Rise of the rats
Scurrying in the shadows and lurking under the streets, you can be sure that in any place where there are humans, there are almost certainly rats.
Known for their fierce survival instincts and preference for urban sewers and human dwellings, the damages that rats bring about should not be taken lightly. Besides damaging foodstuffs, rat infestation could cause food poisoning and fatal leptospirosis.
In city centres like Kuala Lumpur and Penang, some experts say there are as many rats as there are humans, while more conservative estimates put the ratio closer to one rat for every four humans.
To full understand how the rise of the rats has happened, you must understand the staggering rate that they reproduce.
Swipe the images below to see how quickly two rats can breed in an ideal environment
Rentokil saw an increase in rat-related enquiries from 2016 to 2017. In both years, there were spikes of rat call-outs in Apr and Aug.
Based on enquiries made to Rentokil until September 2017.