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Residents furious as rats seen in gardens

DISGUSTED residents on Hobs Moat Road are pleading for help after discovering rats in their 'well maintained' back gardens.

DISGUSTED residents on Hobs Moat Road are pleading for help after discovering rats in their 'well maintained' back gardens.

Eighty six-year-old Fred Smith and married couple Thomas and Pauline Weaver have both seen the germ-ridden rodents in their separate gardens.

They believe that the pests are attracted to the unhygienic conditions at a property that currently rented out.

Heaps of rubbish, old clothes, cut-off carpet, and stale food are among the debris languishing in the garden.

"It's a filthy, disgusting tip," said Mr Smith, a former aircraft tool maker.

"I keep my property clean and I've had enough of this now. We need help to stop this getting any worse."

The green wheelie bin on the front garden of the house is also littered with unwrapped food which is thought to be another cause of the increased number of rats.

Solihull Council empty the bins for free on a fortnightly basis. However, they clearly state the items of waste that shouldn't be included and one of these is food.

We tried asking the current occupiers if they had seen any rats but they claimed they couldn't speak English.

A distressed Pauline Weaver, 79, said, "We just don't need this at our age.

"When you start seeing rats you know there's a problem. It's not a nice sight."

After numerous calls to Solihull Council, a pest control operative is due to assess the situation at the affected houses next week.

There is a charge for the council service but Mr Smith hopes it helps eradicate what other precautionary measures, such as rattraps, have failed to do.

 

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