Rats can grow to the size of a domestic cat and have teeth so powerful they can gnaw their way through the walls of your house. According to Malcolm Radley of Rentokil, one rodent the length of a domestic cat was recently found in Darlington, County Durham.
Barrie Sheard, chairman of the National Pest Technician’s Association (NPTA) says we only have ourselves to blame. He said “A lot of piping in modern homes is increasingly becoming plastic and they can get through that no problem.”
Recently, the chief executive the association, John Davison issued this chilling warning: “It’s a grave problem. The way this is growing it is going to give rise to some kind of public health risk.”
One reasons for rodent explosion is that more councils charging for domestic rodent work – Ealing charges £60 for three visits. The problem in Southall is so widespread that it’s hard to envisage how it can be eradicated by one, or even two visits by the council to individual properties. It is high time Ealing council recognised this serious problem and started taking measure that are aimed at dealing with the rat problem, rather than letting residents pay for something which even the Ealing Pest Control officers know is not going to be effective.
And I wonder why the so called Street Wardens in Southall have failed to bring this potentially explosive issue to the notice of Environment Services? Some residents have speculated that the Wardens have been gobbled up by the super rats.
Perhaps the real answer lies in the fact that we are talking about Southall….