Council estate ‘alive’ with rats and mice despite ‘full block treatment’

Mice and rats are still running riot on a council estate where pest control has already visited.

Residents in the Dodson and Amigo Estate in Southwark, south London say the council's attempts to rid their estate of vermin earlier this year failed

According to Southwark News, professionals have been sent out to the estate several times to deal with the issue.

In July an even more thorough clean-up was reportedly carried out.

However, mice and rats are still being found scuttling inside homes and in the communal grass areas.

Graphic snaps show a rat with its head caught in a trap and outside what looks like a disembowelled rat on the estate’s lawn.

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Speaking from experience, resident Jacquie Gilmartin says finding one rat or mouse in your home means there are plenty more about.

Jacquie Gilmartin said: "All the blocks need to be done. It’s not going away. Why are we still finding mice and rats in our homes? People are still finding them.

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"One person caught a rat in their kitchen. I still get mice. There are people in my block who are running alive with them.

"People say they’ve found one – you never have one, if you’ve got one you’ve got more."

It has been suggested by residents that they may have neighbours too ashamed to report a mouse or rat problem in their own homes.

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Vulnerable people too will be even more desperate to have the situation sorted.

Cllr Darren Merrill, Cabinet Member for a safer, cleaner borough, said: "We began a full block treatment of Amigo House and Dodson Street in July and it will be done again starting in September, including the surrounding blocks.

"We will write to confirm the schedule of works by letter to residents."

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