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Why The London Rat Problem Gets Worse

London and rats seem to go together like pie and mash. However, in the past few years there have been reports of record numbers of complaints of rats in the city.

In fact, between 2012 and 2017, there was more than 186,000 complaints in the capital. That is one big London rat problem.

To break that number down a little – that’s 100 complaints of rats a day. And it seems the London rat problem is only getting worse. Why is it that? We will look at some of the main reasons why in the following post.

Resistance to Poisons

One of the main reasons why the London rat problem is getting worse, could be that rats – and rodents in general – are building up resistance to traditional poisons. This is, at least in part, down to the fact many people take a DIY approach to pest control when dealing with rats. This by and large involves the use of poison. What’s the problem with that, you may be wondering?

rats resistant to poison

Well, because they are not experienced pest control specialists, people often use either the wrong type of poison, or not enough of it to kill off the rats. This then allows the rat to build up a tolerance for the poison, a resistance which gradually spreads genetically through the generations.

Human Population Affects The London Rat Problem

The human population in London has always been incredibly high. There really are a lot of people living here. The problem is though, that there is no sign of the population reducing. l

What does this have to do with rats, you may ask? Well, what happens when you have more and more people living in one area? You have more and more rubbish and more waste being dumped. Even a city as big of London has its breaking point.

rubbish attracts rats

And although there are plenty of people who dispose of their rubbish in the correct manner, there are always those who don’t. With the growing waste, comes the growing number of rats.

Besides, rats are wily and adaptable. They are always looking for their next meal. Even rubbish that has been discarded contentiously often poses little challenge to a hungry rodent.

An Integrated and Professional Solution Is Needed

Essentially, the main reason the London rat problem is getting worse is because it is not being dealt with properly and efficiently by the authorities. Only when there is an integrated pest control solution put into place by borough councils, will we see a reduction in London rat numbers. Until then, you can rely on Diamond to help you out. If you are one of the many people affected by the recent surge in rat numbers, give us a call.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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