Friday, April 24, 2009

Social decline and the rise of vermin in our towns and cities.

Rats Feed Off U.K. Recession as Trash Mounts, Buildings Empty

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- For British rats, the worst of times has turned out to be the best of times. The vermin more associated with the Dickensian era than modern Britain are thriving, with shuttered shops and half-built housing sites to live in, rotting piles of uncollected garbage for dinner and fewer exterminators sent out to kill them.

Posted by flintster1994 @ 12:17 PM (1234 views)
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12 thoughts on “Social decline and the rise of vermin in our towns and cities.

  • flintster1994 says:

    Is rubbish collection and vermin as big an issue in our towns and cities as this article makes out? I live in the countryside and happily share my house with the odd mouse or two.

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  • Indeed Flinster. Rats are very common in most major cities.

    In London you’re never more than about 10 feet from a rat and thats outside the square mile (badum-tissh!).

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  • japanese uncle says:

    No rats can be more vicious and harmful than those infesting in the City and the Westminster.

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  • happy mondays says:

    Now Now ju, do not be nasty to the rats! There is no equivalent animal, insect or other life form, lower than the bent politician’s, banker’s, corporations, that have been sucking the life out of us… But i would say, maybe the Dung Beetle (no disrespect dung beetle) as they all seem to have sucked the life out of us, and now, pushing the shite our way!

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  • mountain goat says:

    Got to admire rats though, the ultimate survivor.

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  • pathetically bad article

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  • general congreve says:

    Well the rats better enjoy their rubbish foraging monopoly while they can, it won’t be long before they’re competing with the rest of us over half-eaten McDonalds cast offs.

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  • I saw a rat, with attitude, trying to get in through the front door of Tesco’s one afternoon and a pair of ducks out wandering, heading for the bread aisle!

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  • I have often though that a great thing to do would be to allow shooting rats with air rifles at night as an allowable sporting pastime.

    The army of paintballers would take this up with glee.

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  • Rats are extraordinarily intelligent and resourceful. Generally you will only see one when they want you to, or when they can’t get away quickly enough.

    City rats are usually sluggish and a bit dumb. Farm rats are clever lightning quick – I’ve seen one race up a brick wall and over into a field before.

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  • Terriers are the best way to deal with rats. Look up ‘terriers ratting’ on You Tube to see them at work. As a kid in a countryside, I used to go with mates down to the calving sheds at the local farm for an afternoon of exhilarating free fun. With purse strings tightening, such activities could be a good way to kill two birds with one stone once again.

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  • happy mondays says:

    @ 9
    Rats are not the problem, we are the problem, we produce and throw out too much crap !
    However shooting es’s & banker’s could be a sport of the future… A few trophy heads on the wall to glee over at dinner parties!

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