‘Oh rats!’: Officials share theories on Outer Banks rodent population spike

OUTER BANKS, N.C. — The Outer Banks are facing an invasion-but this time it’s not the Shibumi Shades.

Rats have begun to take over the area.

According to The Outer Banks Voice, pest control companies have seen a spike in rat populations over the past three or four years.

Officials have a few theories as to why this is developing in the Outer Banks:

  • Development and growth in the area.
  • Tourists leaving trash around.
  • A decrease in natural predators.
  • Vacant homes and businesses during the off-season are a perfect breeding ground for critters.

(WATCH BELOW: Catawba County residents battle rats from trash dumping near their homes)