No, this is not another uncalled for article bashing the politics or traditions of the country. It also is not some random hype story intended to stir up fear of something unreal. Instead, it is a friendly warning to those not in the country and a message of sympathy to those that live within her borders. This summer, Britain is going to suffer through a horrible plague, and its not the kind that you can go to the doctor to fix. Instead, those who live in Britain need to be afraid of something a bit more vile: rodents. More specifically, the giant rodents that can measure up to 2 feet long and are estimated to reach record high population numbers.
Yes, the old video of the rat pulling a slice of pizza through the subway station is adorable. It brought about many jokes online, namely those concerning it being Master Splinter, the teacher of the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Despite the cuteness of this, those who live in Britain are not going to have such a fun time dealing with the rats they come across. According to the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), the current rat population rests around 160 million strong, but by the summer they predict that number will hit 200 million or more. Not just this, but today’s rats are getting a lot more threatening than before, with these new breeds stretching up to 2 feet long. Dubbing them “super rats,” anyone who comes across one will also find that household poisons simply aren’t doing the trick. The question is, how have these rats adapted and grown so large?
When trying to get to the bottom of how this rat epidemic has gotten so out of hand, the BPCA has indicated that the responsibility ultimately falls onto citizens who are trying to take care of things themselves. In reality, the household poisons they have been using often are not enough to kill the rat and over time these rodents actually become used to the toxins in their body. As the generations go on, they begin to produce larger and larger rats, each born inherently resilient to the over-the-counter options available. So, not only will those who live in Britain have to deal with these super rats, but they will also not be able to kill them easily.
Alright, though there was a disclaimer at the beginning that this was not to hype it up, that was only half true. Yes, there is an unbelievably high number of rodents estimating to be hitting the streets of your proud nation, but that does not mean you are destined to encounter them. In fact, you might live in an area where you are fortunate enough not to see any of these super rats. If you are, count your blessings. If you do happen to see one of these rats, remember not to stick with your run-of-the-mill household poison, as you are probably just making your foe stronger.