Worcester is "alive with rats", says pest control firm owner

RATS: Causing concern in Cripplegate Park, Worcester

RATS: Causing concern in Cripplegate Park, Worcester

First published in News Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE city of Worcester is "alive with rats", a local pest control company has claimed.

And Cripplegate Park and the riverside near the Worcester Bridge are hotspots for the creatures, according to Nigel Probert, owner of Astwood Road-based Verminater Pest Control.

Shocked visitor Michael Gale, aged 65, of Rushwick said he spotted three running about in the park.

"I was shocked. When they saw me they scuttled under the hedge," he said.

"I found another lying dead near the tennis courts soon after.

"Children play in the park and people walk their dogs there. Rats can carry disease so who knows what would happen if a child or a pet were to get bitten."

But according to Mr Probert, Mr Gale is not the only person to voice concerns about the park.

Mr Probert, who set up his business in 1996, said: "Friends and neighbours always tell me about the rats there. I looked for myself and it is quite appalling.

"I've been driving on New Road before and I've seen rats the size of cats hanging around the park."

But Mr Probert said Cripplegate Park isn't the only place favoured by rats.

"Worcester city is alive with rats. Another hotspot is down by the river where people feed the swans. I've sat in the car park near the college and seen dozens of them.

"My advice to people is, if you see a rat, report it to the council. Also, if you feed the birds in your garden or anywhere else, make sure all the food is gone because that will attract rats.

"Some rats can carry Weil's disease (a bacterial infection) which affects humans, and it's impossible to tell which rat has it, so every rat is a potential carrier."

A Worcester City Council spokesman said: “We take a number of steps to control the rat population at Cripplegate Park.

"We place bait boxes at a number of locations which are regularly checked and maintained, and we empty bins in the park every day over the summer months.

"We will never eliminate all rats in a public open space like this.

"However, everyone can play their part to keep on top of the problem, both at Cripplegate and other parts of the city, by carefully disposing of any food waste.”

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3:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

green49 says...

I agree with Mr Probert that Worcester is plaged with rats, its been a known fact for years and its a never ending battle against them, they will go for a food source so dont leave food behind put it in the bin,
I agree with Mr Probert that Worcester is plaged with rats, its been a known fact for years and its a never ending battle against them, they will go for a food source so dont leave food behind put it in the bin, green49
  • Score: 13

3:23pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Redhillman says...

I thought this article was about councillors and council workers until I realised it was about the rodent variety........
I thought this article was about councillors and council workers until I realised it was about the rodent variety........ Redhillman
  • Score: -19

3:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

D_Snider says...

Is the pest control business a little slow at the moment?
Is the pest control business a little slow at the moment? D_Snider
  • Score: 9

4:30pm Tue 1 Jul 14

DanMacc says...

If you find a dead rat, DON'T LICK IT! Report it immediately to the council. RATS CARRY DISEASES.

I REPEAT:>>>>>

DOOOO NOOOOT LIIIICK AAAAA DEEEAAAAAD RAAAAAT
If you find a dead rat, DON'T LICK IT! Report it immediately to the council. RATS CARRY DISEASES. I REPEAT:>>>>> DOOOO NOOOOT LIIIICK AAAAA DEEEAAAAAD RAAAAAT DanMacc
  • Score: 8

6:12pm Tue 1 Jul 14

dropkick55 says...

green49 wrote:
I agree with Mr Probert that Worcester is plaged with rats, its been a known fact for years and its a never ending battle against them, they will go for a food source so dont leave food behind put it in the bin,
whose got food to leave behind in Worcester!
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: I agree with Mr Probert that Worcester is plaged with rats, its been a known fact for years and its a never ending battle against them, they will go for a food source so dont leave food behind put it in the bin,[/p][/quote]whose got food to leave behind in Worcester! dropkick55
  • Score: -2

7:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

pinkfluff says...

Fashion and beauty writer? Odd or is everyone on their holidays?
Fashion and beauty writer? Odd or is everyone on their holidays? pinkfluff
  • Score: 2

8:24pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

Thought the same redhillman, and more likely The possee back in power.
Thought the same redhillman, and more likely The possee back in power. Jabbadad
  • Score: -1

9:46pm Tue 1 Jul 14

goodygoody says...

