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Rome spends €400,000 on rat hunt

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Rats are eating food between the cobbles in Rome. Photo: Dawn Huczek/Flickr
17:23 CEST+02:00
Rome is struggling to cope with the thousands of rats that scutter around the capital, prompting the city authorities to invest €400,000 to tackle the problem.

The annual funds of €50,000 have until now not been enough to dissuade the rodents, Corriere della Sera reported.

“The city’s environment office has decided on a new budget for the municipalities….this will finally help make pest control a real priority,” Anna Vincenzoni, city councillor for traffic and waste disposal, told the newspaper.

The new funds amount to around €400,000, spread out across the capital's 15 municipalities, Corriere said.

Dario Capizzi, a zoologist at the Regional Agency for the Parks of Lazio (ARP), told the newspaper a number of measures needed to be taken.

“Firstly, rubbish collection should be monitored [and] old markets...where food falls between the cobbles,” Capizzi said. He also said train stations and metro tunnels needed to be checked.

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Rats can be found in buildings that have been closed for a long time, such as schools during the summer. At least four Rome schools postponed the start of the academic year due to rat infestations, Corriere said. 

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