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The London borough with the worst rat problem named – as experts reveal there are now 2 rats to every 1 person in the capital

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The borough with the worst rat infestation problem in London has been revealed, as experts confirm the rat population is rapidly rising in the capital.

Coming in first is the borough of Tower Hamlets, East London, which has the highest number of rat complaints in one London study.

But London pest experts have said the problem is only getting worse.

READ MORE: The truth behind the urban myth that you’re never more than 6ft from a rat in London

A spokesperson from pest control company Integrum Services said: “It’s estimated that there are two rats for every person in London.

“That would take the current rat population to over 18 million, a truly astonishing figure.

Rats were spotted in Sainsbury’s earlier this week

“With this rising rat population, competition for food will only get tougher, so expect to see more cases as we’ve just seen at Sainsbury’s.”

The company said rats are also becoming much more fearless – and more adventurous in their searches for food.

The findings follow a hair-raising video from this week, in which two rats scurry over unpacked croissants in a Sainsbury’s bakery in Essex Road, Islington.

But the North London borough of Islington is only ninth on London’s top ten.

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The full list of rat-infested boroughs can be found below.

  1. Tower Hamlets

  2. Brent

  3. Camden

  4. Lambeth

  5. Ealing

  6. Redbridge

  7. Newham

  8. Hackney

  9. Islington

  10. Wandsworth

So with this many crawlers at our feed in the Capital, how far are we from our furry friends?

MyLondon spoke to an environmental health expert earlier this week about the levels of rat infestation in London, who said the urban myth of always being six feet away from one isn’t strictly true.

He said: “My work some time ago looked at the risks to public health from urban rats at the time.

“The myth about never being more than six feet away from a rat was a comment taken out of context, in that the estimated number of rats at the time, plus the fact they inhabit the drains and sewers.”

He continued: “And their behaviour reflects that of the human population meant they were never far away, and a rat could be as close a six feet, but that also depends on the environment.”

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