Council promises to take action over rat infestation in Valley Park, Hampshire

Council promises to take action over rat infestation

Council promises to take action over rat infestation

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ENVIRONMENTAL health bosses have vowed to take action after the best place in the country to live has been infested with rats.

The Daily Echo revealed how residents of Valley Park were demanding action after their streets, parks and woodlands have been plagued with rodents.

Test Valley Borough Council have said they are aware of the problem and are continuing to monitor the situation.

But residents say it is too little too late as the rat problem is already out of hand.

They say their lives have been made a misery as they worry about rats going into their homes and schools as numbers continue to increase, and they are concerned that someone could catch leptospirosis, a potentially fatal disease transmitted through rats’ urine.

A Test Valley Borough Council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the issue of rats in Valley Park and have subsequently investigated.

“Bait has been laid in areas where we are permitted to do so, taking into account the need to protect other wildlife and watercourses.

“We will continue to investigate and monitor the situation.”

But residents say it’s not enough.

Among them is retired Paul Garland who said he has been contacting the council for over a year about the problem.

The 60-year-old said: “I think it’s a little bit late now for them to monitor it because they’ve known about it for a while.

“It will only take one child to go down with a rat-bound disease and there will be big problems.

“Now that Valley Park has been named the nicest area to live, Test Valley Borough Council might take this more seriously.

“They spent lots of money on hanging baskets and greenery but when it’s a rat problem it seems they don’t want to deal with it.”

Local councillor Alan Dowden, who has received hundreds of complaints about the infestation, also says their action is insignificant.

He said: “It needs widespread action from them because they are just going to increase and increase and I don’t want any child getting this leptospirosis disease.

“I think you can leave things too long and we’re plagued with them now.

“This is an ideal place for families to live – there are three nurseries and two primary schools so there are a lot of children about, and I do not want Valley Park being spoilt by rats.”

News of the infestation came just 24 hours after research by a national newspaper rated the community the best place to live in the country.

Valley Park was named as the country’s top spot after research looked at 7,137 areas across England and Wales, examining statistics on crime, household income, health, home ownership and the proportion of residents who are earning.

That followed statistics from Public Health England which revealed that people living in Valley Park have the highest life expectancy locally, with women expected to live to 89.3 and men to 84.7 – compared with 83.7 for women and 80.2 for men in Hampshire.

Test Valley Borough Council’s pest controllers charge residents £21 to investigate their property and £64 for three visits to treat a problem with rats or mice.

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4:17pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Positively4thStreet says...

They will have to get the Pied Piper of Hamelin in if they want to get rid of the rats in Chandlers Ford!
There have been rats there for as long as I can remember(and before that)..and I'm 64!
Take my advice,and learn to live with it..they won't go away.
As I said on another thread,the only real danger,is to "free swimmers" and fishermen.
Sensible precautions are to wear rubber gloves when cleaning fishponds,and gardening gloves when working where it is likely rats may have been present (pretty much everywhere!),especia
lly if there are droppings present.
Avoid growing climbing plants against buildings,and definitely not up to gutter levels,as the rats will gain access to lofts and roof spaces.They are also fond of nesting under (or in),garden sheds.
Avoid the over use of bird feeders,or putting out crumbs on the ground,as this will encourage them.
Don't put poison anywhere,as this simply endangers other species, and will only kill the odd passing rat,which will soon be replaced by others (you will be fighting a loosing battle if you do).
Children are in no danger,I spent a typically healthy outdoor lifestyle in that area as a child in the fifties (when the rat problem was exactly the same),as did all my friends,and subsequently our own kids,and in many cases,our grandchildren,and I'm not aware of one case of any of Weil's disease in the area,in all that time.
I no longer live in that area now,but I certainly didn't leave because of the rat problem,but whilst there,I had simply learned to live with it,and accept that it is a problem which will not go away (ever) from the area,but it is not one to be panicked,or alarmed by.
They will have to get the Pied Piper of Hamelin in if they want to get rid of the rats in Chandlers Ford! There have been rats there for as long as I can remember(and before that)..and I'm 64! Take my advice,and learn to live with it..they won't go away. As I said on another thread,the only real danger,is to "free swimmers" and fishermen. Sensible precautions are to wear rubber gloves when cleaning fishponds,and gardening gloves when working where it is likely rats may have been present (pretty much everywhere!),especia lly if there are droppings present. Avoid growing climbing plants against buildings,and definitely not up to gutter levels,as the rats will gain access to lofts and roof spaces.They are also fond of nesting under (or in),garden sheds. Avoid the over use of bird feeders,or putting out crumbs on the ground,as this will encourage them. Don't put poison anywhere,as this simply endangers other species, and will only kill the odd passing rat,which will soon be replaced by others (you will be fighting a loosing battle if you do). Children are in no danger,I spent a typically healthy outdoor lifestyle in that area as a child in the fifties (when the rat problem was exactly the same),as did all my friends,and subsequently our own kids,and in many cases,our grandchildren,and I'm not aware of one case of any of Weil's disease in the area,in all that time. I no longer live in that area now,but I certainly didn't leave because of the rat problem,but whilst there,I had simply learned to live with it,and accept that it is a problem which will not go away (ever) from the area,but it is not one to be panicked,or alarmed by. Positively4thStreet
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10:24pm Tue 26 Aug 14

