City Council's Parks, Woodlands and Countryside Service and the
Friends of Osgathorpe Park are calling on all local people to help
tackle the growing number of rats in Osgathorpe Park.
are thriving because food, particularly bread waste, is being left
outdoors. Some of this food is intended for birds but unfortunately
the rats are feasting on the leftovers.
are considered vermin because of their harmful effects upon humans.
They can transmit diseases, such as Weil's disease, which can be
caught by contact with water or moist soil containing rat urine,
and Salmonella. Both of these diseases cause sickness, diarrhoea,
headaches and fever. Parasites carried and passed on by rats include
ringworm, mites, tapeworm, ticks and fleas.
current rat problem is being dealt with by the Parks, Woodlands
and Countryside Service. Please help to make your area a cleaner
and healthier place to live by ensuring that you put any food waste
in a bin.
more information, contact Paul Tankard, Parks Officer,
telephone 0114 273 6954.
on the move
There were also complaints of a 'mouse and rat epidemic' at the
BCAF Quarterly forum. A resident said empty properties were breeding
grounds, action should be taken before the Council knocks them down
otherwise the rats flee to neighbouring houses and gardens. Jean
Burley, area housing manager promised to raise this with Environmental
the birds but not the rats
Feed birds using a hanging feeder or a bird table, not the floor.
Ground feeding birds should be able to use a table, and food on
the floor will attract rats. If you do have rats, it's because they
have found a source of food. Unless you're sure that they can't
get at your bird food, it's best to stop feeding the birds for a
while - the rats will move on, and then you can begin feeding again.