RESIDENTS living in Plaza de Toros have asked Palma City Council to do more to clean up the neighbourhood.
The council has received a large number of complaints from people who are fed up with the presence of rats in the streets which roam freely on public roads.
In Palma, two types of rodents cohabitate with the community, including the sewer rat (Rattus norvegicus) which carries multiple diseases. The second city dweller is the black rat (Rattus rattus), which nests in trees and are usually a serious problem for farmers as they eat a wide range of agricultural crops.
Earlier this year, Pedro Morell, the Director of the Son Reus animal protection centre, recognised that there were more rats on the streets in Palma because the city had become dirtier. He said that over the past four to five years, rats have been coming to the surface because more food is available here than in the sewers, which accumulates around rubbish containers and litter bins.