Le Figaro Bordeaux
They're back. Present in all agglomerations, rats have again been talked about in Bordeaux in recent days. At the beginning of September, the municipality was alerted by residents of a real proliferation of rodents in the garbage cans of a residence on Maryse-Bastié Street, right in the popular district of Grand Parc. A situation that even prevented garbage collectors from carrying out the collection, because bins were overflowing with rats.
It all started with a simple annoying parking case. "The collection could not take place because of the presence of improperly parked vehicles," explains Bernard Blanc, deputy mayor of the Grand Parc district. Suffering from a bad reputation, the Grand Parc is composed of blocks of buildings, a mosque and also a polyclinic, generating a real "tension" to park his car. "The garbage collectors come twice a week," recalls the elected official, but when they can not collect the waste, it clumps together quickly because many homes are concerned by this collection. The rubbish then attracts rodents, which were found "in relatively large quantities" in the garbage cans of this residence.
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"Rats fall on them"
When waste collectors were finally able to return unhindered by a badly parked vehicle, "a bin was full of rats" and it was therefore impossible for these garbage collectors to collect it. "It happened once or twice," says Bernard Blanc. "It's dangerous for them because when the bin tips, all the rats come out, and the health and safety of the officer is then questioned, which is unacceptable." The elected official recalls that garbage collectors "already do a very difficult job", without needing "rats to literally fall on them".
In addition to the annoying parking of some motorists, other reasons would explain this proliferation of rodents in the Grand Parc district. Some bins were indeed in poor condition, allowing rats to infiltrate more easily. Wild deposits have also aggravated the situation, as have the many works in the surrounding area, which "disturb the rats", which then tend to "move to places where they find food". To avoid this infiltration of pests, "grids will be put," announces Bernard Blanc. Poles should also be installed to prevent annoying parking, and the municipal police will reinforce the fines.
The town hall plans a deratization operation
Everything is back in order today, "says the deputy mayor of the district. Additional passages by garbage collectors have since taken place, in order to prevent a new proliferation, and an awareness campaign will be deployed, in order to reduce the number of illegal deposits in the district. A pest control operation should also be carried out in a few weeks, when the bins will have been changed and the poles installed. Bernard Blanc, however, specifies that "these operations are not always effective and are very expensive", because "rats reproduce very quickly". Despite all these measures, rats are still likely to be talked about.