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16 August 2020 04:33

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  • “I know people [in Bootle] are getting [rats] because of rubbish that’s been dumped,” Berry said.

“I know people [in Bootle] are getting [rats] because of rubbish that’s been dumped,” Berry said.

Rodents of Unusual Size apparently do exist. Rats the size of rabbits have taken over the Litherland section of Liverpool, England, and residents say the brazen creatures are multiplying and getting bigger and bigger. "It's just non-stop. They've taken over," one resident told the Liverpool Echo. One local resorted to trapping the rats on his own, showing the paper his latest catch.

"This fella just rolled into our house," he said. "We've caught about five during lockdown but this was by far the biggest. Another Liverpudlian, Sandra Berry said she had to move in with her daughter due to "not being able to cope" with the rats and the devastation they leave behind. "I know people [in Bootle] are getting [rats] because of rubbish that's been dumped," Berry said. "But that's not what's happening here.

We don't have a fly-tipping or rubbish problem. I don't know where they come from." The video will start in 8 Cancel News, views and top stories in your inbox. Don't miss our must-read newsletter Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Liverpool residents have said their homes and gardens have become overrun with rats "the size of rabbits". Locals say the problem is ongoing, with the pests continuing to find new ways to get into their properties the Liverpool Echo reported. Some said the "brazen" creatures seem to be getting bigger during lockdown. One man affected, who lived in Litherland, north of Liverpool's city centre, said the rats had "taken over" his home. "It's just non-stop. They were always coming into our garden so we blocked all possible entrances, but they seem to keep finding new ways. This fella just rolled into our house. "We've caught about five during lockdown but this was by far the biggest. Thought it was a rabbit at first." The reports come after people living in nearby towns, said they had also been suffering from infestations. One woman, Sandra Berry, who lives in Bootle, had moved in with her daughter due to "not being able to cope" with the rats and rubbish. But there seems to be a difference here. (Image: Liverpool Echo) The Litherland resident claimed Bootle's rat infestation was due to a load of rubbish that had been dumped. This wasn't the case in his town, he said. "We clean up loads. We don't have a fly-tipping or rubbish problem. "I don't know where they come from." Another local woman said she has had rats in and around her house for years. "I use poison to kill them," she said. "It's not ideal but I don't see any other way of dealing with them. I think they come from the canal." Sefton Council said it had "no evidence" to suggest an ongoing rat problem in Litherland. Their spokesman said: "We currently have no evidence to suggest there is an ongoing significant problem in these locations. "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. It's not the first time this year that giant rats have become a worry for Brits. Earlier this year, pest experts became concerned rats would sweep the country because of stockpilers who were dumping food. This could attract rats of more than a foot long and spread illnesses through their urine.