Super-sized rats ‘as big as cats’ invade street and force kids to stay at home

Residents have been forced to keep their children indoors after huge rats took over the streets.

The locals living in Page Moss, Merseyside said the infestation had worsened and the rats had grown so big that the traps were not harmful to them anymore.

In home security footage shared to Liverpool Echo, a rat is seen running up along an electric cable outside a home.

It slips and slides down to the ground right behind a fence.

The camerawoman, who does not wish to be named, said people are being kept awake at all hours by the vermin and claimed the rats are "the size of a normal cat".

She said: "Rat traps aren't setting them off anymore, they're that big, the traps aren't catching them.

"I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't have seen it on my own CCTV.

"You hear the bins going every night, you have people finding live rats in the bins and having to kill them themselves.

"I have a Jack Russell and my dog had to go in and kill the rat in the bin, it was huge.

"They're the size of a normal cat, not a big cat, but they're massive."

She also said children can't go out to play in the garden because the rats would leave droppings in the playground.

"You've got them chewing the car, we have a work van and and they're chewing wires, it's a pandemic," the resident continued.

"We're all suffering, our kids can't play in the garden.

"If you leave toys you're having to disinfect them, you're having to brush up rat droppings every day from round the bins.

"I have a Wendy house in my garden for my little girl and I am having to sterilise before she goes in which takes an hour on its own."

The Knowsley council was aware of the problem and said they are working to deal with waste collection services and fly tipping.

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A spokesperson said: "We have been working with United Utilities to introduce a sewer baiting programme across Knowsley and this has been running for over a year now.

"With more residents working from home (and therefore more cars parked outside of homes during the daytime), access to some roads has also been problematic.

"There have been some missed collections, and we put arrangements in place to return to collect any missed bins as soon as we can. Our teams have worked additional hours and over weekends to try to deal with these challenges."

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