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RABBIT SIZED RATS: Ongoing problem in Litherland eating through cupboards

RABBIT SIZED RATS: Ongoing problem in Litherland eating through cupboards

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Rats “the size of rabbits” are back in Litherland, and this time they’re “eating through cupboards and lunchboxes”, according to locals.

Litherland residents first spoke of the problem back in August 2020.

One man said the problem was ongoing – and that the “brazen” creatures would just “roll into his house”.

Mrs Lilley, who lives on Sefton Road, told the LDRS : “It’s every time we are in lockdown, because there are less people out and about and less food rubbish available to them [outside].

“We did up the kitchen in December and they’ve managed to gnaw their way through brand new cupboards. It beggars belief.

“One of them chewed right the way through my granddaughter’s lunchbox, too.

“Traps don’t work. Poison doesn’t seem to work. My husband tried to catch some, but then what do you do with them when you’ve caught them?”

Mrs Lilley has previously said the rats have eaten items from her kitchen such as “entire packs of orange Club biscuits” and Wotsits.

Sefton Council says it has “no evidence” to suggest there is an ongoing rat problem in Litherland.

Their spokesman said: “We currently have no evidence to suggest there is an ongoing significant problem in these locations.

“However, our pest control team has recently resumed the systematic baiting of the sewer system, which will help to reduce the rodent population.

“Increase in activity can be due to drainage defects, fly-tipped waste or excessive bird feeding – which can allow rats out of the sewer and provide them with shelter, safety and food sources.

“All household waste should not be disposed of inappropriately but should be contained securely on your property before being placed out at the correct time for collection (7pm the evening before collection).

“We would like to remind our residents if they wish to report any problems or request a treatment, they should call the contact centre on 0345 140 0845.

“Charges may apply for pest control treatments unless the householder can demonstrate that they are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction scheme benefit.”

Words: Kate Lally, Local Democracy Reporter

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