Think Murder Hornets Are Bad? Now There Are Hangry Rats!
If you thought "murder hornets" were nightmare inducing, check out what's been happening with your local rodent population. Apparently, due to extended COVID-19 social distancing and stay at home orders, rats are being driven mad by hunger.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Sunday that, due to less foot traffic, which has dried up a significant food resource for these rodents, "Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior."
You heard it right: hangry rats.
In order to keep rats from bombarding human-frequented areas, like restaurants, "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" is strongly encouraged.
Meaning, if you want to keep those hangry rodents from chewing up everything in sight, plus leaving fleas or potential diseases, do your best to make sure your tasty garbage doesn't fall into their greedy paws.
Already, rats have waged war among themselves due to dwindling food supplies, with NBC reporting in April that there's actual cases of rodent cannibalism.
Bobby Corrigan, a rodentologist, chronicled the disturbing behaviors he's seen cropping up in urban vermin populations. "These rats are fighting with one another; now the adults are killing the young in the nest and cannibalizing the pups."
Adds Corrigan, "They’re mammals just like you and I, and so when you’re really, really hungry, you’re not going to act the same — you’re going to act very bad, usually."
So, if you want to avoid these hunger-crazed rats, you may want to seal up your trash real good, plug those holes in your house or business and set up some rodent population control devices.