Hmm, believe or not? Hype or real?
Mutant ‘super rats’ which cannot be killed by regular poisons are spreading across Britain, experts are warning.
The creatures, which look like normal rodents but eat toxic pellets ‘like feed’, have been discovered in Kent, the west country and now in Sussex.
The British Pest Control Association’s Richard Moseley told Metro: ‘Normal rats are being killed off by poison, so these resistant species are taking their place – it’s only natural that their numbers are expanding.
‘But they’re being found further afield than previously anticipated.
‘They eat poison like feed; you might as well be leaving out grain for them’.
So, a quick search shows that the scary story of super rats has been circulating since at least 2006.
Reports are coming in of giant rats that are immune to poison and have lost their fear of man. Is a new breed evolving on Britain’s rubbish-strewn streets?
It came around again in 2009.
They are voracious nibblers and gnawers, promiscuous spreaders of disease and a right nuisance. Their population in the UK is rising, with pest controllers lobbying for the use of more deadly poisons, but can we ever tackle the rat menace?
The recent article notes that poison-resistant rats have been around for 50 years but researchers appear to be more concerned that they are spreading with some “70 per cent of rats they tested in some counties were resistant to poisons”. I don’t know exactly what that means. Britain hasn’t been overcome with rats yet but the British Pest Control Assoc. says that infestations are become more common and difficult to control. Since rats reproduce rapidly, evolution also occurs rapidly and it’s possible that they become resistant to poisons. Also, with an increase in waste food discarded, they have plenty to eat. If rats do become an epidemic, new poisons will be developed. Technology evolves too and as we battle mutating bacteria and viruses, we must also do battle against pests with legs like insects and vermin.
Shovels seem to work well. But I doubt people want to resort to that.