While people are in quarantine and not frequenting restaurants and usually busy shopping areas, the flow of consumer waste has changed.
High traffic public areas which usually have rubbish bins overflowing are now drastically quiet and cleaner. As a result, the usual food sources for rodents are inadequate and they are having to adapt their eating habits.
Rodents are naturally neophobic which means they have a fear of and avoid new objects. It is recommended that bait boxes are put in situ before bait is added to allow the rodent to become familiar with the box or trap. Bait or poison is added later. However, when a rodent is starving the level of rat neophobia will be lower and they will be inclined to try new food. Rodents are eating foods and waste they would not normally eat and as a result are eating baits and poisons they previously avoided so this is a great time to get a pest controller in to control that rodent problem you have.
With restaurants and pubs mostly closed, commercial waste levels have also dropped dramatically. Residential bins however have more waste than normal due to the stockpiling and hoarding consumers have done over the past few weeks. There is over a billion pounds of extra food sitting in people’s homes at the moment. This means that rodents are targeting homes as their new food sources.
Rodents are primarily nocturnal animals but with their quest to find new food sources, rodents are being seen at all hours of the day.