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Rat Warning in Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and Market Weighton


5:30pm 14th January 2014

A rat and mice warning has been issued for homes and businesses Pocklington, Market Weighton and Stamford Bridge as the animals search for food and warmth.

During winter, there are more calls for help to deal with rodents than at any other time of the year.

Paul Bellotti from East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: "Rats and mice are on the move at this time of the year looking for food and the need for shelter in bad weather."

"They are encouraged when people drop food in the street or discard fast food on an evening out. In this area another major food source is that put out for birds."

"If rodents find there is a steady food supply they hang around and look for a nearby building where they can nest. This gives them ideal conditions to live and breed."

"The best advice is to use the litter bins for unwanted takeaway food and not to over-feed the birds. Put out just enough bird food in the morning and then clean up so there is nothing left to entice rodents."

Between the four months from November 2012 to March 2013 the council received 227 reports of rats and 100 reports of mice. The council offers a paid-for service that is available by calling (01482) 396301.

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