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The Hamilius rats have gone, for now at least!
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The Hamilius rats have gone, for now at least!

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Pest controllers hope they have successfully resolved the Hamilius rat infestation, but more creatures could still be lurking in unfound tunnels.

Pest controllers hope they have successfully resolved the Hamilius rat infestation, but more creatures could still be lurking in unfound tunnels.

The Ville de Luxembourg contracted pest controllers to lay down rat poison in tunnels and nests around the bus station, in the centre of the Capital.

The drastic action was taken after it emerged that rat numbers had grown out of control and posed a public health risk. The growth in numbers arose mainly because members of the public had been feeding the creatures, which were thought to have bred from domesticated rats released in the area.

The governing authority fenced off a small section of the station area to ensure no other animals were affected by the work.

Since last October, rat poison was laid twice with the result that no rats have been detected in nests and tunnels which the pest controllers know about.

However, a City spokeswoman said that it was difficult to know if there were additional tunnels around the site being used by the vermin.

She said: “On the other hand it could be that people have released domesticated rats into other areas of the station and fed them. For this reason, the Parc Service is to redevelop this area so it is less attractive to rats and is much clearer giving vermin fewer places to hide.”

At its peak, some 20 rats, unperturbed by pedestrians and vehicles, could be seen in bushes at the station at any given time.

According to the Ville de Luxembourg, the Capital has as many rats as it does human residents meanwhile, during the summer, the rat population in Luxembourg doubles.