wildlife, from the iconic monarch butterfly to the endangered San Joaquin fox. But the fight against brodifacoum and other similar rat poisons brought their movement mainstream particularly after they were linked to the deaths of local mountain lions.

This year we had two adult males, big adult males who just dropped dead in the middle of Topanga Canyon State Park, said Dr. Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist with the National Park Service. (One) had five liters of blood in his abdominal cavity.

These substances known as second generation anticoagulant rodenticides work by inhibiting vitamin K, a micronutrient critical for blood clotting; without it even a small injury can cause a massive hemorrhage. Other rat poisons kill wildlife, too, but brodifacoum and its ilk are singularly deadly because they remain potent for months.

Vitamin D3 can kill a mouse within hours, but wont kill a cat that eats that mouse, even though it is highly toxic to cats, experts said. Brodifacoum, by contrast, can kill a mountain lion that eats the liver of a coyote thats spent weeks eating rats that gorged themselves on the anticoagulant for days before they started to hemorrhage.

The first thing they do is go for organs like the liver, and the liver is where these things get stored, Riley said. A mountain lion that eats a coyote could get a huge dose of these toxicants all at once.

The poisons fatal climb up the food chain is what led the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict its use to professional exterminators in 2011. Those restrictions have led to a surge in pet poisonings with other, fast-acting rodenticides still available at big box and home improvement stores, many of which can be harder to treat.

Weve seen a tremendous spike, said Dr. Ahna Brutlag, senior veterinary toxicologist at the national Pet Poison Helpline. There was very good safety data on anticoagulant rodenticide, which is easy to detect and easy to treat with vitamin K. But bromethalin (a neurotoxin) could be a problem.

At the same time, new laws have done little to stem the flow of anticoagulants into the wild. Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) sponsored a bill that would have banned the toxins across California, but it stalled in the Senate appropriations committee this fall.

Anticoagulant rodenticides are just one element of the larger problem of long-lasting poisons introduced to our coastal environment that place biological resources and sensitive habitats at risk, state Sen. Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) wrote in a letter supporting the Malibu ordinance. I encourage you to take the necessary steps to protect our cherished natural habitats and wildlife.

Hawks, owls, foxes, coyotes all are threatened by the proliferation of poisons that inhibit vitamin K, scientists say. But the link to Californias most celebrated predator may not be so clear.

Cats whether theyre wild like a mountain lion or domestic like the tabby in the home are relatively resistant to anticoagulant rodenticides compared to domestic dogs or wild canids like the fox, said Dr. Robert Poppenga, a professor of veterinary toxicology at UC Davis who has studied a wide range of wild species poisoned by rodenticides from illegal marijuana grows.

Any big cat that bleeds to death has almost certainly died from rodenticide exposure, the expert said. But scientists like Riley believe brodifacoum is also responsible for the deaths of scores of wildcats that succumbed to mange, and those are the numbers politicians and activists touted in support of the pesticide ban.

Im looking at whats known about how these rodenticides actually work, and its a little hard for me to see how theyre having a significant impact on the immune system, Poppenga said. I have my concerns theres not a true cause and effect thats been proven at this point.

Like others, he warned the dangers posed by rodents were also significant, and well established by science.

Vector borne disease control is very important to safeguard public health, a Los Angeles County Department of Health spokesman wrote in an email. If needed, rodenticides can be effective at controlling rodents that might spread diseases like flea-borne typhus or plague when used by licensed pest control operators.

But Mejia, the exterminator, said there were better ways to protect public health in places like Malibu.

Believe me, we need to keep the population of these vermin under control, by all means, Mejia said. But there are alternatives to poison, because poison is killing everything else.

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Ayrshire schools plagued by rats, fleas and flies with mice and wasps also a problem – The Scottish Sun


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A NUMBER of Ayrshire schools are infested with rats, fleas and flies, according to a new report.

A Freedom of Information request has shown a total of 165 cases of infestations across East Ayrshire over the last three years.

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Schools such as Auchinleck Academy, Cumnock Academy, Drongan Primary, Loudoun Academy and Ochiltree Primary have all been affected.

Other problems stated in the release were mice, wasps, silver fish and ants.

An East Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: With all our enquiries we categorise pest control requests into high priority or low priority- high priority for pests include rats, wasps and bees, low priority pests include mice, flies, ants etc.

