Rats! Pest control business up during pandemic

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While some have seen their businesses close, or revenue halt during the coronavirus pandemic, at least one industry is on the rise.
Clifford Daniels, co-owner of pest control business A Better Bugman , says work is up around 35% during the pandemic and one reason for that is the rat population.
“Last week, we had four or five new customers call me specifically for rats,” Daniels said.
Because restaurants are closing or limiting service, rodents are looking elsewhere for food and shelter.
“They’re moving away from where they normally feed now they’re coming to the residential side,” Daniels explained. “Now they’re starting to get in people’s houses and patios in screen closures.”
Eric Tibbs, who has lived in his Estero home for five years, has never seen rats until now.
In the last three, weeks we’ve had a rat or multiple rats coming to our garage and try to enter the house,” Tibbs said.
Tibbs said he and his wife were in the house when they heard a scratching noise coming from the garage.
“I opened the door, flipped on the lights and saw the tail end of a rat scurry along the wall,” Tibbs …

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