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Rodent Trends During COVID-19

Date posted: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Blog poster: NEHA's Vector Program Committee

Our lives have changed dramatically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have you considered how these changes affect rodent populations in and around many of the major metropolitan cities?

As restaurants have either closed or modified their operations, rodents have had to adapt to survive as well. Vacant structures have allowed rodent populations to grow without any interruption as we focus most of our attention on the COVID-19 response. Businesses that are not food-related are also seeing an increase in pest activity as rodents search for new and available food sources in neighboring structures.

If you work with local food establishments in your current role, you may find the following article helpful. This article gives a better understanding of some of these rodent-related changes.

Lisa Lupo, Editor of "Quality Assurance & Food Safety Magazine," published this article, titled "COVID-19 Spreads Rodents". Ms. Lupo brings in several pest control operators and city officials who are working closely on rodent issues to share real-world examples of these trends.

The article covers several topics, including the following:

  • The effect of reduced human movement on established rodent populations.
  • The effect of restaurant closures on rodent populations.
  • Structural modifications and building maintenance projects have been placed on hold as businesses struggle to meet revenue goals, resulting in rodents accessing empty buildings.
  • How businesses are creating unique eating spaces outside and how this is increasing rodent activity.
  • Helpful reminders about pest proofing and monitoring.

Review more on the Quality Assurance & Food Safety webpage.