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Britain Has More Rats Than People: Commence Squirming Now

I suppose this story takes the fact that it's the Year of the Rat a smidge too literally. According to experts, Britain now has a larger rat population than they have human beings living in their country.

It appears as though since they halted weekly bin collecting in favor of fortnightly pickups (that’s every two weeks for those of you who don’t speak middle English) trash has been piling up and a call for recycling has never been more dire. The director of the National Pest Technicians Association said: “Fortnightly bin collections now mean it’s vital we recycle. Just putting extra food scraps on compost heaps means fantastic breeding grounds for rats to spread disease.”

To see where it's the worst,


York, which appears to be the worst hit has seen an increase in the rat population rise by 208 percent. It is estimated that there are 65 to 80 million rats currently residing in Britain’s green and pleasant land while there are only 60 million humans. Crowden warns: “In 30 years I've never known such a big rat population – and there will be an epidemic if people don't reduce food waste.” Though it sounds squirmy, they're still not as bad off as Paris (four times as many rats as people) and Myanmar, which is losing all of its food to the suckers. Which of the plagues is rats again?


mafalda_quino mafalda_quino 8 years
I've lived in London for 6 years in 3 different boroughs and we've always had weekly collections for both recycling and 'normal' rubbish. I've seen mice but not rats, even on the tube tracks. Maybe it's more of a countryside thing, from what I've read in the papers it's mainly boroughs outside of London that have adopted this practice. Meh, still gross.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Did you mean "British English"? (Sorry, I don't know why the phrasing is bothering me so much.)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I mean, "two weeks."
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yuck! "Fortnight" is Middle English? :ponder: I thought it was just a more old-fashioned and concise way of saying "every two weeks."
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
And I thought NEW York Had it Bad!
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
Thanks Mädchen! Changed. I love Branston Pickle, if it redeems me in any way... ;)
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
ekkkk well my boyfriend will freak out, he is secretly more scared of mice than i am ;)
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 8 years
I am sorry I am screaming now because I can not stand the sight of a mice, rat, or rodent. I am not afraid of them, but I just can not stand them.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:oy: why did i say London?? LOL...i meant Britain!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:sick: kinda gross...although im sure residents from London dont really feel it! I wouldnt be able to live there...I'd faint all over myself! :faint:
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
"It is estimated that there are 65 to 80 million rats currently residing in England’s green and pleasant land while there are only 60 million humans." Not to get all nitpicky, but that should be Great Britain, not England. ;) I'm surprised none of the Brits here have corrected this.
Advah Advah 8 years
I did see a rat in Edinburgh last year, but that was it. I've actually never heard about rats here, but mice are another issue... (Shadowdamage, you explained the situation perfectly)
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
They always say ... you're never more than 6 feet away from a rat in London! Hehehehe ... I see them on the tube tracks sometimes and it grosses me out. But I haven't seen any roaming the street. And I never saw any rats in York when I lived there for a year.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Fortnightly ...was this in England? We had weekly pickups in Edinburgh and even THAT was pushing it. Imagine hundreds upon hundreds of Victorian flats (many of them student flats and in varying states of disrepair) not every street has a collection bin for "daily" use, you have to have an in-flat bin until your pickup day arrives. A week's worth of garbage was bad enough, I cannot imagine two! But councils love to line their pockets with cash and John Lewis appliances these days, and hardly give a toss about practicalities.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
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