Giant rats could invade homes through toilet, warns pest expert

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A pest expert has claimed that giant rats “the size of cats” are invading UK homes, some even entering through toilets.

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Ace pest control boss Andrew Delbridge said the rodents in Norwich had grown “big and brave” after the lockdown and even forced a couple to leave their home.

During one of his jobs, he said that a customer was surprised to see a mouse floating in his toilet bowl.

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“She was using the bathroom and heard a noise. She looked down and she was in the toilet bowl. And it’s happening more and more often,” he said Norwich Evening News.

“They used to work around us but now they’re gaining access they never would have had before.”

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Mr Delbridge said the problem was made worse by “overflowing bins” and his firm was forced to take on additional staff to deal with the rodents.

He continued: “We have garbage piling up and feeding them because of the fake culture.

“The rats are letting themselves into people’s homes and businesses.”

A Norwich City Council spokesman said: “Try not to feed your pet outside, if you do, make sure you are present when you feed them, and remove any leftover food afterwards.

“People who have seen rats near their property should avoid feeding wildlife because it is also a food source for rodents.”

Ace Pest Control has urged Britons to put down their toilet seats and ensure there are no holes in windows and garage doors to prevent rodents from entering their property.

Mr Delbridge’s warning comes after a pest control agency warned last year that the coronavirus lockdown could create a “perfect storm” for rat infestations in homes.

Jenny Rathbone of pest control company Pest.co.uk said her firm typically sees a 50 percent increase in reports of rat problems in the winter months.

The largest rat that is believed to have been caught in the UK measured 21 inches from tip to tail and was found at a property in Bournemouth in November 2018.

Terry Walker, a pest control specialist who caught the rodent, said the rats were getting older because humans were producing “more waste” and “the type of garbage we’re throwing away is thicker”.

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