Thursday, August 7, 2008

What's causing that dead rat smell?

...If you are at Orlando International Airport, the answer is dead rats.

According to a story in today's Orlando Sentinel, we just can't shake that pesky aroma of "deceased pests".

Officially, Customs is calling it a "rodent issue".

There are some bright spots to this story, and if I was the PR person for OIA, I would point out:

1. Deceased pests are better than deceased pets.

2. The money allocated toward rat poison was money well-spent.

3. Customs officials and TSA workers get to go home early - Woo Hoo!

4. Bill Kern, a University of Florida entomology professor and urban pest-management specialist, says "odors from dead rats are not a health threat." Never mind that part about the "flies feeding off the carcasses," along with "parasitic mites, and rat urine/feces leading to problems ranging from chigger bites to the spreading of the salmonella bacteria."

5. Some guy named Zachary Mann, spokesperson for Customs and Border Patrol, got to make a funny haha line about "not making a big stink over it."

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