100 Rat Complaints Every Day In London

rats on London streets

A recent report showing London boroughs between them received 186,000 rodent complaints between 2012 and 2017 with some individual boroughs getting over 20,000.

Rodents on the rise with 186,000 sightings over the past five years

It’s well known that London, in common with many larger cities, has a rat and mouse problem; a recent report shows just how severe the issue is throughout the capital with some 186,000 reported rat and mice sightings from 2012 to 2017. Some London boroughs have received complaints well into five figures during this period as the capital’s rodent problem exacerbates.

Population increases spell problems

The report, entitled ‘Rat Land’ and compiled by London Assembly member Susan Hall, polled all 32 London boroughs for their statistics on rodent sightings and analysed, through the help of London pest control experts, why the capital’s rat and mouse problem is so acute.

Some of the more densely populated London boroughs such as Tower Hamlets are particularly affected by rat and mice infestations – indeed, Tower Hamlets accounts for 30,000 (16%) of the overall total of reported sightings, the highest of all the London boroughs. This is largely a consequence of this East London borough being right at the top in terms of overcrowding statistics, and overcrowding can encourage the proliferation of rodents and other pests.

Other London boroughs reporting high incidences of rodent sightings were Brent and Camden in the north west of the capital with just under 20,000 and 13,500 sightings respectively; Lambeth south of the River Thames with 13,300 complaints, and Ealing in the west with just over 12,240.

There are only eight boroughs reporting fewer than 1,000 sightings per year; these include the City of London (940), Kensington and Chelsea (845), Merton (546) and Hammersmith and Fulham (271).

Why there’s a rodent problem

Densely populated areas can inevitably promote pest problems, but an overall need to step up general cleanliness and hygiene has been identified. For example, using expert drain contractors to more regularly clean and clear drains is seen as an important step as areas with poor drainage can give rise to rodent infestations.

‘Street cleanliness’ measures such as sweeping and removing rubbish – particularly in the light of certain graphic videos on social media showing rats attacking rubbish bags left on streets – can inhibit rodent numbers.

It’s also down to business owners and householders generally to observe good practices when it comes to the storing and disposal of rubbish, especially food-related refuse, and to do what they can to inhibit rodents. Pests such as rats are attracted to food sources, so secure bagging of unwanted food prior to its preferably swift removal is vital.

Other solutions include the stepping up of awareness campaigns and perhaps a reconsideration of how often bins are emptied by local authorities. Refuse removal has been reduced in frequency in recent years, so food waste has been hanging around in some neighbourhoods for at least a fortnight so attracting the wrong type of visitor to an area.

Businesses handling food such as restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets are likely to be more closely monitored by environmental health personnel and encouraged to be more diligent in their rubbish handling.

A rising problem

Pest control experts say cities are ideal places for rodents to thrive as they naturally offer plenty of shelter, food and water – a situation likely to improve for them as densities of population increase.

The Best Outdoor Ice Rinks in the UK

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Winter is setting in and the Christmas effect is in full swing – be it 2 months early! – but it’s time to start planning a Christmassy day out at some of the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the UK!

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

This year’s Canary Wharf ice skating rink theme is LuminoSity; over 8-thousand LED lights will be sparkling under the ice and illuminating skaters in colour. There will be a bar serving drinks and season snacks. For those who fancy watching their loved ones’ skate and don’t fancy trying it themselves, there will be a heated outdoor viewing terrace to relax in.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Parks Winter Wonderland ice rink is the largest one in the UK, set around Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand under sparkling lights and festive décor. You can skate during the crisp winter mornings, the afternoon sun, a romantic twilight setting or under the stars. There will be live music playing and a bar serving hot drinks and festive drinks.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

The 1,000 metres square ice rink is situated in the grounds of the Natural History Museum buildings, with rows of trees covered in fairy lights, and a Christmas tree in the middle of the ice rink. There is also a slightly smaller course for younger skaters to practice in. There is also a Café Bar overlooking the ice rink, with live music and a traditional fairground carousel.

Skate at Somerset House

Somerset House is the most beautiful backdrop to see whilst skating around the 18th-century courtyard. The 900-square-metre outdoor rink will be open for hundreds of skaters this year, and it’s sure to be the most Instagrammable destination this Christmas! Alongside the skating, there will also be a bar, private dining area and posh pop up shops, creating the most relaxing Christmassy vibe this year.

Nottingham Winter Wonderland

Set in the heart of Nottingham, this year’s Ice Rink is at its biggest size yet, decorated with LED lights and a large decorated Christmas tree in the centre. New for this year will be a ski-lodge themed boot room!

Despite their glitzy and simplistic appearance, ice rinks are complicated things to set up and maintain! Ice rinks require good quality and reliable diesel powered generators to power the coolers to maintain the ice rink and make it last as long as possible.

They’re also time consuming to make. Water has to be applied carefully and slowly, in order to make sure it is all the same thickness. An ice surface that is too thick requires more power to keep it frozen, which in turn can make it prone to going soft on top. However, if a surface is too thin, it can be dangerous for skaters as they could cut straight through to the ice.