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Rodents in large US cities began to behave differently in times of pandemic. Food is scarce due to the closure of restaurants.
They are more aggressive, they fight among themselves, they look for food during the day and they are migrating en masse in search of food. The worst: they are resorting to cannibalism to survive.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported unusual and aggressive behaviors in rodents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the agency, the closure of restaurants and food houses reduced the amount of waste that usually serve as food for street rats, so the animals began to look for other sources of food.
In the desperate search for food, rats are entering places where they previously did not dare to search for food, such as houses, and they began to fight among themselves fighting for food. "Rats are not becoming aggressive towards people, but towards each otherBobby Corrigan, an expert on urban rodents, points out.
It has also been reported that these animals go out to look for food during the day, being of typically nocturnal habits, and are even migrating en masse, although normally this species does not usually make long trips.
Specialists suggest some measures to avoid attracting the attention of rats and other rodents. Recommendations include sealing the entrances to homes and businesses, keeping garbage in closed containers, and not leaving poultry food in yards.
Experts stress that there is still no evidence that rodents can become infected with the coronavirus or transmit it to humans. However, they can transmit other diseases, so professional assistance is recommended in case of an infestation.