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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:53 AM

Nature always finds a way: Mutant Poison-resistant Rats



Rat catchers are asking for permission to use stronger poisons to deal with a plague of super rats that have developed resistance to common vermin control methods.

The mutant brown rats, which carry life-threatening diseases, have been emerging from their traditional havens in sewers and ditches and taking refuge in people's homes.

The problem has been made worse by recent wet weather, which has driven hordes of rats from flooded drains.

Some of the worst-hit areas are in the affluent home counties including Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxford and Henley-on-Thames, home to the Royal Regatta.

The Health and Safety Executive has been running a consultation after poison manufacturers applied to use stronger poisons, including brodifacoum which is currently restricted to indoor use, to control the UK's estimated 80 million rat population.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1024365/mutant-rats-catchers-call-for-stronger-poison

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n2doc Dec 2012 OP
marmar Dec 2012 #1
OhZone Dec 2012 #2
n2doc Dec 2012 #4
randome Dec 2012 #3

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:01 AM

1. They'll be here long after human beings are gone.

nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:33 AM

2. I thought rats were considered cute and cuddley pets now! nt

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Response to OhZone (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:36 AM

4. some are!




But not sewer rats....

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:36 AM

3. Shall I go this time?

I welcome our mutant, ratty overlords.

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