On reading Wendy Barker's letter (6 April) on whether she should do anything regarding the brown rat in her garden, the answer is yes, as her rat may be a tolerant female and one of the 50 per cent or so that carry Weil's disease, which is only passed by the female to her young. Also, under the 1949 Prevention of Damage by Pests Act, it is an offence to harbour rats on your property and not to take reasonable measures to eradicate them.
J. E. FELGATE
Pest Control Officer
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