With Food Supply Dwindling, Rats Grow Aggressive

Tim Ryan
May 26, 2020 - 8:58 am

    Gone are most overflowing dumpsters and trash cans behind restaurants, breweries, parks and other gathering spots as the coronavirus pandemic has kept many public spaces closed for months. One unintended result: there is less food available for rodents and rats are becoming more aggressive.

    “Their resources are shrinking so their little islands of food have become very small,“ says Jenn Paz, operations director at Ratical Rodent Rescue in Vallejo. “It’s not surprising that rats would start to get aggressive with each other.”

    But she says that while that may sound scary to humans, the rats are more of a threat to one another than they are to us.

    “They’re just gonna lower their numbers; basically they’re going to become aggressive with each other,” says Paz. “And then there’ll be less animals breeding, less animals reproducing, so their numbers will get down to the amount of food they have."

    Paz says eventually the rodent population will balance itself out as nature does its work. 

    There have also been more reports of rat infiltrations in people’s cars, which are more likely to be sitting in the garage. Experts say even if you are not driving as often, it is a good idea to start the engine from time to time to scare rodents away before they start to munch on electrical wires.