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Cornwall's Rat Numbers
3:53pm 15th June 2012
Some pest control experts who say they are dealing with more rats in Cornwall, are blaming missed rubbish collections.
The council insists it has not seen any rise since problems with new provider Cory.
Normally the vermin population tends to peak during winter before tailing off in spring.
Steve Clemo runs Hayle firm Pestakill, and says it is more likely to be caused by the recent wet weather:
"A mild winter, followed by a very wet spring, and as you can see, summer. I mean, the water table is up quite high which, alot of the rat population is down under our feet in the sewers and what have you, and they're being forced out of those harbourages."
In a statement, Cornwall Council said: "With regard to the question of an increase in the rat population, the Council's Public Health and Protection officers investigate reports from the public of rat infestations in public areas or a neighbour's garden. However Public Health and Protection have not received an increase in reports to the service over the past few weeks.
"Cory Environmental continues to work closely with Cornwall Council to ensure it delivers an efficient and effective service. Whilst there were teething problems with some aspects of the new service, the vast majority of these have now been resolved and the services are now operating well. Cory is now successfully completing over 99.8% of scheduled collections.
"Residents continue to receive a weekly collection of 'black sack' rubbish and anyone who uses a wheeled bin or standard rubbish bin for storing their waste can continue to do this."
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