Bid to 'reduce number of rats' at Ipswich parks
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Don't feed the ducks - that's the message for visitors to Ipswich parks as rangers try to reduce the number of rats.
Concerns have been raised about signs of a "very visible rat population" in the town's green spaces, such as at Chantry Park pond.
Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “We are working hard to reduce the number of rats in our parks."
Regular pest control visits have been taking place, with rangers also "using a variety of measures to carefully address the issue while not causing harm to other wildlife".
However, he said: "We need visitors to help us by not littering and not feeding the wildlife (ducks, squirrels, birds etc) as this encourages pests.
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"There is enough natural food in the park for the wildlife to survive naturally.”
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