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Rat influx predicted for southern Queensland

There is expected to be an explosion in rat numbers across parts of southern Queensland this winter.

Pest controller Steve Endeor says there could be an increase in rodent numbers by up to 30 per cent in parts of Brisbane and the Darling Downs.

He says heavy rain has meant there has been an abundant food supply this year.

"As the winter now progresses on, this food source sort of dies off and the rodents will start looking for other alternatives and colder weather - they often love to move indoors and somewhere warm to nest and breed as well," he said.