“One morning, I went to the basement and I screamed like crazy. There were plenty. I even walked on it”. They are the rats. Half a dozen of them arrived at Odette’s* at the first lights of summer. Three months of hell for this Pontivyenne who wishes to remain anonymous because she is “a little ashamed to have this in the house”. Fortunately, for three weeks and the intervention of an exterminator, these critters have gone to be seen elsewhere, ceasing their fatal comings and goings. But in the clear eyes of the Pontivyenne, fear is still camouflaged. And the trauma.
“Rats, there are a lot of them”
“I still don’t dare go down to my basement alone. In addition, in the neighborhood, a neighbor has just seen one in his garden. This story may not be over. This charming district is nestled on the heights of the city center on the back of the Château des Rohan. Half a century that Odette has lived there. Her house is pretty, but now she trembles when she enters it. ” I do not live anymore ! I hear noises every night in my room, in the attic, maybe they are rats! “.
All of Brittany is affected by this phenomenon because the number of rodents has increased
Rats. In Pontivy, the problem is not new. In recent months, we have already found some on the island of Récollets and at the foot of a few buried columns, in the city center. Logic, for Jacky Minier, boss of Hynera environment, a pest elimination company, based in Ploërmel. “Rats, in Pontivy, there are not a lot, but it is not the only city concerned: all of Brittany is affected by this phenomenon because the number of rodents has increased. Recently, we were in Lorient and Vannes for this problem”.
“A very special animal”
But why did these disgusting disgusting rats decide to bother our lives? First element of answer: “the climatic conditions”, slips Jacky Minier. Basically, warmer winters and summers favor rodent breeding. Another reason, the work of pipes in the city centers, as in Pontivy: the networks were strongly stirred and the rats which walked there came back to the surface.
Piles of garbage cans or random waste management favor the appearance of rats
“The rat is a very particular animal, which likes its way of life, its comfort, its routine. If you change all of this, there are population displacements,” confirms Jacky Minier. Also, household waste collections are singled out. “Heaps of trash cans or random waste management favor the appearance of rats, as we see in Paris, for example”, knows the specialist. According to Odette, her misfortunes come from there. “They arrived at my house since the garbage containers, which are nearby, are no longer washed regularly,” plagues the octogenarian.
Today, Odette is breathing a little better: she hasn’t seen one since the passage of the pest control, contacted directly by the intermunicipal authority, via a free public market for citizens. This weekend, the Pontivyenne goes to her children, for three days, in Vendée. Three days without shaking. But a question is already on his lips: “Will I find any when I return? “.
*Assumed first name
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