Limerick is ‘fourth most rodent-infested county in Ireland’

Limerick accounted for 8% of callouts to deal with rodents so far in 2018, according to the pest control provider Rentokil

Limerick accounted for 8% of callouts to deal with rodents so far in 2018, according to the pest control provider Rentokil

LIMERICK is the fourth most rodent-infested county in Ireland, according to a new report.

Limerick accounted for 8% of callouts to deal with rodents so far in 2018, according to the pest control provider Rentokil.

Dublin, with 32% had the most callouts for rodents, while Galway (11%) and Clare (9%) were the next counties most affected by rats and mice.

Overall, Rentokil has noted a 34% increase in callouts to deal with rodents so far this year – from January to October – when compared with the same period in 2017. 

The company attributes the rise in rodent activity to a combination of increased construction activity in cities, favourable conditions during the summer, and the subsequent drop in temperatures later in the year.

The firm believes that the unprecedented hot summer period provided ideal conditions for rodent populations to thrive and multiply. As is the norm for the autumn and winter months, rodent food becomes scarce and temperatures drop. The large rodent population have already started their move indoors to seek shelter.

Rentokil predicts that rodent infestations will continue to rise, and is warning households and businesses to be vigilant.

Environmental officials were called to inspect an estate in the city during August, following complaints about an influx of rats, believed to be connected to the recent spell of dry weather. 

“Rentokil experiences a sudden spike in callouts for rodents every year during autumn, as the rodent population begins to move indoors to escape the cold weather,” said Dr Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager for Rentokil. 

“Notably, in 2018, this annual spike increased by 45% and occurred a month earlier when compared with the previous year. Rodents have begun to move indoors earlier and in higher numbers, and we believe that this could be due to extreme weather conditions as a result of climate change.”

There are a number of signs to watch out for that will indicate the presence of rats or mice in your home, Rentokil said. These include the presence of rodent droppings. Scratching noises at night from inside walls, under floorboards, or in attics are also an indication of mice and rats. Both of these rodents also leave grease marks or smears on walls as they run past them.