An inner-Sydney resident believes a rat has chewed its way into her recycling bin amid a “plague” of the rodents possibly sparked by COVID-19 restrictions.
Emma Leslie came out to her yellow-top wheelie bin on Tuesday morning to find a round hole through the lid and small fragments of plastic around the hole.
The Erskineville local has little doubt what caused the hole, taking to a local Facebook community page to claim it was made by “the killer teeth of a rat”.
A number of comments on the post from locals also described their rat problems, while Leslie says her immediate neighbourhood of terrace houses is in the midst of a “post-apocalyptic, post-COVID … plague” of rats.
“We’ve all had problems over the last few months with rats,” Leslie told 7NEWS.com.au
“We believe it’s with Sydney (CBD) being a lot less full of people working and going to cafes and restaurants, and making food waste, the rats are spreading out to inner-city suburbs.
“I just don’t understand why he went for the yellow recycling bin when there’s nothing but empty wine bottles and plastic plant pots.
“I don’t know what he was going for.
“The bin’s out on the street. I’m not touching it until it’s emptied.”
Leslie is pleading with the City of Sydney council to address the rat problem humanely.
She said at least two rats have entered her home recently.
One became stuck in her kitchen rangehood and another came through a hole behind a cupboard.
In her backyard, a “giant hole which looks like it’s been a rat burrow” has been filled in by the council before being burrowed through again.
She is “horrified” by the thought of a rat making its way into her toddler’s room.
“I would love the council to do something about it, but I don’t know what,” Leslie said.
In response to the concerns, the City of Sydney highlighted about 950 bait stations spread across the local government area, among a number of other measures.
“These measures are used in strategic locations and in response to community complaints,” a spokesperson said.
“The city’s rat control program has led to a decrease in the numbers of rat sighting and complaints across the city area.
“Any residents that notice rat activity should contact the city and we will review baiting in that area.
“The city advises property owners to keep waste bins and storage areas clean and enclose bins with tight fitting lids, remove overgrown vegetation and accumulated rubbish which might attract rats, and ensure regular rat control is carried out.”