Sunday Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN si­mon@ sun­daysport. co. uk

IF you hear a scut­tling com­ing from the loft tonight, be afraid… be VERY afraid…

Be­cause Bri­tain’s homes are be­ing in­vaded by a huge plague of FOOT- LONG mon­ster rats that are in­vul­ner­a­ble to poi­son and can strip the flesh off a scream­ing child in MIN­UTES!

Mil­lions of ‘ su­per rats’ will scurry into house­holds across the UK as wet au­tumn weather drives the ro­dents out of sew­ers and other nest­ing places.

Up to 200 mil­lion crit­ters could gnaw their way into houses, be­fore tak­ing up home in cen­trally- heated lofts.

Ra­zor- toothed

At night, the ra­zor- toothed ver­min will drop from their hid­ing places to DE­VOUR any­thing in their path.

Pest con­trol ex­perts hope the warn­ing will urge peo­ple to take proac­tive steps to pro­tect their homes, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing all sources of food, and keep­ing doors and win­dows shut.

And pest con­trol firms have seen an in­crease year- on- year in calls for ser­vices due to the chang­ing weather and switches from weekly to fort­nightly bin col­lec­tions.

With many coun­cils in­tro­duc­ing cost- cut­ting refuse rounds, there is of­ten over­flow­ing bins on most house­hold doorsteps to at­tract the pests.

But due to a new strain of poi­son- re­sis­tant rats, the pests are dif­fi­cult to ex­ter­mi­nate.

Terry Walker, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of TP ser­vices, a pest con­trol firm in Poole, Dorset, said he is in­creas­ingly called to deal with rats and mice at res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial premises.

He said: “Ro­dents, in­clud­ing mice, are on the in­crease.

“Some peo­ple – par­tic­u­larly those with larger fam­i­lies – tend to store stuff along­side the bins, which be­comes a huge at­trac­tion for rats and mice.

“Also, what we have no­ticed, is a lot of peo­ple – in­stead of hav­ing a bin – put out rub­bish in plas­tic bags. You can see all the rub­bish strewn up the road.

“The ro­dents seem to have a nat­u­ral clock and know what time bins are put out. You see them run­ning out to the bins a few mo­ments after they have been put out.”

The Bri­tish Pest Con­trol As­so­ci­a­tion says a typ­i­cal home has more than a dozen po­ten­tial en­try points for rats.


BPCA tech­ni­cal man­ager Dee Ward- Thomp­son said: “The first ev­i­dence of rats in a home is of­ten noises un­der the floor, or in the walls or loft, as that’s where most will head to once they’re in­side.

“Rain washes rats out of sew­ers and other nest­ing places and, inevitably, they go look­ing for shel­ter in higher ground.

“They’ll try to find some sort of dwelling and that could be lofts, garages or sheds.”

THEY’RE HERE… Foot- long ‘ su­per rats’ are in­vad­ing Bri­tain’s homes

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