Ravenous rats await restaurant-goers after 2 months of food deprivation, CDC warns

  
Via:  Nerm_L  •  one month ago  •  5 comments

By:   Los Angeles Times

Ravenous rats await restaurant-goers after 2 months of food deprivation, CDC warns
Beware rogue ravenous rats. That's a new health warning from the CDC as rodents starved of restaurant leftovers make themselves known.

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NEW YORK —Beware rogue ravenous rats.

That's the latest coronavirus-tinged health warning from the CDC as the rodents that have been starved of restaurant leftovers these past two months make themselves known.

The CDC is warning that the species, evolutionarily adapted to resort to cannibalism during hard times, could exhibit "unusual or aggressive rodent behavior" stemming from its lockdown starvation diet.

Last month, rodents were seen resorting to open warfare, cannibalism and eating their young in the wake of shutdowns to restaurants and other food sources that they'd relied on.

But that was so April.

Now they're coming for us.

With limited or no service at restaurants and other food-service outlets comes a dearth of food scraps littering alleyways and heaped in dumpsters.

"Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas," the CDC said in recently updated rodent-control guidelines. "Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior."

New Orleans is one of those jurisdictions.

"I turn the corner, there's about 30 rats at the corner, feasting on something in the middle of the street," Charles Marsala of New Orleans Insider Tours and AWE News told CBS News, adding that he had never seen anything like it.

Rat upheaval is common during natural disasters such as hurricanes, the CDC noted. Their populations decline and then rebound as commercial activity returns to normal. The ones that survive are nasty.

It's enough to evoke nostalgia for the days of killer rabbits and angry birds.

But a rat invasion is not inevitable.

"Preventive actions include sealing up access into homes and businesses, removing debris and heavy vegetation, keeping garbage in tightly covered bins, and removing pet and bird food from their yards," the CDC said.

The agency also recommends monitoring and controlling the rat population, servicing rat traps more often and, for residents, sealing up any openings that the critters might breach in search of food that's no longer available elsewhere.


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Nerm_L
1  seeder  Nerm_L    one month ago

Looks like we are living in a 1950s B-movie.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
2  Jeremy Retired in NC    one month ago

It's a matter of cleanliness.  While restaurants were closed it was a PERFECT opportunity to go in and clean the place from top to bottom.  But did they?  I'm guessing that very few did.

 
 
 
TTGA
2.1  TTGA  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    one month ago

Don't know for sure whether they did the total cleaning or not Jeremy.  If they did, it would likely just make the rats hungrier.  The solution to the rat problem, admittedly cold blooded, just add them to the menu.  I've eaten in a lot of restaurants and I really don't think it would make much difference in the quality of the food.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
2.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  TTGA @2.1    one month ago
If they did, it would likely just make the rats hungrier.

And not in that location.  They move to where the food is.  

I've eaten in a lot of restaurants and I really don't think it would make much difference in the quality of the food.

Taco Bell comes to mind.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3  Paula Bartholomew    one month ago

From the movie Demolition Man

  • John Spartan : Que es este carne? [What is this meat?]
  • Hamburger Stand Scrap : Este carne es de rata. [This meat is from rats]
  • John Spartan : Rat? This is a rat burger? [vendor nods]
  • Not bad.  This is the best burger I've had in years.
 
 
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