Rat Catcher Squad Announced

church crookham allotments ratsRATS – SPRING 2017
Rats have been reported by several tenants and committee members have been helping eradicate them.
We are pleased to announce the formation of the rat catchers’ squad.  Use the email address below to report sightings.

The tenants agreement advises that sightings of rodents should be reported : “It is the responsibility of all tenants to report any rodent activity to the Pest Control Officer at Hart District Council..” However, Hart District Council sub-contracts vermin control and this is a chargeable service to plot-holders.

The committee has purchased several rat-traps and we can confirm that they work. We would wish to strongly deter tenants from using poisoned bait as this can easily end up killing wild-life.

We have tried and tested “Rentokil Quick Set Rat Trap” from Wilko’s http://www.wilko.com which is a powerful, reusable plastic snap trap for killing rats. It’s easy to use with a one click to set, one click disposal system, and is a safe, poison-free way to kill rats.

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Take special care when setting a trap and keep out of reach of children, pets and non-target animals. It is an offence to place traps in a location which may endanger wild birds or other protected animals.

Rats will try to stay hidden and love the warmth of compost bins. These can often make ideal nesting sites. Compost should not contain food scraps as this encourages vermin. Turn over the contents of your compost heap now – they don’t like it.

The committee rat catchers squad, Andy Theaker plot 91, Howard Holden plot 81 and Nigel Williams plot 100 will be pleased to hear from you. If you have sighted rats recently,  let them know exactly where and when and the (now experienced) team will do the rest. N.B. Traps require careful positioning and regular inspection.

Your committee is of the opinion that the use of poisons to catch rats is to be strongly discouraged as this can lead to the unintended death of other wildlife. As the allotments are a public place poisons are seen as an unacceptable risk to children and adults.

EU Law states : You can be fined or imprisoned if you cause unnecessary harm to any animal.

Find out more at www.gov.uk

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