newsknight says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
They will have to get the Pied Piper of Hamelin in if they want to get rid of the rats in Chandlers Ford!
There have been rats there for as long as I can remember(and before that)..and I'm 64!
Take my advice,and learn to live with it..they won't go away.
As I said on another thread,the only real danger,is to "free swimmers" and fishermen.
Sensible precautions are to wear rubber gloves when cleaning fishponds,and gardening gloves when working where it is likely rats may have been present (pretty much everywhere!),especia

lly if there are droppings present.
Avoid growing climbing plants against buildings,and definitely not up to gutter levels,as the rats will gain access to lofts and roof spaces.They are also fond of nesting under (or in),garden sheds.
Avoid the over use of bird feeders,or putting out crumbs on the ground,as this will encourage them.
Don't put poison anywhere,as this simply endangers other species, and will only kill the odd passing rat,which will soon be replaced by others (you will be fighting a loosing battle if you do).
Children are in no danger,I spent a typically healthy outdoor lifestyle in that area as a child in the fifties (when the rat problem was exactly the same),as did all my friends,and subsequently our own kids,and in many cases,our grandchildren,and I'm not aware of one case of any of Weil's disease in the area,in all that time.
I no longer live in that area now,but I certainly didn't leave because of the rat problem,but whilst there,I had simply learned to live with it,and accept that it is a problem which will not go away (ever) from the area,but it is not one to be panicked,or alarmed by.
Excuse me but when you are walking along in broad daylight and two rats literally feet away are not in a hurry to leave - even with a dog present ... yep, that's a serious problem!!!! The poisons the pest controllers use have got stronger, but the rats have become immune - that's the other problem. Also - even if you have a Jack Russell you would be fearful to allow them to kill as if the rat has taken poison it will kill the dog ... rats of my youth were dispatched by dogs or pitchfork - but then that's probably not politically correct these days either ...
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: They will have to get the Pied Piper of Hamelin in if they want to get rid of the rats in Chandlers Ford! There have been rats there for as long as I can remember(and before that)..and I'm 64! Take my advice,and learn to live with it..they won't go away. As I said on another thread,the only real danger,is to "free swimmers" and fishermen. Sensible precautions are to wear rubber gloves when cleaning fishponds,and gardening gloves when working where it is likely rats may have been present (pretty much everywhere!),especia lly if there are droppings present. Avoid growing climbing plants against buildings,and definitely not up to gutter levels,as the rats will gain access to lofts and roof spaces.They are also fond of nesting under (or in),garden sheds. Avoid the over use of bird feeders,or putting out crumbs on the ground,as this will encourage them. Don't put poison anywhere,as this simply endangers other species, and will only kill the odd passing rat,which will soon be replaced by others (you will be fighting a loosing battle if you do). Children are in no danger,I spent a typically healthy outdoor lifestyle in that area as a child in the fifties (when the rat problem was exactly the same),as did all my friends,and subsequently our own kids,and in many cases,our grandchildren,and I'm not aware of one case of any of Weil's disease in the area,in all that time. I no longer live in that area now,but I certainly didn't leave because of the rat problem,but whilst there,I had simply learned to live with it,and accept that it is a problem which will not go away (ever) from the area,but it is not one to be panicked,or alarmed by.[/p][/quote]Excuse me but when you are walking along in broad daylight and two rats literally feet away are not in a hurry to leave - even with a dog present ... yep, that's a serious problem!!!! The poisons the pest controllers use have got stronger, but the rats have become immune - that's the other problem. Also - even if you have a Jack Russell you would be fearful to allow them to kill as if the rat has taken poison it will kill the dog ... rats of my youth were dispatched by dogs or pitchfork - but then that's probably not politically correct these days either ... newsknight
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11:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Positively4thStreet says...

