Pest infestations will invade British households this winter as lockdown restrictions mean a shortage of takeaway scraps to feast on, experts warn.
Rats, mice and cockroaches are among the most common rodents and insects that find shelter and food in our homes as the temperature plummets every year.
But record numbers are expected to leave the streets as the Covid-19 restrictions hit restaurants and takeaways – and the amount of thrown-away food the pests normally eat is declining dramatically.
Rune Sovndahl, CEO of the home services company Fantastic services, believes demand for its pest control experts will skyrocket in the coming months.
He said, “Many of us have unwanted pests in the house every winter as we seek a warm place to hibernate and a source of food.
“However, I expect to see more mice, rats and cockroaches seeking shelter than ever before because of the impact the Covid-19 restrictions have had on our shopping streets.
“Usually restaurants, takeaways and bars provide the perfect place for pests to nest in the colder months.
“But the pandemic has forced many of these companies to restrict or shut down their trade.
“This will force pests to seek alternative accommodation as the temperature drops, and our households will be a very attractive option for them.
“The best ways to keep unwanted visitors at bay is to keep your house clean, secure small holes on the outside, and keep your eyes peeled for telltale clues like feces or chewed debris.
“The sooner you deal with signs of pest invasions, the more likely you will stop them from reproducing and the later an even bigger problem will arise.
“It is better to prevent a pest problem than to deal with one.”
Mice and rats are a year-round problem for British households, but become more of a problem in the winter.
Although the rodents do not hibernate in the colder months, they often leave outdoor shelters such as fields and construction sites to go in for warmth and food.
Cockroaches and black garden ants are also among the most common critters to invade homes at this time of year.