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CDC warns that the pandemic may be causing rodent infestations

CDC warns that the pandemic may be causing rodent infestations
Posted at 9:38 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 18:29:12-04

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning that the coronavirus pandemic is causing rodent outbreaks in areas that might not otherwise see them.

According to the CDC, rats, mice and other rodents typically congregate in dense commercial areas, as they rely on food waste from restaurants and other establishments to survive. But because the pandemic has either shuttered or drastically reduced restaurants' business, the rodents have been forced to find other sources of food.

"Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior," the CDC wrote on its website.

In addition to being unsightly and messy, rats and mice can carry illnesses that can be transmitted to humans with a bite or a scratch.

In order to keep rats and other pests away, the CDC recommends that homeowners and landlords take a few precautions.

  • Seal access to homes and businesses
  • Remove debris and heavy vegetation from yards
  • Make sure garbage stays in tightly-sealed receptacles
  • Remove pet and bird food from yards.
  • When cleaning up after rats and rodents, spray EPA-approved flea repellant

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free, but if have insurance they will bill
  • No screening criteria

Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27
Mojave Veterans Hall
15580 O Street, Mojave
Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin
5th District Drive-Thru at The Prado Senior Center
2101 Ridge Road



County-Provided Sites
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  • Operating with existing provider

Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
  • For Registration: Text the word "testing" to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
  • No Drive-Thru option
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital (Coming Soon)
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa
  • No Drive-Thru option

Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561