After rodents were deprived of food in a ghost capital filled with empty boxes due to the health crisis, rats invaded homes in search of sustenance.
In the report, published by the French newspaper Le Parisien, the writer, Celine Cares, said that the rats were deprived of snack crumbs in the parks and the usual waste from the streets of the capital, which were almost deserted during the lockdown, and then the Paris rats became hungry. Indeed, many of them migrated to the bottom of buildings, and did not hesitate to approach more and more places inhabited by humans to fill their stomachs.
And on Thursday, in Python-Daferno, one of the largest low-cost housing projects in Port-de-Bagnolet, east of Paris, brown rat carcasses were piled up in cellars, alleys and on bushes. For her part, the sheriff who knows the alleys of the city by heart wore long shoes and rubber gloves and carried a bucket full of rat poison and bait, in order to launch a campaign to combat it, and traps and baits were set up in strategic places.
Kader Issawi, a resident of Python, who is in charge there, said, “Since the closure, the rats approached, and it became disturbing. We saw them with our own eyes in broad daylight under our windows as they headed towards the garbage bins, some of them even entered the halls. I saw them down the stairs and never before.” I have seen something like this before. “
If rats are present all over Paris, then Port-de-Bagnolet is undoubtedly one of the main “hotspots” in the capital, as well as a dilapidated city, making it the subject of a major urban renewal project. Maxim Sauvage, the first deputy mayor responsible for city policy and the local, social and environmental impact, attaches great importance to the rat problem and does not “underestimate” the matter.
“We did not remain idly by during the lockdown, as the rodents head to where there is food, not only at the foot of the houses, but also in the empty corporate restaurants,” said Djerano Gennad, head of the BHash S Rat Control Company.
The number of mice
Scientists question the link between the number of mice in Paris and the closure, according to the researcher at the Museum of Natural History who specializes in mice, Ud Lali, saying, “It is not possible to count the number of mice in normal days, and saying that their number is 6 million seems an exaggeration.”
Contrary to what we imagine, it is possible that the number has decreased as the rodents regulate themselves. If there is not enough food available, you can eat each other. It is likely that in recent months, people have seen hungry rooftop mice from their windows. Simply the mice became more visible to them, and maybe the number of mice in Paris had not increased and all that was it was that they no longer hesitated to approach.
The author asked Anias Lovran, head of the Parisian environmental health service responsible for the “rats” file, to find out whether the lockdown had changed the way the mice lived. The specialist said that the lockdown affected our lifestyle as well as the rats’ lifestyle.
The human presence on the public highway decreased, the exit to the parks decreased, the number of food carts decreased in the streets, and the waste became less, prompting the rodents to adapt to this.