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Hungry Rats Out During The Day

A significant group of pests that have become emboldened by the lockdown are rats. These pests are nocturnal creatures and usually avoid human contact. Which means you will very rarely see rats out during the day. But, because food sources are becoming scare, these pests are now more active outside in daylight hours.

Rats often survive by scavenging from restaurants and the bins behind them. According to experts, with most restaurants closed, rats are now sneaking into homes in search of food. Rat colonies are migrating away from the commercial food premises where they may have lived for generations.

The public need to bring all their best lockdown pest prevention measures into force now.

Sightings of rats out during the day are increasing

This has been confirmed by pest control specialists, who say there is an enormous increase in rat activity. In fact, these experts have seen a 50% increase in rat related call outs since the lockdown was implemented.

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Rats are also entering into homes because some people have chosen to stockpile food. These stockpiles are attracting rats and other vermin. Bin collections have also been happening less frequently in some areas. This provides an opportunity for rats to scavenge.

Another cause of rats out during the day is the fact that fewer people are out on the streets. This means that there is less litter, and with fewer overflowing leaving hungry rats with less to eat in public spaces.

According to scientists, because rats are struggling to find food, they are now fighting amongst themselves. It is reported that some are even having to resort to cannibalism with smaller rats being eaten first. It has been suggested that now is the perfect time to institute control measures. This is because hungry rats are more likely to be attracted to baited traps.

It’s important that you deal with them quickly

There are various and complex reasons why London rat problems are getting worse. Rats can cause untold damage to your home. If you see rats out during the day you should immediately:

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  • Place any stockpiled food into sealed plastic containers.
  • Keep your outdoor bins tightly shut with locking lids.
  • Seal up any cracks or holes that rats can use to enter your home.
  • Keep your kitchen and home as clean as possible.
  • Cut back any overgrowth in your garden where rats could nest.

Also keep your garden clear of rubbish as rats love to hide in garden refuse and clutter. If you’re having issues with rats out during the day, it’s best to leave this problem to a professional. These pests spread disease. They have been known to attack humans and can be extremely dangerous. Which is why you really don’t want to handle this yourself.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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