With limited service at restaurants across the country, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of heightened rodent activity.
“Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas,” the CDC website says.
“Rodents rely on the food and waste generated by these establishments,” the CDC said, adding that areas “have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food.”
The CDC said rodent control programs may see a spike in service requests and “reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior.”
Some context: It is not uncommon for the rodent population to decline and swell during natural disasters.
The CDC says during these times, it is important to continue to practice safe rodent control like removing food sources, water and shelter for rodents.
Garbage should be disposed of frequently and areas with signs of rodent activity should be thoroughly cleaned.