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Rats invade homes in Somerset to escape flooded lairs

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

Rats are taking refuge in people's homes as their lairs are flooded

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A plague of rats are invading the homes of those affected by flooding across vast swathes of the West Country.

The disease-carrying rodents have been emerging from their traditional lairs in sewers and burrows, fleeing the rising flood waters.

The rodents are seeking refuge in homes where there is a ready supply of food and warm shelter to be found in lofts.

Pest control firms have reportedly been in high demand in the worst hit areas, as terrified families face another problem to contend with.

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  • Free2opine  |  January 08 2014, 4:17PM

    O heck, I have just got round to reading my last comment........it sound odd with the wrong word set in there. It should of course read " the EU will not let us, NOT, charge anything"

  • Free2opine  |  January 08 2014, 12:35PM

    Samantha, it is not greed, it is their right, as dictated by the EU. Did you know that we have to charge VAT of 5% on our energy bills because the EU won't less us NOT charge anything!? Did you know that the EU's trading with the rest of the world has fallen to an all time low!? I could go on, but I will get depressed. The sooner we cut the shackles from around our necks and get free from the EU, the better (IMO.)

  • nickthompson  |  January 08 2014, 12:12PM

    I do apologise for making such a silly mistake: I am not at all envious, but what I do Abhor with a passion is greed.

  • Free2opine  |  January 08 2014, 11:37AM

    pps.........Envy, is not a very nice asset to possess.

  • Free2opine  |  January 08 2014, 11:34AM

    ps........you will find that small farmers do NOT receive huge subsidies, that is confined to the large farmers and that is one of the problems of belonging to the EU! French farmers get a darned sight more in the way of subsidies than our own farmers, and they shoot whatever wildlife they don't want on their farms. On your point about £4000+ for each badger killed, that is far short of the £billions that we will have to pay if many more farmed animals fall foul of bTB

  • Free2opine  |  January 08 2014, 11:29AM

    Samantha..........can you not read I said I had seen your question about insurance. I am NOT CHARLESPK, just somebody who reads other posters comments. MY name is Rosie, so if nothing else, the gender is different.

  • nickthompson  |  January 08 2014, 11:19AM

    Good morning Charles, and thankyou for responding. Who do I think will ultimately pay for this insurance, never mind ultimately, lets consider who should be paying for it now, I suggest Farmers should (who incidentally receive huge subsidies already from the tax payer) do what every other private, or business owner does, pay for it themselves, why should they expect us to pay for there losses, and as far as price rises are concerned those already struggling have just paid their part of the 7.3 million pounds (£4121) per badger killed which I believe even you would suggest is a tad high. Close to where I live are three farms, two are arable, the other livestock, I believe there are many Farmers like this one who are quite prepared to let tax payers fund their lifestyle, which in this case includes their two daughters, and one son attending private schools, and transported there on a daily basis in the brand new Range Rover, of course were Farmers not (in the main) Tory party supporters, Gideon might well have them in his sites include them as he swings his benefit axe.

  • Free2opine  |  January 08 2014, 10:51AM

    BTW Samantha, you will find that most farmers have insurance covering a variety of things.

  • Free2opine  |  January 08 2014, 10:40AM

    Oh yes Samantha, I read your question regarding insurance of farmed animals. Tell me, who do you think will ultimately pay for this insurance (especially in bTB hotspots, where it will almost certainly be astronomical)!!!??? It won't just affect dairy/meat products, but, any food that farmers produce. Add to that the money we are already paying to cull ALL farmed animals proving positive to bTB and you can see the £ signs rising through the supermarket tills, as we speak!! Perhaps you could come up with some other "good" ideas to send the food bills up......I am sure those who are already struggling, will just love you.

  • nickthompson  |  January 08 2014, 10:09AM

    Oh! There you are Charles, why did you not answer the question I asked you when we last discussed the Badger issue?