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Explosion Of Rat Population Poses Health Threat In UK

by Medindia Content Team on  January 6, 2007 at 5:57 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Explosion Of Rat Population Poses Health Threat In UK
The rat population has shown a 39 % increase since 1999 leaving the UK health department worried.

Fortnightly garbage collections, compulsory recycling policy and composting bins are said to be the cause of the increasing brown rat population.
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John Davison of the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) said: ''It's a grave problem.' 'The way this is growing it is going to give rise to some kind of public health risk.'

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The research was ordered by the NPTA and the report found litter, bird feeders, compost bins and neglected urban property to be responsible for the rise.

The National Rodent Survey -United Kingdom, looked into records from over 30 local councils and concluded that the need to recycle was the major factor. Refuse collecting containers given to residents weren`t big enough or not designed to keep rats and mice away, the survey said.

A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said, the rodent population could be kept at bay by keeping bins covered and clean.

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