Rats ‘immune to poison’ could invade Brit homes in hunt for Christmas leftovers

Super rats possibly immune to poison could invade the homes of millions of Brits in their hunt for Christmas dinner leftovers, it has been claimed.

Data from the 2019-20 Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use survey of rats, which was released at the start of December, revealed that 74% are carrying a resistance gene to popular rodenticides.

In some UK locations, 20% have two different genes, making them super-resistant.

And now an expert has warned that rodents will be more desperate following the closure of pubs and restaurants as large areas of the UK move into stricter lockdown measures, with the rat population estimated to have swelled by 25% during the pandemic.

Pubs and restaurants have been forced to close in Tiers 3 and 4, meaning pests could end up targeting homes as waste is harder to come by.

Jenny Rathbone, from website Pest.co.uk, previously said: “It’s very worrying because this 'hybrid resistance' means some common rodenticides simply won’t work.

“This, together with a bumper breeding year, means we are in for a heck of a ride in 2021 if we don’t have a very, very cold winter.”

She added: “This year has been very challenging for pest controllers with an increase of 25% in the population due to lockdown, plus a shift in where rats look for food.”

And now her colleague Jonathan Ratcliffe has told The Sun Online: "Once they have eaten everything around the back of a cafe or a pub, they’re on the lookout for more.”

He added: "Any rubbish bags with the excesses of Christmas in will be a Michelin-starred meal, and they will be starving by then with pubs closed.

"Also be sure to block up any holes, if there's any airbricks on old houses that are cracked or smashed. Block any holes in brickwork and things like that."

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