Rats Are Becoming Aggressive Hunters in Our Absence
In a new advisory from the CDC, they say that in our absence, rats and rodents have become more aggressive while scavenging for food.
ATLANTA — In a new advisory from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, they say that in our absence rats and rodents have become more aggressive while scavenging for food.
The CDC said on its website that, 'Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas.'
They added that 'some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food.'
The advisory continued with, 'Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior.'
So, what can we do to defend ourselves from this potential new threat? The CDC urges residents and restaurant owners to seal up holes where hungry rats could get inside and also to clean up any garbage or debris.
Offering official advice, they said 'Follow established guidelines when cleaning up after rodent infestations to prevent exposure to rodent-borne diseases.'
Because we're confined to our homes, our lack of littering has even forced some urban rats to turn to rodent cannibalism.
Bobby Corrigan, an urban rodentologist, told NBC News last month, 'They're mammals just like you and I, and so when you're really, really hungry, you're not going to act the same — you're going to act very bad, usually.'
'So these rats are fighting with one another, now the adults are killing the young in the nest and cannibalizing the pups.'
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