OVERRUN WITH RATS: Fears flooding will wash out vermin
50 vermin being caught on a weekly basis, but may be more
FLOODS are threatening a county-wide rat epidemic as reports of infestations grow, according to a pest control expert.
Business has been booming for Paul Bryant of A-Bee Pest Control in Chalfont St Giles since last winter’s floods which he says ‘pushed the rats’ to ground level.
The latest infestations have plagued Seer Green allotments and Blizzards Yard car park in Chalfont St Giles. Mr Bryant expects this to spread toward Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross if the county experiences heavy rains.
He said: “It does not take too much to push water out the drains and it pushes the rats out as well. I’m catching a dozen rats per garden along Amersham Road and I’m getting more rats now in Gerrards Cross. I’m putting boxes down and getting through a hell of a lot of bait there.”
The creatures have been seen scurrying around the recycling bank at Blizzards Yard car park this month.
Parish councillor Gordon Patrick says the latest infestation is because of people throwing waste on the floor.
He told a parish council meeting on Wednesday, January 7: “We have got a rat infestation in the village. After Christmas people could not be bothered to go round to the tip and dumped their waste near the recycling area in the car park.”
Mr Patrick says the situation has become a ‘health problem’ and rats, which were ‘big fellas’, swam through the flood waters at the site last winter.
Mr Bryant says the problem affects the whole of south Bucks and has been created by poor drainage systems. He catches about 50 rats a week plus the extra unknown number he poisons.
“And I’m just a oneman band,” he added. “That is a fraction of what the big companies are getting. It went off about a month after the floods and it really picked up. Business has been regular and steady since.”
Seer Green Allotment Association is set to clear its site to help alleviate a rat problem.
CDC spokeswoman Viv Saunders said the environmental health team is investigating the problem at Blizzards Yard car park and has checked the recycling bins, which are clean and in good condition.
She added: “Rest assured, we fully appreciate people’s concern and will do everything we can to address this matter.”