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‘Brazen’ giant rats ‘size of rabbits and immune to poison’ taking over UK homes
December 28, 2020
Giant rats "the size of rabbits that are immune to poison" have taken over homes with locals fearing they "can't be stopped".
People in the town of Litherland, Merseyside first noticed the problem in August, saying the problem is ongoing, the Liverpool Echo reports.
One man said the "brazen" creatures would just "roll into his house", and now it seems the huge rodents have returned.
One local called Mrs Lilley said: "Maybe it's a lockdown thing, because we had them last time, and then since lockdown two started, they're back.
"We can hear them in the loft. We've been doing up the kitchen so there's holes in the house at the moment which is how they're getting in.
"They're absolutely huge, like rabbits. And they eat everything.
"They like Wotsits, they like orange Club bars. They took an entire ten-pack of orange Clubs from my side.
"We came down one day, the entire inside of a banana had been eaten. The skin was left in tact, it looked like a full banana, but it was completely hollow inside.
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"So we filled some bananas with rat poison, and after a few days they got eaten but it doesn't seem to have any effect. They're immune.
"We've tried traps, we've tried poison. What do we do now? They can't be stopped."
Sefton Council said it has found "no evidence" to suggest there is an ongoing rat problem in Litherland.
A council spokesman said: "We currently have no evidence to suggest there is an ongoing significant problem in these locations.
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"However, our pest control team has recently resumed the systematic bating of the sewer system, which will help to reduce the rodent population.
"Increase in activity can be due to drainage defects, fly-tipped waste or excessive bird feeding, which can allow rats out of the sewer and provide them with shelter, safety and food sources.
"All household waste should not be disposed of inappropriately but should be contained securely on your property before being placed out at the correct time for collection (7pm the evening before collection).
“We would like to remind our residents if they wish to report any problems or request a treatment, they should call the contact centre on 0345 140 0845.
“Charges may apply for pest control treatments unless the householder can demonstrate that they are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction scheme benefit."