CDC warns of “aggressive” rats in locking rodent control guide

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The Centers for Disease Control provided updates orientation on rodent control, and the latest version warns that environmental management programs and pest control services may receive reports of “unusual or aggressive rodent behavior” amid pandemic closures.

The new guidance, which has been updated to reflect pandemic closings, warns that rats may miss restaurant leftovers and commercial garbage, forcing them to disperse to new places in search of food.

“Rodents depend on the food and waste generated by these establishments. The community-wide closings have resulted in a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas, “said the CDC. “Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents seek new sources of food. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in demands for rodent-related services and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior. “

Bobby Corrigan, a rodentologist and urban consultant, said NBC News last month, when rodents face food shortages, they can declare war on other rodent colonies or start cannibalizing.

“It’s like we’ve seen in human history, where people try to grab land and come with soldiers and armies and literally fight to the death to know who is going to conquer this earth. And that’s what’s going on with rats, “said Corrigan. “A new” army “of rats comes into play, and whatever army has the strongest rats, it will conquer this region.”

“They are mammals like you and me, and so when you are really, really hungry, you will not act the same way – you will act very badly, in general,” said Corrigan, who also mentioned that rats are designed to find “food molecules like thermal missiles”.

Inside Edition recently released a video report showing rodents, “emboldened like never before”, swarming a trash can outside a restaurant in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio only told the public the week before that the rodent problem in the city would not get worse, allegedly in response to rat problems in the same place, reports the news agency.

“As New Yorkers, unfortunately, we know far too much about rats. And we are certainly not going to let the situation get worse. We will fight it, “the mayor told reporters at a press conference.

Inside Edition notes in response: “But our camera found that they were still there, and they brought in reinforcements, swarming all over this trash can. “

To reduce the likelihood of coming into contact with rodent-borne diseases, the CDC recommends taking preventive measures, such as “sealing access to homes and businesses, removing debris and thick vegetation, keeping garbage in well covered trash cans and remove pets and birds. the food of their courses. ”

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