Rats ‘size of rabbits’ invade homes as residents say they are ‘non-stop’

Rats "the size of rabbits" have overrun homes in a Merseyside town, as shown in a shocking video.

People living in Sefton Road, Litherland, complain that the problem is ongoing and the "brazen" creatures appear to be getting bigger.

In a video, recorded by a resident, a large brown rat is caught in a cage.

The restless animal scampers around inside and, judging by its size in comparison to the man holding the cage, is around twice the size of a normal rat.

"This fella just rolled into our house," he told Liverpool ECHO.

"We've caught about five during lockdown but this was by far the biggest.

"Thought it was a rabbit at first."

The man, who lives in Sefton Road, said: "It's just non-stop.

"They were always coming into our garden so we blocked all possible entrances, but they seem to keep finding new ways."

He added: "They've taken over."

Sandra Berry, who lives on Peel Road, says she has had to move in with her daughter due to "not being able to cope" with the rats.

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The Sefton Road resident added: "I know people [in Bootle] are getting [rats] because of rubbish that's been dumped.

"But that's not what's happening here. We clean up loads. We don't have a fly-tipping or rubbish problem.

"I don't know where they come from."

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Sefton Council told the title it has "no evidence" to suggest an ongoing rat problem in Litherland.

A spokesman said: "We currently have no evidence to suggest there is an ongoing significant problem in these locations.

"However, our pest control team has recently resumed the systematic baiting of the sewer system, which will help to reduce the rodent population.

"Increase in activity can be due to drainage defects, fly-tipped waste or excessive bird feeding – which can allow rats out of the sewer and provide them with shelter, safety and food sources.

"All household waste should not be disposed of inappropriately but should be contained securely on your property before being placed out at the correct time for collection (7pm the evening before collection).

"We would like to remind our residents if they wish to report any problems or request a treatment, they should call the contact centre on 0345 140 0845.

"Charges may apply for pest control treatments unless the householder can demonstrate that they are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction scheme benefit."

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