A student lives in fear after being infested with rats that “jump out of the box and try to bite it.”
Emily High, 19, said she’s afraid to take out her trash because the path behind her home in Leeds is littered with giant rats – and she claims the communal bin holds at least 30 people.
Emily, a schoolgirl in the city, said she could not open the bin because rats jump out and “attack and bite” her.
These pests, she says, are “twice the size” of normal rats, which swarm across the area – making locals afraid to leave their garbage.
Further photos of the area show the deep holes in which the rats burrow to live – before they secretly eat food inside the trash can.
He and his friends moved into the property in July – and were forced to report pest problems immediately.
Emily told online: “I’m from Leeds, so I know there are rats, but I’ve never seen anything like it.
“They’re massive, so big. They’re like twice the size of normal mice.
“They’re huge and make really noise. You can hear them standing at the door.
“We moved in and it was pretty bad from the start. There were always just rats around, and you would see them in the evening.
“It just got to the point where I would open the top of the bin and there were 30 rats and they would all go out.
“And I was like – ‘No chance’.”
She said the council had been contacted twice – but both times the contractors said they could do nothing because the affected area was a communal place.
Despite helping the student through her landlord’s situation, the 19-year-old also said that the council told her to “just keep the box closed” to keep the rat problem at bay.
But now residents are forced to spread their black bin bags on the sidewalk – leading to even more rodents swarming in the area.
Emily said: “We don’t have separate compartments, it’s all communal, which is obviously terrifying because it’s making the situation worse.
“We can’t take out our cans because rats are living there.
“If we leave them on the side of the road, the bin bags are going to get torn, and there are going to be more rats. It really is a vicious cycle.
“I’m absolutely intimidated by them and so are all my flatmates. I’m almost fed up with being a little bit and attack every time I take out my cans.”
A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “We are investigating a recent report of possible rat activity in the area.”
This comes after a mouse was caught on camera carrying a Big Mac burger box on a busy street.
The hungry rodent was captured on video in Tankersley, South Yorkshire, and is seen carrying a cardboard box, which is roughly the same size.
In the video, with the burger box between his teeth, the smart rat manages to hit a curb while still dragging junk food.
Chris, the truck driver who filmed the video, said that before the rat took the McDonald’s box, a crow was already in the case of hoisting the leftover fries.