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article imageRats Now Outnumber People In Britain

By Debra Myers     Oct 28, 2008 in Environment
Experts say certain areas of Britain have seen significant rises in rat infestations in the last year, and the number of rats now outnumbers the human population. The rise is being blamed on flooding, mild winters and large amounts of food waste.
UK - It's estimated that in Britain there are around 60 million people. The rat population is now exceeding the human population, at between 65 million to 80 million of the rodents.
It's believed that the reasons vary for this increase in the rodent population, from mild Winters, last year's flooding as well as weekly bin collections being stopped. Peter Crowden, director of the National Pest Technicians Association said,
"In 30 years I've never known such a big rat population – and there will be an epidemic if people don't reduce food waste."
The bin collection now happens fortnightly, and Crowden says it's vital that people recycle. The large amounts of food scraps going onto compost heaps is creating excellent feeding and breeding grounds for the rats.
The cities most affected are: York, with a population increase of rats 208 per cent in a year, and Carlisle at 142 per cent increase. Other cities that will likely see an increase are: Exeter (60 per cent) and Salford (40 per cent).
So far, nationwide call-outs for pest control companies rose 17 per cent. Out of 50 local companies, 39 said that they have seen an increase in their own call-outs.
Westminster was one of the few have seen a reduction in the problem, although it has only seen call-outs cut by 10 - from 804 in 2006-07 to 794 in 2007-08.
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