December 12th, 2017
Ratterdam? Are there too many rats in Rotterdam?

More rat sightings are reported every year. The city residents experience more nuisance of the many rats they see wander around in their streets and in the parks and play grounds. An article in the on-line newspaper AD.nl described the rats infestation in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in December 2017. On top of that everybody seems to know that rat are spreading terrible diseases. A team of rat hunters with their dogs and ferrets went out to the areas with the biggest rat infestation in Rotterdam in an attempt to solve the problem. The Rat Gazette went along with the hunters to find the rats. Despite the well trained dogs and ferrets that turned out to be more difficult than expected...

Rat hunters heading into the city of Rotterdam to find the rats © The Rat Gazette - Photo: Arjan Schuitman


The increase of the number of rats is blamed on the people who throw away food on the streets. Macaroni with olives, red peppers and tomato.

Macaroni with olives, red peppers and tomatos © The Rat Gazette - Photo: Arjan Schuitman

The Terriers are well trained to find and catch the rats. The hunters keep an close eye on the behavior of the dogs indicating where the rats are. Rats that run away from the hunting dogs are spotted by the hunters as well.

Rat hunters keep a close eye for dog behaviour and fleeing rats © The Rat Gazette - Photo: Arjan Schuitman

As soon as the rats are localized but the dogs are unable to reach the den the ferrets are used to chase the rats out.

Ferret tries to locate the rats © The Rat Gazette - Photo: Arjan Schuitman

As soon as the rats expose them self the dogs are released. (This rat escapes by the way)

Dog chases a rat © The Rat Gazette - Photo: Arjan Schuitman

The result of a few hours of rat hunting in the most infested residential areas in Rotterdam: 5 rats (two have been eaten by the dogs) Is the rat problem really big one wonders...

Rats catched and killed by the dogs © The Rat Gazette - Photo: Arjan Schuitman

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