Rats vs rats

Thomas Glavich tglavich@sbcglobal.net
Thu, 02 Sep 2004 20:21:54 PDT
As a resident of Altadena, just north of Pasadena.
Rats are Rats, and palms are notorious homes for them.  Many palms have an ugly aluminum skirt about eye height to keep the rats out.  Grey squirrels are here in abundance as well, but they don't seem to nest in palms much. I've seen them both running across the walls behind my house.
We still have the sparrows, and in more recent times large flock of ferral parrots, screeching through the morning sky.

Cynthia Mueller <c-mueller@tamu.edu> wrote:

.....>I seem to recall from the halcyon days of my undergraduate
>in Pasadena, California that the palms lining some streets were (so
>the story goes) infested with "tree rats." Allegedly, these would
>set up housekeeping in the tangle of dead fronds near the top of
>each palm....

Well, when I was a girl in South Pasadena, California, the palms were
infested with English sparrows. Surely the two life forms can't coexist
in the same palm tree....these tall specimens had huge caps of dead
fronds and thatch, covered over with the adult version of English ivy -
very different from the juvenile type below in the groundcover and
flowerbeds. The adult ivy had much larger leaves, and long, dangling
bouquets of sickly yellow-green blooms and pollen (said to be

And, in Galveston and elsewhere along the Texas coastline, palm trees
are said to be infested with "palmetto bugs" the largest and most
vigorous of the roach tribe in Texas....several inches long....very

It doesn't seem as though palm trees have had much good publicity. We
have to admit, though, that the residents of palms - rats, English
sparrows and palmetto bugs - are real go-getters. They can certainly
survive almost anything.

Cynthia W. Mueller

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