ANDY Cole, leader for environmental protection at North Devon Council, said: “Rats are no more an issue here in North Devon than any other area. Figures also show there has been no recent increase in complaints to us about them.
“It’s important to highlight that North Devon Council doesn’t provide a pest control service. So, if people see rats in or around their home or business, they are advised to either take pest control measures themselves or seek advice from a reputable pest control contractor.”
Mr Cole said the council had a duty to investigate alleged infestations.
He said: “We can ensure the home or business owner takes appropriate action. In these instances, people should phone 01271 388870 or email customerservices@northdevon..uk.”
A statement on Torridge District Council’s website gave advice on how people can reduce the risk of rat infestations.
It said: “You can help yourself by ensuring that your premises are in good repair, making it difficult for rats to gain access and making sure air bricks are intact.
“Remove any sources of food or water, clear areas, which may offer shelter or nesting materials such as piles of timber or any areas of your garden, which are overgrown.
“Do not leave food out for the birds or other animals.”
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