Further priority is given to premises where children or vulnerable adults are present.

Any reports of pests within council premises are taken seriously.

Regular inspections and procedures aimed at prevention are in place and, where necessary, we aim to report and respond to the first signs of any pest activity.

Individual premises managers in locations and across the councils catering services have the responsibility to ensure action is taken quickly to resolve any issues.

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High priority complaints have a two day response target, low priority have a five-day response target.

In the vast majority of cases visits are made well within these target times.

The number of service requests received for council premises represents only a very small percentage received by our Environmental Health Service for pest control work.

They are not at a level which would give us cause for concern.

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Last Post Southend bosses – ‘No issue with rodents here … it was a one off’ – Southend Standard


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A PUB has insisted it has no issues with rodents after a video of a mouse scurrying around the premises was shared widely online.

The Last Post Wetherspoons pub, in Southend, was forced to call in pest control following reports of a mouse being spotted in the pub.

It comes just weeks after the Moon and Square Wetherspoons, in Basildon, was forced to briefly close after a mouse was spotted by punters.

The video, originally posted to social media on Boxing Day, shows a small mouse scurrying around the pub, close to tables where families were eating.

The pub has a five star hygiene rating, which was handed out by Southend Council following its most recent inspection in January this year.

Although the video was posted on Boxing Day, pub bosses have insisted it was actually filmed two weeks earlier.

And pub bosses claims there have been no issues since pest control visited following the incident.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: We have seen the footage posted on social media.

It was uploaded on Boxing Day, however it relates to an issue two weeks beforehand.

We did have an issue with a small mouse in the pubs conservatory area, but a pest control team dealt with this and there have been no issues since.

The Moon and Square reopened several hours after closing on December 6.

Sarah Hodgson, 37, of Southend, said: Regardless of how many mice, when it happened, where in the pub it happened, it is worrying; none of the other stuff matters.

This is somewhere people go to eat, I know it would be enough for me to never go back.

It says a lot this is the second Wetherspoons pub in weeks to have the issue, you dont see it at other chains.

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Popular South Shields curry house ordered to clean up its act after inspectors discover RAT DROPPINGS and food stored in buckets of water – Shields…


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Spice One, South Avenue, South Shields.

Spice One, on South Avenue, near to The Nook, was inspected by the Food Standards Agency on September 13, 2019, where watchdogs found a catalogue of shortcomings and failures in relation to its cleanliness and food storage.

The restaurant which specialises in Indian cuisine has become a popular choice for residents since opening its doors in March 2003, but now it has told that major improvement is necessary if it is to continue serving customers.

The inspection found that improvement is necessary for both its hygienic food handling and the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.

And the inspection, carried out by South Tyneside Council on behalf of the Food Standards Agency also found that major improvement necessary for its management of food safety required.

The ratings come after a report of the inspection released by the council following a Freedom of Information Request, found that inspectors discovered at the time of the visit that food was being stored in a bucket of water on the floor below the hand was basin creating the risk of cross contamination.

Rat or mouse droppings were also found in the toilet lobby area and management was ordered to urgently obtain specialist advice to treat the problem.

The report said: Rat or mouse droppings were identified in the toilet lobby area.

Given that you cannot remember seeing these during your checks it is hard to establish if this is a current recent infestation.

You must obtain specialist advice from a contractor to identify the source of the infestation, to treat the problem and implement controls such as blocking up access holes to prevent any further ingress of rodents into the food business.

Inspectors also found that the wash hand basin was not in regular use; there was no soap to the toilet wash basin and only toilet paper was available for drying hands; and quantity of reheated rice was left out at room temperature.

The floor was also said to be particularly dirty below food equipment in the kitchen and the condition of the several of the food containers in the premises had deteriorated and could no longer be thoroughly cleaned or disinfected.

The report continued: Rice and chicken was left to cool at room temperature in the kitchen and back room.

This slows down the cooling process and presents ideal conditions for food poisoning bacteria to grow.

A series of recommendations were provided by inspectors to management following the report which including asking Spice One to provide the pest control records of the pest contractor used to manage the pest control and introducing a system of date coding for high-risk foods to ensure stock is rotated and is not used beyond its shelf-life.

At the time of the inspection report, inspectors said that they would revisit the restaurant in one week to ensure that the business had addressed the rat/mouse problem sufficiently.

