Did Hurricane Sandy Affect Baltimore’s Rat Population?

Baltimore Flooding

This image is from flood waters during Hurricane Isabel.

According to an article in Bloomberg Business Week, New York City’s rat population survived, and potentially thrived in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The same is true in Baltimore and other cities along the Atlantic coast.

According to the article:

“They’re a jack of all trades when it comes to locomotion,” says Rick Ostfeld of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. “They can’t sprint, but they run well; they’re not Michael Phelps, but they’re strong swimmers; and even though they don’t have prehensile tails, they climb well. They do it all.”

Ostfeld notes that rats can easily swim a couple hundred yards. In fact, he says, “one of the ways that rats have dispersed around the world is by jumping off of ships and swimming to shore—the proverbial ‘rats leaving a sinking ship’ is actually based on reality.”

Make sure that your home and family are protected from rodents – and the diseases that they carry – by eliminating any debris or standing water surrounding your house.