COVID-19 Hurting Many Parts of Economy and… Rats?

It’s not a surprise that restaurants are struggling. The businesses are based on population density and high turnover. Many across the nation were shut down, and it’s questionable how many can reopen and make a profit under the new health guidelines. The changes affect the restaurant owners, employees, the communities they serve, and… rats.

Bobby Corrigan, an urban rodentologist, said:

“A restaurant all of a sudden closes now, which has happened by the thousands in not just New York City but coast to coast and around the world, and those rats that were living by that restaurant, some place nearby, and perhaps for decades having generations of rats that depended on that restaurant food, well, life is no longer working for them, and they only have a couple of choices.”

According to Corrigan, they turn to eating each other and their young.  As they search for new sources of food, it turns into conquest for territory.

Corrigan said:

“It’s just like we’ve seen in the history of mankind, where people try to take over lands and they come in with militaries and armies and fight to the death, literally, for who’s going to conquer that land. And that’s what happens with rats  A new ‘army’ of rats come in, and whichever army has the strongest rats is going to conquer that area.”

The situation is getting bad in major urban areas that have many restaurants and used to have lots of people, but were all but deserted during the lockdown.  A video showing rats running the streets of New Orleans went viral a few weeks ago.

The problem is also showing up in Washington, D.C., but there’s a question as to whether it has to do with the economic shutdown or the general business of the town, and if pest control will be effective.

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