Recent flooding could lead to an influx of rats in Sussex

The Argus: Recent flooding could lead to an influx of rats in Sussex Recent flooding could lead to an influx of rats in Sussex

Residents living near rivers could be faced with an influx of rats after the recent floods, according to a pest control company.

The wet weather is having a huge impact on farm animals and wildlife, forcing them to seek shelter on higher ground above the water line.

Pest controllers are warning people they may encounter some unwanted guests who have been forced out of their underground burrows or flooded drains.


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Chris Davis of Cleankill Environmental Services, which has an office in Seaford, said: “The rats are simply trying to find dry places to live.

“Rats like water and are good swimmers but they can’t tolerate being submerged for long periods and can drown.

“Their usual food sources may have been washed away, so they will be searching for things to eat too.”

Drain covers that have been pushed off by flood water can allow rats to escape from external drains easily.

Cleankill Environmental Services staff find pipework under houses, damaged during construction work, often allows rats to enter homes.

Mr Davis added: “Rats are generally nocturnal but the flooding will have disrupted their normal patterns.

“As a result they will probably be sleep-deprived, exhausted, very nervous and hungry – they will be more scared of you than you are of them.

“Rats carry lots of diseases so it’s best to keep clear of them and dispose of or disinfect anything they have come in contact with.”

The trend is for rodents to get into wall cavities and up into the loft where there is usually lots of nesting material.

Householders are advised not to tackle the rats themselves as they can become aggressive if they are cornered – especially in unfamiliar environments.

Mr Davis said disrupted rubbish collections in flooded areas will not help with infestations, but the company advises people to do their best to keep food in sealed containers and put their rubbish in collection bins.

He said: “One of our clients has recently seen rats enter a store room for the first time but, fortunately, the problem has been caught early.

“It’s really a case of businesses being extra vigilant and making sure any damp bait is replaced otherwise it will be ineffective and pest problems could quickly worsen.”

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10:21am Mon 13 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Rodent news front page read:Human greed yet again punishes wild-life. We are sad to report that human environmental destruction has resulted in our natural habitat being flooded on a regular basis. They seem hellbent on destroying Mother Earth with their greedy/idiotic policies on house building.Staggeringl
y they act surprised that building on land next to river's results in mass flooding.Be vigilant as no doubt they will blame their idiotic policies on us mammals and will use us to deflect from the fact they are corrupt, greedy, destructive madmen.
Rodent news front page read:Human greed yet again punishes wild-life. We are sad to report that human environmental destruction has resulted in our natural habitat being flooded on a regular basis. They seem hellbent on destroying Mother Earth with their greedy/idiotic policies on house building.Staggeringl y they act surprised that building on land next to river's results in mass flooding.Be vigilant as no doubt they will blame their idiotic policies on us mammals and will use us to deflect from the fact they are corrupt, greedy, destructive madmen. tykemison

11:07am Mon 13 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Hammy's coming home!

The queen owns a substantial portion of the land.. Approximately 70% of the land is owned by approximately 6,000 people and institutions (the crown, aristocrats, institutions).

So why aren't these 6,000 being made to give up their land for building on?! That is what needs to happen.
Hammy's coming home! The queen owns a substantial portion of the land.. Approximately 70% of the land is owned by approximately 6,000 people and institutions (the crown, aristocrats, institutions). So why aren't these 6,000 being made to give up their land for building on?! That is what needs to happen. getThisCoalitionOut

12:08pm Mon 13 Jan 14

J Hill says...

This entire article appears to be nothing but a hugely disguised advert for Cleankill Environmental Services which (apparently) has an office in Seaford.
This entire article appears to be nothing but a hugely disguised advert for Cleankill Environmental Services which (apparently) has an office in Seaford. J Hill

1:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

" – they will be more scared of you than you are of them. "

You want to bet on that?
" – they will be more scared of you than you are of them. " You want to bet on that? Goldenwight

2:52pm Mon 13 Jan 14

a person says...

When the rat people put poison down in your garden you never know what poor animal may suffer from it .
We have frogs, newts ,field mice , squirrels ,hedgehogs, foxes and birds come to our garden .
I would not use slug pellets let a lone put rat poison down.
You can get humane traps to try and catch the rats .


We had a rat the other day in a compost heap in my garden.
There is no need to kill everything with poison , all you have to do is
keep disturbing them .
We just racked all the compost heap out to disturb the rats ,
This is what we done several years ago and they go scurrying
Off .
Most gardens have foxes and cats coming into them ,and I assume many get caught if disturbed.
When the rat people put poison down in your garden you never know what poor animal may suffer from it . We have frogs, newts ,field mice , squirrels ,hedgehogs, foxes and birds come to our garden . I would not use slug pellets let a lone put rat poison down. You can get humane traps to try and catch the rats . We had a rat the other day in a compost heap in my garden. There is no need to kill everything with poison , all you have to do is keep disturbing them . We just racked all the compost heap out to disturb the rats , This is what we done several years ago and they go scurrying Off . Most gardens have foxes and cats coming into them ,and I assume many get caught if disturbed. a person

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