Genetically mutated super rats could cause population spike

Genetically mutated super rats could cause population spike

British households could be set for an invasion of super rats that are resistant to poison thanks to a genetic mutation dubbed L120Q.

The mutation means toxins used to kill the rodents are ineffective and could potentially lead rats plaguing homes across the UK, with some scientists even fearing a population spike thanks to their immunity to poison. 

Dee Ward-Thompson, from the British Pest Control Association, said: ‘There could be a significant risk to public health if left unchecked.’

British households could be set for an invasion of super rats that are resistant to poison thanks to a genetic mutation dubbed L120Q (pictured pest-control captured rat)

The potentially explosive discovery was made by experts at the University of Reading who identified: ‘the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England’.

Data for the rest of the UK was not available though there are now genuine fears the deadly gene could spread to rat populations across the UK.

Ms Ward-Thompson added: ‘Their study highlights that resistance is growing in rat species across a swathe of the country.’

Towards the end of last year Brits were warned of a rat invasion as temperatures dropped forcing the disease carrying r

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