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Big Rise in Rats in Cornwall

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6:00am 28th April 2014

The number of rats in Cornwall has jumped by a half in just a year.

There have been more than 300 reports in the Duchy, prompting fears numbers could run out of control.

It includes the two foot long super rat Pirate FM told you about in Penryn.

Jamie Young is a pest controller in Bude. He said: "As a pest controller I am an optimist. But I can only see this problem getting worse - and I don't know how it's going to get sorted.

"My job is becoming very difficult now - especially this last year or so now that we're seeing bait resistance and bait aversion as well.

"For thousands of years we've been trying to kill these fellas off - and we're not doing a very good job of it."

Redruth pest controller Leyland Phillips added: "Rats this time of year is a massive issue. Particularly with the amount of property development that's been happening and the severe weather we've had of late - particularly Penzance and the north of Cornwall as well.

"I feel it's more of the creepiness, the noise. Forgetting about the diseases they can cause to humans. Two o'clock in the morning when you're lying asleep and you hear the scratching noises - it's more of a fright."

Three Things Ways To Keep Rats At Bay

  • Secure bin bags - do not leave them anywhere they can become an easy source of food
  • Pet food should be kept in secure packages or metal containers
  • Do not overfeed wild birds - and clear up spills from bird feeders immediately. Controllers say this is what can cause 99% of rat problems.
6:00am 28th April 2014

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