I saw a video online the other day of an unwanted guest in restaurant on Paris’ Champs D’Elysees. My least favorite pest, a mouse, was comfortably eating away at a “fresh” sandwich. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our favorite rodent from Ratatouille. I recently travelled and bought pastries from similar cases, which stomach knot up. It was rodents, rats and rat fleas, that were responsible for the spread of the bubonic plaque.
Interestingly, the Black Death reached Norway before reaching many parts of Western Europe due to trade routes. The Hanseatic trade routes played a pivotal role in the Black Death arrival in Norway via Bergen. Some accounts place the blame squarely on a British ghost ship that ran aground near Bergen with infected rats and infected rats flea. The Kongevegen, the King’s Road, which travelled from Bergen to Oslo provided a quick path for the plague into west central Norway and beyond.
Another one of my least favorite unwanted guests is the cockroach. A palmetto bug, which looks simliar, is enough to send me into a tizzy and running for higher ground. I see them in our garage occasionally and that is way too much. I couldn’t take it when they were on display at the Bergen Aquarium. They’re so gross and also major carriers of disease.