It advised that a full disinfection of the kitchen should be conducted as a precaution.

The Gazette tried to contact Spice One several times for comment.

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Bugs In the House: A Guide – Nature World News


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Which Are OK and Which to Get Rid Of

You must be aware of this. Although invisible, bugs do exist in your home. A study showed that the average American home features up to 100 species of insects. Considering that this category makes up 75% of life on Earth, it's no surprise that they're taking advantage of our homes, too.

Just as they vary in appearance, these unwanted roommates vary in the impact they have on your home. You may be tempted to buy the bug spray and blast away, but it can be toxic and detrimental to the Earth.

So, today, we'll take a look at common pests, ways to get rid of them, and mention some species that you're better off leaving unharmed.

It's near impossible to mention every species of bug which may be residing in your home. So, instead, we decided to focus on the four most common kinds.

Ants are the number one nuisance pest in America. The small yet mighty creatures can often be found in a single-file line along your kitchen floor. Ants cause a variety of home issues, including food contamination and property damage.

There are over 700 species of ants in the US, so it may be best for a professional to come and identify the kind before you try to do anything about the situation.

Bed bugs, despite their name, live in many areas both inside and outside the home. They enjoy feeding on human skin, as we're not covered in fur like most animals. They're known as 'nest parasites' because they nest and keep feeding on the same source.

People usually fail to notice they've been exposed to bed bugs until they see bite marks.

With their low hum, these bugs are the homeowner's greatest enemy. While they can be useful in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, they are infamous for nesting near doors and windows. Besides, while bees can be friendly, the wasps are aggressive.

If you notice a nest attached to a fence, awning, a wall, or a similar surface, you know you have a problem.

Beetles are the most numerous pests in the world, with over 350,000 known species. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. What interests them in your home includes fabrics and grains, to which they cause damage.

You need to keep the battle going if you plan on maintaining efficient pest control. Understanding why your home is infested and ways to deal with it already takes you halfway to the destination.

So, arm yourself with a pest guide, treatment methods, and contact information of a professional pest control company.

Besides, you can do a lot by yourself. Here are some simple guidelines:

Store garbage bins away from home

Store firewood away from home

Screen crawl spaces, doors and windows, and weather stripping

Ensure proper drainage of standing water

Minimize dust and clutter around the house

Don't leave food in the open

Wipe spills and crumbs asap

Consult your veterinarian if you have pets

Not all pests require harsh chemicals. Many homeowners and companies alike are finding more natural approaches to treating or relocating pests. Besides, if you don't have a full-blown problem yet, 'soft' remedies are an excellent means of prevention.

If all else fails, go to a professional exterminator. All legitimate companies will feature trained professionals that will assess your situation with accuracy and offer a range of adequate solutions.

Although bugs are annoying, you don't have to (and shouldn't) kill every insect you see. Insects can be beneficial to you and your environment.

Not only are they valuable to the ecosystem, but they also make honey. As long as they aren't inside your home, you should leave them alone. If you find them where they shouldn't be, find a local beekeeper to adopt them instead of killing them.

As long as they stay outside your home, ladybugs are friends. They eat garden pests, fruit flies, and other nuisances if you're trying to grow anything. You should check if you have a breed of ladybug which feeds on plant leaves, though.

Most household spiders cannot harm humans. Instead, they help by feeding on small insects that you don't want around.

Household bugs are so typical, and yet, every homeowner will shriek in their existence. It's hard to know what to do when your home is invaded. Remember that no home is immune to pests, but there are things you can do.

Be prepared, arm yourself with information, and be ready for a battle. Work on understanding your issue, and handling it will become much more manageable.

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Pest control called out hundreds of times to NHS Tayside buildings over two-year period – Evening Telegraph


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Pest control officers were called out to NHS Tayside hospitals more than 900 times over the past two years the Tele can reveal.

Figures provided through Freedom of Information show that hospitals across Dundee, Perth and Angus had 925 visits from January 1 2018 until early December this year.

Ninewells Hospital had the most call-outs with 315. The second highest was Perth Royal Infirmary with 104.

The Royal Victoria Hospital had the third most with 89.

Other well known sites, such as Roxburghe House, had 12 reports and Stracathro Hospital had 45.

A total of 325 incidents were related to ants, while wasps resulted in the second highest number with 166 callouts.

