Rats drawn to Staffordshire duck pond
A local authority may need to invest in pest repellent after a colony of rats was discovered near a duck pond.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council believes the increase in the number of vermin at Brough Park in Leek is due to people giving too much food to the ducks.
As a result, some has gone uneaten and been left lying around, thereby appealing to scavenging rats.
Deputy council leader Arthur Forrester commented: "It is important that visitors only put out as much food as the ducks will take there and then."
While he pledged to use some form of rodent repellent to get rid of the rats, he ruled out the possibility of using poison.
Mr Forrester said the sight of dead or drowsy rodents could upset many people and should therefore be avoided.
This could make an electromagnetic pest control device a worthwhile investment for the council, as these are a more humane way of repelling pests and do not leave any dead creatures in their wake.
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