CDC warns rats under Coronavirus lockdown could exhibit ‘unusual rodent behavior’

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Amid the flurry of guidelines being announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new report has set off a new alarm for coronavirus-weary Americans.

The CDC issued a new advisory warning that the long periods of lockdowns and business closures across the nation could result in a rise of “aggressive rodent behavior.”

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“Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas,” the CDC reported, noting that rodents normally “rely on the food and waste generated” by restaurants and other food establishments which have been closed or limited in service during the pandemic outbreak.

“Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior,” the CDC continued.

“Conditions that may attract and support rodent presence” are to be eliminated, the advisory noted, recommending “sealing up access into homes and businesses, removing debris and heavy vegetation, keeping garbage in tightly covered bins, and removing pet and bird food from their yards.”

The rise in the number of rats and other rodents due to the pandemic was echoed in an article in The Washington Post which declared that “rats are getting aggressive hunting for food.”

The report published Saturday noted that  that “there have been increased reports of rat cannibalism and infanticide in New York, as well as more rat complaints in residential areas — including in Chicago — as humans produce more food waste at home.”

Back in March, the issue was already a problem in New Orleans where the city ramped up efforts to control the surge as the pandemic began its spread.

“I turn the corner, there’s about 30 rats at the corner, feasting on something in the middle of the street,” Charles Marsala told CBS News, at the time, adding that he’d “never” seen anything like it. The Chicago Tribune reported last month that, without the usual overflowing bins at restaurants and eateries, “rats are resilient and they’ll move into residential homes, eat dog feces, or even cannibalize dead or young rats before they’ll starve.”

Of course, the CDC’s warning of cannibalism, rat battles and rodent infanticide follows panic recently stirred by reports of “murder hornets,” Asian giant hornets that have invaded the U.S. Coupled with the terrifying videos of locust swarms, and the increased reports of UFO sightings, many social media users were looking for a “reboot” of 2020.

Other Twitter users slammed the fear-mongering while some were convinced the Old Testament plagues are being revisited.

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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