Silverfish were next with 135. There were 54 callouts relating to rodents including mice and rats.

Nesting birds also proved problematic for health chiefs, with 68 mentions of pigeons, 10 seagulls, and 38 calls relating to birds in general.

A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said: NHS Tayside has strict procedures in place for dealing with pest control problems and all reports of a potential pest sighting are dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Whenever a member of staff identifies any type of problem, no matter how small, our pest control contractors are called in straight away.

All reports are dealt with as a matter of urgency to ensure there is no escalation of any problem and incidents are resolved quickly and effectively. This ensures there is little or no impact on clinical services.

It is important to note that our records show what is reported to the pest control company at the time of call-out and not necessarily what is found when they attend the site.

Meanwhile, officers have been called out to Tayside schools hundreds of times since the beginning of the year.

Officers were called to schools in Dundee 56 times since January 1 this year, with 23 schools needing the service.

The school with the most incidents in Dundee was Braeview Academy with seven call outs to deal with issues including, wasps, mice, ants, and pigeons.

Ballumbie Primary was the second-highest number with six. Issues included bird proofing, ants, mice and pigeons.

Ants were the most frequent cause for calls, with 13 and mice second with 11.

Schools in Perth and Kinross had 163 callouts from January to November 20 this year, with Auchterarder Community School having the most at 18. The callouts at Auchterarder related to flies, mice, and ants.

Perth High School had the second highest number of incidents, with 12. Calls were in relation to ants, mice, wasps and slugs.

Callouts mentioning mice were the most common with 59 for schools in the Perth and Kinross area.

Ants were the second most common call out request, with 43 reports and wasps were mentioned 34 times.

Officers were called out 112 times to schools in Angus. The three schools with the most call outs were Arbroath Academy, Arbroath High School and Montrose Academy, with six each.

The highest number of callouts were for wasps with 34, and then there were 24 incidents relating to ants.

Other animals found at schools across the area included bees, silverfish, moles as well as a scorpion.

A Dundee City Council spokesman said: The council monitors its buildings and any infestations that are discovered are dealt with quickly.

An Angus Council spokesman said: We respond promptly to any reported pest control issues within our schools and deal with them accordingly. Call-out volume varies year-on-year according to the weather.

Perth and Kinross was approached for comment.

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My realistic New Year 2020 resolutions. Some involve donuts. – Orange County Registry – Daily Gaming Worlld


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I dont know if youre the type to make New Years resolutions, or if you just give up because you think they are doomed to failure. Last year, I committed to gaining weight and, guess what? I achieved this goal! I also made a commitment not to crush fitness nuts in the parking lot of the gymnasium, and I also succeeded! So I feel like Im on a roll. Heres what I promise for 2020:

I will check on my aggravation when my friend texts me for the 1000th time that she is an hour late because the traffic is bad, because, apparently, despite 30 years in southern California, she has not yet discovered that rush hour traffic is always requires extra time.

Im going to stop procrastinating. Soon. I will soon stop procrastinating.

The next time I see a big spider web on the ceiling above my bed, I wont spend an hour a day looking for the spider that made it, thinking that maybe I should Something. Im going to get up from my chair, take the broom and remove it. And I wont think about how maybe the spider just fell on my bed and is now taking revenge on it. Sometimes I think most of the spiders in the world have moved into my home because they all tweeted that this lady was too lazy to rip their webs.

I will not shout and curse bad drivers on the highway just because they annoy me. OK, Im lying. I go. But I hope not.

Ill buy a special fly swatter just to hit my adult children on the head every time they make ridiculous statements like, It wasnt me who spilled the sugar on the ground that has now attracted 10,000 ants . I think it will be more effective than just rolling your eyes and grabbing them.

The next time I pay my last heartache to a friend during a meal and they pick up the phone and start checking their email, I wont take the phone from their hand or throw it into the ravine below us.

I will bite my tongue more often. I am no longer invited to a certain friends house because, during a vacation dinner that she rushed from the kitchen to the dining room to serve, her husband seated royally on her throne asked her announced that their son had made a mess and she should come and clean it up. I looked at him and said in front of everyone, Is your arm broken? He did not respond, but it was the last vacation dinner I have ever eaten at their home.

