Center for Disease Control Warning Against Rodents

In a recent advisory posted to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, health officials warned that many rodents rely on food and waste normally generated at businesses that serve food, and especially in densely populated areas. Research has found these rodents are becoming increasingly aggressive and exhibiting erratic behavior as they struggle to scavenge for food sources amid the mass restaurant closures caused by the pandemic.
The CDC went further to add that some areas have reported an increase in rodent activity and that environmental health and rodent control programs need to be prepared for increasing calls regarding unusual or aggressive rodent behavior. Business owners and residents are strongly encourage to prevent attracting these now widely foraging rodents by sealing up access to their buildings and homes, also removal of debris and heavy vegetation, keeping garbage in tightly covered containers and removing long standing pet food sources.
The CDC reminds everyone that rodents carry numerous diseases so its a major issue. Rodents have been posing added problems to many cities in the United States since the outbreak of COVID19. Health officials went on to remind people of the need to follow established protocols whenever cleaning up after suspected rodent infestations to prevent exposure to rodent borne diseases.
Some of which are to wear rubber, latex or vinyl gloves and clean up all rodent urine, droppings, nests and dead rodents using disinfectant of a mixture of bleach and water. Mop floors or spray dirt covered area (such as dirt floors) with disinfectant or a mixture of bleach and water. If the infestation is heavy, wear a N95 disposable dust mask. Remember to disinfect any items that might also be contaminated.

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