Rat population across Camden is soaring, report reveals

PUBLISHED: 13:09 29 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:09 29 September 2015

The number of rats is going up in Camden, according to pest control officers

The number of rats is going up in Camden, according to pest control officers

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The number of rodents in Camden is going up, according to the borough’s pest control team.

Between April 1 and August 31, Camden Council’s pest control team were called to deal with 480 complaints about mice, and 199 about rats.

A report by Ann Baker, the borough’s acting environmental services manager, said: “Over the last couple of years there have been increased reports of vermin across the borough.

“Anecdotal feedback from the pest control team is that when attending to complaints about rodents they see heavier rat populations now than previously.”

It is thought it has gone up since food waste bags were introduced in 
2010, with incorrect use blamed in the report.

Officers have also been called to 123 bed bug complaints, 76 about cockroaches and 71 about pharaoh ants.

Last year there were 2,752 vermin complaints in the borough.

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