newsknight wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
They will have to get the Pied Piper of Hamelin in if they want to get rid of the rats in Chandlers Ford!
There have been rats there for as long as I can remember(and before that)..and I'm 64!
Take my advice,and learn to live with it..they won't go away.
As I said on another thread,the only real danger,is to "free swimmers" and fishermen.
Sensible precautions are to wear rubber gloves when cleaning fishponds,and gardening gloves when working where it is likely rats may have been present (pretty much everywhere!),especia


lly if there are droppings present.
Avoid growing climbing plants against buildings,and definitely not up to gutter levels,as the rats will gain access to lofts and roof spaces.They are also fond of nesting under (or in),garden sheds.
Avoid the over use of bird feeders,or putting out crumbs on the ground,as this will encourage them.
Don't put poison anywhere,as this simply endangers other species, and will only kill the odd passing rat,which will soon be replaced by others (you will be fighting a loosing battle if you do).
Children are in no danger,I spent a typically healthy outdoor lifestyle in that area as a child in the fifties (when the rat problem was exactly the same),as did all my friends,and subsequently our own kids,and in many cases,our grandchildren,and I'm not aware of one case of any of Weil's disease in the area,in all that time.
I no longer live in that area now,but I certainly didn't leave because of the rat problem,but whilst there,I had simply learned to live with it,and accept that it is a problem which will not go away (ever) from the area,but it is not one to be panicked,or alarmed by.
Excuse me but when you are walking along in broad daylight and two rats literally feet away are not in a hurry to leave - even with a dog present ... yep, that's a serious problem!!!! The poisons the pest controllers use have got stronger, but the rats have become immune - that's the other problem. Also - even if you have a Jack Russell you would be fearful to allow them to kill as if the rat has taken poison it will kill the dog ... rats of my youth were dispatched by dogs or pitchfork - but then that's probably not politically correct these days either ...
Well,that's exactly my point..the idea that anyone can do anything about it is ludicrous, and for the council to say they can,is disingenuous.
My point was that adaptation, to the problem,is the only measure (along with those preventative ones I've suggested),which can really be taken..and believe me,I tried!
[quote][p][bold]newsknight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: They will have to get the Pied Piper of Hamelin in if they want to get rid of the rats in Chandlers Ford! There have been rats there for as long as I can remember(and before that)..and I'm 64! Take my advice,and learn to live with it..they won't go away. As I said on another thread,the only real danger,is to "free swimmers" and fishermen. Sensible precautions are to wear rubber gloves when cleaning fishponds,and gardening gloves when working where it is likely rats may have been present (pretty much everywhere!),especia lly if there are droppings present. Avoid growing climbing plants against buildings,and definitely not up to gutter levels,as the rats will gain access to lofts and roof spaces.They are also fond of nesting under (or in),garden sheds. Avoid the over use of bird feeders,or putting out crumbs on the ground,as this will encourage them. Don't put poison anywhere,as this simply endangers other species, and will only kill the odd passing rat,which will soon be replaced by others (you will be fighting a loosing battle if you do). Children are in no danger,I spent a typically healthy outdoor lifestyle in that area as a child in the fifties (when the rat problem was exactly the same),as did all my friends,and subsequently our own kids,and in many cases,our grandchildren,and I'm not aware of one case of any of Weil's disease in the area,in all that time. I no longer live in that area now,but I certainly didn't leave because of the rat problem,but whilst there,I had simply learned to live with it,and accept that it is a problem which will not go away (ever) from the area,but it is not one to be panicked,or alarmed by.[/p][/quote]Excuse me but when you are walking along in broad daylight and two rats literally feet away are not in a hurry to leave - even with a dog present ... yep, that's a serious problem!!!! The poisons the pest controllers use have got stronger, but the rats have become immune - that's the other problem. Also - even if you have a Jack Russell you would be fearful to allow them to kill as if the rat has taken poison it will kill the dog ... rats of my youth were dispatched by dogs or pitchfork - but then that's probably not politically correct these days either ...[/p][/quote]Well,that's exactly my point..the idea that anyone can do anything about it is ludicrous, and for the council to say they can,is disingenuous. My point was that adaptation, to the problem,is the only measure (along with those preventative ones I've suggested),which can really be taken..and believe me,I tried! Positively4thStreet
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