Rats Just Can't Wait for Winter; Northern Rivers Rodents Coming out in Force

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Byline: Ava Benny-Morrison news@northernstar.com.au

IT'S not quite a plague but rodents have been running riot around Lismore lately.

Pest control agents around town have noticed a spike in the number of rat problems well before their high activity season.

The largely disliked rodent is most prominent in winter when it enters human habitats in search of food.

But a local pest control manager has noted a steady flow of rat activity, including some strange hiding places.

"The population is definitely on the increase," Michael Powell of Sanctuary Pest Group said.

"Usually rats are more prominent in winter but I haven't seen a drop in summer for a few years, it has been constant.

"I think rats can cause more damage than termites because they chew through anything.

"I recently found a rat's nest with a mother and nine baby rats, in a person's couch that contained the home owner's underwear, clothes and tea towels they thought were missing," Mr Powell said.

There are a few 'hot spots' in Lismore and parts of Byron Bay and Goonellabah have seen their fair share of the furry pests too. …