Residents warned of possible dead rats increase as Hatfield scheme rolled out

PUBLISHED: 18:05 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:05 01 February 2018

The dead rat in Hatfield town centre. Picture: Supplied.

The dead rat in Hatfield town centre. Picture: Supplied.


Residents may see an increase in dead rats throughout Hatfield after an 18-month programme to tackle the problem was launched by the borough council today (Thursday, February 1).

A borough council spokeswoman confirmed the new scheme’s rollout follows a two-month investigation into where the vermin are nesting and how they are moving around.

To combat the problem, several underground bait stations are being installed to attract more rats and prevent the boxes from being tampered with at street level.

Six lockable bait bins will also be put in place to help catch rats scavenging in bins, and the bait area will be extended to include Link Drive.

WHC will also be cutting back thick foliage to reduce the number of places rats can burrow and nest.

The council spokeswoman warned residents may see an increase in dead rats around the town centre during the first few weeks, and encouraged any issues to be reported via 01707 357000.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “Whilst there will be immediate results, as rats are a fast breeding species, it will take time for the population to decrease and we will be monitoring the progress of the programme and making adjustments where needed.

“However, we cannot bring rat numbers under control without help from local residents and businesses.

“Feeding the birds, dropped litter and easy access to food waste that isn’t stored properly will continue to make it difficult to limit the population through baiting and other pest control activities.”

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