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Rats, Traps, Bugs and Cutbacks

If ever there was an argument for councils cutting free pest control for the masses then surely the BBCs Panorama programme on Monday 6th August Rats, Traps, Bugs and Cutbacks was it.

Firstly we had a Southwark Council employed pest controller making numerous visits to put poison down in a rat infested bin store just yards from a defective drain, the rats were shown coming and going at their own leisure from the said drain at ground level, was I the only one shouting `fix the bloody drain` at the TV.

Then we had a lady who lets her rabbit run around the garden dragging straw, hay and no doubt rabbit food with it complaining about rats invading her garden at night and finally a guy keeping chickens or some kind of fowl in a pen at the bottom of the garden getting subsidised pest control visits due to rat problems.

Instead of throwing millions of pounds away on rat baiting how about some basic education on the kind of habits that are likely to attract rats into your home and garden, if people persist in throwing scraps of food on the ground, letting bins overflow or scattering bird seed around then they should be liable for any pest control required and not the tax payers in general.

How about we maintain and repair our drainage and sewer systems so that the majority of rats are contained within the networks and where the available food source will determine the size of the rat population, and where incidentally it would be easier to bait and control them.

Rats infest Cheltenham homes after freak rain

HEAVY rain and warm weather have caused a surge of rats to infest homes across Cheltenham.

Thousands of the rodents are building nests close to properties in some of the classiest areas of the town, a pest control expert has warned.

And the problem is getting worse, with some residents now having as many as 600 rats within 20 foot of their homes.

Recent summer rain has been blamed for the sudden increase in the number, with many trying to escape rising water levels.

Phil John.has blamed the recent floods for flushing out the rats and forcing them to find new homes. And he warned that, as developers tried to find new spots to build homes, the situation was likely to get worse.

He claimed that rats were frequently as close as just 6ft away from a residential home, depending on the area.

Mr John, who has worked as a gamekeeper and Government wildlife officer before becoming a pest controller, said he had been called to properties across Cheltenham.

Recent cases have seen him travel to Prestbury, Charlton Kings and Bishop’s Cleeve.

He said: “Rats are never going to be that far away from anyone. I have been to homes where there have been between 400 and 600 rats.

“I have been to deal with cases all around Cheltenham – Bath Road, London Road, The Reddings.

“I have got more rat work now than a few years ago. The councils used to do more but now they have either cut back or have stopped altogether.

“The problem has got worse since the flooding, when we have seen the population of rats increase. Rats have come up from the lower ground and have not gone back.”

He warned that, when old buildings were converted or when farmland was used for development, the rats already living on the land would simply stay on – infesting any new homes constructed on the spot.

“When they start building on land like at Oakley or in Bishop’s Cleeve, there is nowhere for the animals to go,” said Mr John.

“Instead, people are simply creating the perfect habitat for them to breed and survive.”

With the high birth rate, one rat can multiply into 200 individuals within a year.

Barbara Exley, head of public protection for Cheltenham Borough Council, conceded the rodent population was on the rise.

“The general trend is that there are more rats across the country,” she said.

“However in Cheltenham the number of requests for our service is steady, although this does fluctuate depending on the time of year.”

Tewkesbury Borough Council now uses outside contractors to deal with any requests for pest control.

Residential services manager David Steels said: “We have only had one query about rats since the heavy rain, which is typical for this period.

“If someone has a problem, we advise to employ a pest control contractor.”

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Sydney plagued by new breed of ‘super rats’ immune to poison


A new breed of “super rats” immune to poison and too smart to get caught in traps has invaded Sydney.

Dirtier than cockroaches and more voracious than mice, rats are set to become the city’s most-hated pest this winter. Because rats have been baited ever since they arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, they have now become impervious to most commercially available poisons.

And it gets worse — they are also canny enough to steal food from traditional snap traps without getting caught.


Australian Museum naturalist Martin Robinson said, “A lot of suburban rats have been baited for as long as Sydney has been settled, so many populations have become immune to those baits. One of the interesting things is that when they become immune to the bait, they can actually become addicted to it.”

So, how to defeat a legion of super smart rodents buzzing on an overdose of rodenticides? Bacon and fuse wire.

Robinson said bacon rind and other strong-smelling food sources like anchovies were perfect to lure a rat to a trap, while tying the bait down with fuse wire ensured the rodents did not get away without springing the catch.

Two species of rat inhabit Sydney homes — the ground-dwelling sewer rat and the roof rat, which as the name suggests is a much better climber and tends to nest in roof cavities.

Read more: The Daily Telegraph

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