Joburg rat plague: expert says normal rats have just got fatter and lazier

There are reports of a massive infestation of “super rats” that are multiplying at a rapid rate across Johannesburg.

Managing Director at Roof Rats, Diederik van't Hof says the city has been plagued by two different species of rats which are Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus, originating from Asia.

He says rats follow human populations. When habitats like cities are created, there is waste and food in abundance, which attracts the rodents.

In a project in Msawawa, they apparently caught a rat that weighs over 661g.

Reports have stated that these are 'Godzilla rats' but van't Hof says there is no such thing and a rat of that size is abnormal.

These are the same species but thriving. There is no genetic mutation, there's no Godzilla rats or something - there are just normal rats.

Diederik van't Hof, Managing Director at Roof Rats

So they are not running, they are not exercising, there are just eating and getting fat.

Diederik van't Hof, Managing Director at Roof Rats

According to van't Hof there are about 12 cases a day reported of people being bitten by rats in Gauteng.

He says rats eat anything.

This is absolutely horrendous. The disease those things carry in their teeth and jaws, there's going to be problems coming.

Diederik van't Hof, Managing Director at Roof Rats

There are reports that these rats are becoming more intelligent, devising means to avoid poisons - even cats are becoming scared of them.

Van't Hof says dangerous poisons have been discouraged because anything that will come in contact with the rats will die.

Residents are advised to use milder poison that the rats will nibble on 6 times before it dies. But as soon as the rats nibble one and experience stomach discomfort then it avoids the food completely.

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[WATCH] Brian Temba serenades listeners on #702Unplugged

[WATCH] Brian Temba serenades listeners on #702Unplugged

Musician and songwriter Brian Temba performs live on 702 Unplugged.

How to address issues of racism with children

How to address issues of racism with children

BabyYumYum founder Amanda Rogaly gives tips on how to nurture non-racial attitudes in children.

SA second most stressed nation in the world - Here's what you can do about it

SA second most stressed nation in the world - Here's what you can do about it

Health and Performance Educator and Consultant, Richard Sutton discusses methods for de-stressing.

4th Industrial Revolution: How SA can avoid excluding an entire generation

4th Industrial Revolution: How SA can avoid excluding an entire generation

Dr Corrin Varady says government is sitting on a ticking time bomb if it doesn’t equip educators to teach for a digitised future.

"The Guptas are like rats in a sinking ship"

"The Guptas are like rats in a sinking ship"

Corruption Watch's Dave Lewis says everyone seems to be ditching the controversial family with latest being the Bank of Baroda.

Poor management exacerbates conditions at Pollsmoor Prison - expert

Poor management exacerbates conditions at Pollsmoor Prison - expert

Correctional Services' Delekile Klaas and law expert Emily Keehn paint the stark picture of the conditions at Pollsmoor prison.

Popular articles
This mess that is Eish-kom, is the ANC's doing, says Eusebius

This mess that is Eish-kom, is the ANC's doing, says Eusebius

Eusebius McKaiser and callers discuss Ramaphosa's comment that South Africans will overcome load shedding like they did apartheid.

South Africa can have cheap electricity, forever! – former Eskom engineer

South Africa can have cheap electricity, forever! – former Eskom engineer

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz, CEO at ENERTRAG South Africa.

Meet Sandile Shabalala, CEO of black-owned and controlled TymeBank

Meet Sandile Shabalala, CEO of black-owned and controlled TymeBank

TymeBank has no branches and no monthly fees. Most transactions are free. Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO.

Survey reveals SA teachers 'emotionally overwhelmed'

Survey reveals SA teachers 'emotionally overwhelmed'

A report has revealed that many teachers feel overwhelmed and often feel they must step into the role of a 'proxy parent'.

[WATCH] 'We don't accept white people' says BLF registering for May elections

[WATCH] 'We don't accept white people' says BLF registering for May elections

Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama made its exclusionist policy clear when registering at the IEC on Wednesday.

FMF trauma will take years to overcome - award-winning activist Fasiha Hassan

FMF trauma will take years to overcome - award-winning activist Fasiha Hassan

Hassan won an international peace prize for her role in Fees Must Fall campaign. She spoke about the student movement and more.

'There are a lot of stereotypes around women footballers' - Amanda Dlamini

'There are a lot of stereotypes around women footballers' - Amanda Dlamini

The former Banyana Banyana captain says she had to balance school and football to end the stereotypes around the beautiful game.