We’ve been in lockdown for quite some time at this point – most of us probably are feeling pretty cabin feverish. The lockdown, which has kept people off the streets and in their homes, has also created a slightly different problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people about “an increase in rodent activity.” As though this year hasn’t been crazy enough, now there is the worry of aggressive rodents out searching for food. Since there is a major lack of people on the streets, the amount of litter produced has gone down – meaning rats are now facing a food shortage of their own, thus, becoming more aggressive.
As the CDC posted on their website, they warned, “Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas. Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior.”
Wonderful. So it’s looking like June’s Apocalypse Bingo may, in fact, be killer rats. As the Chicago Tribune reported, rodents have been out in droves upon droves searching for their next meal. The animals are predominantly nocturnal, meaning that you will most likely encounter them at night time. Other large urban areas, like Washington DC and Baltimore, saw an increased number in their rodent population in March and April – more calls placed to vermin control were related to rodents.
And in New York, the hungry rats of New York’s famous landmarks were feeling the hit after a sharp decrease in tourists meant that there was a shortage in their normal food supply. In fact, Bobby Corrigan, a rat expert, shared some horrific and grisly details of the city’s vermin with The New York Times. Because of the food shortages, the rats are experiencing, they’re turning on each other in ways that would make “Game of Thrones” characters blush. There are reports of all-out wars between different rat colonies, as well as rats consuming each other’s young!
The CDC’s website has advised people to be wary of possible rats in their areas and to take preventative measures wherever possible to avoid attracting rodents. Some of these safety practices include sealing up access points in homes and businesses and making sure all debris and heavy vegetation are cleared away to prevent rats nesting. Also, perhaps most importantly, making sure garbage is kept in tightly sealed bins, as well as to make sure all pet food is not left out in yards.SKM: below-content placeholder