Boom time for New Zealand's rats as lockdown gives them free rein in cities

Boom time for New Zealand's rats as lockdown gives them free rein in cities With pest controllers in lockdown and a population surge last year, the vermin are free to wreak havoc in populated areas, and on native wildlifeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSurrounded by ancient rimu trees and the sound of chirping pīwakawaka, Tame Malcolm brings in his second rat of the day from the dense undergrowth of his Auckland backyard. That’s four pests for his tally today – with only a few hundred thousand or so to go.“It’s the first time my whānau [family] have got to see me doing pest control. I’ve been teaching the whānau that we do… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/18/boom-time-for-new-zealands-rats-as-lockdown-gives-them-free-rein-in-cities-aoe