CDC warns of ‘unusual or aggressive rodent behavior’ in search for new food sources

CDC warns of ‘unusual or aggressive rodent behavior’ in search for new food sources
The Bramble Cay melomys, an Australian rat. Queensland Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection

[Ed. – As though there wasn’t plenty else to worry about.]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that rodents are becoming increasingly aggressive as they scavenge for food amid a mass closure of restaurants caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

In an advisory posted to its website, the health agency noted that rodents rely on food and waste generated at commercial establishments such as restaurants. Closures and limits on service have caused rodents to search for new sources of food and to exhibit more erratic behavior.

The CDC said some areas have reported “an increase in rodent activity” and that environmental health and rodent control programs should be prepared for more calls about “unusual or aggressive rodent behavior.”

Residents and business owners can prevent attracting rodents by sealing up access to their homes or buildings, removing debris and heavy vegetation, keeping garbage in tightly covered bins, and removing pet food, the CDC advised.

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