Rat squad fast-tracked to Goodna

A TROOP of rat-killing dogs will be brought in to the rodent plagued suburb of Goodna one week ahead of schedule.

Ipswich City Council will borrow Brisbane City Council's fox terrier dog force mid next week to help eradicate the rats from Ipswich's flood-ravaged suburbs.

Yesterday The Queensland Times revealed that a swarm of giant rats, some as big as possums, had thrived in the wake of the flood and had doubled their numbers.

The story made national headlines.

Ipswich City councillor Paul Tully said the fox terrier force may be used in other suburbs, depending on their success in Goodna.

“The dogs will go through the suburb next week and then we will see if we can use them elsewhere.

“It just depends on their availability as well,” Cr Tully said.

“Council has been using these dogs for a long time and they do a fantastic job.

“The riverside suburb of Goodna is the worst affected by rats at the moment, so that's what the dogs will focus on, but I have heard complaints of rats in the Enid St, Cox Crescent area of Goodna also.”

Pest company 1300 Pest Control said their rodent jobs in the wider Goodna region had doubled since March.

The company's CEO, Paul Byres, said properly baiting the rats was an effective way of protecting your home.

He said it was very important rats who had invaded homes were quickly killed.

“All properties should have a rodent protection program because of the significant dangers of rodents, which include spreading disease and causing damage to electrical wiring and fixtures,” Mr Byres said.

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