July 8, 2020

Important messages bear repeating. In this case, our team is once again banging the drum about rat problems and public health during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Your continued safety is our priority and as confirmed cases of Covid-19 are once again on the rise, we want to be sure that you’re protected from the perfect storm of pandemic-related rat problems.

A Recap

We recently shared the situation causing the unsettling spike in rat populations in major cities around the country. No doubt, you’ve seen (and shuddered at) the news footage from places like New Orleans where rats took to the streets in overwhelming numbers in search of food.

Why did they do this and why wasn’t regular rat control enough?

When businesses shut down and people practiced social distancing, we effectively cut off the typical supply of food that rats count on. Determined to keep their numbers up, rats were emboldened to emerge and seek out new sources of food, regardless of the presence of humans. So committed to their cause, some rats even turned to cannibalism and infanticide to protect their populations as a whole.

At a loss for lunch on the city’s streets, they even moved into residences as calls for rat control spiked in cities like Baltimore. According to The Baltimore Sun, “Frank Simms, the owner of Q Pest Control, said calls about rat infestations in Baltimore City residences have doubled since the beginning of the pandemic, coinciding with Gov. Larry Hogan’s orders closing businesses and restricting social gatherings.”

For those of you thinking the situation will improve once the country has reopened across the board, think again.

The Risk of Reopening

Michael Parsons, a visiting scholar at Fordham University cautions, “Once restaurants are open, you then could have rats in both the new and the old places.”

Cities like Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New York City bear witness to this reality, providing cautionary tales for the rest of the country. Just as Covid-19 is a threat to public health, rat problems also pose significant risks as vectors of diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia, and Salmonella.

The Remedy for Rat Problems

Most rat problems stem from unchecked rat reproduction. We all know rats reproduce at impressive rates, which is why incorporating rodent fertility control is key. Non-lethal ContraPest works in both male and female rats to inhibit contraception and has consistently proven effective at reducing rat populations. Couple ContraPest with other methods in your IPM program and you’ve got a stronger solution set to deliver more lasting results.

The missing piece in your IPM puzzle, ContraPest provides added protection to your customers and our communities. During a time that is already proving challenging to public health, incorporating this innovative tool will help solve your rat problems.

Got questions? Need advice on how best to add ContraPest for a successful rat control strategy? Contact our team or hop online to order your supply of ContraPest direct from the SenesTech Online Store.