HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Marsh rats are storming Hilton Head Island, and pest-control companies are being besieged with calls to get rid of them.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that critter management director of operations Billy Karijanian said he has dispatched crews to every plantation almost every day to trap the rats, and also to repair homes to make sure they don't get inside. He said the crews are working 50 to 60 homes a week.
Karijanian said the population has exploded because of last winter's warm weather and an abundance of rain this year.
John Kaiser with Island Pest Control on Hilton Head contends the marsh rat population has not changed. He and Tony Mills of LowCountry Institute say people are just seeing more of them because high tides have driven them from their marsh homes into nearby residences.