Friday 18 March 2016 9.37pm
In that case I think prevention is better than cure. Find the attraction and close it down! But you'll never get rid of mice and rats, they've always been with us. I'll learn to live with them :-)
You're right. Finding the food source is the only long-term solution. Rats can't vomit so they are extra cautious when they find new food. That's why poisoning isn't very effective.
I wonder if someone in the area is leaving food out. This happened at London Bridge because of Shunt Theatre. The London Dungeon
had a massive increase in it's wild rat population. It turned out they were living in there because of all the dark undisturbed areas but going across to Shunt who left food out after their parties, only bothering to clear it up the next day. I actually met the woman who was responsible but she wouldn't listen to sense and in fact was a quite disturbing hysterical person. Fortunately they moved and the rat population gradually reduced.
I'm in charge of the London Dungeon
domestic rats so I was doubly concerned, for my rats and for the human staff and visitors.
Anyway I've seen that enormous population explosions can happen from an extra food source. I wonder if Lambeth council can investigate. http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/pests-noise-and-pollution