Queen is ‘horrified’ as plague of rats and mice engulfs Buckingham Palace and royal staff are forced to call in exterminators
- Kitchen staff regularly see rats and small brown mice running along corridors
- Pest control experts were drafted in to investigate and put down poison
- Rats are increasingly becoming immune to poison used on them in London
The Queen has been left ‘horrified’ over an invasion of rats and mice at Buckingham Palace, it has been claimed.
Royal staff have been forced to call in pest control after workers repeatedly complained about seeing them in the kitchens.
Council specialists were brought in to investigate and put down poison, but admitted there is not much they can do, reports The Sun.
A source told the newspaper last night: ‘Rats have been spotted around the outside of the kitchen areas which clearly isn’t ideal.
‘Staff in the lower quarters especially have become quite used to seeing little brown mice tearing along the corridors. There isn’t a huge amount that can be done.’
The Queen has been left ‘horrified’ over an invasion of rats and mice at Buckingham Palace (pictured)
Rats and mice are particularly a problem in older buildings across London, with pest controls concerned they are becoming increasingly immune to the poison they use.
Earlier this year residents in Eaton Square, just a mile away from the palace, complained about a rat invasion.
The Queen is pictured arriving at Royal Ascot yesterday
Neighbours in the area, where some properties are worth £70million and famous residents include Dame Joan Collins and the Duke of Westminster, blamed building work.
Dame Joan has a £3 million home in Eaton Place and in 2017 said she was forced to move out and live in Claridge’s instead because of disruptive building work.
The Grosvenor Estate has been owned by the Duke of Westminster since the late 17th Century.
The Queen’s main residence at Buckingham Palace dates back to 1703.
US President Donald Trump was unable to stay there during his state visit earlier this month due to renovation work in the East Wing.
MailOnline has contacted Westminster Council and Buckingham Palace for comment.
Council specialists were brought in to investigate and put down poison, but admitted there is not much they can do. File image