BLOG: Global warning – larger rats in greater numbers

Researchers caution that global warming will certainly lead to the population of rats absolutely exploding in major cities.

Scientists have shown that the likely 2 degrees of global warming to come this century will be extremely dangerous as the climate heats up, rats will breed faster.

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Cities spend millions of dollars to stop the breeding of rodents. If global temperatures do increase by the projected 2 ° C, then we will expect warmer winters and hotter summer months, all of which is even better for rats.

Rats have a gestation period of 14 days and the babies can start reproducing after a month. This all means that in one year, one pregnant rat can result in 15,000 to 18,000 new rats.

Warmer winters will continue to increase up rat fertility. In New Zealand, 2018 has been one of the hottest years in history and there has been a tenfold increase in rat populations. So is there any hope for us, well researchers propose to combat rats through genetic modification.

Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.

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