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Saturday 3 December 2016

Thousands of Irish homes infested with rats following recent flooding

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 14/01/2016 | 12:44

In recent weeks tens of thousands of rats have had to leave their cosy homes
In recent weeks tens of thousands of rats have had to leave their cosy homes

Pest controllers have been inundated with call-outs, as cases of rat-infestation continue to rise while the floodwaters take their time to receed.

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In recent weeks tens of thousands of rats have had to leave their cosy homes under the ground, following deluges of surface water.

Parents have been warned to remain vigilant as children are very susceptible to the potentially-fatal Weil's Disease, which is contracted when rodent urine is ingested by humans.

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Trevor Hayden of Complete Pest Solutions told Independent.ie that they have seen a massive increase in cases of infestation all around the country, particularly in Cork and in Maynooth and Celbridge.

"We have had extremely mild winters for the past two or three years.

"Coldness [sic] is the biggest killer as far as rats are concerned so the increased temperatures mean there's a bigger rat population than there has been in some time.

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"Rats love to live in a burrow beside water but when they realise that flooding is imminemt they panic and try to get indoors," he said.

Trevor described rats as "opportunists" who will always avail of a broken vent or an open window when attempting to gain entry to a house.

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