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Exterminator says he's receiving more house calls for rodent infestation since stay-at-home order was announced

Posted at 6:14 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 18:19:22-04

BALTIMORE — Frank Simms has been busy responding to residential homes and apartments for rodent control. The owner of Q Pest Control says rats in particular are on the move.

"There’s less trash in restaurant dumpsters," said Simms. "They're going to be looking for easy meals. So they’re going into people trash cans, especially the trash cans that don’t have any lids on."

A prime example of what rodents are attracted to was in an alleyway near E. Baltimore Street and E. Conklin Street.

"This is what rodents are looking for," said Simms. "More people are staying home so they're producing more trash."

He also pointed out holes in area fences, walls, and the ground that show where rats have been. He says when food is scarce, rats have even been known to climb exterior brick walls.

"It’s also about being quiet at night," he said. "There’s less people on the streets so the rats feel more aggressive, they feel more comfortable being out on the streets so they’re climbing areas where they don’t normally climb because it’s quiet at night."

Simms who has been in business for more than 20 years says it's not just areas of East Baltimore seeing more rodents. He's also taken calls from residents in Baltimore County.

If you have a rodent infestation problem you're encouraged to call Baltimore City's 311 line and contact an exterminator.