Pest controllers have seen an increase in calls for help as Lockdown is driving the hungry rodents out of the city centre into our homes.
Exterminators warn the closure of Britain’s restaurants, pubs and nightlife is sending rats from the city centre to residential areas in search of a meal.
It is thought the waste left behind from regular footfall has dwindled since stay at home orders have been in place and is forcing the famished rodents to scavenge elsewhere.
Experts caution that that hungry pests are sneaking under doors, through cracks and up drains in search of food.
Giulio de Lucis, owner of Best4Pests Nottingham said: “Pest controllers around the country are reporting increased rat activity with the lockdowns.
“I’m pretty certain it’s due to the pubs/bars/nightlife being closed and then the takeaway food and waste that would normally be left behind driving rats out of town and city centres in search of food.
“The lockdowns have changed there behaviour on where they have been going for food and its definitely more around domestic properties.”
Since the first Lockdown there have been an increasing number of calls to exterminators reporting rodents infesting homes and gardens.
Lisa Rodgers of Hyson Green, 36, said that the hungry rodents have been a regular pest for her during Lockdown: “They have been a huge pain in my a**.
“During the first lockdown I thought I’d try to sort out my garden, until this huge rat scurried across the bush and I quickly changed my mind.”
“I thought it would go away but you could hear it eating from my drain every morning.”
After calling an exterminator to take care of the problem, Lisa was irritated when another hefty rodent began to occupy her garden.
“Since the latest lockdown another ones moved in now, I can hear them every morning at my drain, they’re horrible.”
“You see loads of massive rats all over the Arboretum now the students are gone.”
Some residents have reported that the Arboretum has become a hotspot for the rodents since the Lockdown.
Keith Turner, resident by the Arboretum said: “You can see quite a few most days, they are a lot more shy that the squirrels but still lots about.”
“It’s just been really noticeable as I’ve lived next to the arboretum for eight years and last year was the first time I’ve seen them in these numbers.”
“I like the theory that they have been starved out of the city centre by the lockdown, but can’t say if that’s true. Lots of people feed the ducks, squirrels and pigeons in the park though as well as access to more natural food, so it does make sense.”
Ryan Burton, owner of Pest Force South Nottingham advised people to avoid attracting rodents into their gardens by avoiding the use of bird feeders, leaving standing water in gardens and advised people to maintain a clean garden to avoid giving rodents a place to hide.
Mr Burton suggested that other factors in addition to lockdown like warmer winters are not killing of the rodent population and recent rainfall forcing the rodents above ground are also to blame for the increase in activity.
He also said that the stay at home orders have led to people noticing more things they otherwise overlook: “With the lockdowns a lot of it has been because people are at home a lot more they are seeing and hearing things that they wouldn’t normally see when they were out at work, so we have been getting a lot more calls from people who have seen rats in there gardens.
“But it’s fairly common especially in a city to have rats passing through gardens looking for food and things they will go up to a two mile radius of where they are nesting to look for food”
“So it might have been that the rats have been coming through the gardens for a long time but people didn’t see them as they were out at work so now they are home they are seeing them but it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s more rats around.”