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CORONAVIRUS: Lockdown sparks huge rise in Maidstone's rat population

Friday 22nd May 2020

THE coronavirus lockdown has sparked a huge rise in Maidstone’s suburban rat population.

Pest control experts say the closure of restaurants and the lack of litter on the streets is having an effect on the eating habits and behaviour of rats.

One Weavering resident said: "We have had rats in our back garden and we have never had them before."

Gary Bashford, manager at Bearsted Pest Control, told Daily Downs Mail: "We have had alot of garden calls since the beginning of lockdown. I think it's mainly due to the fact there is less litter on the streets and places like restaurants are closed so they are looking for different food sources.

"We've noticed a big difference in rat calls, twice the amount compared to last year."