Pest control expert warns that rat population could boom
A pest control expert has warned the authorities that unless rubbish in Leeds is collected and the bin strike ended, there could be an explosion in the rat population.
Sean McClean, from Key West Pest Control, noted that the abundant food supply created by piles of rubbish provides "ideal breeding conditions" for the rodents.
He noted that not taking steps to get rid of rats and rubbish soon could result in a surge in the number of the creatures in the area.
Mr McClean told BBC News that rats are capable of rearing as many as ten babies if they have enough food and that these could be sexually mature within three months.
"It's a cycle that accelerates extremely quickly Once all the rubbish has gone, the process is already started," he commented.
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By Jenny Turner