CHESTER’S biggest city-centre supermarket is reassuring customers it does not have a problem with rats, despite the appearance of four rodent-killing devices outside the store.
The bait-stations, which contain lethal poison, have been positioned outside the front entrance of Tesco in Frodsham Square, off Frodsham Street, which is now owned by the supermarket chain.
But Tesco staff say the sudden appearance of the devices is the result of a clerical error rather than an increased threat from rats.
A spokesman said: “We used to rent the building and now we own it. What has happened is that the company employed by the previous landlord has installed these rodent devices without knowing of the ownership change.
“We would like reassure customers that there is no problem with rodents and that these devices were put down by mistake by another company.
“They will be removed because we have an ongoing contract with another pest control company.”
Frodsham Square is owned by Tesco but is managed by property firm Savills.
Duncan Lowe, a surveyor for Savills, said: “We have not been advised of any problem at that site so we are not entirely sure why these boxes have appeared.
“We will contact Pestokill and if there is a problem with these boxes then we shall have them removed.”
The Pestokill devices, which are fixed to the walls at foot level around the pedestrianised area outside Tesco, contain a poison designed to be eaten by rats who theoretically will then die elsewhere.
Although there have been no reports of rat activity in Frodsham Square, Chester City Council admit rats do pose a problem and a concern for city-centre traders.
An environmental health spokesman said: “Chester is an historic city with old sewers and a canal where the rats would live. All cities have a problem with rats.”