Horror of Blackburn rats in Mill Hill residents' attic

VERMIN Lindsay Davis takes a tentative peek into her rat-infested loft

VERMIN The alleyway behind Jessel Street, Mill Hill, which is blamed for the problem

First published in Blackburn Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

RESIDENTS who are living a ‘nightmare’ have said ‘enough is enough’ after their street was plagued with rats.

Houses in Jessel Street, in the Mill Hill area of Blackburn, have been infested by the vermin according to residents, leading to some people even considering moving home.

Lindsay Davis, who lives in the street with her husband Chris and three children, said they had so far caught five rats in their loft.

Mr Davis has even been dubbed the Pied Piper of Jessel Street by some of his neighbours after offering to lay traps for them.

Mrs Davis, 39, said: “It has been a nightmare. It started a couple of months back when we heard something up in the loft.

“It was a scratching noise so I got my husband to go up there.

“It is horrendous. You can hear them above the bed.

“You don’t know what they are bringing in and with children you cannot have that.

“If we could, we would move.”

Council pest control officers, as well as private companies, have been to the street and laid traps, but so far the problem has not been solved. Mrs Davis said she believed the vermin had been attracted by dirty nappies and other rubbish, which had been dumped in the alley behind her house.

Stephen Dickinson, who also lives in the street, said the problem was starting to get him and his wife Stella down.

Mr Dickinson, 72, said: “We are having to come down from the bedroom and sleep downstairs.

“You can hear them walking, scratching and climbing down the cavity wall.

“I am just glad they have not come down to the living area yet.”

Coun Faryad Hussain, executive member for environmental improvement and sustainability at Blackburn with Darwen council, said large amounts of rain, like East Lancashire has seen recently, can force rats to the surface.

He said: “We have visited Jessel Street and treated the homes of residents who have reported an issue.

“We are also going to investigate the drains for any faults or defects as this is one way rats can get in to people’s homes.

“We are doing all we can to tackle pest concerns in the borough and are seeing a gradual decline in the number of reports of certain pests.

“The council always aim to come down hard and prosecute people caught not disposing of rubbish in the correct manner.”

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12:08pm Thu 19 Jul 12

VainDM says...

We are struggling keeping rats out ourselves at Ewood. The closed Ewood arms and the old mill near Fox and Hounds aren't helping!
We are struggling keeping rats out ourselves at Ewood. The closed Ewood arms and the old mill near Fox and Hounds aren't helping! VainDM
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12:13pm Thu 19 Jul 12

useyourhead says...

I would set traps for the animals causing it, clean up. no food = no rats
I would set traps for the animals causing it, clean up. no food = no rats useyourhead
  • Score: 2

2:31pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Bredrin says...

create aids for rats? just like africa!
create aids for rats? just like africa! Bredrin
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4:12pm Thu 19 Jul 12

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

useyourhead wrote:
I would set traps for the animals causing it, clean up. no food = no rats
IDIOT!!!!
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: I would set traps for the animals causing it, clean up. no food = no rats[/p][/quote]IDIOT!!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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4:14pm Thu 19 Jul 12

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Catch them alive and when you have 3/4 let them loose in the TOWN HALL and see how long it take for them to be got rid of!!!
Catch them alive and when you have 3/4 let them loose in the TOWN HALL and see how long it take for them to be got rid of!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Malthus says...

"Lindsay Davis takes a tentative peek into her rat-infested loft". Surely that is no way to describe the Telegraph's photographer.
"Lindsay Davis takes a tentative peek into her rat-infested loft". Surely that is no way to describe the Telegraph's photographer. Malthus
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5:46pm Thu 19 Jul 12

useyourhead says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
I would set traps for the animals causing it, clean up. no food = no rats
IDIOT!!!!
Elaborate.
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: I would set traps for the animals causing it, clean up. no food = no rats[/p][/quote]IDIOT!!!![/p][/quote]Elaborate. useyourhead
  • Score: 1

5:49pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Info-warrior says...

As soon as the rivers swell up the drains fill up and the rats scatter from drains looking for some comfy dry rockwool to snuggle up in while the floods pass. Once these rats have shot up your back pipe and got to the lofty bit and they suspect that there is munches to be had they will find a way in to nick it while your dreaming of sheeples being free once again.
As soon as the rivers swell up the drains fill up and the rats scatter from drains looking for some comfy dry rockwool to snuggle up in while the floods pass. Once these rats have shot up your back pipe and got to the lofty bit and they suspect that there is munches to be had they will find a way in to nick it while your dreaming of sheeples being free once again. Info-warrior
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10:15pm Thu 19 Jul 12

N4you! says...

hire a cat
hire a cat N4you!
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8:06am Fri 20 Jul 12

dougsie says...

have a walk down king street and into town that area is infested with rats.the very large rats that are human immigrants and drunks
have a walk down king street and into town that area is infested with rats.the very large rats that are human immigrants and drunks dougsie
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9:58am Fri 20 Jul 12

Gaz M says...

Have,nt they got enough rats in the Town Hall as it is ROBERTSLUMDWELLER!
Have,nt they got enough rats in the Town Hall as it is ROBERTSLUMDWELLER! Gaz M
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12:55pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Get yourself a stinky ferret
Get yourself a stinky ferret Your ferret stinks
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11:23am Sat 21 Jul 12

norah bhatty says...

Comments aside, rats are not what people should be having to deal with.

The council do employ a 'rat catcher' but even he/her is limited as to what can be put down for fear of other animals touching the poison.

More pressure on the authorities if the problem is as bad as what householders say.

Cat - maybe, but really not the answer.
Comments aside, rats are not what people should be having to deal with. The council do employ a 'rat catcher' but even he/her is limited as to what can be put down for fear of other animals touching the poison. More pressure on the authorities if the problem is as bad as what householders say. Cat - maybe, but really not the answer. norah bhatty
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