Coronavirus: Hungry rats grow aggressive when US restaurants stay closed | Instant News

  • The CDC has warned that mice are growing increasingly aggressive amid the corona virus epidemic, and give advice on what people can do to stop infestation in their environment.
  • Rodents usually eat trash in restaurant trash bins, but with many outlets closed or only offering takeout, they are empty.
  • The video was posted on social media, mice roaming the deserted streets of New Orleans and the streets of New York.
  • Pest control officials say that some rats choose cannibalism and infanticide to survive.
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Rats are growing increasingly aggressive in the hunt for food because restaurants throughout the US remain closed to slow the spread of the corona virus, according to a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With many restaurants now only open for takeout services, bins that used to be filled with rubbish and reject rodents that used to party are far more empty – and they are increasingly desperate.

“Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity when rodents are looking for new food sources. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in demand for services related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior,” the CDC said in their release last week.

This suggests that “sealing access to homes and businesses, removing debris and vegetation, storing trash in tightly closed trash cans, and removing pet and bird food from their yards” to ward off pests.

The increased activity of rodents around the housing environment has problems with health authorities, with mice that are known to spread diseases including salmonella and Weil’s disease, according to the Rentokil pest control company.

In several major cities in the US, reports of desperate mice roaming the streets looking for food.

The authorities in New Orleans have launched a campaign to trap and kill mice, reported CBS News, after the video on social media shows rats running through empty streets that are usually filled with people who are happy. The city’s mayor, LaToya Cantrell, said the rats would be “crazy.”

In New York City authorities have promised to step up the war against rats, amid reports of mice swarming trash on 6th Avenue and even using infanticide and cannibalism to survive.

Bobby Corrigan, urban rodentology expert said The Washington Post that a pest expert sent him a photo after a terrible rat battle in Queens. Hungry rat nests have swapped, Corrigan believes. A pile of rat limbs on the sidewalk is what remains.

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