Watford residents warned heavy rain could mean rats invasion

Watford residents warned heavy rain could mean rats invasion

Watford residents warned heavy rain could mean rats invasion

First published in News

Homeowners in the Watford area have been put on red alert amid fears that further flooding could spark a deluge of rats.

More than 7,500 homes and businesses in the UK have been badly affected by floodwater since the beginning of December.

And more communities are in danger over the next few days after forecasts of fresh heavy rain lasting into next week.

There has already been serious flooding in Lower High Street and Water lane in Watford, in Green Street in Chorleywood, in Moor Lane, Rickmansworth and in London Colney.

The continued deluge has prompted a warning from a professional pest control registry, which says rats will try to escape rising water levels.

Rob Simpson, managing director of Basis Prompt, said: “Infestations of rats often increase during very wet weather as flooding will flush them out and force them to find new home.

“They will try to find some sort of dwelling to live in – it can be garages or sheds or even lofts to get away from the water and the knock-on effect is more infestations in homes.

“Rats are intelligent creatures able to adapt and replenish their numbers very quickly. They are always on the look-out for new opportunities.”

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8:00am Fri 7 Feb 14

gusgreen says...

I presume we are talking about the long tailed furry kind and not the political kind in the town hall? Any advice on how to tell the difference except that the furry kind don't lie!
I presume we are talking about the long tailed furry kind and not the political kind in the town hall? Any advice on how to tell the difference except that the furry kind don't lie! gusgreen
  • Score: 10

8:37am Fri 7 Feb 14

jasonwatford says...

Bridge by Meriden estate is badly flooded this morning
Bridge by Meriden estate is badly flooded this morning jasonwatford
  • Score: -2

11:55am Fri 7 Feb 14

garston tony says...

Seeing as the rats are there already, the only change being they might move to higher ground, its hardly and invasion. More of an eye opener to many as to how many of the things live so close to us all without us even noticing
Seeing as the rats are there already, the only change being they might move to higher ground, its hardly and invasion. More of an eye opener to many as to how many of the things live so close to us all without us even noticing garston tony
  • Score: 4

1:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Maclanx says...

The only useful thing cats are for...
The only useful thing cats are for... Maclanx
  • Score: 2

1:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

CaptainPC says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Bridge by Meriden estate is badly flooded this morning
Really? How very intriguing.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Bridge by Meriden estate is badly flooded this morning[/p][/quote]Really? How very intriguing. CaptainPC
  • Score: -1

3:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

garry.armstrong232@btinternet.com says...

COUCILL TELLING PEOPLE TO GO OUT AN SPEND YOUR MONEY ON SAND BAGS THREE RIVERS SHAME ON YOU
COUCILL TELLING PEOPLE TO GO OUT AN SPEND YOUR MONEY ON SAND BAGS THREE RIVERS SHAME ON YOU garry.armstrong232@btinternet.com
  • Score: 0

11:52am Mon 10 Feb 14

WBC100 says...

Hello, my name is Alex and I am a Communications Officer at Watford Borough Council. While we have not seen an increase in rats, treatment for rats in domestic properties is still free of charge. For more information please visit: http://www.watford.g
ov.uk/ccm/navigation
/environment-and-pla
nning/animal-welfare
/pest-control/
Hello, my name is Alex and I am a Communications Officer at Watford Borough Council. While we have not seen an increase in rats, treatment for rats in domestic properties is still free of charge. For more information please visit: http://www.watford.g ov.uk/ccm/navigation /environment-and-pla nning/animal-welfare /pest-control/ WBC100
  • Score: 0

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