Fri. May 20th, 2022

The city with the worst rat infestation problem in London has been revealed as experts confirm that the rat population is rapidly rising in the capital.

First and foremost comes the Tower Hamlets, East London district, which has the largest number of complaints about rats in a study in London.

But pest control experts in London have said the problem is only getting worse.

READ MORE: The truth behind the urban myth that you are never more than 6 meters from a rat in London

A spokesman for the pest control company Integrum Services said: “It is estimated that there are two rats for each person in London.

‘That would take the current rat population to over 18 million, a truly staggering number.

Rats were spotted in Sainsbury’s earlier this week

“With this growing rat population, competition for food will only get tougher, so expect to see more cases like we’ve just seen at Sainsbury’s.”

The company said rats are also becoming much more fearless – and more adventurous in their search for food.

The results follow a hair-raising video from this week where two rats rush over unpacked croissants in a Sainsbury’s bakery and Essex Road, Islington.

But the Islington district of North London is only ninth in London’s top ten.

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The full list of rat-infested neighborhoods can be found below.

  1. Tower Hamlets

  2. Brent

  3. Camden

  4. Lambeth

  5. Ealing

  6. Redbridge

  7. Newham

  8. Hackney

  9. Islington

  10. Wandsworth

So with these many crawlers on our feed in the capital, how far are we from our furry friends?

MyLondon talked to an environmental health expert earlier this week on levels of rat infestation in London, who said the urban myth of always being six meters from one is not entirely true.

He said: “Some time ago, my work looked at the risks to public health from urban rats at the time.

“The myth of never being more than six feet away from a rat was a comment taken out of context, taking into account the estimated number of rats at the time plus the fact that they are in drains and sewers.”

He continued: “And their behavior reflects the behavior of the human population, meant they were never far away and a rat could be so close to six feet, but it also depends on the environment.”


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