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Rats have managed to take over one of Manchester's most sought after streets as residents are left mortified.
The vermin have been seen in kitchens on Beech Road, near Beech Road Park in Chorlton, Manchester. Manchester City Council believes that the infestation has come as a result of food refuse, building work and flytipping in the area, all contributing to the problem.
One concerned resident has sent in a photo of Beech Road sent in a photograph of a rat inside a cupboard. With another image, from another house on the street, showing a rat on a kitchen floor, reports Manchester Evening News.
Rob Mayes, a resident of nearby Claude Road, says he has seen a dead rat on his street and believes the pests have been attracted to a "sea of discarded cans and litter" left on streets and down alleyways around Barlow Moor Road.
"We’ve offered to do litter-picking," he said.
"It’s led to this problem of rats. Sewer rats actually in homes. Two years ago a woman had dozens of rats in her cellar."
Judy Williams, of Beech Road, says she has been fighting the problem for over a month. She says she has seen rats in her garden and spotted a rat in her kitchen after installing internal security cameras.
She says that when she contacted the council, which offers a pest control service, it took 13 days for them to respond to her request for a visit and that she was told there would be a 17-day wait for a return visit.
Following a previous report about rats getting into Salford homes in February, Ms Williams contacted private exterminator, Curt Graham, of Pro Pest Manchester, who believes Chorlton's problem is extensive.
He said that he and his team spent five hours in the area laying traps, bait and checking for entry points for vermin.
Mr Graham, from Middleton, believes that the rats were moving between properties on Beech Road using the drainage systems.
Another resident of Beech Road, who asked to be named only as Chris, said: "Maybe a month ago, we found a rat in our cupboard, eating our porridge. They set the poison and we found dead ones in the garden.
"There’s a dead one under the boards in the bathroom, we know from the smell. Either the landlord would have to smash up the wall or wait for it to decompose.
"It’s gotten so bad, we’ve decided to move out early."
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Residents were expected to meet with councillors on June 26.
Responding to locals' comments about the problem and Judy Williams' concerns about the pest control service she received from the council, a spokesperson said: "The type of housing stock on this road can mean that rodents travel between properties if the properties are not proofed. Rodents require only a small gap of 5mm for mice and rats around 15mm to enter a property.
"Rats are naturally neophobic (the fear and avoidance of new objects) and can take 1-2 weeks before they will readily take the bait from inside a new bait box."
Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "Proactive work is being taken with the Neighbourhood compliance team in the area to help combat any potential causes of pest infestation such as reducing fly-tipping and littering."
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