Rats in rivers and streams cause alarm in Fuengirola and Mijas Costa

Fuengirola's river park.
Fuengirola's river park. / SUR
  • "We have asked the council to carry out fresh pest controls; we have never had a summer with so many rats in the streets"

Residents' associations and neighbourhood Facebook groups have been reporting a surge in sightings of rats in river areas of Mijas Costa and Fuengirola in the last weeks of the summer.

One of the areas affected is the stream bed crossing La Cala de Mijas. President of the local residents' association, Francisco Sepúlveda, said on Monday that although the stream is where most rodents have been seen, they are also spotted in drains. "We have asked the town hall to carry out fresh controls; we've never had a summer with so many rats in the streets," he added.

Mijas council replied that it can treat the problem again but is held back by the chemicals it can use in protected river areas. It also asked local residents not to remove the traps that its workers put down.

In nearby Fuengirola river park, social media has featured videos of the influx of rodents there. Fuengirola council has said it has already carried out pest control five times this summer.

A spokesperson added that part of the problem lies with the dumping of rubbish in the upper reaches of the river and asked local residents to keep riverbanks as clean as possible.