Honiton residents call for rat repellent measures
Residents of Honiton have complained to the local council about rubbish behind a local shop, as they fear it may attract rats.
A branch of Thresher situated on the Devon town's main street is no longer having its rubbish collected after the off licence chain went into administration, reports the Midweek Herald.
As a result, rubbish is piling up behind the shop and residents believe vermin will return to the area unless effective rat repellent measures are taken.
Local resident Liz Tirard told the newspaper she was so concerned about the threat posed by rats that she had reported the matter to the council's environmental health department.
"I can see two overflowing bins and there's a lot of cardboard - rats will love it. There has been a rat problem in High Street in the past," she said.
An increasing number of people are thought to be concerned about getting rid of rats and mice because most councils have moved to fortnightly rubbish collections.
Doretta Cocks of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collections recently told the Daily Express: "People are alarmed to see rats running around in daylight. It's a problem that just isn't being addressed."
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By Michael Grady