Claims of rat Infestation in Dundee as ‘massive’ rodents found

A councillor says his ward has been plagued by a “significant” rat infestation.

Charlie Malone has received three complaints in the space of a week about vermin in Lochee.

It comes a week after “massive” rats were seen in the West End near overflowing bins.

The West Law allotments have had a particular problem with rats, as have the Charleston and Wellbank areas.

Mr Malone urged other councillors to be vigilant in a bid to prevent a city-wide infestation

West Law allotments

He said: “I’ve had three reports about vermin from residents in the last week.

“There have been quite a few rats at the West Law allotments, both black and grey.

“I’ve got an allotment there and I’ve actually seen them myself.

“There are people who have had allotments there for 30 years and they’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s definitely significant.

“It’s across the whole ward. I’ve also had reports from the Charleston and Wellbank areas.”

Mr Malone added: “There’s nothing to suggest at the moment that it’s anything to do with cleanliness.

“I raised concerns about vermin when the new bins were rolled out last year.

“Council officers are aware of it and they’re going up to take a look and see if they can find out what’s causing it.

“Hopefully other councillors will keep a close eye on their wards to stop any further outbreak.”

Brian Baird, operations manager for Eliminate – a pest control service which works in Dundee – said the most likely cause of the infestations was the rats having a plentiful food source.

He said: “The usual reasons for them being in an area would be a food source – obviously around places such as takeaways that deal with food a lot or if there was somewhere else that food had been left.

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“The best thing to do to try to prevent rats is just general housekeeping – being vigilant.”

Mr Baird also warned people not to ignore signs of rats because there are a number of illnesses that can be passed on to humans through the rodents’ urine or faeces, notably Weil’s disease.

Weil’s disease is a form of a bacterial infection also known as leptospirosis that is carried by animals, most commonly rats and cattle.

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “Pest control officers have attended the site and will revisit later today for further investigation and action where necessary.”