Rats are a potent concern to mankind. In Bangladesh which is a very poor country, there is a national campaign to kill rats. It is estimated that rats may eat 10 % of crops and during plagues of rats this increases. Rat reproduction increases 3-4 times when they eat bamboo blossom.(Times Friday 6 2009 p 47)
Rat catchers may each kill 30-40,000 a year, a total of some 25 million a year. .
In Britain it is estimated that there are 80 million rats.
We are asked to compost out vegetable waste, care has to be taken that rats do not gather around this source of food.

Martin Eastwood
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