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Two ft 'superrats' immune to pesticides invade town

'Superrats' immune to pesticides are invading Oldham Photo: MEN Syndication

Residents could be inadvertently helping to create giant 2ft rats immune to pesticides, a councillor has warned.

And now he says council and the government have to step in before towns are overrun by superrats.

At tomorrow's Oldham Council meeting Howard Sykes MBE will propose a motion to combat the colossal pests.

Councillor Sykes said:

The image of giant rats in our borough may sound like of vision of horror from a James Hertbert novel, but the industry's professional body, the British Pest Control Association, has recently issued a report identifying rats of an abnormal size and with an increasing resistnace to conventional posions as a real problem in urban Britain.

In our motion we recognise that someimtes residents can inadvertently make the situation worse by resorting to ineffective off-the-shelf poisons.

This means that the rat problem is often not eliminated and repeated exposure to these poisonouss enables rats to become more resistant to them.

– Councillor Sykes

The motion will propose that Oldham Council promotes the services of its professional pest controllers to residents.

The motion will also call on the chief executive to write to local MPS to call for government action in parliament.

Councillor Sykes added:

Only a pest-control specialist has access to the most toxic poisons with the proven ability to eliminate even the most troublesome and largest rodents.

Whilst calling the rat-catcher costs money it does provide a guarantee that the treatment will be effective and can be carried out without harm to family members and pets.

We have to recognise that Oldham Council and its resident can only do so much. This is a national issue and our governments needs to take action.

– Councillor Sykes