Plague of monster 20inch rats invading Brit town – because of bin cuts

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A rat catcher says fortnightly bin ­collections are creating “monster rodents”.

Pest controller Terry Walker said higher-calorie food waste left sitting in bins for up to two weeks had led to a boom in giant vermin.

The 56-year-old, who works with his dog, Max, said: “Years ago, I would have been excited to catch a 19in rat but now I catch them regularly. I’m seeing some huge rats.

“They have easy access to high-calorie food so they’re getting bigger.”

He added: “It’s about the type of waste and how long it’s left before ­being collected.

“Bins used to be collected every week – now it’s once a fortnight. When it comes to them being ­collected, the rats have ­already had their fill.”

Terry, who runs TP Pest Control Services in Bournemouth, said better waste management was needed to curb the surging numbers of mega-rodents.

He caught what is thought to be the UK’s ­biggest rat – measuring 21in – in November 2018.

But he added: “I’m sure my record is going to be broken soon. It’s only a matter of time.”

Bobbie Dove, from Bournemouth Council, said: “We can reassure ­residents that we have ­adequate provision to deal with any pest control issues.

"We employ the latest techniques and have ­experienced no reduction in their effectiveness.”

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In other news, "cunning" rats the size of cats are sneaking through toilets to invade UK homes, an expert has claimed.

Pest control expert Ian Helands warned: “I have had more call-outs than ever from homeowners who have heard a noise, looked down into their toilet only to find a giant rat.

“No-one is safe. Rats are excellent swimmers with bendy bones and can squeeze into the smallest of spaces.

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