Pest control experts say they haven’t seen so many rats in Stavanger for 30 years. They’re questioning whether the increase in the rat population is linked to Norway’s transition to poison-free extermination efforts.
The City of Stavanger doubled its funding for pest control last year, but it doesn’t seem to have helped. Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported that exterminators have found rats on the roof of a school, and recently around 30 in and around a restaurant in the city center.
Insurance firm Gjensidige has said that Rogaland County, where Stavanger is located, has the most rats in Norway. It confirmed the rat problem was growing in the city best known as the capital of Norway’s oil industry.