Belfast on alert after 'super rat' find

Published Wednesday, 16 April 2014
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The so-called 'super rat phenomenon' has swept across the UK and parts of Europe with increasingly more reports of giant rodents being spotted in towns and cities and residents in Belfast believe the super-sized vermin may have darkened their doors.

Belfast on alert after 'super rat' find
The council has said there is nothing to be concerned about. (© UTV)

Giant rats - some as long as a foot in length and the size of a cat - have been sighted across the continent causing panic.

One rodent spotted in Sweden was dubbed "Ratzilla" by the local press.

Residents in west Belfast believe one may have been living in their neck of the woods after a pest the size of a loaf of bread was spotted in the area.

However, the council has dismissed the speculation as just hype.

Earl D'hulst, pest control manager at Belfast City Council explained: "We have not received any additional requests or information from residents in west Belfast about rats - of any size.

"On average rats can grow to around half a metre in length, from head to tail, and people do get concerned if they haven't seen one before in their community.

"If they are given the right conditions and plenty of food they can grow big.

"My advice to people is to always look after their properties and their communities and keep them clean.

"The cleaner the environment the less rats and the better the quality of life of those living in that area."

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13 Comments
Skinnt Rat in Sewers wrote (196 days ago):
Hey Theresa, no one said you can't go and get a shovel and hit a rat yourself, without calling the housing executive out. My god, imagine if you had to actually do something yourself?
dogthebone in belfast wrote (197 days ago):
ANNIE in Belfast, very good, lol
Ann Farrell in Newry wrote (197 days ago):
Belfast is over run with rats . I stayed in a hotel there last year was told the car park was at the side of the hotel when I went to park my car I got such a shock the place was over run with rats they where all over the bins never seen so many rats together in my live.no way was I getting out of my car in that place, council can't be doing enough and hotels should be fine for not closeing bin lids.
Alexander Gurgan in Craigavon wrote (197 days ago):
Does anyone know anybody who ever saw a SMALL rat?
Gary in Moneymore wrote (197 days ago):
The size of the so-called "Super Rats" are nothing new to me. I have seen this size many years ago, nearly 30 years ago! This size is a common size for the rats with an exception of far much rarer and larger rats. It's just that the press media is blowing it out of proportion or it could be that the people are becoming more sensitive to the size of rats!
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