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To report DC school for rats?

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LurpakIstheOnlyButter Wed 05-Apr-17 23:20:05

DC go to local primary. The school itself is fantastic, really happy with quality of teaching etc, OFSTEAD rating is good. The children also go to the after school club on the premises, also fantastic. as I collected from after school club as we opened the door to leave, a HUGE rat ran across from directly next to the door and into the kids playground. When I say huge, it was almost a foot long. This thing was the Range Rover of rats.

I calmly went back in and mentioned it to staff, who were not at all surprised. The caretaker was also present and said that they lived near the bins which had recently had lids put on. Before, they would run out of the bins when he was putting rubbish in. Now they have no food they are all over the school grounds.

DD11 remarked that in English they were watching rats run on the grass banking on the edge of the playground. DD6 started to panic, not helped by caretaker when she asked if the rat was in the little playground bin - he stuck his arm in the bin and started to scream. She made me carry her to the car and got upset at bedtime asking if rats would eat her shoes!

I am not one for being precious. I know rats are everywhere. But I can't believe that no one bats an eye about truck sized rats running around a primary school.

I think there are definitely health implications here, this is not acceptable and something should be done. I plan to speak to the head but AIBU to report school to environmental health/council?

PenelopeFlintstone Wed 05-Apr-17 23:23:38


TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 05-Apr-17 23:24:45

Yes, report them to Env Health!

KlondikeBar Wed 05-Apr-17 23:25:31

It was World Rat Day yesterday. Maybe they were just all out celebrating?

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Apr-17 23:27:13

The caretaker sounds crap.

They should have those little Rentokil boxes all over the place and especially by the bins.

Yes, I would report.

AtSea1979 Wed 05-Apr-17 23:27:30

YABU for carrying a primary aged child anywhere but YANBU to be concerned about the contamination in the canteen.

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Apr-17 23:27:42

Klondike grin

WooMeBaby Wed 05-Apr-17 23:28:44

Rats in the daytime is never a good sign

BearHunting Wed 05-Apr-17 23:28:50


There's diseases that can be carried and spread by rats. Weil's disease for one, that can be spread through rats urine.

user1491323019 Wed 05-Apr-17 23:30:48

Klond grin

I don't know OP.

Schools are magnets for seagulls, crows and magpies so rats doesn't surprise me.

Toddlerteaplease Wed 05-Apr-17 23:34:11

I would have absolutely freaked out. I'm really phobic of rodents.

hamandmustard Wed 05-Apr-17 23:40:56

They cant really take effective action to kill rats when the school is open as the poison cant be used with children about and usually a weekend is not long enough to lay the poison and it to take effect. They also need to get the corpses cleared. I think they also rat trap etc

I am sure that they will address it over the holidays. That is usually rat blitzing time.

The rat was outside?

LurpakIstheOnlyButter Wed 05-Apr-17 23:45:11

Yes the rat was outside. The kids seemed to think it was normal to watch them out of the window.

Years ago I had them in my house due to a damaged sewer pipe. They got into the walks and under the floorboards and even into the back of my kitchen cupboards and ate all the dog biscuits. It was horrible, but soon got sorted by rentokil.

They are ballsy running around in daylight with people around, I like that less.

UserOne Wed 05-Apr-17 23:46:54

* woome* why are rats in the daytime worse than nighttime?

NotStoppedAllDay Wed 05-Apr-17 23:55:59

Well they have to live somewhere!

At least it doesn't sound like the building itself has an infestation. We have rats at work

They are getting harder to get rid of
They breed faster than they can be killed
Rentokill prices are beyond most schools budgets

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 05-Apr-17 23:56:06

Sadly it's not unusual. My secondary school has rats, and mice too. The number of kids who drop food everywhere (despite only being supposed to eat in the canteen) means they get a renewable daily food supply.
I've only ever seen a mouse in the daytime once. It had drowned in a puddle and had been found by an over exited Y10 boy who was chasing the Y9 s round with it. He was made to drop it into the caretaker's bin and scrub his hands afterwards.

LurpakIstheOnlyButter Wed 05-Apr-17 23:58:26

Because they hide and are frightened of people? If they are not frightened they can and do attack people as I understand?

Please feel free to correct if I am mislead by James Herbert!

I still can't get over the size of the one I saw.

PenelopeFlintstone Wed 05-Apr-17 23:59:51

Well they have to live somewhere!

Do they?

Rat traps are cheap, effective and reusable. The caretaker could empty the traps every morning before the kids arrived, and so they could be attended to all year round rather than just in the holidays.

LadyDeadpool Thu 06-Apr-17 00:14:28

Well they have to live somewhere!

Do they?

Yes, same as you do. In fact the rats were here first so why don't we trap and kill humans for simply living? Steps have been taken to remove their food source. They'll move on now no need for killing them.

KlondikeBar Thu 06-Apr-17 00:21:42

Is this the school?

Sorry I appreciate I'm being quite unhelpful grin

tethersend Thu 06-Apr-17 00:30:07

I was once teaching a Y9 lesson and a rat fell out of the heating vent on to the middle of the table as I was doing a demonstration.

2017SoFarSoGood Thu 06-Apr-17 00:36:30

Thanks folks. You have now officially broken MN for me. If not the internet. just thanks.

is it unreasonable to want something like google maps to perform rodent counts of the entire universe just so I can avoid them?


zzzzz Thu 06-Apr-17 00:42:25

I was once teaching a Y9 lesson and a rat fell out of the heating vent on to the middle of the table as I was doing a demonstration.


Fuck that! I'd be rocking in a corner if rats were falling from the ceiling.

DixieNormas Thu 06-Apr-17 00:47:39

Well apparently you are never more than a few feet away from a rat

I used to work in a nursing home and the residents started talking about rats in the toilets, they all had dementia so I was a bit like hmm are you sure.

Until I went in one evening and when the lights were off and there was a fucking huge one sat in the toilet

Apparently quite a few staff members had seen them but it wasn't unusual to see rats in the county they were from.

I told the manage and maintenance man [her husband] that if they were still there when I came back from my two days off I would report them

They put something down and fixed whatever the problem was, can't remember something to do with disturbing stuff when they put in the new toilets. The cleaning staff reported finding a few dead ones and we never had any problems again <shudder, shudder>

So i say report it

Witchend Thu 06-Apr-17 00:53:41

When I was in year 5 I was off swimming with another girl and left to tidy the craft cupboard. We came across a nest of mice. They were so sweet!
We carefully put the stuff back and didn't tell the teacher because we didn't want them disturbed.

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