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Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also called rats and share many characteristics with true rats.

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1 They spread disease Bubonic plague, Lassa fever, Hantavirus, and more
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Boned back When they became pets
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5 Middle Ages Sewer Rats are spreading, living close to humans
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1 Mosquitoes are the most dangerous and deadliest animal on Earth. Not just against people (malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis, yellow fever, West Nile virus), but also animals. They infect dogs and cats (and other animals) with heart worms, among other diseases. I hate mosquitoes. You can't wipe them out, all you can do is keep them at bay with citronella and OFF! products. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 2, 2011, 12:57 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Maskdt is correct: The mosquito has killed far more humans - indeed an order of magnitude more - than rats ever thought of doing. Besides, if it weren't for rats, the hero of the movie Willard would have had to kill his enemies with an army of gerbils. And the Deftones would have had to rename one of their more memorable songs "Squirrels!Squirrels!Squirrels!" And Dustin Hoffman's character in Midnight Cowboy would have been named Ferretso Frizzo, which just sounds stupid. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 2, 2011, 3:52 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Rats are snake food, no more, no less. -- Submitted By: (BrianBuck) on January 15, 2010, 8:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 @swanpride: Ever hear of mosquitoes? Their death toll makes the rats' absolutely miniscule and there's jack all you can do to get rid of them. It's possible, although very expensive and resource-consuming, to get rid of rat populations, but mosquitoes are here to stay. -- Submitted By: (Maskdt) on January 7, 2010, 11:03 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I really hate rats! Yes, there are other animals which spread deseases (or have the fleas whith the deseases), but those animals don't tend to seek out humans. Other Animals don't traps through the sewers before going through our stocks. Other animals aren't so bold to take a walk direktly in front of the eyes of humans. A rat would even eat a defenceless body, even if the human isn't death yet. Do they even have some use beside being a food resource? -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on November 16, 2009, 2:43 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I think it's not so much that rats are being singled out for spreading disease. All creatures that spread disease are reviled (mosquitoes, flies, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, etc.), even if they're people. There's a stigma against people with HIV or AIDS, and in the middle ages, there was a stigma against people with Leprosy. It's not because people are mean, but because they are afraid of contracting their diseases. But rats also make good pets. Someone I know once had pet rats, and they're not only easy to take care of but very friendly. No hantaviruses or bubonic plague in them. The rat's reputation is not damaged beyond repair, though. The Secret of NIMH had rats as good guys (but only one as a bad guy). -- Submitted By: (Robert) on November 14, 2009, 9:27 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 The moronic Pope Gregory IX declared cats to be the Devil's Familiars and ordered that all cats be killed. With few cats, the rat population soared. Also people at that time were not bathing because of superstition and thus more fleas. The Plague was Darwinism in action, if you ask me. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on November 14, 2009, 1:31 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 It wasen't just rats that the fleas lived on, it was any number of mammals. That rats were so common at time was why people blamed the rats. There all sorts of other factors that spread the plague. As another example, think of how many diseases we can get from farm animals or from other wild animals that we're more likely to encounter such as raccoons, foxes or skunks and yes from each other. Basically, any other person or species that we associate as being around people as much as or more often then being in the wild away from people. I'm not saying rats are all innocent and such. I'm just saying that they have an unfair reputation. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on November 13, 2009, 12:01 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 No rats equals no fleas equals no Plague? Works for me! BTW, I think rats serve two good purposes: providing food for stray feral cats and as subjects for medical tests. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on November 12, 2009, 4:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 By all means, correct me if I'm wrong but wasen't it fleas and other parasites on the rats that spread the Plague? Given how common rats were and how they tended to be close to humans, the rats were an easy scapegoat. However, from what I understand, there were far more factors at work in spreading the plague then the rats. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on November 11, 2009, 4:02 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Rats, while one of God's creatures who definitely have their place in the eco-system (I dunno what), are frighteningly aggressive and hard to control. I've heard stories of rats that are so bold, they would just carry off the box of rat poison in their jaws, instead of eating it. The perfect portrayal of this is in the "DeCon" commercial where this 6-foot man is dressed up in a rat constume, standing in a kitchen, eating peanut butter straight out of the jar and the woman (owner of the house) says: "You disgust me." The rat's reply: "Prove it!" and takes another bite of peanut butter. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on November 9, 2009, 10:58 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Exploding Console, Not an invalid point. However; at least humans have done GOOD things such as create art, literature and find cures for diseases! Have rats done ANY of these things? Don't think so! Count me as saying they boned when they spread the Bubonic Plague to Europe! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on November 7, 2009, 3:59 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Am I the only one that finds it a bit hypocritical that people say that rats spread disease as though they're the only species that does when in fact we humans spread just as many (if not more) diseases to each other? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on November 7, 2009, 11:03 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Well, I have to say rats boned the fish from day one because they are pests! Call Terminix, set up some mouse traps, or plug in a "Riddex Plus!" -- Submitted By: (SVN) on November 7, 2009, 8:36 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Who keeps putting things like this on the site? The only time animals could be on here might be things like Chihuahuas which are trendy pets. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on November 7, 2009, 12:43 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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