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Takeaways blamed as rat population soars in Edinburgh

posted on 30 September 2008 | posted in Pest Control News

open quoteSCOTLAND'S capital city is in the wake of massive infestation of rats, with some pest controllers reporting a seven-fold increase in call-outs this year.

Rat catchers said yesterday the worst rat "hot spots" were the hotels, bars and restaurants in Edinburgh's upmarket George Street and surrounding streets with their large number of fast-food outlets.

They said poor hygiene by retailers, leaving black bin bags stuffed with leftover food overnight on the pavement and overflowing trade waste wheelie bins, was mostly to blame.

But they also accused late-night revellers of throwing away remnants of pizza and takeaways without a thought for the consequences.
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