Super-confident rats are invading UK homes through toilets and mailboxes after breeding soars and food shortages at lockdown, the pest control firm says
- Rentokil, a pest control company, said the lockdown made rats feel confident
- Compared to the last six years, stakes in services have increased by 22%
- Rats have gained confidence with fewer people on the street and less food
Super-confident rats are invading UK homes through toilets and mailboxes after breeding has risen sharply and food has become scarce in the lockdown.
Pest control company Rentokil said the March-June embargo had caused rats to become more confident.
According to the Evening Standard, the number of service calls has increased by 22 percent compared to the average summer number over the past six years.
Rentokil, a pest control company, said rats became more confident during the lockdown and had cases of coming through toilets in homes in the UK (picture in stock).
The creatures entered homes in the UK through toilets and, in one case, through a mailbox, the company said.
You have gained the confidence to enter homes across the UK with fewer people on the street and less food waste to clean up.
The rat populations increased during the initial lockdown and their nests are now overcrowded.
Paul Blackhurst, director of the technical academy at Rentokil Pest Control, said that with the rat population growing, it is possible that more companies could see an increase in rodent activity.
The company says the increase could be due to last year's mild winter, which may have extended the breeding season
This could lead to increasing numbers of rodents coming into the house for food and water as the temperature drops.
The rodent gained confidence to enter homes across the UK with fewer people on the street and less food waste to remove (picture in stock).
A company spokesman said regional lockdowns could mean rats continue to be sighted.
This is because they continue to "look for food near homes and vacant business premises".
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