She initially studied ornithology however shifted course when she realized the restricted skilled alternatives for fowl specialists, and commenced working in pest management within the early Nineties. “It was really a good old boys’ club,” she stated, interrupted by her whining Newfoundland pet, Karina (named for the Bob Dylan music).
During the pandemic, Dr. Gordon stated, the rats successfully took over New York. “This year there is a rodent population in places I’ve never had problems,” she stated, noting that buildings with pandemic-shuttered floor ground eating places have been as challenged as more publicized outdoor dining spaces, if no more so. “A restaurant closes and the rat has to get their food somewhere so they go up. A rat eats an ounce of food a day.”
One consumer, she stated, left a rental in Boca Raton, Fla., unoccupied through the first months of quarantine. When the homeowners returned, three dozen rats have been residing within the condo with litters of child rats nestled of their clothes drawers. The couple has since launched into a intestine renovation.
“Moths don’t get as much attention as rodents,” Dr. Gordon stated, “but they should and they’re definitely on the rise.” (Climate change, she stated, can be an element; moths thrive in hotter climate. )
Lloyd Garten, the president of Select Exterminating Company, which focuses on “high end residences” and companies in Manhattan and Long Island, concurred. “We’ve seen a tremendous increase in clothing moth complaints in the last six months,” Mr. Garten stated. “Really, really dramatic, to the point that we have specialists running all over the city every day for moths, which wasn’t always the case.”
He was not shocked. “Clients are in the Hamptons all of Covid, they’re not wearing the suits to work, then they’re coming back into New York and moving the clothing around and finding webbing and damage,” stated Mr. Garten, 67 and a grandfather of 12. “Before they were cycling through their garments the insect wasn’t producing. A lot of people always had webbing clothes moths, maybe a few, but left uninterrupted with the temp at a constant and the lights off, it’s an ideal situation.”