We've always lived side by side with rats. It is said we are never more than 6 ft away from a rat, yet we all live to tell the tale. And to be honest I feel quite sad about the state of the rat in the photograph as it looks a poor little mite who could do with a square meal! Big as cats? I don't think so.
We've always lived side by side with rats. It is said we are never more than 6 ft away from a rat, yet we all live to tell the tale. And to be honest I feel quite sad about the state of the rat in the photograph as it looks a poor little mite who could do with a square meal! Big as cats? I don't think so. goodygoody
  • Score: 5

10:29pm Tue 1 Jul 14

truth must out says...

pinkfluff wrote:
Fashion and beauty writer? Odd or is everyone on their holidays?
Looks like the rat in the piccy could do with a makeover.....
[quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: Fashion and beauty writer? Odd or is everyone on their holidays?[/p][/quote]Looks like the rat in the piccy could do with a makeover..... truth must out
  • Score: 3

9:49am Wed 2 Jul 14

green49 says...

dropkick55 whose got food to leave behind in Worcester!

Just go around by the fast food outlets, and also the lazy idle B******* who throw the unfinished food and packaging on the ground instead of putting it in a bin thats who.
dropkick55 whose got food to leave behind in Worcester! Just go around by the fast food outlets, and also the lazy idle B******* who throw the unfinished food and packaging on the ground instead of putting it in a bin thats who. green49
  • Score: 15

9:50am Wed 2 Jul 14

green49 says...

Jabbadad says...

Thought the same redhillman, and more likely The possee back in power.

Here here.
Jabbadad says... Thought the same redhillman, and more likely The possee back in power. Here here. green49
  • Score: -3

1:42pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Tobster says...

The nearby McDonalds and its associated clientelle are of course a great big coincidence.
The nearby McDonalds and its associated clientelle are of course a great big coincidence. Tobster
  • Score: 8

3:34pm Wed 2 Jul 14

gemma6 says...

Is this really anything new? I remember seeing rats scuttling around in drains in the centre of Worcester, at around 6pm on Saturdays,
in the 1980s.
Is this really anything new? I remember seeing rats scuttling around in drains in the centre of Worcester, at around 6pm on Saturdays, in the 1980s. gemma6
  • Score: 3

7:17am Thu 3 Jul 14

lovelyjubbly says...

I find gulls more of a pain in the a**e than rats!!!
I find gulls more of a pain in the a**e than rats!!! lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Tobster says...

lovelyjubbly wrote:
I find gulls more of a pain in the a**e than rats!!!
As the owner of a convertible, I completely agree!

Worcesters traffic problem, combined with it's s***hawk problem, has resulted in me being publically stripped of dignity in three lanes of stationary traffic twice this year!
[quote][p][bold]lovelyjubbly[/bold] wrote: I find gulls more of a pain in the a**e than rats!!![/p][/quote]As the owner of a convertible, I completely agree! Worcesters traffic problem, combined with it's s***hawk problem, has resulted in me being publically stripped of dignity in three lanes of stationary traffic twice this year! Tobster
  • Score: 3

2:18am Fri 4 Jul 14

roary01 says...

I wonder why a pest controler would make an issue out of it
I wonder why a pest controler would make an issue out of it roary01
  • Score: 1

9:50pm Fri 4 Jul 14

BadgerMash says...

On a related note, if you have a rat problem, it is worth knowing that most of Worcestershire's rats are immune to the poisons you can buy and all you will be doing by putting it down is killing the other local wildlife - including the predators which would otherwise control the rats. Rat poison is why we now have so few owls and kestrels in the city and a lot less in the county as a whole.
On a related note, if you have a rat problem, it is worth knowing that most of Worcestershire's rats are immune to the poisons you can buy and all you will be doing by putting it down is killing the other local wildlife - including the predators which would otherwise control the rats. Rat poison is why we now have so few owls and kestrels in the city and a lot less in the county as a whole. BadgerMash
  • Score: 2

6:58pm Sat 5 Jul 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

Wow! Shameful PR stunt here and not surprised the WN didn't see through it!!!!!!

I bet this blokes been sat my his phone rubbing his hands with glee!
Wow! Shameful PR stunt here and not surprised the WN didn't see through it!!!!!! I bet this blokes been sat my his phone rubbing his hands with glee! WorcsBornandBred
  • Score: 2

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