RESIDENTS have seen rats scurrying through their homes and cars during a sudden surge in “mass infestations”.
The rats appear to be in a similar situation to those who lost their homes after Hurricane Ian devastated parts of the United States.
The surge in sightings has hit Cape Coral, Fla., as the feisty creatures seek new homes in people’s homes.
According to the CDC, the rodents tend to migrate to new areas after natural disasters in search of food, water, and shelter.
They are attracted by piles of rubble and trash on city streets and enter houses through damaged roofs, still covered with tarpaulins after the storm.
A host of concerned homeowners shared their frustration with the pest situation with NBC 2.
“I just keep my doors closed more than usual and watch out for them,” said resident Benjamin Bouchard.
Bouchard is among many who have had to secure their homes after the influx of unwanted visitors.
Another resident told the news outlet, “I definitely saw a lot of rats trying to scurry around my car, I had to kick a few… it’s not good.”
Truly Nolen, a pest control company, noted that rat infestations have increased sharply since the hurricane.
“For noises you’ve never heard before, any noises in your ceiling or walls, please consult a professional so we can give you the best idea of what’s going on,” said Aaron Gutzdorf, a Representative from Truly Nolen.
Gutzdorf advised homeowners to do their best to seal any small entrances that rats might use to get in.
“They’re just trying to find a new home because they lost theirs,” he said, adding that you should also check your plumbing.
Rat infestations can lead to serious health complications, according to PestWorld.
“The accumulation of feces from mice and rats can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans,” the organization reported.
“Moreover, rodent droppings can transmit diseases and viruses.”
Residents facing a rat infestation are advised to seek professional help as soon as possible.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7171066/mass-rat-infestations-hurricane-ian-florida/ Disgusting images show a surge in mass rat infestations as residents find bugs scurrying through cars and crawling inside homes