People living in the Lone Moor Road are said to be concerned after several residents claim to have seen ‘large’ rats in the area over the weekend.
One resident, who asked not be named, said he was at home at the weekend when his pet dog entered the kitchen from the back yard with a dead rat in its mouth.
“Rats have always been a problem in the Lone Moor Road area but I have noticed an increase and size of them in recent months.
“My dog brought a large dead rat into the house at the weekend and when I went to throw it into the bin outside I spotted another four or five.
“I’ve spoken to a few of the neighbours and they have all spoken about the rats entering the back gardens.
“It’s really disgusting and I am always worried about having to go into the back yard to do anything - no one should have to live like this,” said the resident.
Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Colly Kelly said:
“I have been contacted by many residents about the number of rats spotted in the area.
“Also, I have heard reports of people putting rubbish out in the area only to have the misfortune off rats being in their wheelie bins. It can be a very frightening experience for anyone to lift the lid on the bin for a rat to jump out in front of them, so it’s important all lids on bins are secured.
“With winter now upon us I would urge residents take every precaution to ensure that rats cannot get into their homes, out houses or garden sheds,” said Colr. Kelly.