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COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate

CDC warns about "aggressive" rats

In the pest control business, we usually consider rats and mice getting into homes and other buildings as more of a problem in the fall, when they're looking for and provisioning their winter homes.

This year, however, we're getting a lot more rodent calls than we usually would this time of the year. The reason is that coronavirus-related restaurant shutdowns and restrictions have made rats and mice more desperate for food. Fewer people dining in restaurants means less garbage being produced, which in turn means that rodents have to search harder for food.

Rats in particular seem to be working harder to get into garages, where many people feed their pets or store their pets' food. Even if there's no food in the garage, however, rodents can smell food aromas coming through the loosely-fitting garage doors, and they follow the scent to the food.

Poorly-adjusted garage doors that don't seal tightly against the pavement make it especially easy for rats and mice to get inside; but even if the doors are properly-adjusted, rats and mice can gnaw through the weather stripping on the bottom of the door if they're desperate enough. And right now, they're pretty darned desperate.

If you're having a problem with rats or mice, please feel free to contact us for a professional inspection and quote. We provide safe, non-chemical rodent control in all of our service areas.

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