No, gigantic poison-resistant super rats aren’t the latest super villain in a late night SyFy Channel Armageddon film – but they are very real and they’re invading Manchester.
Back in 2015, when poison-resistant super rats were merely a nightmarish imaginary thought, the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) warned that huge rats which are immune to poison could invade British homes.
But now it’s happening.
In the borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester, a councillor has warned that the terrifying feral creatures are running riot through the town and terrifying residents everywhere, reports Manchester Evening News.
Councillor Howard Skyes said:
The image of giant rats in our borough may sound like a vision of horror from a James Herbert novel but the industry’s professional body, the British Pest Control Association, has recently issued a report identifying rats of an abnormal size and with an increasing resistance to conventional poisons as a real problem in urban Britain.
He added that some of the rats are larger than ‘two feet in length’.
According to the BPCA, the mutant creatures are entirely resistant to the typical toxic pellets that homeowners can get their hands on.
And as if that wasn’t enough to leave you trembling like a leaf in Chernobyl, some of the rats are so resistant to the pellets that they actually feed on them which (wait for it…) makes them bigger, stronger, and more resistant. Fuck.
BPCA Chief Executive Simon Forrester added:
Normal rats are being killed off by poison, so these resistant species are taking their place.
It’s only natural that their numbers are expanding and there would be a significant risk to public health if their population is left unchecked.
Never have I been happier to work in Manchester…
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.