Since the onset of the pandemic, reports of cannibalism and infanticide have increased in New York, as well as more rodent complaints in residential areas – including in Chicago – as people produce more trash at home eating. Riding on rat troops, including a camera caught glaring at New Orleans’s empty streets, belonged to the CDC, saying rodents could carry the disease.
The CDC advises home and business owners to cover garbage cans, place birds and pets out of reach and seal small-hole rodents that can enter buildings. If people follow established hygiene guidelines, they can avoid exposure to rodent-borne diseases, according to the agency.
“Some jurisdictions have reported increasing rodent activity as rodents look for new food sources,”; the CDC said. “Health control and care management programs may see an increase in rodent-related service requests and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior.”
In cities trying to combat extreme issues, such as Washington, pest control workers are classified as important. The District of Columbia had more than 800 calls about rodents in the last month, according to city data 311.
Rats can transmit food-borne diseases such as salmonella, and their urine can also exacerbate allergies and asthma, especially among children, Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist at the National Pest Management Association, previously told The Post.
Townspeople Bobby Corrigan added reports of aggressive rodents when the pandemic began. He said as restaurants closed, rats had to adapt to find new food sources. In late March, he called on other pest experts to share their findings in their area.
Corrigan told The Post that a pest expert had sent him a picture after a stunning rat fight in Queens: A nest of rats was left to look for food in their usual city block of restaurants but turned up to each other when they couldn’t find enough scraps, Corrigan believes. A pile of rat limbs on the sidewalk was all that was left.
“Many of the rats in our cities depend on their nightly food, which is the restaurants and hotels and bars and donut shops and everything we eat,” Corrigan said.
Corrigan said rats are “opportunistic for predators,” as reliable sources of food mice are gone, rodents are looking for new menu options. To keep rats from eating in your home, he advises following CDC guidelines, securing food properly so that rats do not come. He advises people to avoid deadly traps or poisons.
“Don’t deny them the opportunity, and you wouldn’t even know they visited your property,” he said.