May 28, 2020

As we return to some semblance of normalcy with businesses reopening and states easing restrictions, make no mistake — residential rat control is of utmost importance. Typically, we always emphasize the importance of rat control ahead of the spring season. The global pandemic has made that emphasis even more critical. Think of underlining a phrase that is already bold-faced… and then putting it in all caps.

So, why does spring + global pandemic = dire need for residential rat control?

We’re glad you asked…

Springtime Inspires Rat Romance

Despite the social distancing measures encouraged as a protective response to the global pandemic, rats are one species that use this season to get… super close. That closeness proves particularly problematic when you consider the following:

  • Female rats are sexually mature at two months old, ovulating up to 12 eggs every four days for an approximate total of 1,095 eggs annually. Male rats are even faster (pun intended), reaching sexual maturity at a mere four to five weeks.
  • Although female rats average a one-year life span, during that time they can produce up to six litters of anywhere from five to 12 pups.
  • Bring a male and female rat in close proximity to each other and that single pair could produce a whopping 15,000 pups by next spring.

Why spring?

Springtime sees an uptick in rat populations as the warmer weather provides them with more readily available food and water sources.

Part of that availability comes from nature and also from humans as we venture out, eager to bask in some sunshine and celebrate longer days, too.

Enter the pandemic…

Population Chaos, Courtesy of Covid-19

Knowing what you now know about rats, consider the Covid-19 closures that shuttered businesses and kept people at home. What that meant was a significant loss of an important food source for rats: human activity. Our normal activities — going out to eat, visiting amusement parks, attending concerts, taking our kids to zoos, carnivals, and sports events — produce an important by-product for rats: food waste. When we stayed home, that by-product disappeared, resulting in a food shortage.

This shortage caused rats to take to the streets — quite literally and in alarming numbers — in search of alternative food sources. Increasingly aggressive, rats have begun entering residences in their search for sustenance, which is why now more than ever, everyone needs residential rat control.

But what happens when the pandemic is over and life goes back to normal?

First of all, none of us can say when that will be or what “normal” will look like. However, what we do know is, once the pandemic is resolved, with businesses resuming usual hours and activity, the rats will increase reproduction, now fueled by suddenly abundant food sources. When that happens, we will inevitably witness a sharp spike in rat populations… and sightings.

We’re all aware that timing is everything. Fortunately, SenesTech recently launched both its Residential Solutions and the SenesTech Online Store, an e-commerce platform that makes ordering ContraPest direct super easy for homeowners.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have much choice but to combat Covid-19 with reactive measures, with varying degrees of success. However, since we do know what it takes to combat rat populations, we have the advantage and can choose ContraPest as a proactive approach and our best rat control strategy.