Fear of rat infestation as 1.3 million rodents enter city – workers attacked and bitten | Great Britain | news


In 2021, reports of rats were circulating across the city, with Conservatives pleading for more funding to combat the rodent problem in January. Now the GMB union is blaming the downsizing that has resulted in the garbage teams no longer being able to cope with the rise in rats.

A survey of exterminators Pest control.de announced that Glasgow has the biggest bug problem in Scotland with around 1.3 million reported rodents.

Only London, Birmingham and Leeds have more rodents than Glasgow in the UK.

Edinburgh ranked seventh among exterminators with around 1.1 million rodents.

Aberdeen is also believed to have nearly 500,000 rats, including 330,000 in Dundee, about 180,000 in Inverness, and nearly 84,000 invading Stirling.

Chris Mitchell, GMB Scotland convener for the city council’s cleaning department, told The Sun that he had threatened to “withdraw workers” over health concerns.

He added: “We cannot go on like this – we have reached a crisis point. It’s the worst plague of rats I’ve ever seen. There is infestation everywhere.

“The first thing you look at when you visit a country is how clean it is, but there are parts of this city that are darned.

“We want COP26 to be a success, but how can we welcome the people to this great city when it is in this state?”

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Opposition MSPs have also impaled the SNP and Council leaders for not doing more to address the rodent problem.

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar said: “The city’s garbage crisis is turning into a full-blown health risk. Glasgow deserves better. “

Glasgow Tory MSP Annie Wells accused the Council Chairs of “not looking at the issue”.

She added, “It is scandalous that city officials are routinely exposed to rat attack while they are cleaning up.

“Glasgow is unable to welcome world leaders to COP26.”


Glasgow Pest Control Service received more than 8,500 calls between January 2020 and March 2021.

GMB Scotland said the number of street cleaners in the city has dropped from 900 to 213 over the past seven years, with the garbage can workers dropping from 1,300 to 800.

It has now launched its own rat registry to report sightings.

Glasgow Council has insisted on hiring 598 garbage collectors and 420 street cleaners with the aim of adding 30 more.

A spokesman told The Sun, “Cleanup budgets are protected and investments made.”

It comes after Stephen Egan, a Glasgow official in charge of the cleanliness of parks and streets, insisted he fail to recognize talk of “rat attacks”.

He said, “I am not aware of that. There have been several unfortunate incidents in the past six to twelve months.

“Rats are never good. We had workers who got scratched and had a tetanus spike.

“In the last situation, the guy was back at work in an hour and a half. The idea that rats attack humans on a regular basis is simply not proven. “

City guide Susan Aitken also said: “I don’t think the streets are dirty.”


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