Anger as Rats Problem Persists

A Blantyre woman has contacted us with this story suggesting her problem with rats is not being taken seriously enough by the Council.

The woman lives in flats on Auchinraith Road (over the back from Elm Street), Blantyre. A few weeks ago, her son noticed a rat on the bins in the back garden. In broad daylight, the rat was scavenging and these photos were taken.

The family were quick to act. Knowing it presented a health hazard, they reported it to Environmental Health at South Lanarkshire Council, who came out and left a bait box.

Thinking that may be the end of it, no other rats were seen by the family until yesterday. Around 2.30am in the early hours of Friday 11 September 2020, the family dog was barking and to the family’s horror, the saw a rat trying to get up into the house through floor board near their radiator.

The woman phoned back environmental health but were told nothing can be done until Monday, the department closing for the weekend. Whilst this was frustrating, the alarming thing in the call was that council staff confused her with another tenant from Elm Street who had been on the phone earlier in the week complaining about rats too.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us, “I genuinely think we have an infestation and the council aren’t taking it seriously enough. One single bait box capable of catching one rat in an entire area won’t do a thing.”

She continued, “I’m having to live in fear the full weekend, knowing more rats could be trying to get into my flat. I’m really just wanting to raise more awareness or ask if others in Auchinraith Road or Elm Street are also having this problem!”

“I think the council should be doing more to address this properly!”

Environmental Health can be called at SLC on 0303 123 1015 Monday to Thursday 8.45am – 4.45pm; Friday 8.45am-4.15pm. Alternatively complaints about rats can be sent in to them online via a form here:

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