Rats the size of rabbits are rolling into homes and eating their way through kitchen cupboards.
The giant rodents have been spotted chewing children’s lunchboxes in the Litherland area of Merseyside, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The issue was first raised back in August last year but the creatures are back and appear to be even more of a nuisance than before.
Traps and poison don’t seem to work and one man has claimed that the ‘brazen’ animals would ‘roll into his house’.
Another resident, Mrs Lilley, told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s every time we are in lockdown, because there are less people out and about and less food rubbish available to them.
“We did up the kitchen in December and they’ve managed to gnaw their way through brand new cupboards. It beggars belief.
“One of them chewed right the way through my granddaughter’s lunchbox, too. They eat everything in the house.
“Traps don’t work. Poison doesn’t seem to work. My husband tried to catch some, but then what do you do with them when you’ve caught them?”
Mrs Lilley has previously claimed the rats have helped themselves to snacks from her kitchen, including entire packets of orange Club biscuits and Wotsits.
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But despite the concerns of local residents, Sefton Council insist they have no reason to believe there are any pest issues.
“We currently have no evidence to suggest there is an ongoing significant problem in these locations,” said their spokeswoman.
“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.”
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