When I am faced with a box of donuts, I will just walk past and feel morally superior to everyone, and I will absolutely not back down and stack five glazes on my plate when no one is watching.

As for donuts, I will not keep hatred in my heart for people who ostensibly cut a donut in half and then go away with it. I wont think of stabbing them with the knife they just used, at least not before I see them do it again.

Im going to get rid of Marcel Prousts Souvenir des Choses Passes box that I keep prominently on my library so that people will think that I am an intellectual, and just admit that I will never read it. It has been around for 25 years, I think I can safely give it away at this point.

I will stop being mortified every time I have to give the key of my old drummer to a valet in a hotel or a chic restaurant, where I always feel that I should apologize for the fact that his hindquarters will have to sit in it. I will not go into a long explanation of why I drive such a big piece of junk food when I am obviously an elegant and sophisticated person.

As I work at home, this year I am going to get out of my pajamas every day at noon, so I am not spoiled by the exterminator who shows up at 3 p.m. and Im still in my robe.

Im not going to call and pretend to be sick so I can get out of my training appointment with my personal trainer.

When I really need to fall asleep, Im not going to lie to myself that its OK to watch just one more episode on Netflix.

Im going to stop pretending that I liked Game of Thrones.

Instead of another travel guide, Im going to read one of the many bright and clever tomes my friends seem to think will interest me because they think Im more interesting than I actually am.

Hows that for a list? What did I omit?

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Increasing number of rats spotted on Brussels Grand Place – The Brussels Times


Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on December 25th, 2019

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Despite the Pest Control Services putting out rat traps every two weeks, there will always be rats on the Brussels Grand Place.

An increasing number of rats have been spotted in Brussels, most recently on the Grand Place during the Christmas period. The staff of several businesses has confirmed that they frequently see rats as soon as it gets dark outside.

They are dancing at the Grand Place. Theyre partying as well, the staff of restaurant El Greco said to Bruzz. Just like Roy dEspagne, the business next to them, they have contacted private companies to catch them.

We put out rat traps under the terraces of the restaurants, in little boxes. We check and replace them every 15 days, said the Brussels-City Pest Control Services to Bruzz. They have been getting complaints about rats on the Grand Place specifically for about a year, according to them.They live in basements and the sewage system, and mostly appear when the garbage bags are outside, looking for food, the Service added.

There are 1 or 2 rats per inhabitant in Brussels, according to estimations, compared to 4 or 5 in Paris, for example. Rats are most present from October to February, said Mounir Sanchez, a professional rat exterminator, reports DHnet. In practice, theyre always there, they just come out more during a certain period.

We havent really had any extra calls lately. Weve been fighting rats around the Grand Place frequently for a long time now. A lot of old houses have cellars that are in some way connected there, said the private pest control company Rentokil, reports Bruzz.

It is possible that construction works in the area cause people to notice more rats. As soon as the street is opened up, the animals look for a way out above grounds, the company said. In Brussels, just like in other big cities, rats are difficult to avoid altogether, they added.

Math ChiniThe Brussels Times

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Fleas rats and flies are amongst pests that have infested local schools – Cumnock Chronicle


Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on December 23rd, 2019

FLEAS, rats and flies are amongst pests that have infested council-run buildings, a Freedom of Information request has shown.

There have been 165 cases in East Ayrshire since November 2017.

Cumnock Academy, Drongan Primary, Loudoun Academy and Ochiltree Primary all suffered rat problems.

Fleas infested Auchinleck Academy twice last year.

Mice, flies, wasps, silverfish and ants also plagued staff, visitors and pupils.

A spokesperson for East Ayrshire Council said: With all our enquiries we categorise pest control requests into high or low priority - high priority pests include rats, wasps and bees, low priority pests include mice, flies, ants etc. Further priority is given to premises where children and or vulnerable adults are present.

Any reports of pests within council premises are taken seriously.

"Regular inspections and procedures aimed at prevention are in place, and where necessary we aim to report and respond to the first signs of any pest activity.

"Individual premises managers in locations and across the councils catering services have the responsibility to ensure action is taken quickly to resolve any issues.

High prioritycomplaints have a two day response target, low priority have a five day response target. In the vast majority of cases visits are made well within these target times.

The number of service requests received for council premises represents only a very small percentage of overall requests received by our Environmental Health Service for pest control work.

They are not at a level which would give us any cause for concern.

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