Council estate plagued by rats eating people’s curtains and chewing car wires
A council estate has been plagued with rats – with one resident claiming she’s “never seen so many” rodents in all her life.
Katrina Dixon said she had been left "worried sick" that the vermin would eventually make their way into her house in Leeds.
Rats have become a “major problem” in the area, with locals believing the problem stems from "new houses being built", LeedsLive reports.
Sharing her concerns in a Seacroft Community Facebook group, Katrina said: "Do you know what's become a massive problem in Seacroft? Rats, rats have become a major problem since the new houses were built.
"Yes I know rats have always caused problems but I've never seen so many in my life they've literally moved into our gardens since the field was dug up. Each day my dog kills a rat, rats are getting in car bonnets and chewing wires, makes me worried sick they will eventually get in my house!"
Katrina added that she didn't want to put "poison down" in case it harmed other animals.
Her post amassed many responses from other residents who had also spotted an influx of rats in the area.
Seacroft local Theresa said: “My dog killed one yesterday, we live near where the [old] library was there's loads there too.
"I think we have got the infestation due to the flattening of the old library and club… the rats have to live somewhere, also [there's] foxes, but with the development they have disturbed the nests."
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Another local, Kirsty, said: “I had them under my floorboards. Thankfully pest control from council came out and put poison under [the] floorboards and caught three.
“[I’ve] not had any more since – but down our end of Seacroft everyone complaining about them.”
She added: I’m glad [we're] rid of them after five months of hardly any sleep.
"The [noise] was horrendous – kept me and my kids up and ate the curtains by pulling them under the skirting boards.”
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A Leeds City Council spokesperson confirmed they had received an increase in requests for pest control services in the Seacroft area.
They said: “Requests for the council’s pest control service remain at similar levels as previous years, however, we have received an increase in requests relating to the Seacroft area.
"This could be due to a number of factors. Wet and warm weather can increase rat sightings and Covid restrictions may have also played a part, due to rat populations having to look further afield for food sources, as well as less footfall in many areas allowing rats to become more bold in their movements.
"Council services, including pest control, waste management, cleaner neighbourhood teams and Housing Leeds continue to work together to keep the environment clean and safe and to ensure any problems are dealt with quickly and effectively as possible."
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