The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that some regions of the country are reporting “increased rodent activity” because rats are looking for food sources other than restaurant dumpsters.
“Courts have closed or limited service in restaurants and other commercial establishments to help limit the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said. “Rodents depend on the food and waste generated by these establishments. Community-wide closures have resulted in a decrease in food available to rodents, particularly in dense commercial areas. “
As a result, rats frolic elsewhere – including in residential areas. Given the circumstances, they may even exhibit “unusual or aggressive” behavior, the CDC said.
To avoid rodents and avoid exposure to the diseases they can carry, the CDC says people must make sure that the entrances to their homes or businesses are closed, that garbage is thrown in tightly closed bins and that animal and bird food is removed from the courts.