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Rats Come Out of Hiding Due to Non-Availability of Urban Trash

People all over the world have altered their behavior in order to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus. Major population hubs in the United States have either been in lockdown or devoid of any significant commercial activity. It has been over three months now and we still don’t know when and how the world will move past the pandemic. Lack of commercial community has led to, among various other consequences, an increase in rodent activity in major US cities including Los Angeles. 

Rats Are Now Coming Out of Hiding 

Rats in cities have always been dependent on the urban ecosystem for food, water, and shelter. Now that restaurants, diners, eateries, bakeshops, fast food joints, etc. are either closed or have downsized their operations due to the ongoing pandemic, there is little or no urban trash for rats to live on. Earlier, it was easy for them to feast on leftover food in the backyard of a restaurant or a dumpster. Now, it isn’t. 

Put simply, their lives have changed drastically since there is no street garbage, leftover food, etc. 

This is the reason why hungry rats are now scurrying out of their usual hiding places and venturing forth in broad daylight in huge numbers. Such incidents have been reported from different places in the US and elsewhere in the world. 

Most news reports about rats swarming streets and resorting to cannibalism started pouring in from March this year when the pandemic first hit the US. 

No wonder, in many areas, people who have never had a rat problem in the past, are suddenly forced to cope with hungry critters. 

The CDC Has Issued A Warning Already 

Taking note of the fact that rats in many US cities are resorting to cannibalism due to the non-availability of urban trash, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in May this year had warned of ‘unusual and aggressive’ behavior in American rats. 

What If Hungry Rats Are Around Your Home? 

If hungry rats get a whiff of food in your house, there is a good chance they will look for ways to get in. 

Once inside a house, rats will put in serious efforts to locate food sources and identify travel/escape routes.

Should LA Residents Be Worried?

The growing number and scale of rat infestations in Los Angeles have earned it the 2nd place in the list of rattiest cities in the US. 

Surpassing New York City, Washington DC, and Oakland (San Fransisco), Los Angeles is just behind Chicago in this list. 

So, yes, residents in LA should be worried if they have not conducted rodent-proofing of their buildings, apartment, or homes. 

Rat-proofing is an effective counter-measure against a potential rat infestation even if your neighbors have a rat problem and aren’t serious about tackling it. 

Rats May Invade New Areas 

It is possible that rat populations have shifted during the pandemic. So, areas where rat problems were previously unheard of, may complain of rat problems in the future. 

When rats come out of hiding, they often run into neighboring streets, parks, and residential colonies. So, even if a handful of rats make it to a large apartment building where they find all three things they need – food, water, and shelter – they will most likely grow in number and do so at a rapid pace. 

With time, rats may invade adjoining properties as well if the building they first made their home isn’t inspected and treated by rodent control specialists. There is a reason why experts advise people to fix a rat problem as early as possible. It can grow worse in no time. 

Final Words 

Now is a good time to improve your home hygiene and take steps necessary to keep rats out. 

You can start by eliminating unattended food sources such as pet food around your property. Be sure that outdoor bins are secure, with tight-fitting lids. If there is any garbage on your property, have it removed as soon as possible. 

Put simply, you don’t want to hang a welcome sign outside your home for rats at a time when they are eagerly looking for an alternative to an empty restaurant dumpster. 

Rats can squeeze under a hole the size of a nickel. So, it’d be wise to inspect your home to identify potential entryways. Generally, it is difficult for homeowners to identify and seal such entryways. This is where we can help with our rat-proofing services in the Los Angeles area

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    August 16, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA


    August 16, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    August 16, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    August 16, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    August 16, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    August 16, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    August 16, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    August 16, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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